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A case originating at a Columbus high school was heard by the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday. It revolves around how and why a student at a public school can have their personal property searched.

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The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of a Columbus student's backpack search that authorities say led first to the discovery of bullets and later to a gun.

A generation ago, the battle to teach kids about drug abuse used scare tactics and the “Just Say No” campaign. In this installment of our series, Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis, WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports that experts are now recommending a concentration on social and emotional learning, as well as peer-to-peer programs – some of which are already in-place in Northeast Ohio schools.

A proposal in Gov. John Kasich's budget that requires teachers to get on-site workplace experience at a company in order to renew their licenses is getting pushback from several groups. And now there are signs it might not get too far.

Our children spend a lot of time on standardized tests at school. Now there’s one more thing they could be adding to their elementary school schedules. The Centers for Disease Control has released a report urging schools to provide more — recess.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

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Ohio University announced Tuesday that its board of trustees formally elected Dr. M. Duane Nellis as the 21st president of the university.  

According to a press release from Ohio University, Nellis currently is a University Honors and Geoscience Professor at Texas Tech University. He previous served as president of Texas Tech from 2013-2016 and president of the University of Idaho from 2009-2013.

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Since taking over as governor, John Kasich has been calling for different agencies to—as he puts it—move at the speed of business.

Fake news has been, well, in the news a lot lately. But for the world's largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, it's nothing new.

"Wikipedia has been dealing with fake news since it started 16 years ago," notes LiAnna Davis, deputy director of the Wiki Education Foundation.

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Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio's elementary schools.

During Betsy DeVos' bitter confirmation hearing last month for education secretary, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet pointed to Denver as a potential national model of a big city school district that's found an innovative, balanced approach to school choice.

Teachers unions are gearing up for a fight against a controversial proposal in Gov. John Kasich’s budget that would require educators to shadow workers at local businesses in order to renew their license. 

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Ohio State's Don Scott Field airport, which first opened in 1942, will undergo major renovation over the next 10 years. Modernizing the terminal, building a new flight education center and upgrading training aircraft will cost about $20 million.

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Thanks in part to the testimony of an Ohio State University freshman, the state of Ohio is joining more than 20 other states in rewarding graduating high school seniors who speak at least two languages.

What's Ohio's Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act?

Feb 15, 2017
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A new plan from the Ohio Department of Education outlines the trajectory of the state’s education goals over the next 10 years.

On February 2, ODE released its draft plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the education law with bipartisan congressional support. It requires each state to come up with a plan to comply with federal regulations.

Ohio’s plan is the culmination of more than a year of planning and outreach to educators and community members.

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Now is an exciting time for students at Marburn Academy, and not just because of the paper airplane contest in the gymnasium. Rather, it's the gymnasium - and the rest of the brand new school building - that has kids and administrators alike brimming with energy.

Early one morning, the week before Betsy DeVos' confirmation as education secretary, 23-year-old Allison Kruk was dropping her boyfriend off at the Philadelphia airport when she decided to swing by the office of her U.S. senator and give him a piece of her mind.

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A new study shows Ohio ranks in the bottom five of all 50 states in college affordability, and that just over four in 10 Ohioans have a post-secondary degree.

The author of the report also says if the state doesn’t do more to fix the problem soon, Ohio will fall further behind economically. 

Teaching Black History

Feb 10, 2017
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February is Black History Month, a nationally recognized tradition that began in 1926. Schools throughout the country incorporate lessons of black history in their curriculums during the month of February, but there has been some question as to why black history isn't focused on year-round. Today we'll discuss how young people are taught African American history and if the idea of a Black History Month may be outdated.

The Wings On The Bus Go ... Wait, What?

Feb 8, 2017

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider.

In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy.

It's nearly 7:30 a.m. when a small, five-passenger Piper Saratoga plane takes off from the mainland in Port Clinton, Ohio. Pilot Bob Ganley is on his way to pick up students heading to school.

His first stop is Middle Bass Island, about a mile away from the school. Instead of a bus stop, Max's father is dropping him off at the Middle Bass airport to meet the plane.

Of all President Trump's Cabinet choices, only one currently seems at serious risk of being denied confirmation by the Senate.

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary is a question mark after two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, announced they plan to vote against her.

The Ohio Department of Education has released its draft of new education policies to align with the federal plan known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. And it’s now open to public input.

Teaching Black History

Feb 2, 2017
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February is Black History Month, a nationally recognized tradition that began in 1926. Schools throughout the country incorporate lessons of black history in their curriculums during the month of February, but there has been some question as to why black history isn't focused on year-round. Today we'll discuss how young people are taught African American history and if the idea of a Black History Month may be outdated.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich unveils the state budget on January 30, 2017.
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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget would give a slight increase for K-12 schools in Ohio while freezing tuition for state universities. The proposals faced immediate opposition.

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Those are just a few of the issues addressed in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess. The recommendations come from a group called SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A key Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Betsy DeVos, a school choice activist and billionaire Republican donor, to be secretary of education, despite the fierce objections of Senate Democrats, teachers unions and others. There's much speculation as to exactly how she might carry out President Trump's stated priority of increasing school choice.

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New figures from the non-profit education news organization Education Week detail the number of arrests in the nation's schools during the 2013-2014 school year.  Those figures include schools in Columbus and the rest of Ohio and show a disparity in the races of arrested students.

Gov. John Kasich and lawmakers are about to go full speed ahead into another budget season where state leaders will likely have to find ways to cut back. But Kasich is insisting they increase funding in at least one area.

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