Dispatch Education Insider :Abigail Wexner-founded KidsOhio policy group to close after 15 years

KidsOhio.org will be ceasing operations on December 31, 2016 after nearly 15 years of providing nonpartisan research, publications and public policy work in education reform. Our sincerest thanks to our board, funders and former staff for making all of this work possible. We look forward to the next chapter of continuing our work in the central Ohio community.

We also thank The Columbus Dispatch for their supportive article in Education Insider on Wednesday November 23, 2016  & Editorial December 4, 2016.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/11/23/education-policy-group-kidsohio-to-close-after-15-years.html and http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2016/12/04/1-kids-ohio-stood-above-the-fray.html

Education Insider: Abigail Wexner-founded KidsOhio policy group to close after 15 years

Wednesday November 23, 2016 8:30 AM

After 15 years, KidsOhio.org is going out of business at year’s end. The nonpartisan organization was founded in 2002 by Abigail Wexner to analyze complex education data and work to improve public schools.

President Mark Real let people know in a KidsOhio Closing Letter “My longtime colleague Mary Hopmann and I will settle accounts and close the office. … Our website www.kidsohio.org will remain open for the next two years so readers can access past reports.”

Real explained on Tuesday that there had been a three-year discussion among the group’s financial backers about forming a single education organization. FutureReady Columbus, formed in July 2015, will be getting the funding going forward.

FutureReady’s board consists of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther; former Mayor Michael B. Coleman; Columbus schools Superintendent Dan Good; Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown; David Harrison, president of Columbus State Community College; and George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health.

“I’m really fortunate,” Real said. “Fifteen years is a really long time in this business. … We feel good about that.”

Counting all seniors

The latest federal data on high school population trends include some good news for Ohio colleges and universities: The numbers of high school seniors (i.e., potential college freshmen) might not plunge as badly as expected in the next decade.

According to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, the number of graduating seniors in Ohio will dip from a little more than 117,000 in 2017-18 to about 114,000 in 2022-23, but then remain flat for the foreseeable future.

That’s way better than the “near-catastrophic” decline, beginning in 2022, that was projected the last time the National Center for Education Statistics released projections, according to association Director Todd C. Jones.

Jones’ group, along with enrollment honchos at most higher-education institutions, keeps close watch on demographic projections because a shortage of potential students is making it difficult for tuition-dependent schools to keep their finances healthy.

They already have suffered a steep decline; according to preliminary numbers, the number of graduates fell from a peak of more than 124,000 in 2011 to about 116,000 in 2015. Virtually every financially struggling college has cited that decline as a factor.

“This is very good news for our state,” Jones said of the revised forecast. Perhaps in a Rivalry Week dig, he added, “As the old saying goes, at least we’re not Michigan — they’re still declining.”

Editorial: KidsOhio stood above the fray

Sunday December 4, 2016 5:00 AM

For 15 years, the education think tank called KidsOhio.org provided Ohio with credible, authoritative, objective and insightful analysis of educational issues, ranging from third-grade reading, to why parents value charter schools, to voter participation in education-related elections.

In a field filled with conflicting philosophies about education and sometimes bitter political fights over school funding, charter schools and testing, KidsOhio stood above the fray, offering clear and trustworthy data and conclusions. President Mark Real and colleague Mary Hopmann earned wide respect as they worked with all sides in many contentious areas of education.

In all, the agency produced more than 90 reports, and shining through each one is the love and concern that the board and staff feel for Ohio’s children. According to Real, the leaders of KidsOhio have decided that it now is time to use other means to advance education in Ohio.

Many thanks are owed to founder Abigail Wexner and the board of community leaders and the funders who made this work possible. And good luck to Real and Hopmann, who remain an invaluable resource for the advancement of education.

Dispatch editorial: KidsOhio stood above the fray

KidsOhio.org will be ceasing operations on December 31, 2016 after nearly 15 years of providing nonpartisan research, publications and public policy work in education reform. Our sincerest thanks to our board, funders and former staff for making all of this work possible. We look forward to the next chapter of continuing our work in the central Ohio community.

We also thank The Columbus Dispatch for their supportive editorial on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2016/12/04/1-kids-ohio-stood-above-the-fray.html

Editorial: KidsOhio stood above the fray

Sunday December 4, 2016 5:00 AM

For 15 years, the education think tank called KidsOhio.org provided Ohio with credible, authoritative, objective and insightful analysis of educational issues, ranging from third-grade reading, to why parents value charter schools, to voter participation in education-related elections.

In a field filled with conflicting philosophies about education and sometimes bitter political fights over school funding, charter schools and testing, KidsOhio stood above the fray, offering clear and trustworthy data and conclusions. President Mark Real and colleague Mary Hopmann earned wide respect as they worked with all sides in many contentious areas of education.

In all, the agency produced more than 90 reports, and shining through each one is the love and concern that the board and staff feel for Ohio’s children. According to Real, the leaders of KidsOhio have decided that it now is time to use other means to advance education in Ohio.

Many thanks are owed to founder Abigail Wexner and the board of community leaders and the funders who made this work possible. And good luck to Real and Hopmann, who remain an invaluable resource for the advancement of education.

