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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 House Speaker says Online Charter is One Many Schools Under Scrutiny

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM

by Karen Kasler

The Speaker of the Ohio House hasn’t been able to escape questions about ECOT—the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow—even on his visit to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

The state’s largest online charter school is refusing to turn over records on attendance of some 15,000 students to the Ohio Department of Education.

University of Akron Picks An Interim President

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 3:32 PM

by Tim Rudell

The University of Akron has an interim president.  Mathew Wilson, Dean of the law school, was picked Monday by the university’s board of trustees. 

Mathew Wilson, joined the University of Akron two years ago. And, he says he decided to go for what is likely to be a very difficult job because he’s become sold on the potential of the U of A, and of the community.  He sees both as vastly underrated. 

New Superintendent Makes Debut Report to the Board

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM

by Michelle Faust

Ohio State Superintendent of Instruction Paolo DeMaria started on the job two weeks ago, but he gave his first superintendent’s report to the Board of Education Monday, presenting his initial impressions and goals.

The new state superintendent says Ohio schools have plenty of room for improvement: in things like math and reading scores, graduation rates, and inequities in the school system .

DeMaria says he wants to examine schools that are overcoming challenges, like poverty.

Paolo DeMaria Says His Job is to Find Consensus

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM

by Michelle Faust and Karen Kasler

Paolo DeMaria started work at the helm of the Ohio Department of Education this week.

DeMaria is the fourth superintendent in 5 years. ODE is a state department under extreme scrutiny considering State Auditor Dave Yost recently call it the “worst run state agency.”

The new State Superintendent of Instruction says he’s aware of the controversy and prior tension between members of the State Board of Education.

Senate Proposed Changes To Truancy Bill

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4:29 PM

by Andy Chow

One of the proposed education bills sitting in the Ohio General Assembly deals with truancy. And although lawmakers are on break through the November elections, a top senator has at least one change in mind.

The truancy bill creates several provisions to help a child who is consistently absent, which includes intervention teams that can help that child avoid the court system.

Beating Ohio's Heroin Epidemic Begins In Kindergarten

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4:24 PM

by Kevin Niedermier

The latest Ohio Department of Health figures show more than 2,500 Ohioans died of heroin or fentanyl overdoses in 2014. And those number are rising. Exasperated health and law enforcement officials say they cannot arrest or treat Ohio out of this growing crisis. Many believe one of the most viable ways to stem the epidemic is with comprehensive, consistent education in kindergarten through 12th grade.

After Criticizing Dept of Ed As "Worst" State Agency, Auditor Says He's Met With New Superintendent

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5:19 PM

by Karen Kasler

The state auditor is standing by his concerns about the oversight of charter schools by the Ohio Department of Education, an agency he said two weeks ago is among the worst in state government.

Auditor Dave Yost has been a critic of charter school attendance and transparency. And he says he met with incoming state school superintendent Paolo DeMaria last week.

Ohio Universities' Admissions Policies Affirmed by SCOTUS Decision

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 4:42 PM

by Michelle Faust

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’ affirmative action program Thursday.

The Ohio State and Miami Universities report the high court’s 4 to 3 decision backs up policies the colleges have in place.

"It is heartening that the court reaffirms the value that we derive from a diverse university community," says Sharon Davies, OSU’s Vice Provost for Diversity.

The court upheld prior decisions that allow universities to consider race as part of a holistic admissions process.

Westlake School Board Implements Contract, Teachers to Vote on Strike Option

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11:01 PM

by Michelle Faust

Teachers at Westlake City Schools will hold a strike vote Wednesday.

In a Monday night meeting, the Westlake Board of Education voted to implement the “last, best, and final” contract offer. The same contract that the Westlake Teachers Association voted to reject in May.

At the May 9th board meeting, WTA President Patrick McMurrow presented a compromise to the board vowing to forgo the right to strike as long as the board continued to negotiate.