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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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2011

Three New Members Named to Youngstown Academic Distress Commission To Help Continue Improvement

Ohio Department of Education (November 22, 2011) Three new members have been named to the Youngstown Academic Distress Commission. Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner...

Gates Foundation's Investments in Ohio, Stark Rewarded

The Repository (May 26, 2011) With more than $38 billion in assets, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is to the world of nonprofits what Microsoft is to the electronics industry — a giant. When the foundation...

O'Donnell to Leave Stark State for MassBay by August

The Repository (May 19, 2011) Stark State College’s president says his own career was made possible through access to affordable education. That’s where his heart is, and he owes it to the communities he serve...

Good News Among Daunting Issues

The Repository (April 10, 2011)  The issue: High school graduation rates. Our view: Progress means more kids in college, too. The problems you have asked The Rep and CantonRep.com to look into for our Stark....

Stark Graduation Rates Improving

The Repository (April 8, 2011) In 10 years time, Timken High School has gone from graduating half of its student body to graduating nearly 90 percent. That jump, and the efforts by Canton City Schools, have....

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2010

College Degree Can Keep You Out of Poverty in Stark

The Repository (December 27, 2010) It pays to have a college degree. If you are living in Stark County, anyway. The U.S. Census Bureau’s recent release of five-year estimates from the American Community Survey...

2010 Class of Movers & Shakers

About Stark County(November 2010) In our second year of selecting Stark County’s “Movers & Shakers,” we certainly didn’t run into a shortage of worthy recipients. Dozens of new... Download the 360K PDF »

Robert Belden Receives Chamber's Highest Honor

The Repository (Nov 11, 2010) “When you’ve gotten a lot from the community or been fortunate enough to have things, you ought to give back,” Robert F. Belden said Wednesday prior to receiving the...

Awards of Merit, Appreciation Bestowed at Community Salute Awards Nov. 10

Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (Chamber News Oct 9, 2010) Robert F. Belden will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the upcoming Community Salute Awards. The award will be...

Education Collaboration in Canton Shows Promise

+ThePlus (Sept 22, 2010) –Increasing the educational attainment of our region's residents is essential if we are to advance Northeast Ohio, and few places have made as much progress in this area as Stark County...

The Numbers Tell the Story

Ohio College Access Network (ACCESS Spring/Summer 2010) – In his October 2009 article “The role of early college high schools and dual credit in changing the college-going  culture in Ohio” for the Volume 4...

Light at the End of the ACT Tunnel

The Repository (June 2, 2010) – The Stark Education Partnership and its chairman, retired Judge W. Don Reader, are seeing progress in an important crusade: The state is moving closer to dumping the Ohio...

Dr. Adrienne O'Neill to Speak at Stark State College Commencement May 16

Stark State College of Technology (May 10, 2010) – Dr. Adrienne O'Neill, Ed.D., president of the Stark Education Partnership, will address over 700 graduates, their families and friends at Stark State College...

Sisters of Charity Announces Grant Recipients

The Repository (April 2, 2010) – The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton’s board has announced recipients of Responsive and Good Samaritan Grants totaling $387,003 for the first quarter of this year...

2010 Innovation Award Winners - Recognizing exemplary practices that expand options for low-income students

College Board (April 2010) – The first-ever Innovation Awards were presented at the College Board regional forums in February 2010. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!....

3 Midwestern Region Institutions Each Receive $5,000 CollegeKeys Compact™ Innovation Award

College Board Connection (April 2010) – The Stark Education Partnership in Canton, Ohio; Admission Possible in St. Paul, Minn.; and the University of Cincinnati have been honored as regional winners of the first...

Community Impact Award: Credit Scores – The Stark Education Partnership Helps Students Pursue a College Education

Inside Business (March/April 2010) – Jessica Pastore is a senior at GlenOak High School in Canton. She knows she wants to attend college, and she knows she wants to study medicine. She's just not sure if...

New Stark County Initiative Encourages Education, Celebrates Success

The Suburbanite (March 15, 2010) – A new local initiative, Building Stark By Degrees, encourages young people and their parents to make plans for a college education. Building Stark By Degrees celebrates the...

