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CORAS Superintendents Testify on ESSA Draft

ESSA CORAS team leaders met February 23 to develop a response to the ODE ESSA Implementation Plan for Ohio. The new plan which can be found CORAS response to Ohio’s Draft ESSA plan-4 was presented to the House Education Committee on March 9th by Superintendents Stephanie Starcher and Kyle Newton.  Thanks to everyone who worked to facilitate this process.

With the efforts done during the October 2016 Meeting, this work led to development of a new Policy Brief that was written by Dr. Charles Lowery of the Educational Administration Program at OU.  This Policy Brief was shared with legislators, policy makers  and also at the Ohio University Board of Trustees Meeting in January by Superintendent Jon Saxton, Patton College Dean Renee Middleton, Executive Director Richard Murray and Associate Director Cindy Hartman.  The recommendations were later revised by the Team Leaders and presented as testimony at a House Education Committee Hearing on March 9.

Long time advocate for Appalachian Ohio, Dr. James Mahoning was honored for his work and presented a lifetime membership to CORAS. We all would like to say thank you to Jim for his lifetime work with boys and girls and families from our region and wish him well in his retirement and the next adventure that awaits him.

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