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December 19, 2008
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Next Secretary of Education
is Nominated
President-elect Obama has nominated Arne Duncan ( as the next Secretary of Education. His work as Superintendent in the Chicago Public Schools and his views on NCLB can be seen in this video (

Two from Stark Make Statements at Watch Party
If you were unable to attend the Watch Party for the Governor's Conversation on Education in Cleveland, view the full video here.   
Both Theresa Perses, Superintendent of Canton Local Schools, and Betsy Boze, Dean of Kent State University at Stark, make statements to the governor. 

2000-vs-2007 Degree Attainment
In celebration of the holidays, we are taking a publishing break. Watch for the next Issues on January 10, 2009.

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Stark County Proposes 10 Ways
the Governor and State Legislators
Can Bring Ohio's Schools into the 21st Century
Stark County Reform Plan
Governor Ted Strickland wants to reform Ohio's K-12 system of education to make sure that the state's schools rank among the best in the world. He has held Conversations on Education since July to gather proposed ideas for creating a system that he wants to be innovative, personalized and linked to economic prosperity. He plans to introduce his education reform proposal in 2009.

Last week, Stark County submitted an education reform plan, Learn from the Past. Prepare Our Children for the Future. The plan was written by the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Stark Education Partnership and reflects the lessons learned from 20 years of Stark County educational reform experiences.

The plan outlines 10 ways Stark County's lessons learned can be used by Ohio's schools:
  1. Ensure that every child has the kind of early care and education experiences that make him or her ready to succeed in the classroom and throughout life.
  2. Sharpen Ohio's academic standards to include student performances of 21st-century knowledge and skills, align standards with the expectations of the state's higher education and business communities, and create an assessment system that guides and improves instruction and ensures that all students graduate ready for postsecondary options and promising careers.
  3. Create a culture that makes all teachers literacy instructors and provide them with the preparation and professional development to excel in this role.
  4. Support a "technology for all" policy that uses technology and its applications to improve teaching and learning, deliver assessments, identify student strengths, personalize learning and engage parents in the education of their children.
  5. Invest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning using alternative models that make hands-on, problem-solving, project-based learning approaches available to all students in all schools.
  6. Create full-service schools and provide wraparound services that are critical to many children's learning success, and knock down separate and often contradictory funding silos that make it difficult for schools and communities to foster students' social, emotional, moral and academic development.
  7. Ensure that more students have meaningful opportunities to earn high-quality college credit while still in high school.
  8. Establish a coherent regional delivery system and align the state's education, workforce development and economic development initiatives.
  9. Give schools, districts and multi-district collaborative more flexibility in organizing instructional schedules, delivering educational services, awarding academic credit and administering human resources.
  10. Promote the development of local/regional P-16 councils and other local /regional collaboratives, and charge them with birth-to- career education planning and service delivery.*

* Learn from the Past. Prepare Our Children for the Future. may be downloaded at the Stark Education Partnership web site: or at WHBC-AM 1480
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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.

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