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StateImpact Ohio

The High Price of College Textbooks May Come Down

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:27 PM

When a group of student representatives spoke at a recent meeting of the Cleveland State University board of trustees they didn’t talk about the basketball team, or the dormitory food. They wanted the board to know that textbooks are really expensive. ideastream’s Mark Urycki reports that CSU and other state schools are working together to find a solution.

2015 Election School Levy Coverage

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:22 PM

Art Teachers Include Design to Connect Pupils to Their World

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM

As part of the governor’s education agenda, public schools around Ohio are trying to make their curriculum more career-oriented to guide kids towards what he calls “in-demand jobs.”

The focus is more on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – that are the crux of standardized tests.

The Ohio Board of Education this year eliminated the so-called "5 of 8 Rule" that placed importance on art classes. Critics fear classes in the humanities will dwindle.

But some art teachers in Ohio and around the world are trying to keep the arts “relevant.”

Ohio Department of Education Granted $71 Million for Charter School Expansion

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan today asked the US Department of Education to put “stringent restrictions” on the distribution of $71 million in grant money for expanding charter schools in Ohio. Eight states were awarded the federal grant earlier this week, with Ohio receiving nearly $30 million more than the next state – Illinois.

Task Force on Efficiency and Affordability on Higher Education

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Ohio’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency is expected to issue its report tomorrow (Thurs) on ways that state colleges and universities can reduce spending.

The effort comes out of an executive order issued by Governor Kasich in February.

The final result may be a smaller and partly privatized system of higher education.

Governor Kasich warned that if state schools don’t cut their costs he will.  In January each school will have to submit a 5 year plan to reduce costs and increase quality.

Lorain Education Associaton Glad to be More Involved with District’s Recovery Plan

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Change is in the works for Lorain City Schools. The district has a new superintendent this year and six new priorities for its academic recovery plan.  The district is in year-two of being supervised by an academic distress commission.

The Ohio Department of Education appointed the commission in 2013 to help improve student performance after Lorain Schools failed to make adequate progress four years in a row.

One of the six new priorities recently outlined by the commission is to recognize the work of the district’s teachers.

Study Finds Percentage of Minority Teachers at Cleveland Charter Schools Declined

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11:09 AM

As charter schools in the Cleveland area grew, the racial diversity of its teachers did not match its population. That’s the finding of a new study by the Shanker Institute that looked at Cleveland teacher diversity between 2000 and 2011.  The liberal-leaning education think tank found that the percentage of black teachers at Cleveland charter schools declined even as those schools increased hiring. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers says there needs to be more investment in teacher training programs across the country.

Cleveland State University Cuts Programs as Columbus Wants

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Cleveland State University has almost 2 dozen programs under review for possible elimination.

15 have already been suspended.

It started as an internal review by the college last year but it’s also part of a new mandate by legislators in Columbus.

CSU was already conducting a review of its programs when state lawmakers passed House Bill 64 this summer that demands they review every major and every course.  For Cleveland State that’s 3300 classes this semester.

ODE Career Advising Policy Requirements Take Affect, Cleveland Schools Prepared

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:05 PM

It is the Ohio Department of Education’s goal to have middle school and high school students more focused on careers through their education. The ODE is now requiring all Ohio School Districts to have a career advising policy for students. That requirement began at the start of the current school year.

While this policy is new, the Cleveland Metropolitan School district has been giving career advice to its high school students for years and to middle school students since last year.

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools in Operator Case

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1:15 PM

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against 10 charter schools that sued their operator over school property that was purchased with state funds.

The ruling said that schools are obliged to buy back computers, desks and other equipment that their operator White Hat Management had bought with money it received from the state.

In the majority opinion, Justice Judith Lanzinger noted the schools hadn’t performed well under White Hat’s management, but that the contracts the schools had with White Hat were entered into voluntarily and were enforceable.