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An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy is heading into his first day of American school in Cincinnati Monday. José has been in the U.S. since early July after a month's journey and staying in a detention camp.

The Health Risks Of Living Near A Gaseous Diffusion Plant

May 16, 2019
Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Trace amounts of radioactive materials have been detected inside and outside a middle school in Pike County in southern Ohio, just a few miles from the nearby Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The Cold War-era plant ceased production of weapons grade enriched uranium in 2001. Cleanup efforts at the complex began in 2012.

Residents are concerned, especially about the welfare of children who attend a nearby middle school, which closed early due to the revelations of contamination.

Today on All Sides, what’s next for Pike County and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Ohio Schools Now Must Notify Parents When Kids Are Absent

Apr 5, 2019
School bus
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If Ohio children are absent from class without excuse, their schools will have to notify their parents within the first two hours of the school day under a new law taking effect Friday.

An artistic rendering of the planned Upper Arlington High School. A historic African-American cemetery sits below the parking lot.
Upper Arlington School District

Construction on the new Upper Arlington High School was set to start in April, but concerns over an African-American cemetery buried beneath the campus have the school district confronting the community's past.

When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, her mother wasn't able to care for her. "I remember Mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn't take care of me. My mom just wasn't around at the time," she says.

Every day, her older sister Devon came home from elementary school and made sure Maddy had something to eat.

"Devon would come home from school and fix them cold hot dogs or a bowl of cereal — very simple items that both of them could eat," says Sarah Nadeau, who fostered the girls and later adopted them.

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A report published by the Children’s Hunger Alliance earlier this month found that Newark City Schools more than doubled the participation in their free breakfast program in three years, from 33 percent participation to 70 percent.

Here's a little pop quiz.

Multiple-choice tests are useful because:

A: They're cheap to score.

B: They can be scored quickly.

C: They score without human bias.

D: All of the above.

It would take a computer about a nano-second to mark "D" as the correct answer. That's easy.

But now, machines are also grading students' essays. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
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A new Stanford University analysis of state and national test scores shows more Ohio students pass state exams than similar nationwide tests, which researchers say means the state’s proficiency standards are too low.

Fairy Goodmothers

A nonprofit group based out of Columbus took on the mission of providing prom dresses to teenage girls in the area who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

"There was a girl in my class who had on dirty clothes. The other kids laughed at her but I played with her during recess."

That's an everyday act of kindness toward a child who is being ostracized. It was reported by an elementary school student who took part in a new, nationally-representative survey of children ages 9 to 11. The purpose was to capture not only the bad, but also the good of how children treat each other, and even a little bit of the why.

Here are some of the key findings:

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The Dublin Police Department has charged 17-year-old Emery Toth with threatening a school shooting.

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The Ohio Department of Education is awaiting approval of its education accountability plan that was handed to federal education officials in September. But while the state waits for the government review, a national education advocacy group says Ohio’s plan is one of the best in the country.

Coding in Classrooms

Dec 22, 2017
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Today at 10am

Proposed legislation in Ohio would allow computer coding to replace some math courses. We weigh the pros and cons as many schools work to include more computer science in curriculums in place of math and foreign language.

During a 15-minute recess, the elementary school students trooped from the playground toward nurse Catherin Crofton’s office — one with a bloody nose, a second with a scraped knee and a third with a headache.

Kids quickly filled a row of chairs. Staffers brought paper towels for the bleeders and tried to comfort the crying.

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New research shows that black girls are punished at a greater disparity than black boys - and that holds true in Central Ohio.

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