ERIC Number: ED392882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-2
Reference Count: N/A
Community Response to Ohio's School-to-Work Vision. Comments and Ideas Received during Seven Regional School-to-Work Forums Held in Ohio in June 1994.
Ohio State General Assembly, Columbus.; Ohio Office of the Governor, Columbus.
This report highlights input provided in 1994 at forums in seven Ohio communities for a statewide plan for a school-to-work system in Ohio. Comments were given by 1,100 business persons, community leaders, educators, labor unions, and parents in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Marietta, Toledo, and Wilmington. Overall response to a school-to-work system was positive, with the need to ensure cooperation with and outreach to existing programs that serve similar functions cited as the top priority. Comments from each of the constituent groups included the following: (1) business representatives said students have not mastered basic skills necessary to function at work and that teachers need experience in real-world work; (2) community leaders advocated getting all groups to work together to coordinate activities, enhancing teacher training, and elevating the skills of students; (3) educators recognized a need for additional training for teachers and counselors; they wanted the state to provide a concise definition of the school-to-work system and they wanted parents involved in it; (4) labor unions expressed strong displeasure with the skill level of many high school students in mathematics and English and with students' weak work ethic; and (5) parents expressed a need for communication about the system to help increase their understanding about the options available to students. Differences in responses among the regions were minor, except that groups in Toledo were most concerned about students' basic skills. (The report contains summaries of audience comments by constituent group and by location.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State General Assembly, Columbus.; Ohio Office of the Governor, Columbus.