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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.

Ohio State Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, left, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, announce their proposed overhaul of Ohio's school funding formula at the Statehouse in Columbus, Monday, March 25, 2019.
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State lawmakers who studied potential ways to overhaul Ohio's school funding system have made changes to their initial plan and are set to introduce the resulting proposal at the Statehouse.

A Catholic high school in Indianapolis says it has decided to fire a gay teacher to remain in the local archdiocese.

In a letter to the community, leaders of Cathedral High School said they had been in talks with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for 22 months before deciding to cut ties with the teacher.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Senate passed a budget last week that includes a set of high school graduation requirements, which could settle an issue that the state has been struggling with for years.

Financial Literacy In African American Communities

Jun 24, 2019
Saving money in a piggy bank
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Jay-Z recently became the first billionaire rapper. 

Sure, his music is profitable. But his investments were more so, and he’s just getting started. In his song, “The Story of OJ,” Jay-Z talks about financial literacy to show African American youth how it works.

For many African Americans, financial illiteracy is a function of several factors, all of which revolve around the lack of wealth, including institutionalized racism and perennial low wages. 

Today on All Sides, a look at the history of wealth and financial literacy in African American communities and what’s being done to change the trajectory.  

Columbus State Community College

Columbus City Council is rolling out a program to help lower-income students afford trade school or college tuition with less debt.

School Shootings And Society

Jun 21, 2019
Demonstrators march through downtown during the "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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Metal detectors. Police officers. See-through backpacks. Run. Hide. Fight.

These are all the precautions schools are taking to prevent shootings. However, a study found most parents believe schools are less safe today than in 1999.

Today on All Sides, how school shootings are changing the educational environment and society.

The Ohio Senate unanimously approved a two-year, $69 billion budget Thursday that includes new high school graduation requirements.

Beginning with the class of 2023, Ohio high school students would need to pass tests for Algebra I and English II instead of the previous seven tests required to graduate.

Students also would have to earn two diploma seals in areas like job readiness or community service.

CEA President John Coneglio addressing union members ahead of Tuesday's school board meeting.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Across the street from Tuesday night’s Columbus City School Board meeting, union members gathered to protest the board’s plan to hire an alternative staffing firm amid contract talks. Chanting slogans, they urged the board to use the money for librarians, nurses and school psychologists.

Ohio's two historically black colleges are neighbors, both about an hour southwest of Columbus, and now they're considering getting even closer by merging some operations.

Marchers making their way across the Main Street Bridge. Columbus teachers are protesting tax abatements as their union negotiates a new contract.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Columbus Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on a contingency plan for a possible teacher strike.

When students pose a threat to themselves or others, educators sometimes need to restrain them or remove them to a separate space. That's supposed to be a last resort, and it's a controversial practice. As we've reported recently, school districts don't always follow state laws or federal reporting requirements.

In this Nov. 22, 2017 photo, pedestrians pass the storefront of Gibson's Food Mart & Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio.
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Owners of a market in a famously liberal town were awarded $44 million in damages this week in their lawsuit claiming Oberlin College hurt their business and libeled them in a case some observers said embodied racial hypersensitivity and political correctness run amok.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Speaker of the House isn’t pleased that the Senate has diverted some money his chamber had put toward services for lower-income students into other educational priorities.