Stark's Dual-Credit Pioneers Honored

The Repository (March 9, 2010) – One big key to raising high school graduation rates is to get students engaged not only in their high school course work but also in what many might not have imagined for...

Stark County College Enrollments Up By 50 Percent in Last Decade

The Review (January 25, 2010) – The number of American adults age 25 and older who hold a bachelor’s degree or have completed a high school credential is multiplying, and Stark County is leading in some areas of...

Arts in Stark Releases SmArts "Report Card"

The Repository (January 18, 2010) – The free family arts festival ArtSplash Saturday will be a celebration of schools using the arts to supercharge learning. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cultural Center...

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2009

Stark Students Make Measurable Progress

The Repository (December 28, 2009) – We are fortunate to live in Stark County because this is a place where education is valued. Recognition is growing that the more educated we become and the better our work...

Joyce Lemke: Schools have changed, especially right here in Stark County

The Repository (November 2, 2009) – The week of Oct. 12 was, in many ways, a watershed time for me. I spent the week visiting schools in Stark County. Truly, Virginia, Stark County’s schools are not your...

Harris Makes His Picks for School Funding Panel

The Columbus Dispatch (October 29, 2009) – Some of Senate President Bill M. Harris’ appointments to the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council should make for lively meetings. Among Harris’ nine appointees to the...

Milestone for Canton City Schools, community: First Early College High School class graduates

The Repository (March 15, 2009) – Emmanuel Grimsley was 5 when he lived with his grandmother for awhile. His single mom worked 12-hour days in a factory to provide for her family. What emmanuel...

Adrienne O'Neill, Ed.D. Honored

Ohio College Access Network (Volume 6, Issue 3, Winter 2009) – ACCESS - Dr. Adrienne O’Neill, president of the Stark Education Partnership, has been named as one of the 2008 Purpose Prize Fellows by Civic...

Access Update: Stark Education Partnership (PDF)

National College Access Network (Volume 14, Issue 1, Winter 2009) - Access Update – Dr. Adrienne O’Neill, president of the Stark Education Partnership, has been named as one of... Download the 1.3MB PDF »

Stark Education Partnership Awarded $10,000

The Repository (March 5, 2009) – Stark Education Partnership was awarded $10,000 from Dominion East Ohio Tuesday in its 14th annual Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored by Dominion...

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2008

Ohio's First Lady Attends School-Funding Brainstorming Session in Perry

The Repository (December 12, 2008) – The Stark Education Partnership will celebrate the accomplishments of President Adrienne O'Neill and Kim Ross, graphics designer, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at the...

Partnership to Honor Educators Tonight

The Repository (December 10, 2008) – The Stark Education Partnership will celebrate the accomplishments of President Adrienne O'Neill and Kim Ross, graphics designer, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at the...

Got math? Program Helps Students Prepare for College Before They Get There

The Repository (September 27, 2008) – Fairless Schools math teacher Gina Stanford knows nowadays it's about more than getting your students into college — it's about keeping them there. And it starts in...

Commitment to Quality Education Will Continue in Massillon Schools

The Repository (August 13, 2008) – I have served the children and parents of Massillon proudly for nine years. I have placed my priorities and efforts towards placing the students of Massillon in the best position...

Doors Opening for Ohio Students

The Independent (June 18, 2008) – Walls are coming down and Western Stark County students can be among those to take the first steps over the rubble and pave the way for Ohio's future. That’s the plan anyway...

Reform for Real

The Repository (June 17, 2008) – Gov. Ted Strickland is open to exploring alternatives to the Ohio Graduation Test. This is good news in Stark County, and new evidence that Strickland is determined to take more...

Stark's Challenge to Fingerhut

The Repository (June 3, 2008) – When Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, came to Stark State College on Friday, he heard an outburst of local passion about an issue—the Ohio Graduation...

Stark Hailed as Education Pioneer

The Repository (June 1, 2008) – It's a good thing Eric Fingerhut's plan to make Ohio a more educated state spans 10 years. These things take time, and Ohio is starting very far back in the pack. But as he and other...

