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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.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos insisted about 10 times during her recent policy address that there's a "better way" for colleges handle campus sexual assault. Now, as officials begin work to find it, they may well be taking a cue a few groups that DeVos says has already "made progress on these difficult issues." Here's a look at the recommendation of those groups.

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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.

The Department of Education will change its approach to campus sexual misconduct and begin a public notice and comment process to issue new regulations, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today. In a speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, DeVos decried "a system run amok," "kangaroo courts" and repeatedly emphasized the plight of the accused. "One rape is one too many ... one person denied due process is one too many," she said. Outside, protesters yelled, "Stop protecting rapists!"

A bit of background.

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It appears the state’s new medical marijuana bill has cleared a hurdle. A public college has stepped forward to volunteer to serve as the state’s medical marijuana testing laboratory.

A Look At Education In Ohio With State Superintendent

Sep 5, 2017
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Joining us this morning will be Paolo DeMaria, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education. We'll get the latest news on Ohio education policies and guidelines. 

In most of Ohio, the kids are back in school, and more than 800,000 of them ride buses to class each day. Figuring out the most efficient and most cost-effective way to do that is a complex equation. And it’s become more important now with student transportation taking a big hit in the new state budget. 

44 Pages And 71 Years Of Highlights Magazine

Aug 29, 2017

More than 70 years ago, the most popular children's magazine in the world was born: Highlights. A new documentary explores how the edu-tainment company has grown. Plus we’ll take a look at how childhood learning has evolved from paper to digital.

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The University of Akron has created eight new scholarships for members of the Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community. The announcement was made at this weekend’s annual Bhutanese festival.

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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. 

When Anna Neuman was applying to college, there weren't a lot of people around to help her. Students from her high school in Maryland rarely went on to competitive colleges, the school counselor worked at several schools and was hard to pin down for meetings and neither of her parents had been through the application process before.

The only thing her parents told her was that she would have to pay for it herself.

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Records show five more administrators at Columbus City Schools could lose their state educator licenses in connection with an investigation that found student data was falsified to improve district performance ratings.

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An online charter school says it will not open Tuesday for the new school year because of a funding fight with Ohio education officials.

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At one point, 4 in 10 incoming freshmen on Ohio’s public colleges and university campuses needed refresher courses on things they should have learned in high school. That number is falling, but officials are still concerned about the number of kids needing remedial work – which can be costly.

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State officials have been working to ease what they call a looming crisis of Ohio having too few college graduates. An update on that goal shows there's still a lot of work left to be done.

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Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good announced on Thursday that he’s leaving the district he helped guide out of a data rigging scandal four years ago.

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s largest online charter school, is seeing less money coming from the state because of rulings concluding it over-reported student participation

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A lawmaker wants to plug a potential hole in education funding and accountability. The measure would make sure that traditional public schools are getting more money if charters don’t need it or shouldn’t have it.

It's a fall tradition: Students don college sweatshirts and their parents, meanwhile, sweat the tuition bills.

One flash-in-the-pan movie this summer even featured a couple, played by Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, who start a casino to cope with their kids' college costs.

Annual tuition hikes have been pretty much a given in higher ed, but recently, there are signs that the decades-long rise in college costs is nearing a peak.

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The Ohio Department of Education has ordered that more money be pulled from an embattled online charter school’s monthly funding. The moves comes as officials say the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is still getting too much money based on a suggested drop in enrollment.

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Kristy vanMarle knew she wanted to go to grad school for psychology, but wasn't sure what lab to join. Then, she saw a flyer: Did you know that babies can count?

U.S. high schools got a high-tech update this past school year. Not by federal fiat or by state law, but largely at the hand of independent nonprofits, including one founded by twin brothers less than five years ago.

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Some people swat at bees. Others put out traps. The Ohio Department of Transportation is funding a new proposal to protect the buzzing insects, and they're asking the public to help.

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The Ohio Department of Education is partnering with the staffing company Adecco to match high school students with local businesses.

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The state auditor wants the Ohio Department of Education to stop paying so much public money to the state's largest online charter school. He claims there are still discrepancies as to how many students are actually attending the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.