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The former ECOT headquarters in the South Side of Columbus.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

An educational service center is paying the state back for money it received while sponsoring the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The settlement is part of a larger lawsuit targeting about $80 million in overpayments to ECOT.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, managed by the for-profit Altair Learning Management, was the state's largest online charter school when it shut down last year. ECOT closed owing millions to the state for students it claimed were enrolled.
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio's charter schools are by law non-profit, but nearly 200 of them are managed by for-profit operating companies. A new study by an anti-charter school group says charters run by for-profit operators spend a lot more money on non-classroom costs than traditional public schools do.


Republican Senate leaders have frozen the existing school funding formula in their version of the budget. So did the House, but it did add funding into services to help lower-income students. 

graduating students
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Some high schools throughout Ohio have decided not to name valedictorians at graduation. One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require schools to name at least one valedictorian or salutatorian.

Before taking Ethnic Studies at Walnut Hills High School, Holly Bates wanted to talk about race but didn't feel comfortable because of what she thinks is a lack of knowledge.

Columbus City School director of emotional and student support services Cheryl Ward.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Hundreds of Columbus City Schools staff members are meeting this week to learn about trauma-informed care. The conference follows passage of a state law meant to limit student suspensions.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Columbus Board of Education is taking steps to prepare for a possible teachers’ strike this summer.

About two dozen Goodyear employees will build the escape room this week, which will allow students to use math and science skills to get out.
Akron City Schools

Volunteers from Goodyear will begin work Monday constructing an escape room that requires Akron Public School students to use STEM skills to find a way out.


Monday is the first meeting of the Dropout Prevention and Recovery workgroup, a special task force formed by the Ohio Board of Education. 

Students in the classroom
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

A group of school districts that aren’t getting the money they say they are owed by the state’s school funding formula are threatening a federal lawsuit if the issue isn’t resolved.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
Ashton Marra / Ideastream

Dozens of people lined up to voice their opposition to state takeovers of local school districts through the so-called Academic Distress Commission. The Ohio Senate is considering legislation that could repeal and replace the system that has been in place since 2015.

A new program at Miami University Hamilton will allow pay for college expenses of students while they work part-time at a select local company.
Miami University

A state senator is touting a new program that he says can play a critical role in college affordability and workforce development by connecting college freshmen with employers.