Education

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/ KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State's board of trustees voted Monday morning to appoint current university Executive Vice President and Provost Todd Diacon as the university's next president. Diacon will take over when current president Beverly Warren retires July 1.

University of Akron Remembrance Garden map
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

An annual Remembrance Day at the University of Akron has led to creation of a Remembrance Garden honoring students, faculty and employees who have died.

At the dedication this week,  attendees walked from ballroom of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union  to the Remembrance Garden located between Olin Hall, Bierce Library and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

There, they placed carnations on a large stone that reads “Forever a Zip.” The university’s student government is developing plans for what else will go in the green space near the center of campus.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A judge has denied local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against what was the largest online charter school in Ohio, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). 

The Franklin County judge rejected the districts’ request to get involved in the case against ECOT, noting that the goals of the schools and the state are closely aligned. 

Dayton, Toledo, Springfield, and the other districts claimed that the attorney general’s office had close ties to ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters streamed through downtown Columbus on Wednesday demanding lower class sizes, higher pay and an end to tax incentives for local developers.

Akron Public Schools has been awarded a $500,000 grant to help prepare its middle schools, as the district rolls out its College & Career Academies.

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation grant will enable the district to begin mapping a plan that transforms the way middle school students learn and interact with the community, said Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new school funding formula proposed by two state lawmakers would cost a billion dollars more than the current K-12 formula. And that proposal didn't include money for charter schools. Now it appears charter school students would get a lot less money than traditional public school kids under that plan.

Sources say the new formula would allocate $6,220 for each charter school student in the first year. That’s just $200 more than the current state aid per student. But the new formula would increase the average funding for each traditional public school student to over $7,300.

Jennifer Conn / WKSU

University of Akron engineering students are getting a chance to showcase their design-build skills at two prominent conferences the school is hosting.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a swing through Ohio Friday to visit students at Butler Tech, a career and technical school in Butler County. In an event similar to a sports signing day, more than 30 students announced post-graduation jobs with local manufacturers.

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PEXELS

A rural middle school in western Pennsylvania is rolling out three Wi-Fi-enabled school buses to serve kids with long commutes who may not have internet access at home. McGuffey Middle School in Claysville, Washington County is the latest location of Google's Rolling Study Halls initiative, which is currently operating in 16 communities across the country.

 

Chad Aldis
THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE

A proposed new school funding formula would cost the state $720 million more than the current K-12 budget. And it doesn’t include funding for charter or community schools, which the state spent more than $880 million on last year. 

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Republican and Democratic lawmakers behind the new school funding formula proposal are taking their plan on the road to explain it to different teachers and school administrators around Ohio.

Representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) said their formula ends up accurately reflecting how much state money each school district needs. 

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Two state lawmakers, who say they’ve made Ohio’s school funding formula more stable and fair, have released financial details that show what Ohio's 612 school districts will get. And they’re also showing the plan will cost the state a lot more money.

Right now, more than half of Ohio's school districts got less money from the existing formula than they did last year, so the state made up difference.

KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The man who filed the 1991 lawsuit that led to Ohio’s school funding system being ruled unconstitutional four times says a new funding formula from two state lawmakers is on the right track. But Bill Phillis's optimism comes with a caveat.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Governors and state lawmakers have struggled for decades with school funding. The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the property-tax based funding method four times in the last 22 years. Now two lawmakers say they think they’ve finally fixed it. Their new school funding formula they say is stable, customizable and transparent.

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Hundreds of high school seniors bound for the armed forces were honored in Columbus. It’s a ceremony conceived by the state school superintendent, and it’s grown dramatically in its first year.

Seniors headed for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were applauded for their decision to enlist, and their families were praised for supporting their kids’ decision. State school superintendent Paolo DeMaria says these students deserved to be publicly recognized.

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ELVERT BARNES

An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for ten schools, excluding Ohio State.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Rich Exner, data analysis editor at Cleveland.com, about the trends he’s seeing in the numbers on athletic spending.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing for a bill that would give states incentives to help students graduate from college debt-free.

Brown is co-sponsoring the Debt-Free College Act,  which would offer states more federal funding for their public universities if they spend more money helping eliminate college costs for students. The funds would be matched dollar for dollar.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state school board has sent to lawmakers what they say is a resolution that addresses the problem of changing requirements for getting a high school diploma in Ohio. 

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio House and Senate are exploring options when it comes to how the state gives money to e-schools. The debate over funding can get complicated.

There are several types of e-schools in Ohio. There are digital platforms found within traditional public schools, charter schools, and dropout prevention and recovery schools.

The question for the joint committee on e-school funding is what should they base the funding off of -- enrollment, course completion or graduation.

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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The president of the faculty union at the University of Akron is relieved that interim president John Green has put on hold major changes in the organization of several colleges.

He had presented the plan to faculty senate last week.  

The plan called for restructuring two programs Akron is known for—engineering and polymers. But the faculty was concerned with what was missing, according to faculty union president Pamela Schulze, a professor of child and family development.

The University of Akron Considering Reorganization

Mar 8, 2019
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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron is considering a partial reorganization that would create new colleges such as a College of Polymer, Chemical and Biological Sciences and an Innovation College.

In a letter to the university community, Interim President John C. Green described three reasons for the proposal: making options clearer for students, fostering faculty collaboration and creating financial stability.

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JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron Public Schools, the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Parks Service announced they will partner to create the district’s newest college & career academy at Ellet High School.

About 400 parents and kids load up their trays with dinner from Swensons and settle into the I Promise School cafeteria and gym for a quick guide to managing money, a pitch for flu shots and a student performance on messages hidden in old spirituals.

These kinds of family gatherings happen once a month and at least 80 percent of the I Promise families participate, according to Nicole Hassen, the Akron Public Schools liaison to the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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ELENA BELL / AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo is partnering with Canton City School District preschools through a first-of-its-kind program focused on developing social emotional intelligence and literacy. Zoo staff members visit preschool classrooms with animals and read books to the students. Zoo spokesperson Elena Bell says bringing animals into classrooms helps students reflect on how they relate to other people.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ahead of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first State of the State speech, a progressive-leaning coalition of health and human service organizations and labor unions said Ohio is falling behind the rest of the nation in some key areas. The One Ohio Now report said the state has not invested enough in schools, health and community safety. 

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