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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

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.

Cleveland Schools Push Attendance and Mentorship

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is making a special effort this year to reduce absenteeism.    They’ve found that missing school days is a serious detriment to a child’s chances of graduating high school. 

District officials are hoping they’ve turned the corner on the problem.  Mark Urycki has details .



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.

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.