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StateImpact Ohio

ECOT Appeals ODE Enrollment Review Hearing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest e-school is fighting to keep up to $60 million that it could lose because of an enrollment audit that the school says was improperly conducted by the state.

The state’s audit found that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, only had about 40 percent of the amount of full time students enrolled than it reported.

Trump Picks Billionaire Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 1:29 PM

School officials in Ohio are wondering how President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education will affect schools here.   He wants school choice advocate Betsy DeVos in charge.   State Impact Ohio’s Mark Urycki reports.


Betsy DeVos has some history in Ohio.  10 years ago her All Children Matter PAC illegally-funneled campaign money for school choice in Ohio and was fined $5.2 million dollars by the state Elections Commission.  

That alone is a problem for Stephen Dyer who works on education policy for the liberal think-tank Innovation Ohio. 

Survey Identifies Hunger Problem Among College Students

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:27 PM

As Americans prepare their dinner tables for Thanksgiving, a national survey of college students finds that 20% did not always know where their next meal would come from.  Temple University Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab studies the issue and spoke on 90.3’s the Sound of Ideas.  She says food insecurity happens at a higher rate among community college students, but it also affects students at elite universities.

Class of 2018 Graduation Rates Could Plummet

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Some of this year's high school juniors as well as their administrators are concerned the students won't meet new Ohio graduation standards. That might cause graduation rates to plummet.

The class of 2018 is the first group of Ohio high schoolers to face new stricter requirements.  Students are required to take certain classes including English Language Arts, Math and Social Studies and get a cumulative score of 18 on 7 different subject tests.  The highest total score possible is 35.

Maritime Schools Teach Great Lakes Skills

Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:49 AM

By Elizabeth Miller 

At the Maritime Academy of Toledo, students learn basics like math and English. They also take classes on  boatbuilding.

On a fall day in the boat lab, a few students are working on the inside of a small wooden boat. They’re gluing pieces of wood together along the inside of the boat before sanding it down.

CMSD Alerts Parents to Lead in School Fountains

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 12:18 PM

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District sent notice to parents Thursday on the progress of testing for lead in the schools' drinking water.

The announcement alerted parents that the district will remove or replace 79 drinking fountains and 40 faucets that showed elevated lead-levels. Another 40 broken fixtures will also be replaced.

"Of the more than 1,700 water outlets tested fewer than 9 percent were found to have levels of lead elevated enough to warrant replacement of the drinking fountains and faucets affected," the district said in a phone message to parents.

Voters Approved 77% of Local School Funding Issues

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Of the more than 150 education-related issues on the state’s local ballots, voters approved more than three-quarters.

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) reports voters approved 77 percent of funding issues for schools, which included support for a greater than usual number of new funding issues—56 percent.

Lorain Schools Prepare for State Takeover

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Michelle Faust

A second Ohio school district will follow in Youngstown’s footsteps.   The state is taking control of the low-performing Lorain City School District.

Lorain Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham confirms the district will be controlled by a CEO sometime in the spring or summer of 2017.  Under the provisions of House Bill 70 -- which became law in 2015 – any school district with three years of failing grades will no longer be run by the local school board.

Ohio Slightly Ahead of the Nation in Science Test Scores

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Michelle Faust

New scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress report show that, on average, Ohio students are ahead in science scores. The Nation’s Report Card came out Thursday revealing how students across the country scored in science in 2015.

Fewer Tests, Better Culture: Ohioans Chime In About New School Standards

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 1:57 PM

by Michelle Faust
(Ohio Public Radio Reporters Kabir Batia and Jerry Kenney contributed to this story.)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new federal education law that replaces No Child Left Behind. The legislation gives states their own say in how they implement ESSA with input from their communities. The Ohio Department of Education recently held 10 stakeholder meetings across the state to get the public’s views on education.