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Governor Kasich Wants High School Work-Study Programs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

by Mark Urycki

Governor Kasich wants Ohio students to get some work experience while still in high school.  Speaking at a conference in Cleveland Tuesday Kasich questioned whether schools are training kids for 21st century jobs.

The Hectic Lives of Trackers, Campaign Operatives Who Hunt for Gaffes

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 am
Trackers follow opposing candidates wherever they go and record them with handheld video cameras.

Economic Development Officials Look to Cleveland

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm
The International Economic Development Council brings 1600 members here for annual conference.

Organization Helps Register Cleveland Homeless People To Vote

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:41 pm
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless set up registration tables at three shelters.

Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

Increasing Tree Equity -- One Cleveland Neighborhood at a Time

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:30 am
A Grass Roots Effort to Repopulate Tree Canopy in Kinsman by Teaching Kids at Anton Grdina School to Plant Trees

World Championship Cavaliers Back for New Season

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm
The championship still hasn't sunken in for some players.

State Finds ECOT Attendance Was Much Lower Than Expected

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

by Andy Chow

The state education department says Ohio's largest online charter school severely over-reported how many students actually attended class full time. But the school says the state's report is a slap in the face to a pending court battle.

The state says only 40% of the more than 15,000 students enrolled at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spent enough time learning during the day to qualify as full-time students. 

Senate Education Committee Reconvenes Tuesday

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

by Michelle Faust

Although the Lame Duck Legislative Session doesn’t begin until after the November election, the Ohio Senate Education Committee is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday. 

Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says a truancy bill is her highest priority.  The Senate Republican from Kettering says the legislation requires schools to look at why students skip class instead of resorting to suspensions.

"To start looking at truancy as a social-emotional issue, as opposed to a judicial-issue."

CTU Membership Votes Down Tentative Agreement with Cleveland Schools

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Fifty-one percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Dogs Sniff Out Pollution Along Great Lakes

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Trained dogs are helping localities find leaky sewer pipes that are polluting Great Lakes tributaries.

Districts in Poverty Have Lowest Report Card Grades, New Federal Law Aims to Track Progress

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

by Michelle Faust

When report cards came out recently, it was not without controversy.

Districts did worse than last year because the tests and the expectations changed. It was harder to get a passing grade.

“But the report card is important. It tells us useful information and we can't just ignore it in this state,” says Howard Fleeter, an economist who consults for the non-profit Ohio Education Policy Institute. “As we raise the bar, we're increasing the challenge disproportionately for districts that are struggling the most.”

New Trump Staffer In Mahoning County Has History Of Trump Critique

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Tracey Winbush has made a number of negative comments about Trump in the past.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against How Ohio Purges Voter Rolls

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Ohio's process to remove voters from the rolls.

Ohio Election Update: Trump Visits Cleveland Heights, Team Kasich Fires Back at Priebus

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
A look at the week's political news in the Buckeye State.