Ohio College Access Network to help communities keep disadvantaged kids in college (PDF)

Ohio College Access Network (March 17, 2008) - This month, the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN) launched a new phase of college retention grants to help low-income oft... Download the 5MB PDF »

OGT: We Hardly Knew You (PDF)

Catalyst Ohio (February/March 2008) - State considers end-of-course exams to replace cumulative test that derailed thousands of students from graduation. New tests are likely to be... Download the 34k PDF »

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2007

Group Seeks Better Educated Population

The Repository (January 19,2007) - Education is the fastest way to improve life for Stark County residents, say local business and education professionals. But how can that be achieved? Richard Stoff, president of...

Seamless Education

The Repository (January 24, 2007) - Gov. Ted Strickland spent a day this week with the presidents of dozens of Ohio colleges and universities. The day was spent discussing ways to deal with some of the biggest..

Massillon Schools Raise Bar

The Independent (March 28,2007) - Football has always been Massillon’s defining program. That, according to Massillon City School officials, is going to quickly change. In the next five years, the district...
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City Schools are Right to Set Lofty Goals

The Independent (March 29,2007) - There’s no arguing the fact that, in many ways, athletics put Massillon on the map – and there’s not a thing wrong with that. The rich history of Washington High’s football program...
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Not for the Timid: Creating Breakthrough High Schools in Ohio (PDF)

Center on Reinventing Public Education (March 2007) - A national publication funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Center for Reinventing (see page 66)... Download the 558k PDF »

Action Now (PDF)

Crain's Cleveland Business (April 2, 2007) - The consortium of philanthropic organizations known as The Fund for Our Economic Future last week unveiled Advance Northeast... Download the 52k PDF »

Two Projects Selected to Compete for Federal Regional Economic Development Grants

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (April 17,2007) - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) today announced that two regional partnership projects have been selected to...

Goal of Competition: Aid Region's Economy

The Repository (April 24, 2007) - Here is a great opportunity to lay more groundwork for economic growth in this region of Ohio. There is a competition for federal funds that we want to tell you a little about...

On Course for Success at KSU/Stark (PDF)

Ohio College Access Network (Spring 2007) - Access Newsletter - The school newspaper article carried the headline “The whereabouts of the mysterious Mr. G.” Students at Canton... Download the 125k PDF »

TG Awards More Than $5.2 million in Competitive Grants to Advance College Access and Student Retention

TG (September 19, 2007) - TG has awarded more than $5.2 million in grants to 42 institutions and non-profit organizations to advance access to college, student retention and educational research. This is the third...

Grant Helps Teachers Gain Adjunct Status

The Repository (September 23, 2007) - A grant awarded to the Stark Education Partnership will help high school teachers take the graduate-level courses needed to qualify for adjunct college and university...
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Six in Stark Named "Schools of Promise"

The Repository (October 9, 2007) - The Ohio Department of Education has recognized six schools in Stark County as "Schools of Promise." "At a time when schools are being held more accountable for all groups of...
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Educators' Conference: Dialogue with Business Leaders is Crucial (PDF)

Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (October 2007) - Action Newsletter - Stark County needs educators and businesses to work together to create a skilled workforce... Download the 301K PDF »

Education and Economic Development (PDF)

Stark Development Board (October 31,2007) - Stark County Live. Work. Play. E-Newsletter - Stark County is fortunate to have the Stark Education Partnership which is nationally... Download the 1.73MB PDF »

Education Notes

The Repository (December 9, 2007) - TG, a public, nonprofit corporation that serves as an administrator of the Federal Family Education Loan Program, has awarded a $113,100 grant to Stark Education Partnership...

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2006

Ohio Should Abandon Graduation Test, Use ACT Instead

The Repository (January 1, 2006) - In The Repository of Dec. 13, there was an article about errors in grading the Ohio Graduation Tests affecting 1,599 students, including some in Stark County. The errors were made...
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Judge Has Idea Worth Pursuing

The Repository (January 3, 2006) - Once again, Stark County offers leadership in public education. We'll see if anyone in the state capital pays attention to the gesture. In a commentary published Sunday, retired...
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Celebrating Leadership in Stark County: Stark Education Partnership Awards $70,000 for Exceptional Education Leadership in Stark County, Ohio (PDF)

Stark Education Partnership (January 25, 2006) - The Stark Education Partnership is pleased to announce that that it will recognize two outstanding instructional leaders in Stark... Download the 85k PDF »

