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Akron Schools at Risk of Closing

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:22 PM

by Tim  Rudell

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.

Advocates Present the Case for Free Community College

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 5:10 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.

Judge Won't Stop Audit of Ohio's Largest Online Charter

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

by Michelle Faust

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.

Expect a Levy for CMSD on the November Ballot

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:43 PM

by Michelle Faust

November ballots will include a levy for Cleveland Municipal Schools.

The Cleveland Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to put issue to voters.

An affirmative vote would extend the operating levy for four more years. It was originally passed by voters in 2012.

The levy generates 69.7 million dollars a year for the district--10 percent of the operating budget.

Oberlin College Asks Faculty to Retire

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:40 PM

by Michelle Faust

A Northeast Ohio college has a plan to save millions of dollars to make up for a slowed tuition increase: voluntary buyouts of more than 300 faculty and staff.

Oberlin College expects savings of between $2.75 and $3.5 million per year depending on how many employees opt to retire.

"It allows us to think about our resources and to do it in a way that honors our employees. But also allows us more flexibility," says Marvin Krislov, college president.

Pre-K Teachers Make Half What Kindergarten Teachers Make

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:01 PM

by Michelle Faust

The U.S. Department of Education released a report last week showing preschool teachers earn poverty-level wages. Some believe this can affect retention of good teachers.

Preschool teachers in Ohio make less than half of what elementary-school teachers make.

“People look at kindergarten as education and look at preschool as babysitting,” says Barbara Cicerchi, who trains early childhood educators at Cuyahoga Community College.

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.