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Cleveland State University Cuts Programs as Columbus Wants

Cleveland State University has almost 2 dozen programs under review for possible elimination. 15 have already been suspended. It started as an internal review by the college last year but it’s also part of a new mandate by legislators in Columbus.  

State School Board Members Worry Youngstown Takeover is all about Charters

In one month Ohio House Bill 70 will take effect and the state will take control of Youngstown City Schools. Democrats on the state board of education see the move as another in a series by the Kasich administration to promote charter schools. They wanted answers at this week’s board meeting in Columbus.

With State Takeover Looming, School Begins in Youngstown


  Amy Hansen / StateImpact Ohio Youngstown students went back to school this week amid tension between local and state education leaders. The district is in danger of being taken over by the state unless a lawsuit filed last week is able to stop the planned overhaul of the school system.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Teachers’ Expectations for Students Colored by Race

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 [...]

State Taps Panel to Look at Charter School Sponsors

BILL RICE / STATEIMPACT OHIO 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 [...]

Gov. John Kasich Talks Education in New Hampshire


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO CHANNEL 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 [...]

Rainy Summer Affects Food Service Programs

DonHomer / Flickr Record rainfall earlier this summer didn’t just mean lush backyards and water-logged basements. The weather also had an effect on the state’s summer food programs. Roughly one in every 10 of Ohio’s students receive a nutritional meal from one of those programs.  

Higher Ed Leaders Encourage College Affordability Measures

ThisIsBossi / Flickr College affordability is having a moment. President Barack Obama recently unveiled a plan that relies on community colleges, while the two top Democratic presidential candidates are talking up different plans they’ve developed. But leaders in Ohio are showing that they’re past the proposal phase and already putting their plans to action. To [...]

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