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Molly Bloom

Digital Reporter

Molly Bloom left StateImpact Ohio in December 2013 to serve as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has covered education and other topics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Newark Star-Ledger. A New Jersey native, she has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.

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University of Cincinnati Sues Crayola

The University of Cincinnati is suing Crayola in federal court, claiming that the toy company’s popular Glow products use technology the university has patented…

The complaint says that Crayola’s Glow Board, Glow Dome and Glow Book use light-source inventions created by the school’s optical-physics researchers. It asks that Crayola halt its use of the technology and pay the school damages for “willfully” infringing on the school’s patent.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

How the Common Core is Changing How Kids Learn in English Class

Akron fourth graders discuss non-fiction articles during English class.

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Akron fourth graders discuss non-fiction articles during English class.

Teacher Karen Hazlett’s fourth graders spent much of this fall learning about child labor – during English class.

Hazlett teaches in Akron’s Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. This is her 34th year in the classroom.

And until recently, child labor probably would not have been a central topic in fourth grade English. Instead, Hazlett’s students would have read mostly fiction, and answer questions about their opinions on plot and characters.

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Ohio Couple Accused of Stealing $2.3 Million From Department of Education in Collge Financial Aid Scam

A Canton couple and one of their employees were indicted in connection with a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Education of more than $2.3 million through a financial aid scam.

John “Richard” Ceroni, 64, and Adale “Marie” Ceroni, 62, both of Canton, and Tammy Pyle, 43, of Waynesburg, Ohio were accused of obtaining fake high school diplomas for prospective students, fraudulently applying for financial aid on their behalf, and then enrolling them in Carnegie Career College, a college the Ceronis operated, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The Ceronis are accused of spending the money they obtained through the aid scam to pay for jewelry, lingerie, tanning sessions, cruises, a Vegas vacation — and purchases at the University of Akron book store.

They used online high schools, including Australia-based Adison High School, to purchase fake high school diplomas and coursework transcripts for students who were not required to attend any classes or complete any coursework, according to the indictment.

Pyle took a “high school diploma test” for students, while at other times provided test answers to the students. Marie Ceroni paid Adison High School, which provided diplomas using the graduation date on which the student would have graduated from high school had they completed high school in the normal course, according to the indictment. According to the indictment, sometimes those dates predated general public access to the internet.

Read more at: www.wkyc.com

New York Times: Online Courses Aren’t Living Up to Initial Hype

MOOCs, massive open online courses, are one of the Next Big Things in higher education. They offer the possibility of providing free or lower-cost higher education to students anywhere in the world.

But the New York Times reports on recent developments that suggest MOOCs, at least in their current common forms, might not solve everything wrong with higher education.

[MOOC researcher George Siemens] said what was happening was part of a natural process. “We’re moving from the hype to the implementation,” he said. “It’s exciting to see universities saying, ‘Fine, you woke us up,’ and beginning to grapple with how the Internet can change the university, how it doesn’t have to be all about teaching 25 people in a room.

“Now that we have the technology to teach 100,000 students online,” he said, “the next challenge will be scaling creativity, and finding a way that even in a class of 100,000, adaptive learning can give each student a personal experience.”

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Ohio Board of Education Member Bryan WIlliams Resigns Amid Ethics Concerns

Ohio Board of Education member Bryan C. Williams resigned today amid concerns that he is breaking the law by lobbying the legislature while serving elected office.

“Recent media reports made me aware of (a 2007 advisory from the Ohio Ethics Commission) which advises that elected members of a state board should not be registered lobbyists,” Williams wrote in an e-mail to board President Debe Terhar.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Gordon Gee to Take Temporary Job as West Virginia University President

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee

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E. Gordon Gee

Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is headed out of state for a new but temporary job as interim president of West Virginia University.

Gordon Gee retired from his post as president of Ohio State University in July and received a $5.8 million retirement package. He was to stay on at Ohio State as President Emeritus and a tenured law professor after taking a sabbatical.

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WYSO: Dayton Selected For National Education Partnership

The Lumina Foundation, a private group whose goal is to increase the number of Americans with postsecon is giving 20 cities up to $200,000 as part of an effort to increase the number of people with postsecondary credentials — including college degrees or other training. Two Ohio cities — Dayton and Cincinnati — are among those receiving the Lumina funding.

It’s part of an effort to prepare the region for the high paying jobs of the future.

Learn to Earn Dayton is an all-hands-on-deck approach to work force development. Its goal is to dramatically increase the number of high school graduates who go on to earn college degrees. Right now in Montgomery County, about 36% of high school graduates receive a college degree or post-high school credential within 6 years of graduation. Learn to Earn’s goal is to raise the percentage to 50% by 2025.

Read more at: wyso.org

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