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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 [...]

University of Akron Promises to Correct A Failure to Communicate

The University of Akron leadership admits it made mistakes in how it handled hundreds of job cuts, the future of E.J. Thomas Hall and other controversies in recent months. But it also insists each move is part of a process that will make the university better. Akron will have to sell that message hardest to [...]

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