Eye on Education

Mandie Trimble

Mandie Trimble is a reporter for WOSU.

  • Email: mandie.trimble@wosu.org

Ohio State University Marching Band Director Fired


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In his two years as director of the OSU Marching Band, Jonathan Waters was praised for using technology to develop complex routines that went viral on the web.

Now Jon Waters is out of a job. OSU fired him after an investigation found what officials call “serious cultural issues.”

Waters’ firing comes after a two-month investigation prompted by complaints made by a parent of a band member.

The investigation uncovered sexually-explicit activities which appear to have gone for years.

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Ohio Education Officials Say State Has Safeguards Against Widespread Cheating on Standardized Tests



Ohio third-graders are gearing up to take a reading test that could determine whether they are promoted or held back. In some states, high-stakes testing has driven educators to do the unthinkable: cheat.

But there are safeguards in place in Ohio to lessen the chance of a standardized testing scandal.

High-stakes tests can be stressful for students. But they also can turn up the heat on teachers and administrators who have a lot riding on standardized tests: district report cards, school ratings, teacher evaluations, funding, even building closures.

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Soon Colleges Are Going to Have to Compete for High School Seniors

OSU graduation

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High school graduation classes are getting smaller. After peaking in 2011, studies indicate this year’s high school class will be six percent smaller. Over the next ten years, projections of the number of high school students will remain flat.

Narrow the scope to the Midwest and high school classes are getting even smaller. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE as educators call it, predicts the middle part of the county will see a 12 percent decline in students through 2028. Continue Reading

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