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Subject: Looking at the Issues - August 22, 2008
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August 22, 2008
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Public Private Collaborative Issues Report on August 18, 2008

Public Private Collaborative ReportResearch confirms that engaged academic learning time is one of the most important factors in determining student achievement. Yet, on average, students spend somewhere between 9 and 13 percent of their waking hours in school - and just 50 to 60 percent of a young person's school time is devoted to academic learning. Confronting this fact, the Public-Private Collaborative Commission urges Ohio's leaders to extend the state's learning day and to take learning outside traditional walls, structures and timetables.

"Our four 'game-changing action priorities' are designed to create a new birth-to-career, student-centered, performance-based learning system that blends the higher expectations of a standards-based, accountable education system with a set of comprehensive, coherent and cohesive learning supports," said Jerry Jurgensen, Commission co-chair and CEO of Nationwide. "This blend of assets will help students acquire a solid grounding in core subjects, while gaining competence with 21st century workforce skills."

Other members of the Commission were:  Co-Chair, Gene Harris, Superintendent of Schools, Columbus Public Schools; Eric Fingerhut, Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents; Michael Mann, Principal, Lincoln Way Elementary School, Wooster, Ohio; Adrienne O'Neill, President, Stark Education Partnership; and Susan Zelman, Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education.

The Governor and leaders of the Ohio General Assembly directed the Commission, which they established last year, to make policy and program recommendations that promote greater student success, ensure that students graduate from high school having completed the Ohio Core Curriculum, make sure graduates are college- and work-ready, without remediation, and prepare more Ohioans to pursue and earn postsecondary credentials and degrees. Enacted in 2006, the state's new "Core Curriculum" raised expectations for what all schoolchildren must know and be able to do to earn a high school diploma.

The Commissions four "game-changing action priorities" keep the best of today's education system at the same time that a 21st- century education system is created efficiently, effectively and quickly. The Commission's action priorities are:
  1. Create a new culture of learning in which entire communities share responsibility for the well-being and educational performance of every student.
  2. Meet the learning needs of all students through a system of extended, accelerated and connected learning.
  3. Make dropout prevention, early intervention and recovery a priority in every school and school district, beginning in the early grades.
  4. Enhance school leaders' willingness and capacity to build strategic bridges with families and communities.
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