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Ohio's EdChoice voucher program is making headlines for a recent change that has meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. While this is due to the number of school buildings now considered to be "failing," one district is facing a different kind of problem under the new rules: Middletown is one district that saw all of its 10 schools on the state's "failing" list, potentially making every student in the district eligible for a voucher.

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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has five years to create and implement a plan providing more support and resources to students with disabilities. It's part of a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit with advocates for children with disabilities.

Ohio State State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria at a Get2School Advisory Board meeting.
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Lawmakers and governors often talk about education as a top priority. For almost a quarter of a century, Ohio’s governors have wanted more control over a panel that oversees education for the state’s 1.6 million students and the top official it hires.

All that came up in a debate over how much to pay the state superintendent at this month's Ohio Board of Education meeting.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
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Columbus City Schools no longer has a failing grade from the state. Ohio's largest school district earned a D rating in the latest report cards, a marked improvement from its previous F grade.


Nearly three quarters of Ohio’s counties have received a “state of emergency” declaration because of severe weather last month.

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Painstakingly drawn F's and goofy-looking G's were once commonplace in elementary school classrooms, but with the rise of keyboards came the fall of cursive. A law passed by the Ohio General Assembly, which takes effect this week, attempts to save the practice.

The Ohio State Board of Education is expanding its social-emotional learning standards to include all students.

Department of Education implemented standards for children in kindergarten through third grade starting in 2012, to build skills in five areas, including self-awareness and decision making. The new standards now include all students, through 12th grade.

The former ECOT headquarters in the South Side of Columbus.
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A judge has denied local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against what was the largest online charter school in Ohio, ECOT.

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The Ohio General Assembly is exploring its options when it comes to how the state gives money to e-schools. As lawmakers are discovering, though, the issue gets complex when considering the different types of online academies.

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Lawmakers didn't violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed a law that shifted control of poor-performing school districts, the state argued in a new filing at the Ohio Supreme Court, which is considering a case challenging the law.

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A state audit of a short-lived Columbus charter school finds officials inaccurately reported student attendance and received too much state funding.

The Challenges of Rural Education

Feb 13, 2019

Ohio’s rural school districts are face economic and academic challenges.

Rural districts can lack quality internet speed and have low student attendance. And most high schools in rural areas don’t offer college-prep courses, leaving less than a third of high school students unprepared for post-secondary education.

Today on All Sides, the challenges rural schools face.  

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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Thirty rural Ohio school districts will partner with a Harvard research center to improve student outcomes. The districts will work with Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research, or CEPR, to reduce chronic absenteeism and promote college readiness and enrollment. 

Auditor Dave Yost (left) discusses the bill alongside Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), the chair of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid committee.
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A review of the way Ohio’s education department handled a charter school data-scrubbing scandal was unable to determine if there was “malicious” intent involved. But the state auditor does say that the department was poorly run with a lack of control. 

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
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The Ohio Department of Education this week releases report cards for the state’s more than 600 school districts. The grades comes as a Republican lawmaker continues pushing a bill to, once again, overhaul the report card system.