Taft Promotes Education Reform Agenda in Canton

Office of the Governor (January 26, 2006) - Governor Bob Taft today discussed his education reform agenda during a roundtable discussion with education and community leaders at Timken High...
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Taft Visits Canton Timken High to Push Academic Standards Plan

Beacon Journal (January 27, 2006) - Gov. Bob Taft went to Canton Timken High School a day after his state-of-the-state speech seeking support of his plan to raise the academic standards for getting into...
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Taft Seeks Support for Education Plan

WKSU (January 27, 2006) -Gov. Bob Taft has taken his call for tougher educational standards for high school students on the road. One of the first stops was Thursday at Timken High School...
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Dr. O'Neill's speech from the KnowledgeWorks Foundation Conference Thinking P-16 and Beyond Conference (PDF)

Stark Education Partnership (January 31, 2006) - Thank you Terry Seery for that wonderful introduction. I am humbled by what Governor Taft and Stephen Portch have said about our local... Download the 244k PDF »

Teams Across the State Come Together to Plan Local P-16 Councils (PDF)

KnowledgeWorks Foundation (January 31, 2006) - KnowledgeWorks Foundation is convening for the first time local and regional P-16 Planning Teams, with representatives from across the... Download the 61k PDF »

Ohio's Test to Graduate Debated

The Repository (March 12, 2006) - Ohio spends more than $20 million each year on tests seniors must pass to graduate from high school. Some neighboring states spend a fifth of that. Others don’t give the tests at...

College Access and P-16: A Winning Combination (PDF)

OCAN (Spring 2006, Volume 5, Issue 1) - College access in Stark County is a result of multiple pathways with converging strategies and broad-based community support. How did that happen? The answer is the... Download the 52k PDF »

More Canton City Graduates are College-Bound

The Repository (June 13, 2006) - At one time, Charlene Jackson didn’t think college was an option. She struggled with low self-esteem, and she was dealing with too much at home — “more than any 11-year-old...

21st Century Teachers will Need New Vocabularies, Resources

The Repository (August 23, 2006) -Intel’s chairman, Craig Barrett, in an address to the Education Writers Association on June 2, said, “The blunt truth is: The new global economy is technology-based...

Grants Will Give High School Students Exposure to College

The Repository (November 2, 2006) - Students in three counties will have the opportunity to experience college - for free - without leaving the high school classroom. It's all because of a $225,000 grant awarded to the...

Compton School Students Get a 'Taste of College'

The Repository (November 25, 2006) - College isn't far off for fifth-grader Iniah Dunbar. She got a "taste" of what it's like to be on campus recently, and that has Iniah and her fellow Compton School classmates looking...

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2005

Holiday Issue VII - National Bank Supports Economic Development Through Education (PDF)

Stark Styles (Holiday Issue VII) - A fundamental premise is if you are going to have economic development, you must have educated people to attract businesses and industries to this...Download the 365k PDF »

Students Eager for Early College

The Repository (March 31, 2005) - Eighth-grader Geoffrey McLendon wanted to be a McKinley Bulldog. His dad went to McKinley High School. His brother is a sophomore there. And the Lehman Middle School...

Early College Offers Amazing Opportunity

The Repository (June 1, 2005) - Imagine finishing four years of high school with a diploma and an associate degree from Stark State College of Technology. It is an amazing opportunity, and it is open to Timken...
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P-16 Plans to Bring Bredesen to Morristown (PDF)

Citizen Tribune (September 8, 2005) - ...The council also learned Wednesday that it will be featured in a Web-published book on the P-16 movement as an example of how to establish... Download the 136k PDF »

Governor Taft Announces Launch of Major Education Initiative

Office of the Governor (September 12, 2005) - Governor Bob Taft today announced the members of the newly formed Partnership for Continued Learning, which will meet for the first time on Wednesday, September...
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Cantonians Named to State Education Partnership Board

The Repository (September 13, 2005) - Two community leaders have been named members of a state board that aims to strengthen the bridge between education and the workplace. Gov. Bob Taft called for the...
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Governor Taft Chairs Partnership for Continued Learning Inaugural Meeting

