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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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