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Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state
The Republican nominee faced questions about his visit before he even arrived.
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Owner of charter school hosting Donald Trump today is a national charter figure with a growing Ohio presence
Donald Trump's speech at the Cleveland Arts and Sciences Academy (CASSA) charter school draws attention to the ACCEL charter network created by former K12 Inc founder Ron Packard Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance this afternoon at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (CASSA) is drawing attention to a charter school that usually escapes notice. But its owner Ron Packard has been a major figure in the national charter school community for years as the founder and former CEO of online school powerhouse K12 Inc. He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio. Packard helped build K12 into the largest provider of online classes, with e-schools in multiple states. Those include Ohio Virtual Academy, the second-largest  online school in Ohio, with 13,000 students. But Packard left K12 in 2014 and founded Pansophic Learning to create the new ACCEL Schools charter school network. Last year, he bought management rights to 12 schools from controversial charter operator White Hat Management and several schools, including CASSA, from the financially-struggling but higher-performing Mosaica network. Included in that group was Mosaica's highly-rated Columbus Preparatory Academy, which regularly is among the top-scoring charter schools on Ohio's state tests. "By purchasing both of these entities, it gave us a base business to build off of," Packard said late last year. "It's just very hard to start from nothing. We will open a lot of new schools, but this gave us a critical operating mass from which to build on." Accel schools now has 27 schools in Colorado, Ilinois, Michigan and Minnesota, with  the majority here in Ohio. Packard said he is not seeking to add online schools to compete with K12, but to run more traditional brick-and-mortar charters with some technology added to the mix. "My goal here is to have a network of extremely high-performing schools," he said. "That's what all charter schools should strive to do." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump today because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Before Trump's speech, Packard moderated a panel discussion of school choice and the value of charters. Charter critics, however, blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards. CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results. The school also received an F in value-added, a measure of student growth and academic progress over a school year. "I'm sure you've seen by now that Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy today," said former state representative Steve Dyer, now a researcher for the union-aligned Innovation Ohio think tank. "I assume it's to argue for charter school efficacy. However, this schools received an F in student growth last year. Cleveland Municipal Schools got a C. " He continued: "So why would Trump visit such a school? Could it be because it is run by a for-profit company whose founder is a notable (and wealthy) player active in education politics? " Packard said that criticism is unfair and noted that CASSA's scores plummeted in 2014-15 in Ohio's first year using online Common Core-based tests through PARCC. Ohio dumped PARCC last summer after schools had many problems with its online platform. "I view all PARCC results as basically invalid and that's why the state has given all the public schools basically a pass on it," Packard said, referring to the "safe harbor" Ohio has set to prevent any  negative consequences of poor test scores as the state transitions to new tests. In 2013-14, before PARCC, CASSA received a C for Performance Index and an A for the value-added progress measure. New state report cards for 2015-16, the first year after PARCC, will be released next Thursday.
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New Ohio schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria must advocate for children: editorial
Ohio's new schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has a chance to show that he can stand up to political pressure, unlike some of the state's recent superintendents, and that he will be a committed advocate for our children, writes the editorial board. Ohio's new schools superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, might have a hard time filling the shoes of some of his predecessors -- not because they were so big, but because they were so small.  More on Ohio's new school chief This gives DeMaria an opportunity to show that his key concern is ensuring that Ohio's children get a top-notch education and that their parents and the public have a permanent seat at the table for any decisions. In particular, DeMaria needs to work hard to keep the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) insulated from political pressure. His predecessors did not achieve those goals. Richard Ross, who retired last year, was sandbagged by former school choice director David Hansen's deliberate omission of the failing grades of online charter schools. Hansen resigned from ODE soon after. He is the husband of Beth Hansen, Kasich's chief of staff and former presidential campaign manager.   Before that, schools Superintendent Stan Heffner handed in his retirement papers in 2012 after Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer said he lobbied the state on behalf of an education company he had agreed to work for -- which shows he had little consideration for the needs of Ohio's children or its taxpayers.  DeMaria ought to set the bar higher for the Ohio superintendency than it has been for some time.  There are clear signs that DeMaria is willing to do the job -- especially given his crackdown on inadequate reporting by publicly funded charter schools in Ohio -- but to ensure that DeMaria has a clear field for reform, there needs to be a change in the governor's office as well. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. 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John Kasich must be more outspoken and explicit in showing his support for DeMaria in his fight with politically connected charter school interests. Admirably, DeMaria has resisted legislative efforts to defang House Bill 2, Ohio's tough new charter school reform law that requires improved ODE evaluations and oversight. That's critical, since some Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly already have blocked a new rule prompted by HB 2 that required charter school sponsors to prove to the state that they are complying with all of its rules - about 300 in all. Instead, lawmakers sent the rule to a rule-making committee to evaluate, a delaying tactic that could take months. The evaluations are supposed to be done by Oct. 15. DeMaria, in response, decided to take a random sample of 10 percent of each of the sponsors' schools to meet the requirement and complete the evaluations by the deadline. That was smart. But Kasich should have spoken up and told meddlesome legislators to follow the law. Speak up for charter school reform, Gov. Kasich ODE under DeMaria has also been fighting a legal battle to get student attendance records from ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school that has been criticized by the state for failing to show that its students have the required 920 hours of active learning in an academic year. DeMaria also has to make sure that the 19-member elected state board of education -- his immediate bosses -- and the public are in the loop.  That didn't happen under Ross, who engaged, with the help of some Mahoning County officials and others, in a top-secret state takeover of the underperforming Youngstown schools without the knowledge of either state school board members or the city. Ross' lack of full transparency poisoned politics on the board and tainted his reputation. DeMaria needs to learn from his predecessors' mistakes and make sure he is an honest advocate who sees his job as working on behalf of Ohio's children and being open and honest with the public. If he can achieve those goals, he could be one of the best superintendents that Ohio has had in some time. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
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State school board president resigns over chimpanzee tweet
In an interview Wednesday morning, Mark Miller said his tweet had been 'misinterpreted and mischaracterized.'
