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Protests at the University of Missouri have fueled conversations about race relations on college campuses. They also reveal an often overlooked fact:  there are very few African Americans on most campuses. We talked with some Ohio State University students about what it’s like being black on campus.

All Sides Weekend: The Harmony Project

Nov 13, 2015
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The Harmony Project is a non-profit organization created to connect communities across social divides through art, education, and volunteerism. It provides opportunities for individuals of different cultures, religions, ages, affiliations, and orientations to work together to build a stronger community. Join Classical 101 host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about the project and how it creates new communities across social and cultural divides.

Ohio's public schools superintendent says he plans to retire at the end of the year.

In a written statement Friday morning, Superintendent Richard Ross announced his plans to step down Dec. 31. The 65-year-old Ross has served as state superintendent since March 2013. He was previously an education adviser to Gov. John Kasich.

Advocates For Gifted Students Worry About Change To State Standards

Nov 3, 2015
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Advocates for the quarter of a million public school students identified as gifted in Ohio are upset about new draft standards on how districts should teach those kids.

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A coalition of researchers reports students at online charter schools are drastically lagging behind students at traditional public schools. 

School Board Worried About Bogus Data On Charter Grant Application

Oct 21, 2015
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The federal government is giving Ohio $71 million to boost its charter schools. But state school board members fear Ohio got that money using bogus information on its application.

Several state school board members planned to renew calls for an independent investigation of the Ohio Department of Education's charter oversight office in the wake of its director's resignation.

Charter School Reform Legislation

Oct 14, 2015
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House Bill 2 passed in the Ohio General Assembly and promises wide-ranging reforms for charter schools statewide. Reforms include increased transparency among board members, eliminating conflicts of interest within the system, empowering board independence, and increasing accountability. The bill had wide ranging support, but is it enough to fix the state's troubling charter school record.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 12, 2015
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There is a slight majority in Ohio that supports legalizing marijuana for personal use, but the question still remains of whether or not those people will vote for Issue 3. 

A comprehensive reform to the way charter schools are policed is on its way to the governor's desk for his final approval.  Ohio lawmakers passed what was heralded by supporters as a sweeping charter reform legislation.

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Sweeping new performance, accountability and transparency requirements for Ohio's embattled charter-school system have cleared the Ohio House.

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Ohio charter schools would no longer have to buy back equipment their sponsors purchase with taxpayer dollars under terms of a compromise nearing a possible committee vote.

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An Ohio audit special investigation found Columbus City Schools was charged close to $1 million for tutoring services children never received. The audit’s findings were released Monday after U.S. Attorneys unsealed an indictment.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 5, 2015
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Ballot issue 3 will decide Marijuana legalization in Ohio and it has attracted most of the attention this elections season. However, the proposal to ban monopolies in the state constitution could matter more in the long run. Also, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that Ohio will be receiving a $71 million grant to support charter schools.  

Lawmakers Opt For More Time On Charter School Bill

Oct 1, 2015
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A charter school reform measure won’t be going to the governor’s desk just yet. Instead the Ohio House has opted to spend more time making changes to the bill.

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A new survey finds that a quarter of undergraduate women at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point during their college career.

The survey by the Association of American Universities comes at a time of heightened public awareness and increased scrutiny of what schools are doing to combat sexual assault on campus. More than 150,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the organization's member schools participated.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 21, 2015
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The Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio publicly announced its opposition to the marijuana legalization issue. The Supreme Court ordered the ballot to be rewritten because the wording was misleading and confusing. The state school board tabled a proposal to have an outside investigator review the illegal evaluations of charter schools by the Ohio Department of Education that exclude F grades on online schools. 

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Columbus State Community College has canceled all classes for Thursday because of a power outage.

Power is out at the main downtown campus, but classes are also canceled at the Delaware campus and five Central Ohio learning centers.

Supreme Court Ruling Riles Charter School Critics

Sep 17, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court decision that nearly a hundred million dollars in equipment bought by charter school operators with tax money belongs to those operators, and not to the schools, has raised more anger against the industry.

State Board of Education Democrats Walk Out Of Meeting

Sep 15, 2015
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The man in charge of oversight of charter schools in Ohio resigned in July after the state Board of Education discovered he had been protecting some charters from receiving failing grades. But some board members are still not satisfied he acted alone and staged a walkout at their meeting Monday in Columbus.

Ohio Dems Push For Charter Investigation

Sep 14, 2015
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The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the Ohio Department of Education over the changing of data for online and dropout recovery charter schools.

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The state auditor today called the charter school sponsor system broken.

State auditor David Yost says a special audit of charter school sponsorships highlights the need for greater oversight by the Ohio General Assembly.

Yost said current legislation pending in the General Assembly is a step in the right direction to fix what he says is a broken system.