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Some Ohio Schools Brace For Funding Cuts After State Budget Veto



Some of Ohio’s school districts are bracing for cuts in state funding in the new budget.

Kasich vetoed a provision in the new two year state budget that would have provided $78 million to about 100 school districts which had relied on a tangible personal property tax from local businesses.

That tax was phased out about a decade ago but the state has been reimbursing schools so they wouldn’t have to go to taxpayers for additional money.

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State Testing Revamp Must Be Quickly Completed


Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget bill includes a total revamp of Ohio’s batch of Common Core-aligned math and English exams.

But education officials have a lot of work to complete in a relatively small amount of time.

Working alongside the American Institutes for Research testing company, state officials will need to create the new exams, make sure all of the associated technology works, and roll out the tests, all by the end of next spring.

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Ohio Ditches PARCC


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After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider.

When Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget last night, he cut ties with the national testing consortium known as PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers.

The first full-year of PARCC implementation was filled with criticism of the exams, especially technology-related problems, along with the sheer amount of time kids spent on testing.

Now, the budget dictates the Ohio Department of Education must pick a new test provider. The ODE will go with the American Institutes for Research, the same company that develops the state’s science and social studies exams.

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U.S. Graduate School Applications See Big Uptick from Indian Students

The number of international students applying to U.S. graduate schools increased by two percent, Inside Higher Ed reports, with the biggest uptick coming from students in India.

Foreign students’ applications to American graduate schools climbed by 2 percent this year, driven in part by continued growth in applications from India, according to survey results released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. Applications from India increased by 12 percent over the previous year, the third straight year of such double-digit increases.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Charter School Bill Escapes Full House Vote

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a bill tightening charter school regulations won’t get a full vote before the House begins its summer recess this week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House will head off on summer break without voting on the new accountability and financial reporting rules for Ohio’s $1 billion charter school industry that have been in the works for months.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Cleveland State Provost Steps Aside

The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Deirdre Mageean, provost of Cleveland State, will be leaving one of the university’s top spots at the end of the month.

“Less satisfying have been some of the tasks and demands of running the operation such as financial and human resources issues,” she wrote in a letter to CSU faculty, NEOMG reports.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University Provost Deirdre Mageean is stepping down to teach and lead special projects. Mageean, who was also senior vice president for academic affairs, told colleagues in a letter Monday that after two years as provost she determined the senior administrative role was not for her.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Food Advocates Worry About Kids

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Over 780,000 Ohio children rely on free or reduced priced meals at schools throughout the state during the academic year.

But advocates for low income Ohioans worry many of those children are going hungry this summer.

There are food service programs throughout the state that provide lunches and activities to children who come from low income families.

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Want A Cheaper College Degree? Consider Heading to Germany

As the cost of college climbs here in the U.S., NPR’s education team takes a look at the growing number of American students choosing to instead earn a less expensive degree in Germany.

Looking to escape the staggering costs of a university education in the United States? You are not alone. And German education officials say a growing number of Americans are heading to the land of beer and bratwurst to get one.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Partnership for Urban Health Aims to Serve Medical Needs of Poor

(L-R) Former Congressman Louis Stokes, CSU Pres. Ronald Berkman, NEOMED Pres. Jay Gershen, Cleve Foundation CEO Ronn Richard

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(L-R) Former Congressman Louis Stokes, CSU Pres. Ronald Berkman, NEOMED Pres. Jay Gershen, Cleve Foundation CEO Ronn Richard

The Cleveland Foundation today (Thurs) announced its donation of five and a half million dollars to a collaborative effort between Cleveland State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Officials called the Partnership for Urban Health a model for the nation.

Patients from around the globe have been known to journey to Northeast Ohio for its top notch medical care.

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