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Colleges in Ohio Among Least Affordable, Study Finds

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Ohio ranks 45th in the nation in terms of college affordability, according to a new study out of the University Of Pennsylvania.

The report defines “affordability” as the percent of a family’s income that’s spent on higher education costs.  

For an Ohio family with an annual income of $30,000, the study estimates the family would spend 81% of its income to attend a public research university, like Ohio State.  

Part of the problem, according to the study’s co-author Darcie Harvey, is the amount of financial aid that Ohio provides its low income students.

Ohio Working To Keep Charter School Grant After School Grades Omitted

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:47 PM

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.  

Group Claims Preferential State Treatment Of Charter Operator

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:20 AM

A progressive advocacy group is slamming the Kasich administration for handing out what it says is millions of dollars preferential treatment to a charter school operator. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

The state once hired IQ Innovations to run a digital education tool known as iLearn.

But Sandy Theis with the liberal think tank, Progress Ohio, says that contract was awarded without a competitive process and the state had to spend another $1.2 million to fix problems.

Three-Plus-One Model Tries to Make BA Degree More Affordable

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Ohioans could have more options for affordable higher education as state officials work to increase the number of residents with college degrees.   Proposed initiatives from Governor John Kasich’s Mid-Biennium Review were unveiled Monday at Lorain County Community College.  From Ohio Public Radio member station WKSU, Kevin Niedermier reports.

Ohio State President Talks Cost Cutting and Scholarship Building

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:59 PM

The president of the state’s largest university says his school has been successful in lowering costs.  But Michael Drake says Ohio State must work hard to stay affordable and maintain quality.   Ideastream’s Mark Urycki reports.


When you win a national championship in football it’s not hard to attract new students and OSU had a record number of applications this year.

Cleveland Metropolitan Public School District Ends Face-to-Face Talks with Teachers

Contract negotiations between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the teachers union are moving to the next phase after district leaders ended talks. 

The District's decision to end face-to-face negotiations took Cleveland Teacher Union leaders by surprise. The union says talks were over before they began after months of meetings and gathering information.

But District CEO, Eric Gordon says he saw no progress being made and would rather see a third-party fact-finder help come up with a contract that both sides can agree on.

The High Price of College Textbooks May Come Down

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 3:27 PM

When a group of student representatives spoke at a recent meeting of the Cleveland State University board of trustees they didn’t talk about the basketball team, or the dormitory food. They wanted the board to know that textbooks are really expensive. ideastream’s Mark Urycki reports that CSU and other state schools are working together to find a solution.

Ohio Department of Education Granted $71 Million for Charter School Expansion

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan today asked the US Department of Education to put “stringent restrictions” on the distribution of $71 million in grant money for expanding charter schools in Ohio. Eight states were awarded the federal grant earlier this week, with Ohio receiving nearly $30 million more than the next state – Illinois.

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.

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools in Operator Case

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 1:15 PM

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against 10 charter schools that sued their operator over school property that was purchased with state funds.

The ruling said that schools are obliged to buy back computers, desks and other equipment that their operator White Hat Management had bought with money it received from the state.

In the majority opinion, Justice Judith Lanzinger noted the schools hadn’t performed well under White Hat’s management, but that the contracts the schools had with White Hat were entered into voluntarily and were enforceable.