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Ohio Board of Education Lacking Clout

Ohio Board if Education meeting in July.  Roslyn Painter-Goffi at left; Superintendent Richard Ross at right.

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Ohio Board if Education meeting in July. Roslyn Painter-Goffi at left; Superintendent Richard Ross at right.

Members of the State Board of Education were upset at their meeting this month when they found out that some charter school sponsors may have been getting special treatment in their evaluations.

Some state legislators are calling for the resignation of Ohio’s School Superintendent Richard Ross.

The power to fire him lies in the hands of the school board.   But as some board members found, that’s just about all the power they have.

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University of Akron Rescinds Course Fee Hikes

Scott Scarborough says regional public universities in the Midwest are facing similar financial challenges due to declining state funding, fewer high school graduates, and more difficulty getting federal research funds.

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Scott Scarborough says regional public universities in the Midwest are facing similar financial challenges due to declining state funding, fewer high school graduates, and more difficulty getting federal research funds.

Officials at the University of Akron sparked an outcry in June when they boosted course fees by $50 dollars an hour for upper level classes.

Today (Mon) the school has rescinded those fees. But they’re also handing out pink slips.

It’s all part of the school’s effort to balance its budget.

School officials say they’re not dropping the course fees because of charges that Akron was trying to get around a state-mandated tuition freeze.

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Some Central Ohio Districts See High Teacher Turnover Rate

The Columbus Dispatch reports teachers in the Reynoldsburg School District are leaving at a high rate. One in five educators won’t head back to the districts’ schools for the upcoming school year.


Several central Ohio school districts are experiencing an uptick in teacher turnover, though none as high as in Reynoldsburg schools. One in 5 teachers won’t return to Reynoldsburg this fall, similar to the turnover rate after the 2013-14 school year. In two years, 139 teachers have either resigned or retired.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

OSU’s Airport Upgrade Comes with A $10 Million Price Tag

A multi-million grant from a national foundation will be used to create a new aviation research area at Ohio State’s airport, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University has received $10 million from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation to upgrade the terminal and the education and research facilities at the university’s airport. The gift, distributed over five years, will support construction of a new aviation education and research facility, which will be named the Austin E.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Ohio’s Rural Schools Adapt Well to Standardized Tests

The Columbus Dispatch reports almost a quarter of all of the state’s 231 rural districts administered last year’s PARCC tests strictly online, more than their urban, small town, and suburban counterparts.


Ohio students could take state tests online for the first time last school year, and many of them did. A state survey found that 71 percent of more than 600 school districts administered both online and paper/pencil state tests.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Ohio House Democrat Still Wants State School Superintendent Out

Democratic State Rep. Teresa Fedor still wants State Superintendent Richard Ross to resign, the Toledo Blade reports.


COLUMBUS – The man who admitted to omitting poor scores from online schools in the evaluations of their charter school sponsors has resigned, but Rep. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo) on Wednesday continued her call for the state superintendent to follow. “This is no different than the department going after urban schools for scrubbing data on testing,” she said.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

Ohio Hosts Tax-Free Weekend Next Month

Need school supplies? The first weekend of August may be a great time to stock up. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the state will offer a tax-free weekend on back-to-school supplies, including shoes and clothes, on Aug. 7 through 9.


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Only 16 days until Ohioans can take advantage of the state’s first-ever state tax holiday on back-to-school purchases of clothing, shoes and school supplies Aug. 7 through 9. With 1.1 million pupils and more than 500,000 students in Ohio colleges, one in seven Ohio families has students headed to school this fall.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Gov. John Kasich’s Education Record Earns National Spotlight

After Gov. John Kasich’s presidential announcement yesterday, EdWeek takes a look at his educational track record, highlighting his stance on charter schools and the Common Core.


Ohio Gov. John Kasich has officially become the 16th candidate to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. He doesn’t have the kind of high-profile and polarizing history with public schools that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can claim. But his work in K-12 policy is actually quite extensive.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

State School Board Hasn’t Yet Asked Superintendent to Resign

While a handful of lawmakers would like to see state superintendent Richard Ross removed from his position after recent public outcry surrounding the state’s charter school system, the Columbus Dispatch says the state board of education hasn’t made any moves to do so.


Despite calls from Democratic lawmakers for state Superintendent Richard A. Ross’ resignation, no one on the state Board of Education has asked him to leave. And they haven’t requested an investigation of Ross and his handling of the Department of Education following revelations that state officials ignored state law and excluded poor-performing online schools from charter-sponsor evaluations.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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