Patrick O'DonnellFreelance reporter
Patrick O'Donnell is a freelance reporter in Cleveland. He is a former reporter for The Plain Dealer and a 2021-22 Spencer Education Reporting Fellow with Columbia University. His schools reporting for the education news site The74Million.org frequently appears on Ideastream.org.
Many Ohio students are beating pre-pandemic test scores while absenteeism seems to drive an increase in failing students.
Bowden Manufacturing's unusual Next Gen Manufacturing program recruits engineering students and new engineering graduates — people who many would consider overqualified — to work with Computer Numerical Control machines and other heavy equipment.
The relationship between businesses and schools in Ohio has often been contentious as they regularly spar over school tax bills, abatements and exemptions that affect the pocketbooks of both sides.
The Say Yes to Education college scholarship and student support program was supposed to be a game-changer for the Cleveland school district, and for a city in need of better-educated residents. It hasn’t worked out like organizers hoped.