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Migrant Students Claim Segregation, Discrimination at Dover City Schools

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

[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.

Supreme Court Rules Against School Districts in Funding Case

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.

Colleges in Ohio Among Least Affordable, Study Finds

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.  

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.