Education

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Tri-C is opening a new center Tuesday in response to the growing need from the trucking industry. The Transportation Innovation Center will serve as the school’s new home for training the next generation of truckers. The facilities include interactive classrooms and a driving simulator. William Gary is executive vice president of the college’s Workforce Community and Economic Development division. He said the center meets the demands of the supply chain.

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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.

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DAN KONIK

Dozens of people lined up to voice their opposition to state takeovers of local school districts. The so-called Academic Distress Commission has been under fire for years, and the Senate is considering legislation that could repeal and replace it.

Teachers, administrators and parents stood before the Senate Education Committee to support abolishing academic distress commissions and replacing them with community learning centers.

The first state takeover was in 2015 in Youngstown.

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ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM

A conservative Christian organization and a Catholic school have dropped their lawsuit against an Ohio city for its law protecting against LGBTQ discrimination.

The Alliance Defending Freedom was representing the Lyceum School against South Euclid’s non-discrimination ordinance, which the school said might threaten its teachings on marriage and gender. The school had claimed there were First Amendment issues involved, but the city’s Keith Benjamin says this is a civil rights issue.

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A state senator is touting a new program that helps connect young people with employers. And it also pays for college. Lawmakers say this can play a critical role in college affordability and workforce development.

Miami University’s Hamilton Campus is partnering with local employers. Together they will take in 50 students who can pursue any major they want while working part-time for one of the companies.

In turn the companies will pay a wage, pay tuition, and provide supportive housing.

William Dean Howells was born in Martinsville, Ohio, in 1837 and went on to become a significant literary figure, earning the nickname the "Dean of American Letters." A novelist, critic, playwright and editor of The Atlantic Monthly, Howells forged friendships with the likes of Mark Twain, Henry James and Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

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Matt Wilson officially marks his last day on the job as a member of the University of Akron (UA) faculty on May 31.  Wilson, the former president of the university, is leaving to take the job of president at Missouri Western State University.  We sat down with Wilson to talk about his unexpected turn as UA's president following the short and troubled tenure of Scott Scarborough. 

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A group of Massillon students have returned from a one-of-a-kind experience. They witnessed the swearing-in of the 56th mayor of Chicago, a graduate of their high school.

Washington High School journalism teacher David Lee Morgan found widespread support for getting the students to Chicago from both Lori Lightfoot’s campaign and school principal, Dave Lautenschleger. Lautenschleger showed initial concern at the request.

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State and its faculty appear close to an agreement on a new contract.

This follows a fact finder's recommendation. He met with the two sides in April to try to help them break an impasse they came to last fall over salary increases and medical benefits.

Professors sought an average increase of 3-point-3 percent over 3 years, pointing to record enrollment last fall as well as the sound financial position the university described in its advertisement for a new president. 

Ohio State Knew About Sexual Abuse By Richard Strauss As Early As 1979

May 17, 2019

The Ohio State University failed to properly respond to evidence of sexual abuse by team doctor Richard Strauss for almost two decades, according to a redacted investigative report released Friday.

The incoming Youngstown Schools CEO says his priorities will be students and giving some control back to the elected school board.

The Academic Distress Commission appointed Justin Jennings to lead Youngstown's schools after Khris Mohip announced he will leave when his contract expires July 31st.

Jennings, a Michigan native, told the Youngstown Vindicator he read at a third grade level when he graduated high school. There are many reasons students aren't learning, he says, and as CEO he will not make excuses but rather try and address all the needs of the child.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District plans to close or consolidate nine K-through-eighth-grade schools and build new ones. The community is invited to give feedback starting tonight.

The proposal includes plans to close four K-8 schools and relocate five others. Most of the affected schools are in older buildings with low enrollment and very low ratings from the state, according to a press release.

A Pike County middle school remains closed over concerns about uranium detected inside the school and another carcinogen detected on school grounds.

Drumm's 'Tree of Life' stands tall in front of the newly-opened I Promise School in Akron.
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Students at the I Promise school in Akron got the chance to become ninjas this week.

Kids participated in a replica of the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course where students tested their strength and stamina. They climbed an 8-foot wall among other obstacles. 

American Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbajabiamila visited the school. While he was happy seeing the kids participate, Gbajabiamila wanted to leave an important message for everyone. 

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

The Kent State University Airport will be expanding thanks to a $5 million grant announced today by the school’s Board of Trustees.

Construction is already underway on the new aeronautics academic center at the airport in Stow. The program has pilot training and an air traffic control laboratory. Enrollment has grown 55 percent since 2010.

It was a good night for school districts across Northeast Ohio. Voters supported 18 of 20 school levies on the ballot.

The unofficial results show that whether it was a renewal or an additional levy, voters were 'for' their school district receiving the tax money.

In Cuyahoga county levies for Brooklyn, Strongsville and Parma City Schools all passed.

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Voters in a Portage County school district approved two new levies, averting a financial crisis. It’s the first time in 28 years that Field Local Schools will be getting new tax dollars. Voters have renewed levies in the past but have not approved an increase since 1991.

Levy co-chair Erin Roberts has worked on levy campaigns for the past eight years. She says they used a variety of tools to get their message out this time around: social media, robo-calls, text messaging and print fliers.

Voters in 19 greater Cleveland communities will decide the fate of levies in their school districts when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

If approved, the money will be used to avoid a deficit for Brooklyn City Schools and to provide emergency resources for Parma City Schools, West Geauga and Green Local Schools to name a few.

Jennifer Houge with the Ohio School Boards Association says if voters don't pass the levies, these districts will have to make difficult decisions to balance their budgets.

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Ohio’s eight urban school districts are calling for changes to the proposed overhaul of the state’s school funding formula. The large school districts say the formula doesn’t do enough to address economic disadvantages.

Eric Gordon is CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. His district and most of the other seven urban districts in the Ohio 8 Coalition would not see an increase in funding through the new formula proposed by Representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (L-Jefferson).

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The bipartisan school funding plan put forth by two state representatives is not funded in the proposed House budget.  

House Speaker Larry Householder says he’s encouraged Reps. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Ashtabula) to continue to work on their plan.

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AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Officials from Akron and across Ohio testified in Columbus Thursday in support of a new school funding plan they say is more equitable and realistic than what’s been in place for the last 30 years. 

Eighteen months ago, Ohio Reps Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) asked active school superintendents,  treasurers, educators and administrators to put their heads together to create a funding plan that would serve Ohio’s  610 school districts based on their individual needs.  

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The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already taken over three northeast Ohio districts, would be replaced with a different model. 

Critics on the House floor blasted the state’s academic distress commission system that allows the state to take control of failing school districts.

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BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

The head of higher education ministry for the United Methodist Church is saddened that Baldwin Wallace University has decided to end its affiliation with the church. Kim Cape says it’s a loss for the church, but she also says it’s a loss for BW. The school has been a Methodist affiliate since its founding 174 years ago.

NEOMED, Bio-Med Science Academy Break Ground for New Building

Apr 29, 2019
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Construction is underway at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Bio-Med Science Academy on a new four-story building at the Rootstown campus. 

The facility will be used for training for middle and high school students, health care professionals and first responders.

Bio-Med Chief Administrative Officer Stephanie Lammlein said the $24-million project will allow the independent STEM school to move 7th and 8th graders from an offsite facility to the NEOMED campus.

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The leader of the Ohio House says a new school funding formula that two state representatives introduced a few weeks ago won’t be part of the House version of the budget, which he says will come out on Wednesday.  

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