Archives for November 2015

OTES, Grade-3 Guarantee among new approvals

The U.S. Department of Education just approved Ohio’s plan to ensure that low-income students have equitable access to high-quality teachers. Ohio’s plan is one of 42 approved so far as part of the federal “Excellent Educators for All Initiative,” proposing steps to eliminate access gaps with strategies and innovative solutions “to challenging problems that meet local needs.” In Ohio, the plan involves elements you already have been working on:

  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Early intervention for students at risk of dropping out
  • Multiple new pathways to graduation
  • An expanded career-technical education system
  • College Credit Plus
  • OTES

Read more here about the federal plan.


Congress closer to passing new ESEA

A Congressional conference committee has approved a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind law signed by President George W. Bush 14 years ago. News media report that the bill allows states to decide whether or how to use student test performance data, especially as they apply to teacher evaluations. It also prohibits the federal government from requiring the use of a particular set of standards, such as the Common Core. It does, however, retain a provision allowing states the power to intervene in the operations of the nation’s lowest-performing 5 percent of schools.

Get your MLK tickets now

Tickets will go fast for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet. This year’s event is Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Our keynote will be Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The evening also features two awards made to those who have demonstrated efforts to keep alive the ideas and spirit of the late Dr. King: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Helen Jenkins Davis Award. Tickets to this event are $30 each with tables of eight at $240. To reserve yours, call CEA.