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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.

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.

Students Stranded as Columbus Charter Closes

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Columbus City Schools are getting plenty of calls from anxious parents after a charter school in Columbus closed its doors.

Some 300 students were left scrambling to find a place to land at the start of the school year.

The Focus on Collective Integrity Academy had survived financial trouble a year ago but its sponsor has now pulled the plug.

Higher Ed Leaders Encourage College Affordability Measures

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

College affordability is having a moment. President Barack Obama recently unveiled a plan that relies on community colleges, while the two top Democratic presidential candidates are talking up different plans they’ve developed.

But leaders in Ohio are showing that they’re past the proposal phase and already putting their plans to action.

To Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, the issue of paying for college effects a wide range of people; whether you’re a current or former student, a parent, or as in Faber’s case, the husband of a doctorate student.

Ohio Embarks on New Initiative to Attract International Students to State's Colleges

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM

There are nearly 30,000 international students who are studying at Ohio’s colleges and universities, and state leaders have a plan that they say will open the door for even more.

The chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, John Carey, said increasing the number of students from other countries will be good for the Buckeye State.

University of Akron Rescinds Course Fee Hikes

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:18 PM

State Task Force Meets to Discuss College Affordability

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 5:02 PM

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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable.

Ohio's U.S. Senators Amend Every Child Achieves Act

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) offered a number of amendments to the Senate education bill.