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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.

Ohio College Students Study Up-Close at RNC

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 1:54 PM

by Michelle Faust

Over the next two weeks as the Republican and Democratic national conventions get underway, some 300 college students will have the opportunity to get a close up look at the American political system at work.

Ohio's Largest Online School Sues State

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:46 PM

by Karen Kasler [This story was updated with more detailed information on 7/11/16]

The state’s largest and most controversial online charter school has sued to block the state from a delayed attendance audit that was supposed to start today, and could end up costing it millions of dollars.

20 Charters Close This Year, 1 Fights to Stay Open

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM

by Michelle Faust

As the school fiscal year comes to an end this week 20 Ohio charters are set to close. One Cleveland charter is suing its sponsor for refusing to renew its contract and jeopardizing its ability to stay open.

Representatives from OAK Leadership Institute went to the state after their sponsor Richland Academy of the Arts refused to renew their contract because of low student test scores.

Lawmaker Wants Reforms For Online Charter Schools

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM

State lawmakers just passed a sweeping reform of the state’s charter school system, but one senator says more can be done to improve online charters. Statehouse reporter Andy Chow explains.

Democratic Senator Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area introduced a bill that would require these e-schools to keep better attendance records, to make their governing boards stream their traditional meetings like school board sessions, and to display their report card score on advertisements.

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 Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools in Operator Case

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

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.

State School Board Members Worry Youngstown Takeover is all about Charters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

In one month Ohio House Bill 70 will take effect and the state will take control of Youngstown City Schools.

Democrats on the state board of education see the move as another in a series by the Kasich administration to promote charter schools.

They wanted answers at this week's board meeting in Columbus.

Legislators passed the bill in near secrecy in June with no public debate.  What it will establish is a 5 member Academic Distress Commission with a three member majority chosen by the state school superintendent.

Early Start to School Year May Benefit Testing

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

School started today for students in Cincinnati and Cleveland public schools.

Dayton Public Schools opened last Thursday.

Canton schools are back in session later this week and Akron, Toledo and Columbus City Schools will start next week.

It seems like an early start, but that may be helpful when testing starts in the spring.

If you’re like most of us, when you come back from vacation, your colleagues form a line outside the door and welcome you back to work.