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Election 2014: The Ohio School Board Explained

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Today’s state school board isn’t quite the same body it was 20 years ago.  Back then there were 11 members – all elected. But that changed in the mid-1990s under Republican Governor George Voinovich. The move to add governor-appointed members followed a controversial court decision declaring the state’s model for funding education unconstitutional. (Click here [...]

Here Are The School Tax Issues You’ll See on Election Day

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Theresa S. Thompson / Flickr Tax issues are pretty important to Ohio’s schools. While K-12 districts do receive money from both federal and state governments, many rely heavily on local funds to support a big chunk of their operating budgets. While there are a handful of income tax requests this year, the majority comes from [...]

Bullying Experts: Some Popular Measures Inflict Their Own Pain

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Lee Morley / Flickr October being National Bullying Prevention Month, schools everywhere are chiming in on how students can avoid getting picked on. But some efforts can make things worse. Some schools have tried “peer mediation” where you bring the victim and the bully together in the same room.  Child Psychologist Melissa Martin discourages that [...]

2014 Ohio Board of Education Voters Guide

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The 19 members of Ohio’s state Board of Education don’t actually create any education-related laws, but they do make some pretty important decisions regarding the state’s education policies–things like setting education operating standards and teacher license requirements. And this Election Day, there are seven contested races across the state looking to fill open seats on [...]

Here’s How The Common Core Impacts Ohio’s Teacher Training Programs

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Amy Hansen / StateImpact Nearly half the teachers in the classroom said in August that have not been adequately prepared to teach to the Common Core – learning standards that emphasize reasoning over rote memorization. That national survey got us wondering if the next generation of teachers is getting the prep they need.

Lawmakers Hear From Anti-Common Core Teachers

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Andy Chow / Statehouse News An Ohio House committee held a rare evening hearing to once again discuss a controversial bill that would repeal the state’s education standards — known as the Common Core. A panel of lawmakers have heard and received testimony from about 200 people regarding the effort to repeal the Common Core. [...]

The Woz’s Thoughts on Education

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Brian Bull / ideastream Steve Wozniak is known for many things: being one of the founders of Apple, inventing the Apple II computer, riding Segways. And now add another subject to that list: talking about the importance of properly integrating technology and education. ideastream’s Brian Bull caught up with him recently in Cleveland, where Wozniak [...]

Former Chardon Schools Superintendent On School Safety, Preparedness

It’s been nearly three years since student TJ Lane shot six people at Chardon High School, killing three. Joe Bergant was superintendent of Chardon schools during that time. Since retiring in 2013, he’s been advocating for school safety, as he did at a Ohio School Boards Association conference last week. Earlier this week, he told [...]

State Supreme Court Hears Case Against Charter School Operator White Hat

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could change the nature of many charter schools in Ohio. Board members of 10 such community schools filed suit against their own management company arguing for more transparency on how the money they get from the state is being spent.

Colleges Work to Curb Campus Sexual Assaults

greatdegree / flickr The Obama administration’s “It’s On Us” campaign is getting traction on college campuses around the country, including Ohio. The public awareness initiative aims to end sexual assaults on college campuses, in part by encouraging students to get involved when they see it happening. Student leaders at  ten colleges in Ohio, and nearly [...]

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