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An Ohio online charter school was cited by the U.S. Department of Education for failing to serve students with disabilities, the department announced this week.
The school agreed to make a host of changes in response to the federal findings.
That agreement marks a “first-of-its-kind resolution” that promises “equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities in virtual charter schools,” according to the department.
This week Columbus school district voters rejected a 9-mill levy that would have increased local property taxes by 24 percent. The levy would also have sent some local tax dollars directly to charter schools.
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Ohio 2013 Teacher of the Year Debra McDonald
For the first time, a vocational education teacher has been recognized as Ohio Teacher of the Year.
The 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year is Debra McDonald, 53.
McDonald teaches high school at Wayne County Schools Career Center in northeastern Ohio. She also operates a preschool at the career center where her students work as assistants.
There were nearly 200 school tax issues on the ballot in the November 2013 general election.
Nearly two-thirds of those issues passed — but some kinds of issues were more likely to pass than others.
Check out this infographic to explore the data and trends behind this election’s levy results. And search district-by-district, state-wide levy results here.
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Nearly two-thirds of school tax issues on the Nov. 5 ballot were approved by voters, according to unofficial election results.
Voters rejected most requests to increase taxes by approving new taxes or replacing existing levies.
But voters approved nearly all requests to renew existing tax levies.
That initial pattern is in line with results from recent off-year elections.
The state budget Gov. John Kasich signed earlier this year ties funding for public colleges and universities to graduation rates and other performance measures.
Now the president of Youngstown State University says the school is moving away from its open-enrollment policy. Under that policy, the school accepted every student who applied.
There are several Tea Party candidates running for local school board seats this November. The outcome of these races could change future spending patterns in some school districts.
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There are 194 school issues — nearly all tax issues — on the ballot for the Nov 5 general election. (There are also non-school related tax issues, local office elections and charter amendments on the ballot.)
That’s about as many school tax issues as were on the ballot in 2011, the last off-year election.
Ideastream’s daily talk show The Sound of Ideas took on the topic of paying for college this week. Listen to the discussion here.
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Ohio Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor Sarah Dove.
The Ohio Department of Education’s teacher liaison has been promoted to senior policy advisor, a top post at the agency.
Sarah Dove, 33, has a long association with Gov. John Kasich. She was a production assistant for his Fox News program Heartland with John Kasich. The program ran from 2001 to 2007.
Dove taught elementary school in the Gahanna-Jefferson school district for five years before joining the education department as teacher liaison in 2011. In that position she was tasked with gathering input from teachers on new teacher evaluation systems and performance pay plans.