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October 22, 2010
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Massillon Teacher Receives $25K Milken Award

Our congratulations to Kristina Blair, a teacher at Franklin Elementary who received the prestigious $25,000 National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation on Tuesday. Ms. Blair is the only Ohio teacher to be honored this year with the award - known as the "Oscar of Education." There are just 55 recipients in the nation.

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Student Tracker Paints a True Picture of Timken's College-Going Achievement 

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The Ohio Board of Regents data is two years old and only looks at college enrollment in Ohio and only at state colleges and universities. It shows Timken High School's 2008 college-going rate at 14%. What if, Timken's college-going rate was really 48%, up from 27% in 2005? 

That's the figure for the class of 2009 and further, because of Early College High School, 11% of that class has already graduated college. Timken's achievement is an urban district success story as it has also increased graduation from 75% to 85% in the same time.

Those figures come from the National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker System, the nation's first integrated K-12 and higher education data system. Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Student Tracker incorporates information from 92% of the nation's colleges and universities. For districts like Canton and communities like Stark where raising the college-going rate is a key priority, the data is invaluable.

The Stark Education Partnership, with a grant from TG and in collaboration with the Stark County Educational Service Center, will fund the implementation of the Student Tracker System for all Stark County districts.

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