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Watch: Education Round Up on Sound of Ideas: CTU Strike

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 5:56 PM

This week on Sound of Ideas, StateImpact reporter Michelle Faust discussed the sticking points that lead to the Cleveland Teachers Union notice to strike. The strike will begin on September 1st if the Cleveland Metropolitan School District doesn't come to a contract agreement with the union.

Rule Related To Charter School Crackdown Delayed After Panel Sends It To Agency For Another Review

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:28 PM

by Karen Kasler

A proposed change in a rule on how charter school sponsors would be measured on their compliance with state laws has been delayed for now.

On a party line vote, a Republican-dominated panel of lawmakers sent the charter schools rule back to the state office that reviews regulations for their impact on business. But that office has already done a report on this rule. Republican Sen. Joe Uecker of the Cincinnati area says this move is not just an effort to delay charter school sponsors’ evaluations – which are supposed to come out in October.

Secretary of Education King Talks College Affordability in Cleveland

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM

by Mark Urycki

The U.S. Secretary of Education visited Cleveland Friday to highlight successes at Cuyahoga Community College. He has high hopes for President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition at community colleges, but not everyone is so optimistic.

Lawmaker Wants School To Start Later Than Mid-August

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:03 AM

by Karen Kasler

Once again, kids are going back to school in Ohio. And once again, a state lawmaker is saying that school shouldn’t be starting in the middle of August.

Republican Sen. Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville says parents are telling her it’s too hot to start school now, and that many families still want to squeeze in a vacation.

So she’s proposing that if districts want to start earlier than Labor Day, they would have to get their communities to approve that.

State Takes Back $12 Million in Preschool Funding

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Jo Ingles

Changes in the rules involving preschool funding in Ohio have caught the attention of a state lawmaker.

Democratic State Representative Teresa Fedor says more than 3,900 Ohio preschoolers will be affected by a new rule that says state funded schools cannot get federal funding through Head Start – which means those schools will lose $12 million state dollars.

“This is not good government. This is not good oversight. It is the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of worse things,” says Fedor.

Yost Blasts Cleveland Schools for Missing Rebates

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

by Karen Kasler

The state auditor has harsh words for the Cleveland schools in an audit over the district’s failure to cash in one millions in technology rebates.

Auditor Dave Yost reviewed the Cleveland school district’s records after it lost on $8.4 million in federal rebates it had already qualified for but lost out on for missing deadlines to apply.  Yost says a combination of weak policy and bad communication led to a breakdown in the process.

“At the end of the day, this is not a criminal problem, it’s a stupidity problem,” says Yost.

Cleveland Teachers Union Gives Strike Notice

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:53 PM

by Michelle Faust

Teachers at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will strike starting September first, unless the district and the union can come to an eleventh hour deal. The Cleveland Teacher’s Union on Monday night voted to authorize a strike.

The breakdown in negotiations stems from a disagreement with the way CMSD teachers are evaluated.

Based on rules in The Cleveland Plan (a 2012 law to reform the city’s schools), teachers’ pay is linked to performance.

Landlords Near OSU Fear Losing Income To New Sophomore Rule

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM

by Debbie Holmes

There’s a new rule at the Ohio State University.  Sophomores from out-of-town will be required to live in main campus dorms beginning this fall.  It’s a move the university hopes will improve student success and development.  Students start moving in Thursday, and some off-campus landlords say they already feel the loss of rental income.

Secretary of Education Set to Discuss College Affordability in Cleveland

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:43 PM

by Michelle Faust

U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King will visit Northeast Ohio Friday, August 19.

Cuyahoga Community College will host a round table discussion lead by Secretary King.

ECOT Commercials Slam Education Department, Draw Criticism

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:40 PM

by Andy Chow

The embattled online charter school, ECOT, is flooding the airwaves with commercials to rally support and hit back against the state education department. 

The commercials from ECOT paint a picture of how the e-school can help kids.

Commercial 1: “I’ve been in and out of foster care.”

Commercial 2: “It was getting to the point where I was sleeping in bus stations and park benches.”

Commercial 3: “After years of bullying and changing schools I could finally learn at my own pace.”