Education

Jayme Henderson says her college's decision to cancel fall graduation over coronavirus concerns felt like "a slap in the face."

Henderson, a graduating senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, remembers thinking about the campus activities that hadn't been cancelled: Football was still on, with fans still able to attend games in-person, and there were even some in-person classes. To make matters worse, the email cancelling fall commencement arrived the same day as another email detailing parking restrictions for big game day crowds.

State Reps. Bob Cupp, left, and John Patterson discuss the latest version of their proposal to overhaul to school funding in Ohio system at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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A school funding overhaul that’s been in the works for five years passed the Ohio House by a huge margin Thursday and is on its way to the Senate. Supporters say it’s the first constitutional plan since the Ohio Supreme Court struck down the state's system in 1997, but it might not get far.

Deborah Rosenthal starts her virtual kindergarten class on Zoom every morning with a song — today, it's the Spanish version of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Her students clap along. There's a greeting from the class mascot (a dragon), yoga, meditation and then some practice with letter sounds: "Oso, oso, O, O, O."

Burden Of Student Loan Debt

Dec 2, 2020
Letters from Home wants to hear from Ohioans during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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A temporary freeze on student loan payments is set to expire Dec. 31, adding a financial burden back on those already struggling through a pandemic-induced economic crisis.

President-elect Joe Biden has proposed $10,000 in student-loan forgiveness for all borrowers.

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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The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he is hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month. The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday.

Universities and K-12 schools across Northeast Ohio are shifting students to remote learning between the Thanksgiving and winter breaks in light of county stay-at-home advisories and the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases.

That’s an “appropriate and reasonable” move, according to Dr. Bill Miller, an infectious disease epidemiologist and senior associate dean of research in the College of Public Health at Ohio State University, who called the recent spike in cases “dramatic and dangerous.”

Protesters march down High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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A new non-profit organization called the State Of Ohio Collective, created after the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd in May, is proposing a 50-year plan to address systemic racism in Ohio.

The Ohio State University campus sign
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The surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing Ohio State University and area schools districts to make changes.

Following the "stay at home" advisory from the city of Columbus, Ohio State announced that classes would move online starting Friday at 6 p.m. 

What to make of the tenure of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos depends, like beauty itself, on the eye of the beholder.

Letters from Home wants to hear from Ohioans during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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As Thanksgiving approaches, The Ohio State University is trying to accomplish two potentially conflicting goals: send students back home, but don't contribute to the spread of COVID-19. 

President-elect Joe Biden has affirmed his support for erasing some student debt "immediately."

Student debt forgiveness was a major campaign plank of some of his more progressive rivals for the Democratic nomination, but it remains controversial even among some Democrats.

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. 

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