Ohio wins Race to the Top Round 2

The Columbus Education Association is proud to announce that our signing on to Ohio’s Race to the Top (RttT) grant application helped the state win $400 million. The Columbus City Schools will receive $20.5 million over the next four years.

The competitive grant was designed to promote reform across four key areas:
* Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace
* Building data systems that measure student growth and success and informing teachers and principals how to improve instruction
* Recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most
* Turning around their lowest-performing schools

Ten states won this time. Each has adopted rigorous common college- and career-ready standards in reading and math and have created pipelines and incentives to put the most effective teachers in high-needs schools. Additionally, all second-round winners developed alternative pathways to teacher and principal certification.

The next step is planning the specifics the grant will address. The Reform Panel will act as the transformation team to oversee the RttT program. Management and labor have committed to work collaboratively through the collective bargaining process to address areas of the RttT program that differ from the contract. The deadline for the plan is November 2010.

Ohio has a great strategy for public schools–the Ohio Education Opportunity Act, also known as House Bill 1. RttT dollars now give us the chance to implement that vision at a faster pace than without this funding.

OEA staff will provide technical assistance and consulting advice to CEA as we strive within our school community to use RttT dollars wisely.

OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks said at the press conference: “I want to congratulate everyone who worked on Ohios application. This will truly help all of us move our public education system from fifth to first in the nation.”

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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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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