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Former Columbus Superintendent Charged in Data Scrubbing Scandal

Gene Harris began serving as Columbus superintendent in 2001.

The former top administrator of the Columbus City Schools faces possible jail time for alleged dereliction of duty. The charge is linked to a data-rigging scandal in Columbus that surfaced more than two years ago. Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien said  the charge against former superintendent Gene Harris is based on false attendance and grade [...]

Democrat Coalition at Board of Education Demands Changes

Democrats on the Ohio Board of Education are in the minority, but they they want to shake things up at the board’s first meeting of the year today. A half dozen Democrats told reporters they are supporting one of their own – Pat Bruns of Cincinnati – for the new president of the board president [...]

Debating New Legislation Rules for Ohio Charters

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Recent studies have given low marks to charter schools in Ohio in comparison to charters in other states. Governor Kasich is promising to take up the issue with legislation this year to improve charter school performance. While Ohio charter schools average grade may not be very good, they do show a wide disparity with some [...]

Changes at The Top for State Colleges in 2014

Ohio universities saw some big changes this past year.  In 2014,  state colleges began to be funded in a different way. At the same time several of them hired new presidents. The biggest school, Ohio State,  has a new president in Michael Drake. He immediately sparked some controversy by firing the school’s popular marching band director over [...]

New Law Allows School Districts to Place School Safety Levies on Ballot

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Molly Bloom / StateImpact Ohio Starting next year, school districts will be allowed to place levies on the ballot specifically for the purpose of increasing safety measures. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill letting school boards ask the community to help fund ramped-up safety precautions. The bill was just one of several ideas stemming from [...]

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


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 [...]

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