Eighty-one percent of last year’s class of high school seniors earned their diplomas within four years, the Washington Post reports. That’s a one percent uptick from last year.
Chairs in French and Spanish classes at college campuses across the country may be more empty than in previous years. A new study from the Modern Language Association of America finds that enrollment in those courses are down, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Regulations of charter schools considered so lax that critics have called Ohio’s system “the wild wild west.”
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the city’s school board will be asking for more funding to spend on charter and private school students who the state says have had to walk too far to bus stops.
Governor Kasich has formed a task force to find ways of reducing the high cost of a college education in Ohio. Kasich has suggested schools sell their non-academic assets. At least one university president hopes it’s not a fire-sale.
The University of Akron president Scott Scarborough began his career as an accountant and says the tightening of school budgets is one reason why people with financial backgrounds like himself are being hired.
Twenty three dollars and some change–that’s the per-student price of each PARCC exam, according to Marketplace. But officials say creating those types of in-depth standardized tests can be pretty expensive.
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Republican Gov. John Kasich is challenging Ohio’s college and university leaders to lower costs to students by creating a new affordability and efficiency task force.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports two of the city’s school board members have been removed from the district’s academic distress commission.
“In the 2014 Academic Plan, State Superintendent [Richard] Ross suggested that the district broaden its community connection in helping the district meet its educational goals,” school board president Brenda Kimble said in a letter to the members, according to the Vindicator. “We, as the board of education, have made a decision to appoint new representatives from the community this year.”
Five of Ohio’s community colleges are sharing a $2.5 million grant aimed at creating programs pairing GED testing with hands-on vocational job training, the Toledo Blade reports.
The Columbus Dispatch reports close to 600 of the city’s school employees have begun paying back roughly $360,000 back in unearned bonuses. The money, which ranged in amounts from $130 to $2,700 per employee, was awarded when staff members’ schools were thought to be reaching academic goals, but the bonuses were rescinded after numerous investigations determined several buildings hit those targets by cheating.