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Archives for November 2014

What Makes Teachers Special?

The Ohio House Education Committee recently voted to remove the minimum pay scale for teachers in Ohio.  With the committee vote completed, this measure now moves to the full house.  If this becomes law, House Bill 343 will make Ohio’s system of public education less stable, less viable, less equitable, and less effective.  In short it is […]

Any Way You Want It, That’s The Way You Need It?

It’s been quite a run recently for Ohio’s schools.  We made national news a few weeks ago with a politically motivated education bill in the Ohio House that would destroy our science and social studies curriculum. Not to be outdone, The Ohio State Board of Education followed that up with proposed changes to 5 of 8 […]

What’s the Big Deal?

The Ohio State Board of Education has been at the center of controversy and conversation in recent days due to changes it has proposed to Ohio’s 5 of 8 requirement.   Some people are asking, “What’s the big deal?” “Why the outrage and uproar about the proposed changes to 5 of 8?” “Isn’t this just overblown and […]

Lowering the Bar

The Ohio State Board of Education is considering a policy that would remove and redefine baseline requirements for the number of school counselors, library media specialists, school nurses, social workers, and potentially art, gym, and music educators required per thousand students in a school district.  In education shorthand, this is known as the 5 of 8 rule […]