State Takeover Of Ohio Schools

Mar 19, 2019

A state takeover of Columbus City Schools could be imminent. 

That’s due to a law that applies to any school district in Ohio that gets three consecutive failing grades on the state report card. Columbus could soon join Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland as districts under state control.

Today on All Sides, we discuss how the process has worked in other districts and what the prospects are for Columbus.

 Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws as Northwestern defensive back Alonzo Mayo (10) defends during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Indianapolis.
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An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for 10 schools, excluding The Ohio State University.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is pushing for a bill that would give states incentives to help students graduate from college debt-free.

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The state school board has sent to lawmakers what they say is a resolution to the problem of changing requirements for getting a high school diploma in Ohio.

Actress Lori Loughlin, from the TV show Full House, turned herself in to the FBI Wednesday, a day after being charged by prosecutors in a massive college admissions cheating and bribery scandal.

Loughlin along with her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among 33 parents who allegedly paid enormous sums of money to get their kids into the nation's top universities.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
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A bipartisan pair of Ohio House lawmakers are floating a plan that would do away with state takeovers of struggling school districts - a prospect currently facing Columbus City Schools.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Federal officials have charged dozens of well-heeled parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in what the Justice Department says was a multimillion-dollar scheme to cheat college admissions standards. The parents allegedly paid a consultant who then fabricated academic and athletic credentials and arranged bribes to help get their children into prestigious universities.

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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.

About 400 parents and kids load up their trays with dinner from Swensons and settle into the I Promise School cafeteria and gym for a quick guide to managing money, a pitch for flu shots and a student performance on messages hidden in old spirituals.

These kinds of family gatherings happen once a month and at least 80 percent of the I Promise families participate, according to Nicole Hassen, the Akron Public Schools liaison to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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 sunrise in rural central Michigan reveals a landscape of neatly divided cornfields crossed by ditches and wooded creeks. But few of the sleepy teenagers on the school bus from Maple Valley Junior-Senior High School likely noticed this scene on their hour drive to Grand Rapids.

They set out from their tiny school district of about 1,000 students, heading to the closest big city for a college recruiting fair. About 151 colleges and universities were waiting.

On Jan. 24, 2019 photo students listen as social studies teachers Judi Galasso, center, and Jonathan Duffy, left, lead the introductory class of their American Thought and Political Radicalism course.
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A progressive-leaning coalition of health and human service organizations and labor unions says Ohio is falling behind the rest of the nation in some key areas. The One Ohio Now report says the state has not invested enough in schools, health and community safety.