Eye on Education

As Funding Dries Up, A Rural School District Struggles To Help Latino Kids


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Tecumseh School District, just outside of Springfield, includes the tiny towns of New Carlisle and Medway—and a whole lot of farm fields and two-lane highways.

“This is a cow,” says English paraprofessional Liz Toro. She’s giving two little girls at Park Layne Elementary their daily English lesson. “What sound does a cow make?” she says, pointing at a picture of a cow. “Moo! Yes.”

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Private Colleges May Be A Good Fit for Low-Income Students

New research says the small class sizes and more personal attention offered at small private colleges may be a better fit for low-income and first generation students, EdWeek reports. Graduation rates, along with higher levels of overall satisfaction, are higher for small school graduates compared to their public school counterparts, the Council for Independent Colleges study points out.

First-generation and low-income students can find the nurturing environment they need to be successful at small private colleges, but too often overlook them as an option, according to a new report released on Wednesday.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

Two State Colleges Placed on Fiscal Watch

Central State and Owens Community College are each on the state board of regents’ fiscal watch list, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Central State University near Dayton and Owens Community College near Toledo have been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents due to financial problems. It is the first time any public college has received the designation that signifies serious financial problems since a law was passed in 1997 requiring the regents to monitor the fiscal health of the state’s two- and four-year campuses.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

The Politics Behind The Selection of Commencement Speakers

A new season is upon us in higher education–commencement speaker season. As Inside Higher Ed reports, some schools are choosing to shy away from controversial speakers and “play it safe” this year.

When Rutgers University invited Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, to speak at its commencement ceremony last year, a group of students protested the choice by staging a sit-in on campus. Rutgers’s faculty council passed a resolution urging the university to rescind its invitation to Rice, calling her a “war criminal.”

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

House Committee Passes Budget with Changes Related to School Funding


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House Republicans added another series of amendments to the budget before passing it out of committee.

The House added $1.25 million so the secretary of state can keep mailing out absentee ballot applications, and another amendment gets rid of language that would’ve stopped the state auditor from performing public records audits.

More than 93 schools were in danger of losing money when implementing the new funding formula and the cut to the reimbursement program known as the Tangible Personal Property tax or TPP.

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Wilberforce University Fights To Keep Accreditation



Wilberforce University in southwest Ohio is renovating its campus buildings and making policy changes as it fights to maintain its accreditation.

Members of the Higher Learning Commission are on campus this week to find out whether leaders at the nation’s oldest historically black private university have taken the necessary steps to address low enrollment and financial deficits.

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“I Wish My Teacher Knew” Notes Goes Viral

A Colorado teacher proposed a relatively simple request to her students, prompting them to reveal something they’d like their teacher to know. As ABC News reports, she called some of the responses “heartbreaking,” including one that read “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”

Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Denver. Although she says her students are a pleasure to look after, the educator of three years adds that many of them come from underprivileged homes. “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz tells ABC News.

Read more at: abcnews.go.com

The Stories Behind Brutus

It’s one of the most recognizable collegiate mascots, especially here in Ohio: Brutus the Buckeye. The Columbus Dispatch spoke with a few former students who portrayed the mascot, along with the lessons they learned.

Emily Williams has two lasting memories from her years serving as Ohio State University mascot Brutus Buckeye – one that happened on a football field and the other on a deathbed. “Being on the field when we won the 2002 national championship was exhilarating,” Williams said.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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