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Ohio’s Public University Presidents Rank High In National Compensation Survey

Ohio’s public university presidents were among the highest paid in the nation last year, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education Survey released last week. Former Ohio State president Gorden Gee took home more than 6 million dollars in the 2013-2014 school year, far outstripping the 2nd highest paid public university president for the year. [...]

Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes To Expand Preschool As Nationwide Enrollment Dips

Barnaby Wasson / Flickr Cuyahoga County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says he wants to make universal preschool one of his top campaign priorities. Pending he defeats Governor John Kasich this fall, FitzGerald says his Pre-K All the Way plan calls for legislation to fund preschool for all Ohio three and four-year-olds beginning in [...]

Tuition Increases Planned For Ohio’s State-Funded Universities

More than half of Ohio’s 14 publicly funded universities have either approved or are considering tuition hikes to take effect in the fall. After approving a two percent tuition increase last week, The University of Akron became the latest state school to raise prices for the upcoming academic year. Wright State University, The University of [...]

Department of Education Moves To Quash Six New Charter Schools

The Ohio Department of Education has told three charter school sponsors that applications they’ve received for six new schools are flawed, and warned them against allowing them to open. It’s the first time the department has issued such warnings to charter school sponsors, according to spokesman John Charlton. In one case, Educational Resource Consultants of [...]

Report Fuels Debate About Ohio’s Method For Funding Charter Schools

KRISTIE WELLS / FLICKR A new report adds to the ongoing tension between publically funded, but privately operated charter schools and traditional public schools. Innovation Ohio’s recent analysis shows that half of the money transferred from school districts to charter schools in the 2012-2013 school year went to charters with lower performance ratings on the [...]

Today’s Role of Collegiate Student-Athletes

PARKER KNIGHT / FLICKR Recently, Northwestern University’s football players began to explore options that would allow them to unionize, and someday maybe even earn a paycheck. “A lot of people will think this is all about money; it’s not,” former Northwestern football player Kain Colter told the Chicago Tribune earlier this year.  “We’re asking for [...]

ODE Extends Private School Voucher Deadline

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Jenlight / Flickr The state has extended its deadline for parents to apply for taxpayer-funded vouchers to go to private schools instead of the low-performing schools their kids are assigned to attend. A student must be in one of the 220 schools in the state’s lowest two categories. And a student must be accepted to [...]

Only One of Ohio’s Districts Wins A Piece of Nationwide Grant

Images_of_Money / Flickr Thanks to a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Education, Toledo Public Schools will be receiving more than $3.8 million through the Youth CareerConnect grant. Of the 24 school districts, state and local departments of education, and job training programs nationwide to get the grant, Toledo is [...]

Newspaper Series Examines How Charter Schools Operate

STOCKMONKEYS.COM / FLICKR A series of stories hit Ohio newspapers on Sunday that looks closer at the accountability and costs of charter schools in Ohio. It’s part of a multi-year project launched by the Akron Beacon Journal and the NewsOutlet, a group of students from Youngstown State, the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. The project began with [...]

Why Kasich Wants To Make It Easier For High Schoolers To Earn College Credit

JMAZ PHOTO / FLICKR As the cost of college continues to rise, more students are looking for the shortest–and cheapest–path to complete a degree. Ohio already has a number of ways for high school students to take college level courses, but those don’t always count toward a degree. In his recent review of the state [...]

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