Education

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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland State University could soon receive $7.5 million  from the state’s capital budget to create a new School of Film, Television and Interactive Media.

The funds proposed in the budget would be used to construct a new building for the school on the university’s downtown campus.

Once established, the school will allow for greater collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Senate seemed to be poised to move forward on a bill that would crack down on online schools with bad attendance records. But a political maneuver may slow it down. 

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WKSU

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on the U.S. Department of Education for more oversight of for-profit colleges.

Brown wants the department to investigate Cincinnati-based Antonelli College, which lost its accreditation from the Ohio Board of Nursing just before this year’s class was expected to graduate. That means Antonelli’s nursing students can’t take board certification tests.

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State lawmakers are including money in Ohio’s proposed capital budget to help Stark State College set-up an Akron campus.

The budget would include $6.5 million for the new campus, and Stark State spokeswoman Marisa Rohn says about a quarter of the school’s students are from Summit County. She also says that the school is still in the exploratory phase of finding a space in Akron.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The auditor of state has the power to look over the books of college and university foundations, according to Ohio’s attorney general.  Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that opinion comes over the objections of three universities.

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PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS

The Princeton Prize for Race Relations for the Cleveland Branch will be presented this Thursday, recognizing high school students who volunteer to improve race relations.

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Efforts to make the University of Akron a smoke-free environment are being met with mixed emotions.

A recent survey issued to students and staff about the university’s smoking policy shows that 54 percent of people believe smoking should be allowed only at specific locations, while 28 percent want to prohibit all tobacco use on campus.

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ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The state wants Ohioans to speak out on what they want students to learn in school.

The Ohio Department of Education is looking to revise state education standards, which were implemented in 2010, and it wants input from the public through an online survey.

The department’s Jim Wright says this is a crucial step.

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AIR

  After a whirlwind of controversy surrounding last year’s standardized test known as PARCC, the state is ready for a new testing season with a whole new assessment.

The PARCC test was scrapped after just one year following complaints over the time spent on testing, the delay in results and questions about how the test was developed.

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KIPP

The Ohio Department of Education is touting improved third-grade reading guarantee numbers.

The state says 94.1 percent of Ohio’s third graders passed the reading test and moved on to the fourth grade last school year.

The so-called “third-grade reading guarantee” was created by Gov. Kasich's administration to make sure students reached a certain reading ability before they could be promoted.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio lawmakers just passed a major overhaul of oversight of the state’s charter school system. But one senator says more can be done to improve online charters.

Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman introduced a bill that would require e-schools to keep better attendance records, make their governing boards stream their meetings like school-board sessions, and display their report-card score on advertisements.

“If they’re proud of the work that they’re doing, they should be explaining what the state’s grade is at that particular school to attract students.”

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

A study of Kent State University’s athletic program is complete, and no sports are being cut. In fact, women’s lacrosse will be added in 2018.   The results of the nearly two-year review of athletics was presented to the university’s board of trustees today. 

A third of the state’s charter schools, including its largest one, are undergoing reviews to ensure their student enrollment and attendance numbers match the payments they’re receiving from the state. 

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KIPP

Just months after state lawmakers passed a sweeping reform of Ohio’s charter school system, they could soon be considering a proposal that could weaken one of the measures.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

A success coach at the University of Akron is in hot water for the wording in an email she sent to 200 students last month. The coaches are supposed to help freshmen with study skills, time management and referrals to campus services, but students can choose not to participate. The email threatened to pull students out of class if they did not schedule a meeting with the coach.

University of Akron spokesman Wayne Hill says the coach is just one of 14 who deals with students.

 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron is launching a new service this week aimed at helping students build connections with employers in the community and around the world.

The new Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement seeks to open up the university’s once specialized learning opportunities to all students through academic and community efforts.

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As people around the state continue to study the latest school report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, there seems to be at least one area causing confusion.

A Facebook meme -- circulating among parents, teachers and others -- quotes a superintendent questioning why his district’s K-3 literacy score was so low when nearly all of his students passed the third-grade reading guarantee.

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Some Democrats and critics of the state's school district grade cards say they should have never been released this year since the test used to formula those grades has since been scrapped. But not everyone agrees.

The Ohio School Boards Association’s Damon Asbury doesn’t have a problem with the grade cards being released but with one caveat.

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Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

After a long delay, report cards are out for Ohio’s schools – and they show a big drop in the number of “A” grades on student performance on statewide tests.

As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, some critics say they show serious problems with those tests.

State Board of Education member A. J. Wagner says the grades being reported are faulty because of the PARCC tests that students took last year.

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Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

A progressive advocacy group is slamming Gov. John Kasich’s administration for handing out what they say is millions of dollars in preferential treatment to a charter school operator.

The state once hired IQ Innovations to run a digital education tool known as iLearn.

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The Cleveland Teachers Union says there is still time for the city’s public school officials to return to the bargaining table before a fact-finder takes over the contract negotiations. Last week the Cleveland Metropolitan School District halted talks saying they had stalled.

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A statewide teachers’ union is putting out an alert for educators to look out for illegal-grading schemes.

The Ohio Federation of Teachers says some administrators are putting educators in a bad position. The most recent case allegedly happened in Strasburg in Tuscarawas County, where a superintendent is accused of ordering teachers to change grades.

Union President Melissa Cropper acknowledges that certain requests made by administrators may seem harmless at first; so when all else fails, she says, don’t change grades.

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David James, the head of Akron’s public schools, gave his annual update today on the state of the school district – and public education in Ohio. After his speech to nearly 400 people at the Akron Press Club,  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze talked with James about some of the key issues.

David James’ speech touched on collaboration, accountability, charter schools, at-risk kids and the constant churn of state laws and regulations that he – and even state lawmakers – blame for keeping public education in Ohio in disarray.

Ohio is Working on More Affordable College Options

Feb 22, 2016

Ohioans could have more options for affordable higher education as state officials work to increase the number of residents with college degrees. Proposed initiatives from Gov. John Kasich’s Mid-Biennium Review were unveiled today at Lorain County Community College

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Stark State College is looking at Summit County for a possible expansion, including at a soon-to-be vacant department store in Akron.

One location it's considering is the Macy’s at Chapel Hill Mall, which is closing. Stark State spokeswoman Marisa Rohn says the new campus needs to have ample parking and good access to public transportation.

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