Delegates represent CEA members at national urban council

Delegates from the Columbus Education Association (CEA) attended the 2010 Summer Meeting of the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) in New Orleans from June 26-29. CEA has been a member of the council for many years. Ohio members of NCUEA include CEA, the Dayton Education Association and the South-Western Education Association.

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Seven CCS schools receive $20 million in SIG funds

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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced that 42 Ohio schools will receive $95 million in School Improvement Grant (SIG) monies over the next three years. A total of seven of the 42 schools are from the Columbus City School district.

SIG grants differ from the Race to the Top program. Rather than entire school districts receiving SIG funds, specific school buildings will receive federal monies.  According to the US Department of Education, SIG grants are used to improve student achievement in Title I schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring so as to enable those schools to make Adequate Yearly Progress and exit improvement status.

Federal grant guidelines defined the eligibility of schools to apply for SIG monies. All eligible schools in states that applied for SIG funds were put in one of three Tiers. Tier I schools were defined by the federal government as the lowest achieving five percent of schools receiving Title I funds and were in school improvement. Secondary schools receiving Title I funds that had a five year graduation rate of less than 60 percent were also in this category. The National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Columbus Education Association define these institutions as “Priority Schools”.

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Ohio is seventh state to adopt common standards

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By a 17-0 vote of Ohio Board of Education, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio has become the seventh state in the nation to adopt common math and language arts standards. The Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) was originally spearheaded by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

CCSI enlisted the participation of 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia in their creation. Only Texas and Alaska refused to participate in their creation. Since the Common Core standards were released earlier this month, Virginia decided to opt out, keeping its existing academic standards.

State adoption of the Common Core Standards has a significant connection to the Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RttT) competitive grant program.

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