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NKU to train teachers to teach Kentucky’s required financial literacy class

WKRC |

Starting this year, high school students in Kentucky are required to take a financial literacy class before they graduate, but the program is unfunded so many teachers don’t have the training they need.

Northern Kentucky University is offering financial literacy training for educators who will then be able to teach that course in their high schools.

Last year, 40 teachers from around the world participated in the university’s inaugural program, but next year, the focus will be on educators in Kentucky.

City, Dayton schools partner to increase police ranks

Dayton Daily News |

The criminal justice program is taught out of Ponitz Career Technology Center, next door to the police department’s West Patrol Operations Division.

Students start with a class on the American criminal justice and advance to courses on police work in practice, investigations and forensics and security and protective services. In their senior year they will learn about the corrections system and services and homeland security, according to Superintendent Lolli.

The criminal justice program is taught by Dayton police Officer Leatha Savage, who also focuses on recruitment initiatives for the department. Less than 10% of Dayton’s police officers are people of color, even though the city is nearly 40% Black, according to city data and Census estimates.

Lakota: INCubatoredu@Lakota Cultivates 100 Future Entrepreneurs

LLS |

Lakota is only the second school district in Ohio – and one of just 125 nationwide – to make “Shark Tank” a class for its juniors and seniors.

The complete INCubatoredu curriculum that Lakota is following is a product of Uncharted Learning and is sponsored by Miami University’s Farmer School of Business John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship.

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Schools Drop an Online Curriculum After Teacher, Parent Complaints

Wall Street Journal |

The online program, called Acellus Learning Accelerator and purchased by schools to help with remote learning, is sparking complaints from parents and teachers in Hawaii and elsewhere. Hawaiian parents by the thousands signed a petition and lodged complaints calling Acellus content racist, sexist and low quality, according to a Change.org petition and written testimony to the Hawaii board of education. 

Seven schools in Hawaii, four school districts in California and at least one school district in Ohio dropped Acellus this fall.

Farm-to-school program teaches students city farming

WCPO |

Students at James N. Gamble Montessori High School haven’t returned to the classroom just yet, but they are successfully making the shift to outdoor learning through agricultural sciences. Students in the farm-to-school program are learning the ways of farming in the middle of the city focusing on planting, harvesting and later eating crops like arugula, asparagus, mustard greens, rhubarb and more.

Mary Dudley runs the school’s food sciences program. She has her largest class ever this year. “I think of it as a social justice issue as students really need to know what they are eating, where food comes from and how they can contribute to a sustainable future,” Dudley said.

Trump Announces ‘Patriotic Education’ Commission

NPR |

President Trump on Thursday said he would create a commission to promote “patriotic education” and announced the creation of a grant to develop a “pro-American curriculum.” In the speech, Trump decried what he said was a “twisted web of lies” being taught in U.S. classrooms about systemic racism in America, calling it “a form of child abuse.” He reprised themes from a speech he gave in July at Mount Rushmore.

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Brown County parents complain about systemic racism video used in class

WCPO |

A teacher at Fayetteville-Perry Middle/High School attracted social media criticism from parents last week after showing her class a video about systemic racism.

The Ohio Department of Education confirmed it had linked to the video on a page called “Resources for Social Studies” — not as the main course, but as a supplement to a series of guest lectures on teaching about race and racism. ODE guest lecturer Cynthia Tyson, a professor at the Ohio State University, used it as an example of educational material that could be help explain the difference between individual and institutional racism in a classroom setting.

However, the video was made by an explicitly political media company called Act TV. The channel advertises its progressive values in its description and frequently posts videos criticizing President Donald Trump, the Republican Party and right-wing media organizations such as Fox News.

Fayetteville-Perry superintendent Tim Carlier said he was investigating the teacher’s use of the video in response to parent complaints.

Wayne Local: Treasurer Teaches Class on Finance and Personal Responsibility

WLSD |

The class is taught by Ron James, Treasurer for Wayne Local Schools. Overall, the class will touch on real life topics such as credit score, the power of a paycheck, taxes, money management, investing, borrowing, financial services, and insurances. 

Columbus Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Middle School Sex Education

WOSU |

Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced Thursday it received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will go towards their work in Columbus City Schools. The money will fund a three-year project called Get Real, targeted at 7th and 8th grade students.

Get Real will focus on teen pregnancy prevention in 12 middle schools, reaching 7,000 students.