Office of the Governor (September 14, 2005) - Governor Bob Taft today chaired the inaugural meeting of the Partnership for Continued Learning, the Governor’s new education initiative to strengthen and integrate... (sorry, no longer available)

League of Women Voters Hosts Education Forum

The Repository (November 16, 2005) - The tie between education and the economy is something Stark County residents can't afford to ignore. Jobs are often won or lost by the sheer muscle power of a community’s...
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2004

Stark County Woman Testifies at Congressional Education Hearing

The Repository (March 4, 2004) - Using teachers to push poor students toward college could make a big difference in furthering educational accomplishment without costing the government a lot of...
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Canton Students Get Jump-Start on College Opportunities

The Repository (July 17, 2004) - Not going to college wasn't an option for Ellen Brace. “It was kind of expected,” said Brace, an East Canton resident. But Brace knows not all students in her son’s high school are...

Forum Assesses Status of Public Education

The Repository (September 20, 2004) - Rallying in support of public schools, Stark County teachers, administrators and school board members explained why “Public Education Matters” on Wednesday. As...
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College Education Seen as Key to Boosting Ohio Economy

The Repository (October 5, 2004) - Ohio has been losing ground since the 1970s. No, the state isn't getting any smaller. But too few people have college degrees. And that's a problem, said Adrienne O’Neill of the...
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Honorable W. Don Reader is Announced as 2004 Child Advocate of the Year (PDF)

Stark Education Partnership (October 6, 2004) - CASA/GAL Press Release -The Honorable W. Don Reader, Canton, was announced as the 2004 Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian... Download the 52k PDF »

Judge Reader Honored as Advocate for Children

The Repository (October 7, 2004) - Judge W. Don Reader was recognized as an advocate for children with an Ohio award. The retired Stark County Family Court judge received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the...
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Dedication Scheduled for Canton School

The Repository (October 8, 2004) - The Canton City School District Board of Education and administration will host a formal dedication of Paralee Watkins Compton School at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at soon-to-be-renamed...
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Educators, Businesses Learn How Arts Can Add Up to Knowledge

The Repository (October 8, 2004) - Music, dance, drama and art can help connect students to their academic studies, educators say. The National Overture of Education and the Arts in Ohio hopes to use the arts to help...
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KnowledgeWorks Foundation Awards Fourth Annual Conlan Awards (PDF)

KnowledgeWorks Foundation (October 12, 2004) - KnowledgeWorks Foundation has awarded the fourth annual Thomas L. Conlan Awards for Excellence in College Access. The awards... Download the 286k PDF »

KnowledgeWorks Honors Adrienne O'Neill

The Repository (October 18, 2004) - A Stark County educator was honored recently for her efforts to make college more accessible to students. Adrienne O’Neill, president of the Stark Education Partnership...
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Pilot Program would Replace Ohio Graduation Test with ACT Test (PDF)

The Review (November 9, 2004) - The jobs have already blended: math and language skills are required not only for engineers and researchers, but for the person on the assembly line and... Download the 97k PDF »

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2003

Gov. Taft Announces Three New Ohio College Access Network Programs

OCAN (March 10, 2003) - Making progress toward his goal of doubling college access programs for Ohio's youth by this fall, Governor Bob Taft recently announced the establishment of...

Compton Receives Honor from Kent State

The Repository(April 11, 2003) - Canton community activist and retired educator Paralee Compton recently received Kent State University’s 2003 President’s Award for Social Responsibility at the college’s 15th Annual...

Author Tells Students About Horrors of Cambodia

The Repository(May 6, 2003) - Loung Ung was 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge regime stormed into her hometown in Cambodia. It was April 17, 1975. Ung’s life changed forever...

$2.6M Grant May Help McKinley Form 5 Small School

The Repository(August 14, 2003) - McKinley High School will essentially become five small high schools within the larger school next year if the district wins a $2.6 million grant from Cincinnati-based...

McKinley Aims High

The Repository(August 15, 2003) - The proposed restructuring of McKinley High School next year into five smaller schools will be an interesting experiment to watch. Each school...

KnowledgeWorks Foundation Selects 6 High Schools for Transformation

KnowledgeWorks Foundation (August 20, 2003) - Six large high schools from six urban districts in Ohio will have the financial resources they need to implement their plans for smaller, more personalized and effective...

