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Local School Districts Are Subsidizing Ohio Charter Schools, Report Says

Ben K. Adams / Flickr A new study by an Ohio education watchdog group says local tax revenue is essentially subsidizing charter schools, which are non-traditional schools that are often run by outside groups. And the state’s charter schools have been taking a beating lately. In the last week, multiple studies have criticized their performance. [...]

School Board Takes Next Step in Eliminating ‘Five of Eight’ Rule

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Protestors opposing a change to the “5 of 8” rule outside ODE headquarters. / Andy Chow The state school board says it’s making changes to a rule that covers positions like music and art teachers along with staff like social workers and school nurses. Several groups believe this latest step is dangerous reform.

Ohio Rolls Out “Community Connectors” Mentoring Program

sanjoselibrary / flickr More than 4.5 million children will now have a mentor while growing up, up from 300,000 in the 1990s, according to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Now, the state of Ohio is getting into the mix. Ten million dollars of state grant money is up for grabs under the Ohio Department of [...]

Ohio Board of Ed Considers Dropping Art and Librarian Requirements

The Ohio Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday on a rule change that has sparked anger and debate around Ohio. The board’s Operating Standards Committee has proposed eliminating a requirement that districts hire a certain number of art teachers, librarians, and music teachers, among others, for every 1,000 students in the district. They [...]

Five Takeaways from #TheFutureOfEducation Discussion

Bill Rice Technology’s becoming a stronger force in some classrooms. Teachers are tweeting. Students skim textbooks on iPads. Two Ohio superintendents even recently traveled to Washington D.C. to talk tech with President Obama. Experts say technology can help students reach higher levels of educational success–and earlier this week, Civic Commons ideastream hosted a panel discussion [...]

Changes Hit Ohio’s Snow Day Policy

bradleygee / Flickr Thanks to last winter’s polar vortex, the average Ohio school district used nine so-called “calamity days” to cancel classes, almost double the amount previously allocated by the state. But a policy change may give districts more scheduling flexibility to make sure that doesn’t happen this winter.

Students Are Less Interested in Becoming STEM Teachers, Report Finds

Scott / Flickr For the past few years, the acronym STEM–which stands for science, technology, engineering, math– has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the education world and beyond. According to a new report issued by the ACT, students are still digging those content areas, but perhaps not enough to consider a future career [...]

Members Walk Out as Ohio Board of Education Considers Change in Standards

A pending vote from the state’s top education leaders could have major ramifications on local schools around Ohio.  The state Board of Education is reviewing almost all of its standards to provide more “flexibility” to local school districts.  This week it considered changing Ohio’s so-called 5 of 8 rule that concerns art teachers, music teachers, [...]

How School Tax Issues Fared in The 2014 Election

Amy Hansen / StateImpact Ohio This election featured roughly 165 school tax issues on ballots across the state, a slight decrease from 2013 and 2012. But the results of this year’s race followed a recent trend: a majority of voters voted down requests for additional tax increases, while supporting a majority of existing renewals. According [...]

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