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State Senator Says Schools Are Missing Out on Millions in Casino Revenue

When Ohio voters gave the okay for casinos to hit the state more than five years ago, there was a catch. Operators would have to pay a 33 percent tax on their revenue, calculated by subtracting “promotional credits” and payouts from their overall earnings. A chunk of that money then would be funneled to local [...]

Districts Concerned about School Bus Driver Shortage in Ohio

Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio As the school year winds down, districts in Ohio will be watching to see what the new biennial state budget has in store. But another issue they have to plan for is the transportation routes and schedules for next year.  A growing problem for them has been simply finding enough [...]

Kent State Freezes In-State Undergrad Tuition–For Now

urycki Undergraduate tuition at Kent State is going to hold steady for in-state students, for now. And, the university’s controversial ‘overload’ credit fees will be mostly going away. At the university’s board meeting this week, Kent State’s trustees extended last year’s university budget until the state of Ohio finalizes its new budget. Tuition will be [...]

Confusing Formula for Ohio Charter School Funding

Governor Kasich proposed this year to spend almost one billion dollars a year on charter schools in Ohio. In his budget, if the student population remains the same, every charter school would get an increase while about half of the traditional public schools would see a loss in funding. The state legislature has since been [...]

How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio. It’s the latest in the evolution of charters here. The legislature has been tweaking the rules and regulations on charters every year or two since they began here in 1997. The first proposal for charter schools goes back 40 years [...]

Kent State Coaches Win Some, Lose Some

urycki In college sports, you win some, and you lose some. Kent State just lost one – in court. In 2011, the university reassigned their football team’s defensive coordinator James Fleming to a desk job. Fleming called it a breach of contract and wanted his salary for the remaining two and a half years. The [...]

House Committee Passes Budget with Changes Related to School Funding

tax credits / flickr House Republicans added another series of amendments to the budget before passing it out of committee. The House added $1.25 million so the secretary of state can keep mailing out absentee ballot applications, and another amendment gets rid of language that would’ve stopped the state auditor from performing public records audits. [...]

Wilberforce University Fights To Keep Accreditation

WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY Wilberforce University in southwest Ohio is renovating its campus buildings and making policy changes as it fights to maintain its accreditation. Members of the Higher Learning Commission are on campus this week to find out whether leaders at the nation’s oldest historically black private university have taken the necessary steps to address low [...]

House Republicans Propose Cutting PARCC While Testing Officials Visit Ohio

PETER BULTHUIS / FLICKR House Republicans want to stop the state from using the education assessments known as the PARCC. The tests have caused a large amount of controversy with critics who say they take up too much time and place too much pressure on students. But  others say now is not the time to [...]

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