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New University of Akron Athletic Director Staying Positive

U Akron president Scott Scarborough (L) with Larry Williams and Zippy

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U Akron president Scott Scarborough (L) with Larry Williams and Zippy

The University of Akron has been the target of complaints this summer after officials announced hundreds of layoffs to meet budget deficits.

The school also eliminated the baseball team in the process, reportedly causing some applicants for the athletic director job to pull out of the running.

School president Scott Scarborough implied the real reason may be that the applicants already knew who the top choice was.

“It became clear to everyone who our top choice would be.”

 

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Youngstown Students Head Back to School Just Days After District Sues State

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A new school year kicked off in Youngstown today.

But just last week, the city’s school board joined a handful of groups in filing a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education.

They maintain a new law allowing a state takeover of the district is unconstitutional.

Despite the recent legal action, local leaders said today was business as usual.

 

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Cleveland School CEO Finds Positive Path in Incremental Growth

Eric Gordon issuing his State of the Schools address to several hundred corporate and civic leaders with several dozen Cleveland students in the audience.

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Eric Gordon issuing his State of the Schools address to several hundred corporate and civic leaders with several dozen Cleveland students in the audience.

The CEO of the largest school district in Ohio says the numbers are improving for his district, even if they aren’t yet good.

In his annual State of the Schools address Eric Gordon says Cleveland Municipal School District is on the rebound.

Gordon talked about finding direction by following the north star.  His guiding stars were a number of incremental improvements to let him know he’s on the right path.

 

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Youngstown School Board Files Lawsuit Against State

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Amy Hansen / StateImpact Ohio

A handful of both Youngstown-area and statewide groups filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education today in an effort to stop a state takeover of the city’s schools.

Last month, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a plan to allow increased state intervention in districts with continually failing schools, including Youngstown.

The lawsuit alleges that House Bill 70 is unconstitutional.

The Youngstown City School Board and the Ohio Education Association – two of the plaintiffs in the suit – say the legislation outlining a plan for state-issued school takeovers — didn’t receive three readings in each chamber, which violates the state constitution.

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Teachers’ Expectations for Students Colored by Race

Black and white teachers have similar expectations for white and Hispanic kids.

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Black and white teachers have similar expectations for white and Hispanic kids.

Race matters, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students.

The survey involving 16 thousand high school teachers around the country finds black teachers are more optimistic about black students than white teachers are.

Researchers at American University and Johns Hopkins would pick a 10th grader and then ask two of his teachers (one white and one black)  about how far they thought the student would go in school.

Drop out? PhD?

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State Taps Panel to Look at Charter School Sponsors

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The Ohio Department of Education is tapping three people to take an independent look at the state’s charter school sponsor system.

Last month, a high-ranking ODE official resigned after omitting F grades on several charter school evaluations.

The panel includes a Canfield-area accountant, a lawyer from Columbus, and Perrysburg Schools superintendent Thomas Holser, who said the group won’t be debating whether charter schools should exist in Ohio.

“They’re here,” he said. “The legislature, the state board, yano, support the system that we have.”

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Gov. John Kasich Talks Education in New Hampshire

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At an education summit in New Hampshire earlier today, sponsored by an education reporting website and a school choice advocacy group, six GOP presidential hopefuls explained their platform on education.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was there, and used a chunk of his allocated 45-minute time slot to reiterate his support of the Common Core.

But he avoided mentioning the controversial math and English standards for students in grades K-12 by name.

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Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon welcoming pupils to H. Barbara Booker Elementary on the first day of school.

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Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon welcoming pupils to H. Barbara Booker Elementary on the first day of school.

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools.

Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday.

Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week.

It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

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