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More than 80,000 died of the flu in the U.S. last year. A majority of the victims were over the age of 65.

The unusually high death rate from influenza in an otherwise normal flu season was because of the dominant strain -- H3N2 -- is the more deadly of the four common strains.

Today on All Sides: Avoiding the flu and more. 

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The debate over Ohio’s school report cards continues in Columbus this week as state Board of Education members consider a recommendation to make even more changes to the grades.

As Ohio prepares to elect a new governor, Ohioans are also assessing the legacy Gov. John Kasich will leave after 8 years at the helm of the state, but in the world of education, leaders say it will take time before the success of Kasich’s reforms can be judged.

Here are three of those reforms and what policy analysts and education officials think about their impact on Ohio’s schools.

1. A-F School Grades

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Members of a General Assembly education committee will be looking to simplify Ohio’s school report cards in the new year.

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Two national education advocacy groups say Ohio could be doing better when it comes to its annual school report cards. Both groups say they’re too complicated.

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Ohio’s latest school report cards are out, and the state says achievement is increasing across all subjects and subgroups, with graduation rates also improving. But there are mixed grades for individual districts, and mostly bad ones for charter schools.

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The Ohio Department of Education is preparing to release a second round of information indicating how districts performed last school year.