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Ohio shutting down its clearinghouse for online lessons

eSchool News

Since 2007, an online clearinghouse has helped Ohio educators choose well-designed online lessons from a vast marketplace of products and has made them available free. Its funding support, through the state Education and Higher Education departments, has disappeared. Even though state law still authorizes the clearinghouse, lawmakers included no Education Department funding for it.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students. Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. The need for teachers who have both the knowledge and the ability to teach special education students is more critical today than ever before.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

The Hechinger Report

About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. They tended to cite a combination of their own optimism coupled with pressure from state officials, who in turn were pressured to meet the federal educational goals set in No Child Left Behind. Educational consultant and former state board member Leslie Jacobs on why charters may have had difficulty reaching projected goals.