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Hearings set next week to end Common Core in Ohio
Other headline: Grain explosion injures seven in Coshocton; School data-scrubbing revisions finalized
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Grain explosion injures seven in Coshocton
  • School data-scrubbing revisions finalized
  • School voucher eligibility shifts for some schools
  • Ousted OSU band director lauded in performance review
  • Ohio AG investigates water price gouging claims
  • Foreclosures down in Ohio for 11th straight month
  • Some Ohioans at risk of losing Obamacare
  • POW / MIA license plate available
  • Indians split Arizona double header
  • Hearings set next week to end Common Core in Ohio
    An Ohio House panel has scheduled three days of hearings next week on a Republican proposal to repeal Common Core learning standards in the state.

    The bill's sponsors say they've heard complaints from parents, teachers and communities on the standards.

    Reps. Matt Huffman of Lima and Andy Thompson of Marietta have said Ohio made a mistake four years ago in adopting the standards and their legislation would seize back state control over the process.

    Districts are working to implement the standards, which have the backing of a diverse coalition including teachers' unions and community and business groups.

    The Ohio Federation of Teachers has said repeal would create chaos for school districts.

    The House Rules and Reference Committee plans to take testimony on the bill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

     

    Grain explosion injures seven in Coshocton
    An explosion at a central Ohio grain silo has injured seven workers.

    Authorities were called to the Coshocton Grain Company Wednesday evening after a blast destroyed three concrete grain bins and a nearby building.

    The Coshocton Tribune reports that five workers were sent to a local hospital, one man was sent to a Columbus medical center, while another refused treatment.

    Grain dust in the bin apparently triggered the explosion.

    The bins hold several million bushels of grain.

     

    RTA lines return to service
    Two Cleveland RTA rail lines are up and running this morning after being knocked out yesterday by flood damage. 

    The Blue and Green Lines are cleared for regular service today. 

    All RTA Rail service scheduled for today is running normally.

     

    School data-scrubbing revisions finalized
    The Ohio Department of Education is making more than 100 revisions to district and school ratings in the state following an investigation into attendance data-scrubbing.

    The state recalculated the 2012 and 2013 ratings to include test scores of students who had been improperly excluded by local school officials.

    The recalculations resulted in both improved and lowered scores around the state.

    The overall ratings of two schools in Cincinnati and one school in Cleveland for 2012 were lowered after the recalculations, while one Cleveland school's rating improved.

     

    School voucher eligibility shifts for some schools
    The recent recalculation of school ratings changes the eligibility list for vouchers of students at underperforming public schools to attend private schools.

    Education officials say those recalculations mean eligibility for the EdChoice Scholarship program is extended to students at two area schools. They are Milkovich Middle School in Maple Heights and the Rimer Community Learning Center in Akron.

    Larkmoor Elementary School in Lorain was removed from the eligibility list. Students there who already applied and got scholarships will keep their funding.

    The EdChoice voucher application deadline has been extended to Sept. 5.

     

    Ousted OSU band director lauded in performance review
    Ohio State University's fired marching band director was complimented for "courageous" efforts to address attitudes surrounding the band's traditions just weeks before he was fired.

    Jonathan Waters was dismissed July 24 after a university report found he had failed put an end to the band's "sexualized culture," including a tradition of midnight underwear marches.

    The school on Wednesday released a June performance review in which Waters was praised for "tackling some of the more extreme views head-on."

    OSU President Michael Drake said he sees virtually no chance Waters will be reinstated.

     

    Ohio AG investigates water price gouging claims
    State investigators are looking into nearly 60 complaints about price gouging during the water emergency in Toledo that left 400,000 people without clean tap water.

    Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has sent letters to 58 businesses about bottled water prices before, during and after the water emergency that happened just over a week ago. 

     

    Foreclosures down in Ohio for 11th straight month
    Foreclosures in Ohio have dropped while the rate rose nationally, according to the latest numbers.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports foreclosures fell nearly 12 percent in June, the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year foreclosure declines in Ohio.

    Meanwhile U.S. foreclosure activity rose slightly in June.

     

    Some Ohioans at risk of losing Obamacare
    Around four percent of Ohioans who signed up for health insurance under the federally run online exchange are in danger of losing that coverage.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that around 6,000 people have citizenship or immigration data-matching issues that could jeopardize coverage.

    About 155,000 Ohioans signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace.

     

    POW / MIA license plate available
    Ohio motorists can now buy a POW/MIA license plate to help raise awareness of service members missing in action.

    The plate, which features the black MIA/POW logo and "Never Forgotten" across the bottom, is one of about 70 specialty plates available in the state.

    The plate costs $35. Of that, $25 will be transferred to the state's Military Injury Relief Fund.

     

    Indians split Arizona double header
    The Indians split a double header yesterday with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    The Tribe won game one 3 – 2 but lost in the 12 inning second game 1 – 0.

    After a day off, Cleveland takes on the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow.

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