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University of Akron Announces New President

Scott Scarborough / Photo courtesy of The University of Akron The University of Akron’s presidential search is over. University of Toledo provost Scott Scarborough will assume Akron’s top role after current president Luis Proenza retires in June. Scarborough was one of the top three finalists for the job, beating out The University of Maryland Eastern [...]

Districts Caught Up In Data-Scrubbing Scandal See Ratings Falter

COMEDY_NOSE / FLICKR The Ohio Department of Education has lowered the ratings of six school districts which previously misrepresented student performance. The action is a follow-up to the State Auditor’s finding that schools around the state “scrubbed” test results from lower performing students before submitting their data to the state. The affected districts include Cleveland, [...]

Here Are The School Issues You’ll See on Next Week’s Primary Ballots

stevendepolo / Flickr More than 130 school districts around the state are asking voters to approve issues during Tuesday’s primary election. The majority of the 149 questions are renewals, with new money requests making up the remaining issues. Browse through the spreadsheet below to find more details about the school issues in your area. Curious [...]

Department of Education Moves To Quash Six New Charter Schools

The Ohio Department of Education has told three charter school sponsors that applications they’ve received for six new schools are flawed, and warned them against allowing them to open. It’s the first time the department has issued such warnings to charter school sponsors, according to spokesman John Charlton. In one case, Educational Resource Consultants of [...]

Jim Tressel Lands A Spot on The University of Akron’s List of Presidential Finalists

REYNOLDS.JAMES.E / FLICKR The University of Akron has narrowed their presidential search candidates down to three– and there’s a familiar name on the list. Jim Tressel, the campus’ current executive vice president for student success and former Ohio State football coach, is one of the finalists. Akron’s top potential candidates also include Ronald Nykiel, The [...]

Kent State’s Presidential Search Still Raising Eyebrows At Journalism School

Daniel Skinner / WKSU Beverly Warren was elected the new president of Kent State University back in January, but her appointment is still under scrutiny. Most of the faculty at KSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication are protesting the secrecy surrounding the late stages of the university’s search that led to hiring Warren. The [...]

Does Parental Involvement Really Make A Difference?

WOODLEYWONDERWORKS / FLICKR It’s a relatively common belief: the more involved a parent is with their student’s education, the better they’ll perform in school, right? Well, new research says maybe not. Researchers Angel Harris and Keith Robinson say that parental involvement, defined by things like parents helping students with homework or volunteering at schools, may [...]

Ex -Coach Jim Tressel Now Eying Two University Presidencies

COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF AKRON University of Akron Vice President Jim Tressel is now pursuing two presidential posts in Northeast Ohio. The former Ohio State football coach, who is already being considered by the University of Akron, submitted his application to Youngstown State University on Friday. Since February 2012, Tressel has served as the University [...]

Newspaper Series Examines How Charter Schools Operate

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR A series of stories hit Ohio newspapers on Sunday that looks closer at the accountability and costs of charter schools in Ohio. It’s part of a multi-year project launched by the Akron Beacon Journal and the NewsOutlet, a group of students from Youngstown State, the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. The project began with [...]

Will Ohio Join Indiana in Leaving the Common Core?

Jenlight / Flickr Last year, Republican State Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta introduced House Bill 237 that would stop Ohio from implementing the new set of learning expectations for K-12 students in math and English known as the Common Core. And after learning of Indiana’s decision to drop the standards, Thompson questions whether the move [...]

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