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Tucked into a list of education proposals Governor Kasich unveiled in his State of the State speech Monday was a measure that actually has already taken affect – making funding to colleges and universities dependent on student success.
The new higher education funding formula already passed as part of the state budget last year, but on Monday night, Governor Kasich gave it a little more limelight.
“Colleges and universities will not get any of these state dollars that has gone to them traditionally based on enrollment,” Kasich said. “They will only get paid if students complete courses or students get degrees. No more wandering around. This is a big deal for our students and for our schools.”
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In his obligatory state of the state turned campaign speech Monday night, Governor John Kasich said he wanted to start a program aimed at helping students graduate.
His so-called Community Connectors Initiative would bring together business professionals, community members, teachers and parents to serve as mentors for students.
Mentoring is frequently touted as an easy way to partner kids with role models who will help keep them on track academically.
But experts say designing mentor programs that demonstrate measurable results for students is not as simple as matching a caring adult with a student at-risk of dropping out.
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The calamity days discussion continues– again.
There’s little debate that most lawmakers think the state has to do something right now to deal with schools that have run out of calamity days.
Snow and cold weather has forced districts to close this winter. Most school districts have hit the five-day mark, while some districts have cancelled school for more than 15 days.
And Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles says, the state legislature still hasn’t finalized what to do next.
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A major portion of Governor John Kasich’s State of the State speech focused on education.
And despite Kasich outlining some ideas about how to keep kids from dropping out of school and gaining access to college, the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers says the governor still may have missed some pretty big points.
“What concerns me the most is what was not said,” Cropper explained. “And that’s not addressing existing problems that are in the system, and what we’re going to do about those. There’s some great ideas for community connectors, dealing with dropouts, making career connections, those all have potential, but let’s look at those existing problems we already have in our system and how we are going to deal with those.”
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Ohio Governor John Kasich devoted nearly 20 minutes to education in his annual State of the State speech on Monday night.
After giving a nod to the Cleveland Plan and hinting that he might support other districts seeking help from the state legislature to improve student achievement, Kasich raised a number of education initiatives his administration wants to work on in the future. That’s pending, of course, that Ohioans reelect him this November.
Here are a few of the plans he previewed:
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Former Ohio State football coach listens during a March 2011 press conference in Columbus.
It’s been a merry-go-round regarding the top posts at many of Ohio’s universities. Ohio State, Kent State, and Hiram College each recently made new presidential hires, while The University of Akron and Notre Dame College continue their searches for new leaders.
And now they’ll be joined in that hunt by Youngstown State after current president Randy Dunn surprised the school when he said he’d be leaving after just seven months on the job.
Even though it’s only been a few days since Dunn’s announcement, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan sent a letter to YSU’s Board of Trustees with support from over 30 of Youngstown’s community leaders, all voicing their unanimous opinion for their pick for the next potential president.
Their potential candidate doesn’t have a doctorate, or years of scholarly research under his belt, or any of the implied requirements universities typically look for when appointing a new leader.
But he does have a sweater vest.
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The weather may (finally!) be warming up in Ohio, but there’s still lots of talk about calamity days.
The Ohio Senate is taking up a bill that will increase the number of snow days allowed this year from five to nine. The House passed its own version earlier this week.
Earlier this week, WCPN’s call-in show The Sound of Ideas talked about the struggles faced by both Ohio’s schools and parents this winter.