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“Five of Eight” Rule May Be Voted on at Next Board of Education Meeting

The Columbus Dispatch reports the “5 of 8″ school staffing rule cleared a legislative review committee yesterday, and now may be voted on at the next Ohio Board of Education meeting later this spring.


A legislative review panel paved the way yesterday for the Ohio Board of Education to abolish school-staffing requirements, a move that critics fear will allow districts to eliminate art teachers, librarians, counselors and other staff members. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review rejected an effort to invalidate the proposal by a 6-4 party-line vote.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Masonry Competition Underscores Future Skills Shortage

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Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio

The days of making ashtrays for high school shop class are over.

And the classes now offered go well beyond the old vocational education models.

At the 10th Annual High School Masonry Competition held at Buchtel High School in Akron, 40 kids from around Ohio and a few from Pennsylvania competed in a bricklaying contest for thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and prizes.

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Education? Yeah, There’s An App for That

With new offerings seemingly popping up every day, the world of education applications is a pretty wide one. But as The New York Times reports, it can be a double edged sword for district administrators who have to keep tabs on how student data may be being used.


At school districts across the country, the chief technology officers responsible for safeguarding student data are tearing their hair out, Natasha Singer reports. Scores of education technology start-ups, their pockets full from a rush of venture capital, are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers – many are even offering them free to get a foothold in schools.

Read more at: bits.blogs.nytimes.com

Univeristy of Toledo Picks New President

The Toledo Blade reports the university’s 17th president will be Sharon Gaber. Gaber, a provost from The University of Arkansas with a background in urban planning, will be the school’s first female leader.


Sharon Gaber, the University of Arkansas provost who pledged to use her urban planning background to connect the University of Toledo with its city namesake, was picked Thursday to be the next UT president. The Razorbacks-to-Rockets move makes her the university’s 17th president. She was approved in a unanimous vote by the university’s Board of Trustees.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

New Name Is A Possibility for The University of Akron

The University of Akron president Scott Scarborough said a name change could be in store for the school, telling the Northeast Ohio Media Group a new name could “reflect its unique strengths in polytechnical and professional fields, along with career-focused applied learning,” adding that the suggestion is one of many that came out of recent brainstorming session.


AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron may change its name. President Scott Scarborough released a statement Wednesday confirming that a name change was one of many ideas brainstormed during planning sessions, though the statement did not disclose possible new names.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

In Indiana, The Test Is A Test

Last year, Indiana became one of a handful of states to drop both the Common Core and a standardized test aligned to the standards. After that, the state had to quickly develop its own test, and as StateImpact Indiana reports for NPR’s education blog, the process has been a little rocky.


Every eldest child knows all too well: Going first can be tough. There’s no one to help you pick the good teachers at school or give you advice on how to tell Mom and Dad about that fender bender.

Read more at: www.npr.org

State Board of Education on Public Complaints over PARCC Test

District 11 member Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland (foreground) telling Sen. Peggy Lehner (back) about public complaints over PARCC test.

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District 11 member Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland (foreground) telling Sen. Peggy Lehner (back) about public complaints over PARCC test.

Ohio public schools are in their third week of issuing standardized tests for students in fourth through sixth grades, eighth grade, and high school.

The state legislature passed a law one year ago that eliminates any ramifications for the pupils in this first year of the test.

But that hasn’t calmed down members of the state board of education at their meeting this week.

It’s known as the PARCC test, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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Bowling Green State University’s Budget Revenue Drops By $16 Million

Over the past five years, budget revenue at Bowling Green has taken a $16 million hit, which administrators say could be due to both a change in the state funding formula and declining enrollment numbers, the Sentinel-Tribune reports.


Sheri Stoll, Bowling Green State University’s vice president of finance, presented a paint-by-numbers portrait of the university for Faculty Senate last week. The picture wasn’t always pretty. In the past five years, the numbers show the university hit both by a change in the formula used by the state to dole out higher ed money, and a declining enrollment.

Read more at: www.sent-trib.com

Cleveland Teachers Not Happy About Potential Multi-Million Dollar Budget Cuts

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District would like to shave more than $3 million from its proposed upcoming budget. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the district’s teachers union says the move would cut student support, while administrators say it’s necessary as the district’s enrollment drops.


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Teachers Union objected Tuesday to the school district’s plan to trim $3.4 million from next year’s budget – cuts that district officials say just keep pace with falling enrollment, but which the union says will undermine support for students.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Two Ohio Schools Snag Most of The State’s Spotlight on National Graduate School Rankings

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Amy Hansen / StateImpact

There’s a surplus of rankings within the world of higher education: there are lists from Bloomberg, Forbes, and even the federal government will soon get in the game.

Today, one of the most recognized names in the ratings game–U.S. News & World Report–released their own breakdown of the country’s graduate programs, with several of Ohio’s campuses making the list.

The majority of the top spotlight went to two schools: Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University in Columbus.

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