Education

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The Ohio Department of Educationhas released its new strategic plan on Tuesday. The department’s main goal is to increase the number of high school graduates enrolled in college, earning a living wage, learning a skilled trade, or in the military one year after graduation.

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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is weighing in on a state scandal – the one involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Sherrod Brown, who is up for re-election this fall, is calling for federal money that went to that now-closed online charter school to be clawed back.

Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Library.
Ohio State University

Ohio State University has announced the creation of a centralized office for responding to sexual- and gender-based harassment, violence and other types of discrimination and harassment.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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A judge has granted Attorney General Mike DeWine permission to carry forward with his lawsuit against ECOT leaders and the companies owned by its founder. The attorney general is taking a few different routes to get back millions of dollars in public funding that went to the now-defunct online school.

West High in Columbus with Operation Fix It sign
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Columbus City Schools made updates in several buildings this summer to improve student comfort and safety.

The University of Akron’s decision to cut 80 degree programs is being met with disappointment from faculty – not just because of which programs will be terminated, but also due to new investments into a program for online gamers.

St. Charles Preparatory School
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A former student of St. Charles Preparatory School has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Archbishop Frederick Campbell and the school alleging sexual abuse.  The anonymous man claims the abuse took place during the 2002-2003 school year.

University of Akron student union
University of Akron

The University of Akron is eliminating about one fifth of its academic degrees. The move is part of an Academic Program Review presented to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

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A report commissioned by Ohio’s three major public school groups shows that state funding for K-12 education hasn’t bridged the gap between rich and poor districts.

It’s the first comprehensive look at state and local aid for schools since a landmark Ohio Supreme Court ruling declaring the property tax based funding system unconstitutional.

Steve Brown

Just how new is Olentangy Berlin High School? The bells still aren’t working, so Principal Todd Spinner has to dismiss students using the PA system during the first day of classes on Wednesday.

A teacher in a classroom
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A new bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich is changing the way teachers are evaluated in Ohio.

White Hat Management, the once-prolific Ohio charter school operator and early advocate for school choice in the state, is leaving the charter school business.

The company has been steadily losing contracts over the past few years in the competitive market.

Chad Aldis with the pro-charter research group Thomas B. Fordham Institute said the company’s exit is symbolic of the state’s charter school industry.

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