[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.
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.
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.
Ohio Department of Education Building [photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
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
Paolo DeMaria shakes hands with OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro. [photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
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.
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 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.
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