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Catholic Diocese Bans Teachers From Publicly Contradicting Church Views

Glen Van Etten / Flickr The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has joined its counterpart in Cincinnati in requiring its elementary school teachers to sign contracts with expanded morality clauses. Diocesan spokesman Robert Tayek says the new contracts are simply more specific on what the church considers to be moral behavior. The clause’s ban includes publicly [...]

Jim Tressel Is Youngstown State’s New Presidential Pick

Photo courtesy Youngstown State University Tressel’s name has been tossed around as a potential contender well since last year. Backers include Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, who aggressively recruited Tressel for the YSU job when then-president Randy Dunn left after just 8 months. University spokesman Ron Cole says Tressel beat out two other candidates: the chancellor [...]

Mandatory Drug Tests For Private Schools Raise Questions Over Privacy, Efficiency

Danielle Spraggs / FLICKR Some local private schools made news recently in announcing that all students will be subjected to periodic drug tests. Administrators say it’s to counter the rapid rise in heroin use by teens and get help for those who may be addicted. But some question whether the mandatory testing is truly beneficial. [...]

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 [...]

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