Continuing enrollment declines in Akron’s public school system could spell the end for one or more of the city’s well-known high schools. That’s because funding for a massive school re-building program in Akron is affected by the student population numbers.
A dozen years ago Akron voters OK’d a tax to pay for part of redoing the city’s school infrastructure; and, the state of Ohio agreed to pay the rest based a per-pupil-being-served formula.
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.
The largest online charter school in the state took the Ohio Department of Education to court Monday. The judge ruled the state’s audit of attendance records can go forward.
Franklin County Judge Stephen McIntoch denied a temporary restraining order that Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT had requested to keep the state from performing an audit that school representatives say could shut them down.
[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 Supreme Court Opinion was written by Justice Sharon L. Kennedy [photo: Supreme Court of Ohio]
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 Ohio Department of Education is working to keep a $71 million federal grant for charter schools. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the agency is saying Ohio has a lot more failing charter schools than it initially claimed.
The state is telling the feds Ohio has 57 failing charter schools, not six as it claimed in its grant application, and 59 high performing charters, not 93.
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