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Mentor a youth
ConcordMentor a youth Orientations for new mentors in The Friends Youth Mentoring Program will take place March 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and April 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The session will provide you with information about youth mentoring and introduce you to some bes...
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Trump: School chief DeVos faced ‘very unfair trial’
President Donald Trump labeled Betsy DeVos’ history-setting confirmation as education secretary as “a very unfair trial”        
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My Turn: Edelblut is a good man, but wrong for state
I like Frank. Although we do not see eye-to-eye on many issues, commissioner of education designee Frank Edelblut and I have never shied away from candid conversations about the challenges facing our state.When I ran Open Democracy and the N.H. Rebellion, Frank was someone we could count on to join...
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DeVos backlash: Parents threaten to homeschool kids after appointment
Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as education secretary has prompted parents to threaten to homeschool their children, in response to the billionaire’s lack of education experience and her support for the privatization of education. Read Full Article at
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Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind?
Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind? Feb. 9, 2017, 10:30 a.m. In an effort to make refugees feel welcome, California lawmakers have introduced legislation to give them immediate in-state tuition and get more translators for schools. Because of a shift in the investing...
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State legislators, education officials react to appointment of Betsy DeVos
Some Pennsylvania education advocates are disappointed that Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos is officially the U.S. Secretary of Education, but many said today they will continue to press her to protect public education.
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NH’s former and current governor at odds over DeVos confirmation as education secretary 
The Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary on Tuesday, with Vice President Pence casting a historic tiebreaking vote after senators deadlocked over her fitness for the job.The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators voted against DeVos, as did two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of...
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Betsy DeVos: Fighter for kids or destroyer of public schools?
There were strong, mixed opinions Wednesday after Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as education secretary        
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The lesson of Betsy DeVos' confirmation: Not voting has consequences
To the editor: It is clear to me after the Senate voted 51-50 (with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie) to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education that the Republicans care nothing about honesty or qualifications; this woman has no idea of what education means in this country. She...
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Sen. Kamala Harris joins Democratic senators in 24-hour floor session to sink DeVos' confirmation
Betsy DeVos lacks basic knowledge of American schools and should not be confirmed as secretary of Education, Sen. Kamala Harris said Monday night as Democrats made a last-ditch effort to sink DeVos’ nomination. “Our country needs a secretary of Education who has demonstrated basic competency when...
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My Turn: School choice is taxation without representation
A lot has been said about school choice lately, on both the national and state levels. On its face, who is against choice? My parents sent me and my four siblings to 12 years of Catholic school. They also insisted on living in a town that prioritized education, even though it meant higher taxes than...
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School choice advocates see ally in GOP Gov. Sununu
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Advocates of educational choice see an ally in Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire's first Republican governor in a dozen years. Sununu supports legislation that would allow some towns to use public money for private school tuition and has nominated a businessman who homeschooled his children to ...
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Vacant church complex to house regional theater, school
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former St. Rose de Lima Church and School on Bayou Road, vacant for more than a decade, are a step closer to revival. The New Orleans City Council signed off this week on plans to transform the three-building complex in the 7th Ward into the ...
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Baltimore lawmakers quiz state budget secretary over proposed cuts
Going in front of Baltimore lawmakers to pitch a budget that would cut the amount of cash the state puts into the city's coffers, Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley tried Friday to paint a rosy picture. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's fiscal policies will attract jobs to Baltimore, he said, and a...
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Letter: Edelblut unqualified
Edelblut unqualifiedAs a former New Hampshire teacher, I oppose the nomination of Frank Edelblut as commissioner of education.He has had no experience with the education system, having home schooled his children, and very little government experience – one term as a state representative. Some groups...
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De Blasio embraces ‘separate and unequal’ for city schools
Now we know: Mayor de Blasio is sticking by his policy on charter schools — “separate and unequal.” That’s the thrust of the city’s offer of 1,000 middle-school seats to Success Academy, which needs 1,700 for children graduating from Grade 4 this coming spring. That’s only 58 percent. It’s not because the Department of Education...
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How best to do bilingual education
To the editor: I strongly agree with your editorial. In fact, bilingual education is even more effective than the Times' sources indicate. ( “Return to bilingual education,” Editorial, Sept. 7) The most rigorous research design is to compare the progress of children in bilingual programs and children...
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