Education

ECOT teachers, staff, families and students rallied at the Statehouse in May 2017.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday considers what could be the final appeal by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

ECOT closed last month because of financial trouble related to having to repay tens of millions of dollars in funding it never should have received. The affects on tax payers have gotten most of the attention, but former ECOT teachers and students say they're the real victims.

A free day at the aquarium! For Marcey Morse, a mother of two, it sounded pretty good.

It was the fall of 2016, and Morse had received an email offering tickets, along with a warning about her children's education.

At that time, Morse's two kids were enrolled in an online, or "virtual," school called the Georgia Cyber Academy, run by a company called K12 Inc. About 275,000 students around the country attend these online public charter schools, run by for-profit companies, at taxpayers' expense.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Republican state lawmakers are hoping to help send a particular group of at-risk kids to college – those whose parents are addicted to opioids and other drugs. They'd do it with a program that they hope to create with legislation being introduced soon.

Ashton Marra / ideastream

Supporters of ECOT—the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow—say the online charter school could reopen if the Ohio Supreme Court rules in its favor during a Tuesday hearing, but students have found alternative classrooms in the three weeks since its closure.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 5, 2018
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Negotiations between lawmakers and citizens' groups for a new redistricting plan for congressional districts have fallen through. Gov. John Kasich has said he is willing to step in and help work out a deal. A plan must be passed before Feb. 7th to get on the May ballot.

We'll also take a look at governor's race, and the latest news from the Ohio Statehouse.

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."

Of the 690,000 undocumented immigrants now facing an uncertain future as Congress and President Trump wrangle over the DACA program are about 8,800 school teachers.

The real possibility that they'll be deported if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is allowed to expire has put enormous stress on them.

Students gather around a laptop computer in an Ohio State University classroom.
Ohio State University

International students make up 23 percent of the enrollment in Ohio graduate programs, but new data shows, nationally, that number took a hit last year and is trickling down to Ohio schools.

A Cleveland student places an orange on her tray during lunch.
Ashton Marra / Ideastream

Monday is the final day to comment on proposed changes to federal nutrition standards for school meals. The Trump administration proposed the changes meant to give schools increased flexibility after it said school officials and food providers struggled to meet the standards.

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