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.
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.
The Ohio Department of Education is tapping three people to take an independent look at the state’s charter school sponsor system.
Last month, a high-ranking ODE official resigned after omitting F grades on several charter school evaluations.
The panel includes a Canfield-area accountant, a lawyer from Columbus, and Perrysburg Schools superintendent Thomas Holser, who said the group won’t be debating whether charter schools should exist in Ohio.
"They’re here," he said. "The legislature, the state board, yano, support the system that we have."
At an education summit in New Hampshire earlier today, sponsored by an education reporting website and a school choice advocacy group, six GOP presidential hopefuls explained their platform on education.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was there, and used a chunk of his allocated 45-minute time slot to reiterate his support of the Common Core.
But he avoided mentioning the controversial math and English standards for students in grades K-12 by name.
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