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April 29, 2016
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Judge Howard!
At the recent Education Celebration hosted by the Stark County Educational Service Center, Judge Micheal Howard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the community, support for healthy youth development, and lifelong commitment to education. 

Judge Howard is active on numerous boards and committees including the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Character and Fitness, Stark County Traumatized Child Task Force, United Way of Greater Stark County, and our own Stark Education Partnership.
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Canton Ahead of the Curve with Middle 
School Reform

When it comes to education reform, middle schools are often overlooked.
Sometimes it seems that all the attention goes to high schools and elementary schools. "Best middle school rankings" don't exist and even prestigious awards, such as the Milken Educator Award are publicized as being given to "outstanding elementary and secondary teachers, principals and specialists" failing to recognize middle schools as a separate category.[1] Yet a quiet revolution in middle school education has been happening in Ohio.

Legislation now requires districts, unless seeking a waiver, to provide career tech programming in seventh and eighth grades.[2] This new focus on career preparation has the potential to spark a transformation in middle school 
education. Some districts, however, are 
way ahead of the curve, having already designed middle schools that begin the process of preparing for career and college. The Canton City School District is one such example.

Earlier this month Canton parents and families went through the process of selecting their child's middle school for the 2016-17 academic year. The district has five such schools, now called academies. Business professionals and the general public without children in school might be amazed at the choices available. The links below lead to fact sheets on each school.[3]

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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education. 

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
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