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2017

Education Expert: Fewer Tests, More Creativity Needed

The Repository (August 3, 2017) Think schools today are failing to prepare students for life and a career? Ken Robinson, considered by many educators to be one of the foremost thinkers in education today, thinks so, too. Robinson...

Editorial: Time to end school testing insanity

The Repository (August 3, 2017) By now everyone knows the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. On Wednesday, acclaimed speaker/researcher/writer Sir Ken Robinson...

Don’t Judge Them: Students Learn Inclusion Lessons

Repository (May 18, 2017) Nearly 30 student groups from Stark and surrounding county school districts on Thursday showcased their yearlong efforts to promote awareness and inclusion for all students within...

Stark Diversity Group Keeps Striving as it Hits Anniversary

The Independent (April 28, 2017) In the summer of 1957, Lois DiGiacomo-Jacobson spent a week basking in the Florida sun. Returning to work with a deep tan, she said, she was shocked by the hateful stares she received from...

Editorial: State delays education plan

Repository (March 19, 2017) There was a bit of irony in State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria's announcement Monday that Ohio will delay submitting its proposed education plan to the federal government until September...

Stark Educators to State: Don’t Waste Opportunity

The Independent (March 17, 2017) Canton City Schools Superintendent Adrian E. Allison and the Stark Education Partnership have joined the chorus of educators statewide who say state education leaders are wasting...

 

2016

Howard Retiring as Stark County Family Court Judge

The Repository (December 19, 2016) Stark County Family Court Judge Michael L. Howard is bidding farewell to a career that began in the juvenile justice and domestic relations system in the 1970s. Elected as a judge in 2004, the...

Beyond the Stats

About (July 26, 2016) Similar to an offensive lineman in football, a catcher in baseball or Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stark County schools offer valuable educational programs that don’t always show up on...

Stark Education Partnership: Advocate, Broker, Convener, Educator, Researcher

Sisters of Charity (March 2016)The Stark Education Partnership is a nonprofit education reform organization that collaborates with educators, businesses, civic leaders, and the community. In February, Dr. Teresa Purses....

Stark County Schools Call for State to Hold Report Card Scores

The Review (February 24, 2016) The state Department of Education released state report card scores to district superintendents on Tuesday, two days before they will be made public, and the Stark County Educational Service....

Stark School Leaders Grade State Report Cards ‘F’ for Flawed Data

The Independent (February 23, 2016) The state Department of Education is expected to release its final installment of report card data on Thursday, and area educators are crying fowl while warning parents they won't...

Stark School Officials: State Report Cards Are Too Flawed

The Repository (February 23, 2016) Representatives from the Stark County Educational Service Center, four Stark County school districts and the nonprofit Stark Education Partnership held a joint press conference Tuesday...

Judge Reader Remembered as Teacher and Advocate for Juvenile Justice

Repository (February 8, 2016) Retired Judge W. Don Reader, who spent his career working in family law and services for youth, died Friday. A Stark County resident since 1953, Reader was 88. He was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania...

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2015

Canton Early College High School Changing a City

EdWorks (October 22, 2015) At EDWorks, we know Early College works. It’s reaffirmed every time a first generation college goer earns their first college credit and every time a student graduates with an associate degree and a...

Stark Education Partnership Taps Teresa Purses as Next President

Repository (August 25, 2015) Purses will replace Adrienne O’Neill, who plans to retire at the end of September after 15 years at the helm. A nonprofit education reform support organization in Stark County has selected longtime educator Teresa J. Purses..

College Guides Promote Post-high School Education in Local Schools

Repository (May 26, 2015) AmeriCorps’ Ohio College Guide program directs high school students toward higher education. While exuberantly hugging Takisha Morgan, Sadie Bell proudly proclaimed the good news that she is within days of graduating...

North Hill couple helps lead Better Block initiative in Akron

Akron Beacon Journal (May 15, 2015) Before Tina and John Ughrin bought a house on Akron’s North Hill eight years ago, they moved every three years, going where jobs or studies took them. That changed when they bought their nearly century-old....

PROGRESS 2015: Supporting students to success

IndeOnline.com (May 5, 2015) Exciting is the best way to describe how Stark County P-16 educators are supporting students to success. The Stark Education Partnership has been most fortunate to visit many of the schools, colleges and universities and...

Young Entrepreneurs Consortium looks to build next generation of minds

Repository (March 26, 2015) A $13.6 million state Straight A grant is helping area schools develop students as young entrepreneurs by developing these types of problem-based learning projects that incorporate science, math and English, along...

Para Jones: On a mission to close Ohio’s talent gap

Akron Beacon Journal (March 21, 2015) Stark State College is proud of our mission of providing affordable certificates and associate degrees that lead to rewarding employment and/or university transfer. We serve nearly 14,000 students from Stark...

