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Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would overhaul Ohio’s education system in order to give most of the control over to the governor’s office. This is something Gov. John Kasich has wanted for a while now.

Rep. Bill Reineke speaking.
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Ohio House Republicans have rolled out a plan that would bring big changes for the state's Department of Education and the Board of Education. Supporters say it will bolster the connection between education and career-readiness, while Democrats say it would create a less-responsive state government.

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It was the heavyweight court battle that’s been brewing for more than a year.

Attorneys for the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and the Ohio Department of Education traded jabs before the Ohio Supreme Court over how the state should fund schools and if that funding should be tied to just enrollment or student participation.

Supporters of the now closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow say the past few days have been devastating for students, families, and teachers. The online charter school closed because its sponsor voted to drop them. But there are school and state officials who are holding out hope.

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The Ohio Department of Education is awaiting approval of its education accountability plan that was handed to federal education officials in September. But while the state waits for the government review, a national education advocacy group says Ohio’s plan is one of the best in the country.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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Officials with Ohio's largest online charter schools say the school will close within four months, in the middle of the school year, if Ohio's efforts to recoup $60 million or more in disputed funding aren't halted.

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The bad grades for many school districts in the latest round of report cards has upset some parents and school officials. And now they’ve angered a state lawmaker who says he’s writing a bill to change the report cards.

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Overall, the high school graduation rate in Ohio is climbing, but changes to federal education policies could cause a decrease this school year.

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Sixty percent of Ohio public school students living in poverty scored below proficient on required statewide tests, and the districts that have the lowest test scores have the highest percentages of poor students.

Data Shows Correlation Between Education and Poverty

Aug 20, 2017

Sixty percent of Ohio public school students living in poverty scored below proficient on required statewide tests, and the districts that have the lowest test scores have the highest percentages of poor students. That’s based on data from the Ohio Department of Education, and lawmakers are now studying the connection between education and poverty. 

Last month, the House Speaker's Task Force on Education and Poverty heard about the data on the achievement gap between students at different income levels. 

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