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Exploring the range of alternatives to traditional education practices and policy.

Watch: The Director of Migrant Programs Discusses Education

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 6:05 PM

José Salinas, director of the Ohio Migrant Education Center, and StateImpact Ohio education reporter Michelle Faust discuss ways summer programs can help keep children of migrant workers in school over the summer. Find the feature story here.

Watch: Summer Programs Aim to Improve Migrant Children's Success

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:59 PM

StateImpact Ohio education reporter Michelle Faust discusses a summer program to help keep children of migrant workers in school over the summer. Find the feature story here.

Summer School Helps Bridge the Gap For the Children of Migrant Workers in Ohio

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM

by Michelle Faust

Ohio’s warm, humid summer days are giving way to cooler shorter ones. Families of agricultural workers are preparing to other states as the most labor intensive parts of the local growing season come to an end. One recently completed local summer school program aims to bridge educational gaps for the children in these families.

It’s a classroom like any other in the small Northwest Ohio township of Old Fort, a class of nine middle and high school students fidget while science teacher Jim Less presents a unit about DNA.

ECOT Student Defends School And Unconventional Instruction Structure

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Andy Chow

The state and its largest online charter school are locked in a dispute over how to prove it’s providing an education to its more than 15,000 students. That fight is not just playing out in court but through TV, radio and web ads featuring a student defense.

ECOT has been trying to make its case in the court of public opinion by hitting the airwaves with commercials that feature struggling students, such as Gabriel Young.

“I’ve been in and out of foster care. I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

Landlords Near OSU Fear Losing Income To New Sophomore Rule

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM

by Debbie Holmes

There’s a new rule at the Ohio State University.  Sophomores from out-of-town will be required to live in main campus dorms beginning this fall.  It’s a move the university hopes will improve student success and development.  Students start moving in Thursday, and some off-campus landlords say they already feel the loss of rental income.

ECOT Commercials Slam Education Department, Draw Criticism

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:40 PM

by Andy Chow

The embattled online charter school, ECOT, is flooding the airwaves with commercials to rally support and hit back against the state education department. 

The commercials from ECOT paint a picture of how the e-school can help kids.

Commercial 1: “I’ve been in and out of foster care.”

Commercial 2: “It was getting to the point where I was sleeping in bus stations and park benches.”

Commercial 3: “After years of bullying and changing schools I could finally learn at my own pace.”

State Leaders Plan In-School Drug Prevention Efforts

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

by Jo Ingles

State legislative, education and health leaders are part of a coalition that is looking at how to put in place a new drug abuse prevention strategy in Ohio’s schools. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there is a moral imperative for the state to do everything within its power to help prevent Ohio’s children from abusing drugs. That’s why he wants this working group to assess how effective current drug abuse prevention efforts are, and come up with a program to be implemented in the state’s schools across all grade levels.

College Application Season Begins August 1st

Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5:33 PM

High school seniors can start their college applications on Monday. 

Twenty-seven colleges and universities in Ohio use the Common Application system, which allows a single application to be sent to multiple schools. 

More than 600 intuitions use it nationally.

Brian Williams, Vice President of enrollment at John Carroll University, says it makes the process easier for students and colleges alike. 

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 4:27 PM

by Andy Chow

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.