Eye on Education

Amy Hansen

Broadcast Reporter

Amy Hansen is an education reporter/producer for StateImpact Ohio. Amy previously was an enterprise reporter for The Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania, where she covered in-depth community issues such as hunger and homelessness. Amy has also worked for WGBH’s FRONTLINE and The Boston Herald. The Pittsburgh native holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, where she was the 2013 Journalism Graduate Student of the Year, along with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from The University of Akron.

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


Amy Hansen / StateImpact Ohio

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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Youngstown School Board Files Lawsuit Against State


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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State Taps Panel to Look at Charter School Sponsors



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



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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More Than 20 Tenured Faculty Members Laid Off During Ashland University’s “Restructuring”

Inside Higher Ed takes a look at the financial situation of the Central Ohio university. Despite the university saying the school’s financial future is “bright,” the administration recently laid off more than 20 tenured faculty members.

After Ashland University on Friday laid off 23 instructors — many of them tenured — and eliminated another nine teaching positions, President Carlos Campo described the future at the financially troubled university as “bright.” The move is a drastic one. Generally colleges avoid laying off tenured faculty members, and do so only if they’re struggling to pay bills.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

OSU President Faces Deposition in Former Band Director’s Lawsuit

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State’s Dr. Michael Drake will be questioned in the upcoming federal lawsuit filed against the school by the university’s former band director, who was fired last year after OSU administrators said he allowed the band to have a “sexualized culture.”

The president of Ohio State University is scheduled to be questioned next week as part of fired OSU band director Jon Waters’ federal lawsuit. Attorney David F. Axelrod is to depose Dr. Michael V. Drake on Aug. 20, according to court records filed this week.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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