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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 [...]

Reynoldsburg Wage Benefit Proposal Draws Wide Interest

Khaled Elfiqi / Landov Reynoldsburg’s latest offer to its teachers is getting a lot of attention. The city’s school board would replace automatic teacher raises with merit pay and bonuses. And it would replace the district’s health insurance plan with individual cash payments. The plan has caught the attention of labor experts, school administrators and [...]

State Auditor Examines Charter School Chain

AUNTIE P. / FLICKR A handful of charter schools managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools are already under examination by both the Ohio Department of Education and federal authorities. And now, 19 of the charter chain’s Ohio schools will be facing scrutiny from another state-level office. State Auditor Dave Yost said his office is launching [...]

How The Recession Impacted College Graduates

GADGETDUDE / FLICKT As far as current events are concerned, 2008 was another busy year. Fidel Castro retired. The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. Michael Phelps nabbed seven Olympic medals in Beijing. President Obama was elected to his first presidential term. It also marked another year where Americans experienced the worst economic downturn in [...]

The Process of Picking Principals

HO JOHN LEE / FLICKR There’s a laundry list of factors that can play into a school’s success. A few of the most common are great teachers, engaged parents, and a supportive community. And one of the biggest contributors to a school’s success is by placing the right candidate in their principal position. According to [...]

Students to Retake Third Grade Reading Assessment

Ohio third graders who fell short on the third grade reading assessment get another chance at the test this week. Last spring, 88 percent of Ohio’s third graders scored will enough on the reading assessment to advance to the fourth grade.  That left 12 percent, or about 13-14,000 kids, who scored below the promotion cut-off [...]

Talks Stalled and Tensions High Over Controversial Contract Proposal

Negotiations between the Reynoldsburg Teachers Association (REA) and Reynoldsburg City Schools surrounding a proposal that would dramatically change the district’s pay and benefits policies are on hold until August. The proposal first drew widespread attention in May as a bold move to place greater responsibility on teachers for student performance. On July 26th, as teachers [...]

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