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2014

Private foundations invest millions in Stark County

Repository (December 1, 2014) Stark County’s industrial history left it a legacy of old warehouses and abandoned factories. The families and businesses that forged those enterprises also bequeathed the community millions of dollars that continue to work...

Education Attainment Rates, Local Training Initiatives Point to Promising Economic Future for Stark County

Choose Stark County (October 6, 2014) Recent data cited by the Stark Education Partnership indicates that education attainment levels among Canton adults ages 18 to 24 exceed both the state and national...

Straight A: Area educational groups awarded $16 million from state

Repository (July 29, 2014) The announcement of the Straight A Fund grants mark the second award in $250 million cycle of funding built into Gov. John Kasich's two-year budget. Educational groups in Stark County and surrounding areas will receive about...

Youngstown school district needs strong guiding hand

The Vindicator (July 1, 2014) It would not be an an exaggeration to suggest that the academically challenged Youngstown City School District has state education officials worried. The failure of the system to climb out of the academic cellar has State...

Editorial: Canton City is taking a smart approach to reading mandate

Repository (June 15, 2014) Our view: Plans address both immediate, long-term needs. We like the approach Canton City Schools is taking toward the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. It will address two needs: • The immediate need: Ensuring that as...

Academic distress panel needs clone of retiring chairwoman

The Vindicator (June 14, 2014) Adrienne O’Neill doesn’t mince words when she talks about the Youngstown City School District and what needs to be done to pull the urban system out of the state academic cellar. And, O’Neill has no patience for the internal...

College connectors’ help high school students navigate path to college

Akron Beacon Journal (June 13, 2014) If no one in your family ever went to college, it’s easy to hear the voices that will tell you not to try. “My mom says why should I go because she never went.” “We can’t afford it.” “I need to get a job now because our...

College connectors’ getting results in Stark County high schools

Repository (June 13, 2014) Since 2007, college guides, also called college connectors, have helped Stark County high school students, counselors and principals overcome the barriers to post-secondary education. Some notable results: • At Timken High

Canton City targets at-risk students with summer reading program

Repository (June 12, 2014) The Canton City School District, which had highest rate of Stark County students fail the October reading test, has taken a two-pronged approach to address the new state reading standard known as the Third Grade Reading

Dual Credit: Students are Workforce Ready in Stark County

Canton INC (Spring 2014) Ten years ago, Stark County educational leaders saw a problem. The world required more and more educated workers and Stark County's post-high school educational level was low. Something had to be done...

Collaboration in Stark County: Schools work together to help students

The Independent (May 3, 2014) The school districts, colleges and universities in Stark County have been working for more than a decade to raise college attainment with appreciable results. The cities of Massillon and Canton, as well as the county, now...

For Stark County students, college can start in high school

Repository (March 29, 2014) Stark County high school students have the option of taking college classes at their high school, on a college campus or online through dual enrollment programs. Marissa Biclawski is in her second semester of college, but...

Community Impact Awards 2014: Stark Education Partnership

IBmag.com (March/April 2014) Stark Education Partnership is helping the county’s schools create a culture of college attainment. Kenneth Brunner, principal of Canton’s Early College High School, has been keeping tabs on his graduates. He knows what...

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2013

City Students, Parents Choose Academic Rigor

Repository (September 9, 2013) Our nation has long supported education for all its children. But many people suggest that our quality of education for all has not been good enough, meaning that students are not...

Data on Grads Looks Good for Stark

Repository (August 31, 2013) The issue: Brain drain. Our view: Vast majority pursues higher ed in region, sending strong, positive message. If you think that large numbers of Stark County’s high school graduates...

Para M. Jones: Germany’s workforce training holds lessons for Americans

Repository (August 30, 2013) I was honored to be selected to represent Ohio community and technical colleges during a recent trip to Germany to study the dual system of education and training known as the German...

Increase in college enrollment is welcome

Repository (March 25, 2013) The issue: Percentage of Stark students in college. Our view: Encouraging trend should be helped along by economic recovery. Sometimes major changes don’t become apparent until they...

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2012

Stark in Forefront for Three-Year Degrees

The Repository (October 23, 2012) State universities in Ohio have a new mandate to offer three-year degrees in 10 percent of their four-year programs. By 2014, according to the new state law, they must award...

College Task Force Can Learn in Stark

Repository (August 14, 2012) Ohio is in the bottom quarter of states for college-educated residents. Only 26 percent of adults have earned a four-year degree; the national average is 31 percent. Why does this matter?...

Kent State Stark Welcomes Two New Advisory Board Members

Kent State University Stark (March 23, 2012) Kent State University at Stark is proud to announce two new members on the campus Advisory Board. Rick L. Haines, president and CEO of AultCare, and Dr. Adrienne...

Numbers Tell Encouraging Story

Repository (February 14, 2012) The statistics illustrate a vicious cycle that keeps Ohio families and the state as a whole from the kinds of prosperity we all want to see...

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