McKinley Wins Grant for $1.52M

The Repository(August 21, 2003) - McKinley High School will become five smaller schools within a school next year, with the help of a $1.52 million grant from Cincinnati-based...

Readers Have Many Big Questions About Proposed Changes at McKinley

The Repository(August 24, 2003) - One of the big stories of last week was the plan by Canton City Schools to convert McKinley Senior High into the equivalent of five 400-student high schools within the...

Ohio Education Needs Reform to Keep Grads Here

The Repository(October 24, 2003) - Ohio has too few college graduates, experts say, and too few jobs for those who do finish college. As a result, despite fewer than average college grads, Ohio is an exporter of...

Group Seeks Answers to Why College Grads Exit State of Ohio

The Repository(December 18, 2003) - Through a regional partnership, the Canton Regional and Greater Akron chambers of commerce and the Stark Education Partnership are seeking solutions to the “brain drain” of...

Brain Drain

The Repository (December 21, 2003) - We applaud the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Stark Education Partnership and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce for attempting to tackle...

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2002

School Renaissance Under Way

The Repository (January 13, 2002) - The word “renaissance” means rebirth or revival, and hopefully that just could be what the Canton City School District is experiencing...

Israeli Professors Speak on Causes of Terrorism

The Repository (February 28, 2002) - Frustration. Political power. Religious fervor. Terrorism encompasses all these facets, say those in the know. On Wednesday, a panel of Israeli professors from Western...

State School Chief Invites Parents to Talk

The Repository (February 28, 2002) - Parents and residents are invited to discuss their concerns about education when State Superintendent Susan Tave Zelman holds a...

SEEDS Receives Local Recognition

Stark Education Partnership (March 3, 2002) - At it’s February meeting, the Board of Directors of the Stark Education Partnership recognized Dr. Jane Hazen Dessecker, Director, Instructional Services at the Stark...

Canton City to Go After Share of $31M Grant

The Repository (March 12, 2002) - Superintendent Dianne Talarico says Canton City Schools will seek some of the $31.5 million in grant money three private foundations have awarded to Ohio to improve urban...

Former Fairless High School Principal Recognized

Stark Education Partnership (March 13, 2002) - At its March meeting the Board of Directors of the Stark Education Partnership recognized Mr. Richard Hull, Curriculum Director, Fairless Local Schools for his...

Crowd of 300 Offers Input on Improving Education

The Repository (April 12, 2002) - State Superintendent Susan Tave Zelman and Canton Superintendent Dianne Talarico say they're listening. The two school leaders say they'll take seriously suggestions made by...

Award Winners Have Ideas Worth Sharing

The Repository (September 8, 2002) - Two Stark County educators whose efforts are having measurable success were given exceptionally generous awards by the Timken Foundation last week. Just as exciting as this...

Educators Seek Boost in College-Grad Rates to Aid Stark Economy

The Repository (October 25, 2002) - Only 18 percent of Stark County residents hold a bachelor's degree. Ohio ranks 41st out of 50 states in education level. And the cost is high: The average annual income for...

Honored Educators are Extraordinary, But They Are Two Among Many

The Repository (October 27, 2002) - At Kent State University Stark Campus’ new conference center last Thursday, an absolutely uplifting event took place. Two public school educators, Brenda Neel of Canton...

Look to Schools for Leadership

The Repository (October 28, 2002) - Sometimes the communities of Stark County seem hopelessly obsessed with the differences that can divide them rather than the similarities...

Arrival of Education Standards Doesn't End Debate

The Repository (November 19, 2002) - Our educational history has been marked with debates about who should be educated, what those who are educated should learn, and how what has been...

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2001

$56,000 Goes to Science Materials Center

Stark Education Partnership (July 16, 2001) - The Board of the Stark Education Partnership has approved a $56,000 grant to the Stark County Education Service Center for investigating the feasibility of developing...

Dr. John McGrath Joins Stark Education Partnership's Board of Directors

Stark Education Partnership (November 19, 2001) - The Board of Directors of Stark Education Partnership, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. John J. McGrath, President of Stark State College of Technology was...

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