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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.

Students Stranded as Columbus Charter Closes

Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed its doors. Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year. The Focus on Collective Integrity Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has [...]

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 [...]

Ohio Democrats Criticize Kasich and GOP Before Debate

Ohio Democrats aren’t waiting for the Republicans’ first primary debate to offer their opinion on the candidates that will gather tomorrow night in Cleveland. One group is giving a thumbs down to Gov. John Kasich and his education policies. Congressmen, state representatives, and union leaders from Ohio held a pre-debate teleconference to argue that the [...]

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 [...]

University of Akron Rescinds Course Fee Hikes

Officials at the University of Akron sparked an outcry in June when they boosted course fees by $50 dollars an hour for upper level classes. On Monday, the school has rescinded those fees. But they’re also handing out pink slips. It’s all part of the school’s effort to balance its budget. School officials say they’re not [...]

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 [...]

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