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Category: Issues Facing Schools Today

From the Podcast: Educational service centers

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November 13, 2017

Educational service centers: Saving school districts money through shared services

In today’s episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Daniel Kaffenbarger, the superintendent of the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center in Ohio. Dorn-Bell and Dr. Kaffenbarger discuss ESCs, or educational service centers, and the important role that they play in Ohio today.

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From the Podcast: Public schools and politics

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November 6, 2017

The intersection of public schools and politics

In the latest episode of We Love Schools, host Joel Gagne speaks with Eric Waldo, who was the Chief of Staff for President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, about public schools and politics. Waldo was the Executive Director for Reach Higher, an initiative started by Michelle Obama, and he is now the Executive Vice President for Education at Civic Nation.

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From the Podcast: The role of career centers in public education

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October 30, 2017

What’s the role of career centers in public education today?

In this latest episode of We Love Schools, host Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Bob Timmons, Superintendent of Polaris Career Center, about the role of career centers in public education.

Timmons discusses how career centers interact with K-12 districts and the future of career centers in public education. Polaris Career Center has shown tremendous growth in the last several years. Polaris Career Center’s enrollment has increased over the last four years by 155%.

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From the Podcast: The View from City Hall: A former mayor talks local schools

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July 31, 2017

In this episode, Mark Kingseed, former mayor of Centerville, Ohio, discusses the value of local governance in public schools, the future of community-based schools and the relationship between local schools and their communities.

Kingseed, who served as mayor of the Dayton-area community for 12 years beginning in 2003, says it’s critical that a city to work hand-in-hand with the local school board.

Strong schools make strong communities, he says, and help draw young families that put down roots for 20 or 30 years.

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From the Podcast: The challenges and opportunities for small and rural schools

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May 22, 2017

In this episode, Kirk Koennecke, the Superintendent at Graham Local Schools in Ohio, and Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, talk about the unique needs and challenges facing rural and small schools.

Pratt tells host Carole Dorn-Bell that it’s a timely discussion because of the climate in Washington, D.C.

“When we go around the U.S. talking to different groups, this is rural education and rural small schools’ 15 minutes of fame right now,” Pratt says. “I think in Washington, they’ve paid attention, and rural is definitely a buzzword. It’s a positive culture that we have to take advantage of, and tell our story and be that voice to help all rural schools and communities.”

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Marketing battle: Schools pull out stops to win students

April 3, 2017

TrustED (blog) by Todd Kominiak

Last week, a lawsuit brought by public school parents in Nashville, Tenn., against an area charter school network received class-action status.

According to News Channel 5, the lawsuit accuses RePublic Schools Nashville of spamming local parents with text messages aimed at siphoning students from Nashville Metro Public Schools to the company’s for-profit charter school network.

In total, close to 4,000 parents received the texts. Attorneys representing aggrieved parents are now seeking $1,500 in damages for each message.

It remains to be seen whether the parents will win their legal battle. Either way, the story shines a light on a reality that many public leaders suddenly face: Competition from charter schools, private vouchers, and other alternatives is real. And many of these schools are investing in marketing to attract families.

Joel Gagne is president of Allerton Hill Consulting, a marketing firm that contracts with public schools. His take: Public schools need to step up their game if they want to compete with other providers. “K12 leaders have to adopt the mentality that they are competing for these students. And they must understand that this is no longer a fair fight.

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From the Podcast: How to Support Transgender Students in our Schools

February 28, 2017

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