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How the School Tax Burden Has Shifted Since 1991

The percentage of property tax revenues that support local schools in Ohio has shifted dramatically from the business community to homeowners and farmers over the last two decades, according to a study by the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus. The study chronicles the change in Ohio’s tax rate structure from 1975 to 2011, including [...]

Straight A Fund’s Governing Board Makes Final Grant Recommendations

The Governing Board of Ohio’s Straight A Fund has selected 34 out of more than 200 finalists to receive competitive funding ranging from a couple of hundred thousand dollars to nearly $15 million. Originally, about 340 schools, school districts and multi-entity partnerships applied for $150 million in the second and final round of Straight A [...]

Two Ohio Universities Receive Grants to Promote Diversity in STEM Fields

Wright State University and the University of Dayton are among 20 U.S. colleges and universities singled out for their commitment to diversity in STEM education by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Each will receive a $300,000 grant for curriculum and faculty development, with a goal of developing “models for broader institutional change for [...]

Cleveland School District Receives $3M Grant

The Cleveland schools are getting a $3 million dollar grant to develop better ways to inform families of their school choice options, and to standardize the enrollment process district-wide. The grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will be shared roughly equally between the Cleveland Transformation Alliance and the district itself. The alliance, a [...]

White Hat And Other Charter Operators May Benefit From New Funding

Ohio’s dropout recovery charter schools may get their way after all since a committee of lawmakers re-inserted a provision of an education bill that would give them state funds to educate older students. The funds would become available as part of a Kasich administration initiative that will provide state education dollars to help adults age [...]

PAYE Federal Loan Repayment Program Expands

ThisIsBossi / Flickr Ohio’s college graduates carry an average of $29,000 in student loan debt, according to  The Institute for College Access and Success. So President Obama’s recent call to expand the already-existing Pay-As-You-Earn, or PAYE, plan by basing monthly payments on borrowers’ incomes could offer some breathing room to those struggling with that debt, [...]

Competition Narrows For Remaining Straight A Fund Grants

More than 200 applicants made the first cut in the second round of Ohio’s Straight A Fund education grant awards. The $250m Straight A Fund began with the 2013 biennial budget signed into law by the governor last summer, with the purpose of encouraging efficiency and innovation in education. Nearly $12 million were earmarked for [...]

Kent State Wants to Win Back Fomer Students

BRIAN BULL / IDEASTREAM Kent State University is going on a search– for students. The university is planning to offer some former students who have left the school a second chance to finish their degrees. Kent State is looking for a specific group of students: those who have dropped out over the past two years, [...]

FitzGerald Announces Cuyahoga County College Savings Account Program

On Tuesday, the chatter at Cleveland’s Campus International School was all about piggy banks. “How many of you had piggy banks where you save money,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald asked a crowd of seven kindergarteners at Cleveland’s Campus International School. Sitting on a round rainbow rug, the majority nodded, and a few raised their [...]

Ohio’s Public University Presidents Rank High In National Compensation Survey

Ohio’s public university presidents were among the highest paid in the nation last year, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education Survey released last week. Former Ohio State president Gorden Gee took home more than 6 million dollars in the 2013-2014 school year, far outstripping the 2nd highest paid public university president for the year. [...]

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