School Choice and Education News
May 23 – May 30, 2013
Non-traditional high school graduates grows
Dayton Daily News
May 25, 2013
A growing number of Ohio high school students are graduating from non-traditional high schools, including brick-and-mortar charter schools, e-schools and STEM schools. The most rapid growth has been among e-schools, where students attend school online from home. In 2002, there were 63 e-school graduates, compared to 1,096 graduates in 2006 and 3,373 graduates in 2011. According to the Dayton Daily News, the number of graduates from brick-and-mortar charter schools has also grown from 517 in 2002, 2,028 in 2006 and 2,887 in 2011.
IN OUR SCHOOLS: Purcell Marian changing method of teaching math
The Cincinnati Enquirer
May 28, 2013
Next year, Purcell Marian High will begin mandating that every math class become a blended-learning class, which generally requires at least 50 percent of the learning to be done via computer, according to the Enquirer. The school says that this will allow for instruction to be more student-tailored and customized, with online testing and lessons that will be based on a student’s skill level and building on that as a student progresses at his or her own pace.
State official impressed with immersion school
Mansfield News Journal
May 30, 2013
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross visited Mansfield’s Spanish Immersion School this week. He told the Mansfield News Journal that he was “impressed” and that the school is “…a success story that we need to be talking about.” The school opened in 2007 with the goal of helping students become proficient in another language, in this case Spanish, early in their studies.
Private school tax credit for disabled OK’d
May 25, 2013
South Carolina’s Senate has approved a tax credit for donations made for private school scholarships for students with special needs. The tax credit would be up to $10,000 or the amount a person owes in taxes, whichever is lower. According to The Greenville News, it would go for donations made to nonprofits that give disabled students private school tuition grants of up to $10,000. The state would allow up to $5 million in tax credits.
More students turn to career academies
May 27, 2013
President Obama has proposed that $1 billion in his administration’s fiscal-year 2013 budget go toward expanding the number of career academies and increasing opportunities for students to participate in college-preparatory and career and technical curricula in their schools, according to USA Today. Ashley Parker, spokeswoman for the Association for Career and Technical Education, said the reasons for the higher demand of these programs are obvious, including the cost savings by having the opportunity to explore interests outside of college as well as improved academic performance.