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State Auditor Conducts Surprise Attendance Count at Charter Schools

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Auditor Dave Yost has said he wants to keep tabs on charter schools and their reported attendance, since those schools get state funding based on the number of students they have enrolled and attending classes.

On one day in 2014, he ordered staffers to show up at charter schools for surprise visits to take attendance. Yost said then that those pop-ins found nearly half the schools had the number of students they told the state they did.

Migrant Students Claim Segregation, Discrimination at Dover City Schools

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

[Updated 5/22/16 to add superintendent's statement]

by Michelle Faust

An Immigrant Rights advocacy group filed a class action federal Civil Rights lawsuit against a rural eastern Ohio school district Monday. The court documents allege the Dover City School District failed to educate and systematically discriminated against Latino students.

Senator Portman Says Obama Administration Overstepped with Bathroom Guidelines

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:09 PM

by Michelle Faust

The federal departments of Justice and Education released a memo last week recommending schools allow students to use bathroom facilities that match their gender identity. Ohio’s Republican Senator disagrees with the Obama administration’s approach.

While Ohio schools consider how they’ll respond to the federal guidelines, the junior U.S. Senator for Ohio, Rob Portman says the issue should not be taken up by the executive branch of government.

Lawmakers Jump Into Dispute Over School District Lines

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:13 PM

by Andy Chow

Lawmakers want to change the way the battles over school district borders are handled with a bill that had its first hearing in the House. 

There are areas of land that have been annexed by the city of Columbus, but the people in those areas still stay in the suburban school districts.

These are called win-win agreements, but if the suburbs ever wanted to call off those agreements then the city has the power to take those kids and put them into Columbus City Schools.

District and Union Say They'll Return to the Drawing Board for Contract

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:02 PM

by Michelle Faust

Cleveland schools and its teachers union are in the midst of negotiating a new contract.  But last week, both the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers Union rejected a report by a neutral fact-finder. 

The fact finder’s report was meant to provide new language that will help craft the teachers’ contracts.

Both the union and the district say the rejected report is a useful tool that gets them closer to a deal. 

Teacher's Union Recommends New Path for State Education

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Ohio Education Association Commission on Student Success released a report last week recommending new policies for the state’s education system. The report was first presented to legislators and the State Board of Education on Wednesday.

“We wanted to lay out what a high-quality system—that’s well aligned, particularly related to student assessment, teacher quality and teacher evaluation, and school accountability and school improvement—looks like,” OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro summarizes the report’s recommendations

Stark State College is Building New Campus in Downtown Akron

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Stark State College announced plans  to build a campus in downtown Akron.

Stark State College Akron will be a 50-thousand square foot state-of-the-art facility on 11 acres of land, near Route 8 and Perkins Street, with access to the highway and public transportation. The idea is to attract commuter students from throughout Summit to the county’s first community college.

Stark State President Dr. Para Jones says they will continue to partner with the University of Akron, which will be just down the street.

DeMaria Named New State Superintendent

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Ohio Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to hire a new Superintendent of Public Education.

Paolo DeMaria says his first task as superintendent is to listen to parents, teachers, principals, and the many people working in education in the state.

Supreme Court Rules Against School Districts in Funding Case

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Michelle Faust

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling this week means city school districts throughout the state won’t recoup millions of dollars they had hoped for.

The Ohio Department of Education made a change in their funding model in 2005 that changed the way enrollment was counted. ODE then found that Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland school districts had over-counted their enrollment by hundreds of students, 561, 688 and 575, respectively.

House Passes Bill To Combat Student Truancy

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:29 PM

A new system to prevent truant students from being thrown out of school is moving forward. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow has more.
The House just passed a bill requiring schools to create intervention teams that would step in when a child is consistently absent. 
That team will meet with the student and their parents to try to fix the situation to avoid going to court. 
Republican Representative Jeff Rezabek of Dayton says they wanted to give more power to each school because every case is different.