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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.

With State Takeover Looming, School Begins in Youngstown

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Youngstown students went back to school this week amid tension between local and state education leaders.

The district is in danger of being taken over by the state unless a lawsuit filed last week is able to stop the planned overhaul of the school system.

On the first day of a new school year at Taft Elementary, a batch of kindergartners are learning an important life skill: how to navigate the cafeteria.

Youngstown Students Head Back to School Just Days After District Sues State

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11:58 AM

A new school year kicked off in Youngstown today.

But just last week, the city’s school board joined a handful of groups in filing a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education.

They maintain a new law allowing a state takeover of the district is unconstitutional.

Despite the recent legal action, local leaders said today was business as usual.

At Taft Elementary on the city's east side, it was organized chaos on Monday morning .

Teachers' Expectations for Students Colored by Race

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Race matters, according to a new study measuring high school teachers’ expectations for black students.

The survey involving 16 thousand high school teachers around the country finds black teachers are more optimistic about black students than white teachers are.

Researchers at American University and Johns Hopkins would pick a 10th grader and then ask two of his teachers (one white and one black)  about how far they thought the student would go in school.

Drop out? PhD?

State Taps Panel to Look at Charter School Sponsors

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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."

Gov. John Kasich Talks Education in New Hampshire

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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.

Rainy Summer Affects Food Service Programs

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Record rainfall earlier this summer didn't just mean lush backyards and water-logged basements.

The weather also had an effect on the state's summer food programs.

Roughly one in every 10 of Ohio’s students receive a nutritional meal from one of those programs.

In many of the state’s urban areas, those kids might jump on a bike or walk to one of the 1,500 food sites statewide.

But when it’s raining, that option of heading outdoors isn’t too appealing, said the Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ Joree Novotny.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Wants to Boost Public-Private Partnerships

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 12:05 PM

On the brink of a new school year, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon said  it's not just the district's responsibility to turnaround the city's schools.

The task also falls to the city's businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Gordon said he believes education needs to be a group effort.

University of Akron Promises to Correct A Failure to Communicate

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM

The University of Akron leadership admits it made mistakes in how it handled hundreds of job cuts, the future of E.J. Thomas Hall and other controversies in recent months.

But it also insists each move is part of a process that will make the university better.

Akron will have to sell that message hardest to some of its own students, alumni and faculty.

The trustees met behind closed doors for nearly three hours while about 150 people stood outside with signs, chants, violins -- and olive jars.