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Some Ohio Schools Brace For Funding Cuts After State Budget Veto

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO CHANNEL Some of Ohio’s school districts are bracing for cuts in state funding in the new budget. Kasich vetoed a provision in the new two year state budget that would have provided $78 million to about 100 school districts which had relied on a tangible personal property tax from local [...]

State Testing Revamp Must Be Quickly Completed

Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget bill includes a total revamp of Ohio’s batch of Common Core-aligned math and English exams. But education officials have a lot of work to complete in a relatively small amount of time. Working alongside the American Institutes for Research testing company, state officials will need to create the new [...]

Food Advocates Worry About Kids

ERIC LANGHORST / FLICKR Over 780,000 Ohio children rely on free or reduced priced meals at schools throughout the state during the academic year. But advocates for low income Ohioans worry many of those children are going hungry this summer. There are food service programs throughout the state that provide lunches and activities to children [...]

Youngstown City School Leaders Fear Loss of Local Control

New legislation passed in both the House and the Senate yesterday calls for transforming the way Ohio handles continually underperforming schools. The reform is directly aimed at turning around failing schools in Youngstown. But some school leaders fear a state takeover will wipe away local control. Under the new plan, once a district receives three [...]

Lawmakers Agree Students Should Spend Fewer Hours on Standardized Tests

COCOEN / FLICKR As lawmakers in Columbus battle to finalize the state budget, the debate over standardized testing continues. But one area where legislators are finding some common ground is agreeing that students spend too much time on the assessments. Ohio’s students currently log roughly 20 hours per year taking the exams, and legislators want [...]

Auditor Says Half of Student Population at Dayton Charter School Was “Fraudulent”

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR A special audit has found that a now-closed Ohio charter school padded its rolls by nearly half, bringing it more than a million dollars in state funds it shouldn’t have gotten. State Auditor David Yost said that General Chappie James Leadership Academy near Dayton reported having 459 students in attendance, but [...]

Teachers Without Credentials or Seniority

An education think tank has issued a new paper calling on a reduction in state regulations over schools. The Dayton-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute proposes fewer rules over who can teach a class in Ohio. It also suggest changes to the way teachers are paid.

Kent State Freezes In-State Undergrad Tuition–For Now

urycki Undergraduate tuition at Kent State is going to hold steady for in-state students, for now. And, the university’s controversial ‘overload’ credit fees will be mostly going away. At the university’s board meeting this week, Kent State’s trustees extended last year’s university budget until the state of Ohio finalizes its new budget. Tuition will be [...]

State Suspends Four Northeast Ohio Charter Schools

Jenlight / Flickr Four Northeast Ohio charter schools have been suspended. The Ohio Department of Education sent letters to administrators from Cleveland’s Villaview Community School, Imagine Cleveland Academy, and Cleveland Community School, along with Canton’s Imagine on Superior Academy, letting them know the decision came down after state officials determined the schools weren’t meeting the [...]

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