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The Teens Behind the RNC Balloon Drop

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 5:22 PM

The Republican National Convention ended with 125,000 balloons dropped from the rafters. How do you blow up 125,000 balloons? Teenagers from Garfield Heights did it.

After tying hundreds and hundreds of balloons, 14-year-old tuba player Kiliell Wallace is wishing he had the nimble fingers of a guitar player.

“It's the tying that's really, really, really hurting us,” said Wallace. “So yeah, that's the problem.”

Ohio's Largest Online School Won't Turn Over Records to State

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Andy Chow

Ohio Education Leaders Weigh-in on Presidential Race

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:23 PM

by Michelle Faust

Both presidents of Ohio’s leading teachers’ unions are representing the state as delegates supporting Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia.

Each leader says they agree with the former Secretary of State’s support of early childhood education, educator training, and public schools.

Senate Education Chair Reacts to ECOT Debacle

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

by Andy Chow

One of the state’s top education leaders in the Legislature has a simple message for Ohio’s largest e-school: follow the law. That call comes as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, refuses to turn over attendance information for a state audit, claiming a dispute over a contract with the state. 

ECOT and the Ohio Department of Education are now locked in a legal battle, with the online charter school refusing to hand over student log-in information. The school even has ads playing on TV criticizing Ohio’s leaders.

Watch: 13-Year-Old Cleveland Reporter Works from RNC

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 4:46 PM

by Michelle Faust

The youngest delegate at the Republican National Convention is 17-years-old, but the reporter who interviewed him is even younger. 

13-year-old Maple Buescher is a middle schooler from Cleveland Heights who’s spent the year as a reporter for Time for Kids—an educational magazine produced by Time.

Of 10 kid reporters with the news outlet, Buescher was the only one who conducted interviews and produced daily stories from the floor of the RNC.

Akron Schools at Risk of Closing

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM

by Tim  Rudell

Continuing enrollment declines in Akron’s public school system could spell the end for one or more of the city’s well-known high schools. That’s because funding for a massive school re-building program in Akron is affected by the student population numbers.

A dozen years ago Akron voters OK’d a tax to pay for part of redoing the city’s school infrastructure; and, the state of Ohio agreed to pay the rest based a per-pupil-being-served formula.

Advocates Present the Case for Free Community College

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 5:10 PM

by Michelle Faust

A group advocating for free community college held a panel discussion at Cuyahoga Community College Wednesday as republicans are gathered in Cleveland this week. The Republican chair of the state senate education committee likes the idea, but has other priorities.

Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), who was not at the event, is favor of a program that would cover the costs of community college, but she says Ohio is years away from being ready for that.

Westlake Teachers Have a Contract, Strike Averted

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Westlake City Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association have come to an agreement.

The board voted to adopt the newly negotiated contract in a special meeting Tuesday. Teachers voted to accept the proposed contract Monday.

Teachers will receive pay increases based on experience, but base rates of pay are frozen for the length of the contract, which will run through the 2017-2018 school year.

The district saved money with changes in teachers’ health insurance coverage.

Wright State University Won't Host Presidential Debate

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:43 PM

by Jerry Kenney

Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio has dropped out of the first Presidential Debate in September.

Wright State President David R. Hopkins cites both a fundraising shortfall and growing security concerns for the decision to drop the debate.

“Having a large open campus, accessible to the public, led to concerns about whether we could ensure the safety and security of those on and around our campus during the debate.”

Ohio House Speaker says Online Charter is One Many Schools Under Scrutiny

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM

by Karen Kasler

The Speaker of the Ohio House hasn’t been able to escape questions about ECOT—the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow—even on his visit to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

The state’s largest online charter school is refusing to turn over records on attendance of some 15,000 students to the Ohio Department of Education.

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