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As Loan Debt Rises, Colleges Encourage Students to Graduate On Time

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IMAGES_OF_MONEY / FLICKR In 2012, college graduates in Ohio walked away with an average of about $29,037 of student loan debt. That puts Ohio ninth in the country for the average amount of student debt, according to a recent study from The Institute for College Access and Success. Nationwide, average student loan debt has increased [...]

Obama Renews Call for Universal Preschool

President Barack Obama says he’s serious about making sure all kids have access to preschool. During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, Obama said he’s going to renew his push to help states expand their preK programs, an idea he touted last year. “Research shows one of the best investments we can make [...]

Fewer Ohio Graduates Need Remedial College Classes

Sagolla / Flickr The number of Ohio graduates who need remedial college courses is declining, but only slightly. A new statewide report shows 40 percent of high school students who got their diplomas in 2012 needed basic math or English classes when they enrolled in an Ohio public community college or university. That’s down from [...]

What’s Changed at School Districts Since Data Scrub Investigation

Auntie P / flickr The state’s investigation into possible data scrubbing at nine Ohio school districts has put the spotlight on questionable record keeping practices.  Employees in six districts have been referred to the Ohio Department of Education for discipline for their role in mishandling data that may have distorted their district’s performance on the [...]

Grant Money Helps Colleges Lure Minorities Into STEM Majors

Net_efekt / Flickr Ohio State University and ten other higher education institutions around Ohio are sharing a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit minority students into the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The grant is awarded through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program and creates a partnership among the eleven campuses. [...]

Cleveland Push for Universal Preschool Goes Beyond the School District

Think you know the best way to design preschool programs for Cleveland kids? Your ideas are welcome for the task force of school, city, and business leaders trying to expand access to preschool programs around Cleveland. Their work stems from an element of the Cleveland Plan, the broad strategy Cleveland Schools officials developed to boost academic achievement. [...]

Poverty Dilutes Spending Power of Ohio’s Urban, Rural School Districts

SalFalko / Flickr On paper, an urban school district like Cleveland Metropolitan Schools spends more money per student than a suburban one like Bexley City Schools outside Columbus. But adjust that spending to account for the number of special education students, English Language Learners, and kids from impoverished households each district serves, and the amount [...]

Incoming Kent State President Wants to Prepare Students for the Workforce

Daniel Skinner / WKSU Beverly Warren won’t start her job as the new president of Kent State University until July 1st, but she already has some ideas about how to run the ship. Warren–who’s wrapping up her job as the vice president at Virginia Commonwealth University–was chosen as the university’s 12th president earlier this week. [...]

New Bill Proposes Tax Credits for STEM Majors

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR Talk to hiring managers at manufacturing companies around Ohio and you’ll frequently hear one complaint: they have jobs open, but can’ t find enough local people with a science, technology, engineering or math background. “It’s frustrating when you have a state unemployment rate of seven percent,” says Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark). [...]

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