Federal/State Notices

Notices for Parents

Bullying Report: House Bill 276 requires that all school districts report incidents of bullying to the superintendent, the Board of Education and the community. The following data is the number of "substantiated" and "unsubstantiated" cases of bullying reported in our district for the 2008-09 school year.

 

No Child Left Behind Title 1 Notifications

The No Child Left Behind act gives you the opportunity to ask for information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s).

Requests for teacher information should be directed to your school’s principal. You may also contact Akron Public Schools, Department of Human Resources, 70 N. Broadway, Akron, Ohio 44308; or call 330.761.2946.

 

ESEA Flexibility Waiver

On May 29, 2012, the United States Department of Education (USDoE) granted the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) a waiver of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The purpose of the following letter is to explain how parts of the ESEA Flexibility waiver under Title 1, Part A of NCLB relate to your child's education.

 

Special education notice of class action lawsuit

On July 2, 2009, the Southern District of Ohio granted the parties' Second Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of Partial Class Action Settlement in the case of John Doe, et al., v. State of Ohio, et al., Case No. 2:91-cv-464 (Doe v. State of Ohio).

The partial settlement, which is reflected in a Consent Order, concerns certain claims regarding the State of Ohio's procedures for implementing the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004) (IDEA). The Consent Order can be found at the link below, as can be found a link to a notice describing the lawsuit, the proposed settlement and upcoming proceedings on this matter.

 

Graduation alternative

A change in state law now allows potential graduates who finished high school, having completed all required coursework and passing all but one section of the Ohio Graduation Test, to receive their high school diploma. To qualify, students must have:

  • passed all required high school curriculum;
  • passed four sections of the Ohio Graduation Test;
  • received a score of 390 or higher on the section of the OGT not passed;
  • a 97% attendance rate, excluding excused absences;
  • no expulsions;
  • a 2.5 GPA in the test area not passed;
  • a 97% attendance rate in intervention programs;
  • a letter of recommendation for graduation from high school teacher specific to test area not passed;
  • and a letter recommending graduation from principal.

If you qualify for the graduation alternative, work with your principal to complete the required paperwork; and return it to the Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation at 65 Steiner Ave., Akron, Ohio 44301.

 

 

 

Parents can request teacher qualifications: Akron Public Schools is 100 percent committed to quality education. We hire the most qualified, professional staff to guide your children through the education process.

Curious about these classroom pros? We have the following information available for your convenience and peace of mind:

  • whether or not the Ohio Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he/she teaches;
  • whether or not the Ohio Department of Education has licensed the teacher to teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances;
  • whether or not the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject(s) of the degrees; and/or
  • whether or not teachers' aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

To request any of this information, contact the Akron Public Schools Department of Human Resources, 70 North Broadway, Akron, OH 44308; or call 330.761.2946.

 

Gifted and talented options abound in Akron

All parents think their children are gifted and talented in their own special way. Did you know that Akron Public Schools gives semi-annual tests to verify this very fact.

Through special testing, students can be identified as gifted and talented in one or more of the following categories:

  • superior cognitive;
  • specific academic (writing, reading, math, science and/or social studies);
  • creative thinking; and/or
  • visual and/or performing arts (art, instrumental and vocal music, dance and drama).

Every Akron Public Schools student is screened in grades two and five using standardized tests. In other grades, students are assessed on a referral basis. Students can be referred by a teacher, parent or by self-request. Individual tests are given twice a year on parent-teacher conference days. Visual and performing arts referrals are made by the district’s arts teachers but can be made also by parents or students. Visual and performing arts assessments are given twice a year. To qualify as gifted in visual and performing arts, an audition or display of work is required. Criteria vary by discipline. Additional information, brochures and options are available from Sharon Hall, coordinator for gifted and talented education, by calling 330.761.3069 or e-mailing shall@akron.k12.oh.us.