Ohio education struggles to keep grads here

Forum: Lack of cooperation hastening 'brain drain'

Cincinnati Enquirer

Education in Ohio is "program rich and system poor," a group of educators said Monday, hindering the state's ability to keep graduates here and help provide companies with skilled workers.

Gathering at the University of Cincinnati in a forum called by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the educators said a system ranging from early-childhood programs to career training would best serve students. But the lack of a data system that could track a particular student all the way through the system, plus a funding system that rewards specific programs that may not be working together, keeps that system fractured, they said.

"We're really working in the dark here," said consultant Jon Tafel, a former official at the Ohio Board of Regents. "We're not saying we need a whole new system. Just give us the ability to connect."

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