Akron Public Schools

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
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Ohio's more than 600 school districts are waiting for the Department of Education to release its COVID-19 guidance on how to operate in the new school year. But with the first day of classes less than two months away, many districts are already making their own plans.

Evening building supervisor Randy Allen sweeps the hallways at Orange High School, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Pepper Pike.
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Most K-12 schools say they plan to restart in-person learning in two months, but much still remains in the air. A coalition of school administrators and teachers say they're waiting on a slew of decisions from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education ranging from funding to operations.

School district administrations throughout Ohio are “probably relieved” Gov. Mike DeWine made the call to keep students at K-12 schools out of the classroom for the remainder of the school year, Akron Public Schools spokesperson Mark Williamson speculated Tuesday, especially when reopening schools May 1 would have invited so many difficult questions with such short notice.

The Akron Public School district is making history this year: it’s transforming the way students are educated.

About two dozen Goodyear employees will build the escape room this week, which will allow students to use math and science skills to get out.
Akron City Schools

Volunteers from Goodyear will begin work Monday constructing an escape room that requires Akron Public School students to use STEM skills to find a way out.

Officials from Akron and across Ohio testified in Columbus Thursday in support of a new school funding plan they say is more equitable and realistic than what’s been in place for the last 30 years. 

Eighteen months ago, Ohio Reps Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) asked active school superintendents,  treasurers, educators and administrators to put their heads together to create a funding plan that would serve Ohio’s  610 school districts based on their individual needs.  

Akron Public Schools is saying farewell to a 30-year-old wooden Native American statue. Chief Rotaynah will be removed from its home near Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center after sustaining damage from weather and pests.

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Monday is the first day of school for about 240 Akron students who are attending the “I Promise School,” an experimental public school backed by Akron native LeBron James.