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Updated at 7:25 p.m.

The Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled Wednesday that it is on the verge of carving out a giant exception to the nation's fair employment laws.

Before the court were two cases, both involving fifth grade teachers at parochial schools in California. One, a veteran of 16 years teaching at her school, contends her firing was a case of age discrimination. The other said she was fired after she told her superior that she had breast cancer and would need some time off.

Updated: 5:51 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An appeals court decision in Butler County Monday throws Ohio's program for arming teachers into doubt.

According to the decision in the lawsuit challenging Madison Township’s armed teacher policies, state law requires a school employee undergo the state’s peace officer training program or have experience working as a police officer to serve in a security role.

Ohio University

Researchers at Ohio University will receive $3.2 million to study a new approach to professional development for teachers. The effort is meant to make teachers better equipped to meet the needs of students with emotional or behavioral issues.

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Twenty-three U.S. senators are calling on the nation's top consumer protection agency to investigate a loan servicer for its role in a troubled student loan forgiveness program. The program is designed to help public service workers like teachers and police officers.

The loan servicer, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, better known as FedLoan and PHEAA, is one of the entities that handles the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET

Debbie Baker thought she qualified for a federal program that helps teachers such as her, as well as nurses, police officers, librarians and others. The Department of Education program forgives their federal student loans if they make their payments for 10 years and work in public service.

For 10 years, Baker, who was a public school teacher in Tulsa, Okla., checked in with loan servicing companies and was told she was on track.

Ohio's Adult Diploma Program graduated 78 adults who didn't have high school diplomas in 2016.
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Ohio’s State Board of Education is preparing to vote on a measure that could open the door to more teaching applicants for career and technical education.

Nearly 2,300 teachers have just had a mountain of student loan debt lifted off their backs, according to previously unreleased figures from the U.S. Department of Education. The move follows reporting by NPR that exposed a nightmare for public school teachers across the country.

Marchers making their way across the Main Street Bridge. Columbus teachers are protesting tax abatements as their union negotiates a new contract.
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Some held signs, most chanted, but Marisa Keith pushed a cart.

“This is my art cart,” she explains. “I wanted everybody to see that this is my classroom.”

The Importance Of Teacher Attendance

Mar 7, 2019
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Students who miss a lot of school tend to perform at lower levels. What about teachers who miss class?

When a teacher misses school for 10 or more days a year, the impact on the student is equivalent to the experience of having a brand new teacher versus one with a few years experience, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Coming up on All Sides: the impact of teacher attendance. 

The current wave of teacher walkouts started a year ago this week, when educators across West Virginia were out of the classroom for nine days. The movement spread to five more states before the school year was over.

The U.S. Department of Education is sending emails to about 15,000 people across the country telling them: You've got money.

For public school teacher Kaitlyn McCollum, even simple acts like washing dishes or taking a shower can fill her with dread.

"It will just hit me like a ton of bricks," McCollum says. " 'Oh my God, I owe all of that money.' And it's, like, a knee-buckling moment of panic all over again."

She and her family recently moved to a much smaller, older house. One big reason for the downsizing: a $24,000 loan that McCollum has been unfairly saddled with because of a paperwork debacle at the U.S. Department of Education.

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The Ohio State University

Controversial topics can create tension among diverse students in a classroom and sometimes stop a discussion if not handled properly. A new Ohio State University workshop focuses on ways professors and other faculty members can develop engaging discussions and inclusive environments, especially for LGBTQ students.

Teaching Diversity And Implicit Bias

Sep 5, 2018
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Controversy has surrounded a Cuyahoga Falls middle school after students were given an assignment last month ranking individuals based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation and other labels. The school district has since apologized, but questions remain on how, and when, we should be teaching diversity to children.

Today on All Sides, we’ll look at how young is too young to teach about diversity and implicit bias. 

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

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