 

Join us at next week’s Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum

On Wednesday, September 14 from noon-1:15 pm, CMC will present a forum featuring Ohio Auditor David Yost, who will discuss the recent changes in legislation regarding charter schools from HB 2 and how learning-based funding could be a preferred measurement tool. The panel will also include Chad Aldis, VP for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and State Senator Peggy Lehner, Ohio District 6. Cathy Candisky from The Columbus Dispatch will moderate.

We have partnered with the Columbus Metropolitan Club for a special guest price of $33.00 for this forum. Just click on the special “KidsOhio.org Guest” button on the registration page and use the password “Kids” (case sensitive): http://www.columbusmetroclub.org/event-2315147

Columbus City Schools Propose Issue 57 on the Fall Ballot

Issue 57 is the Columbus City Schools’ proposed ballot issue for 6.92 mills to support the district with additional staffing, make deferred repairs, and set up an ongoing schedule of maintenance, repair and replacement to prevent future backlogs. Details about Issue 57 can be found here in our latest nonpartisan guide: CCS Proposed Ballot Issue 57 Guide – 4-pager – FINAL – 090116

The district’s report card is available on the ODE website, including a downloadable printed version: http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/District-Report.aspx?DistrictIRN=043802

 

Columbus City Schools place 6.92-mill levy ballot issue

On November 8, 2016, voters will see a Columbus City Schools ballot issue for 6.92 mills to support additional staffing, address deferred maintenance needs, and provide ongoing repair and replacement needs. Details about this three-part ballot issue can be found here in our latest fact sheet: CCS Proposed Ballot Issue Fact Sheet, FINAL – 2-pager – 081516

 

 

KidsOhio.org to moderate panel at August 17 CMC Forum

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from noon-1:15 pm, the Columbus Metropolitan Club Forum topic will be “Columbus City Schools Levy Primer.” Come hear an update from Superintendent Dan Good and then hear from a panel that includes Rhonda Johnson, Education Director at the City of Columbus, and Rebecca Asmo, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. Mark Real of KidsOhio.org will moderate.

https://columbusmetroclub.wildapricot.org

 

Nonpartisan KidsOhio.org Report Shows Only 6 Percent of Adults Voted for Columbus School Board Candidates

CLICK HERE TO READ VOTER GUIDE

 

 

 


COLUMBUS
, Ohio – Only 1 in 16 adults in the Columbus City Schools district voted in the May 2015 primary, according to a new KidsOhio.org report. That means 94 percent of adults did not vote for any of the school board candidates who will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Those numbers have important ramifications for schools and the students who attend them, said Mark Real, KidsOhio.org president and CEO.

“The Columbus Board of Education oversees a taxpayer-funded budget of more than $1.4 billion,” Real said. “It sets education goals and policies and approves programming for more than 50,000 children.”

Additionally, the board monitors academic progress and operations among the district’s 110 schools and is responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent, internal auditor and treasurer.

“And yet only a tiny fraction of adults are engaged in electing school board members,” Real said.

Within the Columbus City Schools district, 40 percent of adults are not registered to vote and 54 percent are registered but didn’t vote in the May primary.

“In fact, more than a half-million adults didn’t vote in the last primary,” Real said. “I doubt that the vast majority of residents are aware of this. Our hope is that by educating the public about the importance of school board elections and highlighting how few people have been engaged, we can motivate more people to vote on Nov. 3.”

Eight school board candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, and voters will elect four. The KidsOhio.org report lists candidates in alphabetical order and provides links to candidate information. It also provides information about how to register and vote this fall.

KidsOhio.org will make the nonpartisan report available throughout the community and can customize it with the logos of additional organizations that want to distribute it to their constituents.

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About KidsOhio.org

KidsOhio.org was created in 2002 in response to community, education and business leaders who wanted an effective, data-driven, nonpartisan organization focused on improving public education in Ohio. The organization is funded by the private sector and does not accept any government monies or contracts. KidsOhio.org’s mission is to improve the education of Ohio’s nearly 3 million children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

 

20 Columbus City Parent Trigger Schools Post Improvement Plans

This fact sheet provides eight key facts about each of Columbus’ 20 “Parent Trigger” schools with a link to each schools’ improvement plan. Click here to read the fact sheet. 

Fact sheet on students with disabilities in Columbus

Columbus City Schools and the Ohio Department of Education have entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to improve services for children with disabilities. Read a copy of the signed 21-page agreement detailing their joint work here.

In addition, KidsOhio.org has prepared this two-page fact sheet, Students with Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio,” which provides an overview of the 8,249 students who comprise one in six members of the student body in Columbus City Schools.

Report: Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card

In this report titled, “Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card,” KidsOhio.org details successes achieved at Columbus Alternative High School, Eastmoor Academy and Centennial High School. All have poverty rates ranging from 55 percent to nearly 70 percent, but economically disadvantaged students at these schools are consistently beating the odds on the state’s 10th grade math and reading tests.

KidsOhio.org interviewed principals at all three schools to understand why these schools are achieving high marks. The principals most often cited these factors: • A clear goal of preparing all students for college • Long-serving teachers and principals • Expectations that parents will be engaged in their students’ education • Positive peer pressure among students to achieve academically • Parental choice to enroll students in these schools • Strong relationships among students, teachers and principals.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT

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