Eye on Education

Toledo’s Teacher’s Union Discusses Raises

The Toledo Blade reports one of the district’s three teachers’ union has accepted a recommendation calling for raises, but the educators would like to see a bigger amount than the one offered.

An “overwhelming majority” of Toledo teachers voted Tuesday to reject a fact finder’s recommendation that they get pay raises, but it was unclear whether enough teachers had voted on the report for it to be officially rejected.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

Some University of Akron Communty Members Angry Over Credit Hour Hike

Fox 8 reports the UA community isn’t reacting positively to a string of recent changes, including a credit hike for higher level students and program cuts.

AKRON, Ohio – State Representative Greta Johnson of Akron says her office has been flooded with phone calls and emails from parents and students over the past week after the University of Akron announced it was increasing fees for junior and senior level courses by $50 per credit hour.

Read more at: fox8.com

Coding Bootcamps Have Limited Funding Options

Intensive multi-week coding boot camps are growing in popularity. NPR’s education team takes a look at the options students have when it comes to paying for this evolving type of education, along with the possibility of the federal government considering the possibility of giving student aid to these new programs.

Coder Bootcamps. Accelerated Learning Programs. New Economy Skills Training. Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Youngstown City Schools Legislation Evokes Emotional Response from Community

At an informational meeting held at a city elementary school yesterday, the Youngstown Vindicator reports many community members voiced big concerns with recently introduced legislation outlining a state takeover of the district.

By Denise Dick denise_dick@vindy.com Gallery: Youngstown City Schools A meeting concerning the future of Youngstown City Schools was held today. Youngstown Tammy Shingleton likes the services and programs available to her five children enrolled in the city schools and worries those will be lost under a plan to appoint a chief executive officer to operate and manage the school district.

Read more at: www.vindy.com

Ohio University Community Calls for Resignation of Donor

The Columbus Dispatch reports some members of the Ohio University community are calling an email sent by a major Ohio University donor “racist,” and are asking for his resignation.

Some Ohio University students and faculty members are calling for one of the school’s biggest donors to resign as an OU Foundation trustee and for the university to strip his name from its communication building after he sent an email they’re calling racist.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

University of Akron and Others Look to Cut Costs

CSU VP for Business Affairs and Finance Stephanie McHenry addresses the Board of Trustees


CSU VP for Business Affairs and Finance Stephanie McHenry addresses the Board of Trustees

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 to state legislators to lower costs by 5 percent.

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Cleveland Takes Biggest Hit from Kasich Education Budget Veto

CMSD School Superintendent Eric Gordon


CMSD School Superintendent Eric Gordon

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 district would get less money than the last biennium.

So Kasich got out his veto pen and stopped the compensation for districts who would lose money because of a phase-out of a business tax.  He also cut the guarantee that wealthy districts would not see losses.

Mostly well-off schools took the hit.  But the biggest losses came for the high poverty district of Cleveland – looking at a projected drop of $13.8 million dollars.  Cleveland school superintendent Eric Gordon:

“It does looks like in the 2nd year of the budget we will see a substantial decrease.  We think it’s going to be less than the $14 million dollars originally projected because our enrollment is better than projected and enrollment drives state dollars.  But we are forecasting probably $10m loss in the second year. “

While Cleveland is losing about 3% of what it would have received without the vetoes,  some districts are losing as much as 40%.    Gordon says he understands that Kasich wanted a budget that made rich districts raise their own money.

“He didn’t feel that occurred in what was sent to him from the conference committee and this is one of the ways he’s trying to shape the budget toward his goals.  Unfortunate for us, as one of the schools that depends on the state the most because of our community’s relative wealth, we see a bigger magnitude of impact.  “

Worthington Schools in Franklin County and Sycamore Schools in Hamilton also swill see second year cuts of more than two million dollars.   Statewide, the Kasich vetoes cut education spending by nearly 100 million dollars.

U.S. Senate Discusses Big Education Legislation

EdWeek takes a look at the first day of the expected two-week long U.S. Senate debate over the rewriting of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act .

For the first time since 2001, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday began debating a bill that would overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act-though the fireworks are yet to come. Day One of the likely two-week-long federal K-12 debate was more ceremonial than anything, with the bill’s co-authors, Sens.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

College Students’ Transfer Rates Clock in at Nearly 40 Percent

Nearly 40 percent of college students who began their studies in 2008 ended up transferring to another university during their academic career, the AP reports.

BOSTON (AP) – A new national study reports that more than a third of college students who started in 2008 transferred to another school. That challenges ideas about the typical college trajectory and is stoking debate about how schools should help transfer students.

Read more at: bigstory.ap.org

Ohio State President Voices Support for Governor’s Budget

In an editorial letter to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State’s Dr. Michael Drake voiced his approval of the higher education mentions in Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget, calling the bipartisan higher education support within the state “inspiring.”

While we celebrated the founding of our great nation on July 4, families and students around the state have another reason to give thanks. Last week, Gov. John Kasich signed into law a state budget bill that underscores the importance of a college degree.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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