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Why Ohio is Losing Interest in High School Football

Boston Public Library / Flickr Football is losing ground. While still the most popular high school sport in the U.S., its numbers are shrinking. The latest survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations counted 1,088,158 players on 11-member teams nationwide. That’s down 2 percent since the 2009-2010 school year. In Ohio, where [...]

Federal Complaint Regarding Schools’ Use of American Indian Mascots Dismissed

Copley-Fairlawn is among about 200 Ohio schools with American Indian mascots.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has dismissed a complaint seeking to ban the use of American Indian mascots in K-12 schools, Education Week reports. The original complaint was filed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and sought to ban the use of mascots like the Belding Redskins, the Morley-Stanwood Mohawks and [...]

Watch Your Head! Concussion Awareness Law Now in Effect

A new Ohio law aimed at protecting student athletes after they’ve received a concussion goes into effect today. Last fall, of the more than 46,000 high school football players in the state, 175 were pulled out of games because they got concussions. Of those, 14 were cleared and sent back into play. Under the new [...]

Ohio Schools Will Have to Do More to Protect Student-Athletes from Concussions

Donald Miralle / Getty Images In April, a new state law intended to protect Ohio student athletes from concussions goes into effect. The new law affects all Ohio schools–public and private, charter and traditional public–as well as youth sports organizations. While schools are taking steps to prevent student-athletes from concussions, some large Ohio school districts fall short in [...]

Drug Testing Students May Not Cut Back on Drug Use

The Vermilion school board approved a student drug testing policy at its meeting last night. Starting this year, the school will randomly drug test students who want to participate in extracurricular activities or who buy a parking pass. The drug tests will be done by a third party. Neither the Ohio Department of Education nor the Ohio [...]

Columbus Schools Must Address Title IX Issues, U.S. Department of Education Says

Mike Hoff / Flickr Girls in the Columbus school district are underrepresented on its sports teams, and the  district must do something about the gap between the number of girls in Columbus schools and the number on playing fields, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced this week. The news came as part of [...]

Many Ohio Schools Doubling, Nay, Trebling Pay-to-Play Fees

Faced with falling state funding and failed local tax levies, many Ohio school districts have turned to asking students who want to play sports or participate in other extracurricular activities to bear part of the cost. It’s called pay-to-play. About half of Ohio school districts had some type of play-to-play fee in place last school [...]

Do High School Football Teams Really Need Their Own Specialty License Plates?

Tony Alter / Flickr What do you get the high school football team that already has its own live tiger cub mascot? Perhaps its own state-sanctioned state license plate? Only if you’re Massillon. This week the Ohio House approved a bill that would create special “Massillon Tiger Football Booster Club” license plates  inscribed with words selected [...]

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