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Ohio Board of Education Lacking Clout

Members of the State Board of Education were upset at their meeting this month when they found out that some charter school sponsors may have been getting special treatment in their evaluations. Some state legislators are calling for the resignation of Ohio’s School Superintendent Richard Ross. The power to fire him lies in the hands [...]

State Task Force Meets to Discuss College Affordability

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable. At the group’s meeting at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday, education and private-sector leaders discussed how universities can streamline services to potentially save money.

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Amend Every Child Achieves Act

Ohio’s two U.S. senators were successful in holding off an amendment to the education bill passed Thursday that might have cost Ohio schools $70 million aimed at programs for low-income students. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman worked to change it so that new formula for dispersing Title I money requires extra funding, making it [...]

Ohio Offers Performance-based Bonus Education Money

The $10 billion state budget worked out by the Ohio legislature two weeks ago puts more money into education than Gov. John Kasich’s spending plan. And, for the first time, the education plan includes a funding bonus based on school performance. The governor’s proposal to provide more money for poor districts and less money for [...]

University of Akron and Others Look to Cut Costs

The University of Akron announced it’s laying off 215 employees and eliminating its baseball team to fix a $60 million budget deficit. All state schools have pressure to reduce spending. The new state budget freezes tuition at state universities for the next two years. And by October, Akron and other state schools must submit plans [...]

Cleveland Takes Biggest Hit from Kasich Education Budget Veto

Governor Kasich’s veto of two items in the state’s education budget were supposed to trim back funding to wealthy districts.  But not every district suffering losses was well-off. Governor Kasich wanted a budget that sent more money to poor districts and cut funding to rich districts.  The House and Senate version flattened it out so no [...]

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 Senator Says Schools Are Missing Out on Millions in Casino Revenue

When Ohio voters gave the okay for casinos to hit the state more than five years ago, there was a catch. Operators would have to pay a 33 percent tax on their revenue, calculated by subtracting “promotional credits” and payouts from their overall earnings. A chunk of that money then would be funneled to local [...]

Districts Concerned about School Bus Driver Shortage in Ohio

Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio As the school year winds down, districts in Ohio will be watching to see what the new biennial state budget has in store. But another issue they have to plan for is the transportation routes and schedules for next year.  A growing problem for them has been simply finding enough [...]

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 [...]

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