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Opponents Of Common Core Make Their Case For Repeal In Legislative Hearing

Three days of hearings opened Monday on a bill that would repeal the set of education standards known as the Common Core. House Bill 597 was introduced over the summer by Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta). A previous bill to repeal the standards – House Bill 237, [...]

More Than 300 Cleveland School Kids Repeating Third Grade

Cleveland schools opened for their first day of the year with 324 kids required to repeat the third grade.  That’s more than 7 times the number of third graders held back in 2013. The large number stems from students’ failure to meet the state’s new third grade reading guarantee that went into effect. just this [...]

Ohio Department of Education Releases Revised Report Cards

JESSFLICKR / FLICKR The Ohio Department of Education has recalculated report cards in five school districts after correcting for errors resulting from improper data tampering. More than 100 revisions were made to 2012 and 2013 school report cards in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Southern Ohio’s Northridge Local school districts. All four were cited for [...]

Ohio Receives nearly $350,000 to Defray AP Exam Costs

Ohio is among 40 states receiving a cut of more than 28 million dollars in federal money to help low income students pay for advanced placement exams. Students who take AP courses in high school earn college credit if they score well on the exam.  And that can reduce the time and cost required to [...]

State School Report Cards’ Release Date Gets Delayed

MARSMET TALLAHASSEE / FLICKR Bad weather meant cancellations. Cancellations meant the department state officials had to extend the spring testing window, and in turn, that pushed back the issue of statewide school report cards. Typically, the department issues report cards in August, but this year they won’t be accessible until mid-September. The reports grade schools [...]

Reynoldsburg Teachers Prepared To Strike Over Merit Pay

Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after contract talks concluded last week without an agreement. The talks have attracted widespread interest because of two controversial proposals by Reynoldsburg City Schools that, if implemented, would fundamentally change how teachers in the district are compensated.

Four Urban Districts Free of Data Scrubbing in 2013-14

The Ohio Department of Education says it has found no instances of data scrubbing in 2013-14 among four big city school districts with past histories of incorrectly reporting students’ attendance. State Superintendent of Public instruction Richard Ross sent letters to district heads in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo confirming that their 2013-14 records are clear [...]

Higher Education Is A “Competitive Marketplace,” University of Akron President Says

Scott Scarborough / Photo courtesy of The University of Akron Between dealing with issues like decreasing state support, the so-called “arms race” to expand campus facilities, and growing administrative costs, being a university president in today’s higher education world may be a tough gig. Scott Scarborough took over the helm of The University of Akron [...]

Ohio State University Marching Band Director Fired

David Grant / Flickr In his two years as director of the OSU Marching Band, Jonathan Waters was praised for using technology to develop complex routines that went viral on the web. Now Jon Waters is out of a job. OSU fired him after an investigation found what officials call “serious cultural issues.” Waters’ firing [...]

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