Akron Schools

Akron Schools See a Major Boost in Graduation Rates

May 28, 2018
photo of Chad Aldis
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

One Northeast Ohio school district is graduating students at higher rates this year than in the recent past. But education advocates say the increase isn’t necessarily something to celebrate.

In all, 93 percent of Akron City Schools’ seniors are expected to graduate this year, up from an estimated 54 percent who were on track to graduate at the beginning of the school year.

David James
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

A deal to finance the Akron schools’ new administration building is going to be offset by the city catching up on millions of dollars it owes the schools under a 22-year-old tax agreement. 

In 1996, the city and school district agreed on a long-term deal to share property tax revenue from businesses that get tax breaks to keep or expand their operations in the city. But the city missed more than $5 million of those payments in recent years.

photo of Board of Education member Morgan Lasher
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

 

Fifty-seven people were interested in the opening on the Akron Board of Education following the resignation of John Otterman last month.  He stepped down following allegations of drug use and an overdose. Tuesday, the board picked Otterman’s replacement.

DAVID JAMES
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

The often buttoned-down superintendent of Akron City Schools let loose when he contrasted the financial and academic standards applied to traditional public schools and charter schools. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from today’s State of the Schools address.

Akron public schools protesters
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

The Akron Board of Education is forming a special committee to determine how to respond to teacher complaints that students who physically and verbally assault teachers are not being appropriately disciplined. 

More than a hundred teachers and other Akron Public School employees protested for about an hour before last night’s board of education meeting. Akron Education Association President Pat Shipe then took their argument inside.

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