Education

A photo of the ECOT Headquarters in Columbus
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Though it’s been closed for months, critics are now accusing what was the state’s largest online charter school of deliberately manipulating student data to defraud the state out of millions of dollars. The allegation against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is coming from a former employee. That allegation is part of a larger investigation. 

John Green
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Correction: This story originally referred to John Green as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

The University of Akron's incoming interim president, John Green, is the fourth person to lead the school in four years. And he’s reflecting on what he intends to do when he takes office next week.

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School districts around the state were forced to change their standardized testing schedules because of a system malfunction. Ohio’s testing vendor, AIR, told the state that students were not able to log-in and access their tests. One lawmaker says this is an example of a bigger issue he’s concerned about.

Lakewood High School
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More than half of high school students across the country say they’re concerned a mass shooting will happen at their school, which is why one Lakewood High School student says she’s taking a stand. 

A survey from the national Pew Research Center found 57 percent of high school students are either worried or very worried there will be a mass shooting at their school.

A New National Report Ranks Ohio's Pre-K System Low

Apr 19, 2018
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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A national report says Ohio’s pre-K system is lagging, which a researcher largely blames on a lack of resources for the system. 

The National Institute for Early Education Research has been ranking pre-K systems in its annual State of Pre-K report since 2002.

This year, Ohio ranked 32nd out of 43 states when it comes to access to quality pre-K for 4-year-olds, and 36th for spending. Those rankings largely remained unchanged from the previous year.

Ohio Students Prepare For More Walkouts Friday

Apr 19, 2018
Photo of students walking out after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida
Nick Evans / WOSU NEWS

Ohio students are once again preparing to walk out of their classrooms in support of stricter gun laws.

The Friday walkouts, protests and marches will mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, where 13 people were killed.

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 ECOT vs. ODE hearing
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

What was once the state’s largest online charter school has been shut down since January – after saying it couldn’t pay the bill the state says it owes for over-counting students. But the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is still trying to win at least one battle in its ongoing legal war with the state.

Ohio’s College Credit Plus Gets More Restrictive

Apr 12, 2018
photo of A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

Ohio high school students who want to take college courses on the state’s dime will have some additional restrictions to consider starting with the summer term.

Friday is the deadline for students at Ohio private schools or homeschoolers to apply for the state’s College Credit Plus program. Public school students faced an April 1 application deadline.

The program allows high school students to work on college degrees before they receive their diploma.

Ohio Educational Score Levels Off in National Exam

Apr 11, 2018
ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

National test scores show achievement growth has largely leveled off for Ohio students, much like the rest of the country. 

The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, exam is given every two years to 4th and 8th graders. The test has measured student progress across states since the 1990s.

But in Ohio last year, there wasn’t much progress to be measured. Scores for Ohio 4th and 8th graders largely mimicked 2015 results, which national test administrator Cindy Carr says was also true for the country.

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The Ohio Board of Education is moving forward with the creation of statewide guidelines around the social and emotional learning of students. The Board voted Tuesday to create an advisory group to write standards for Ohio classrooms. Board Member Stephanie Dodd says the standards will serve as a central resource for teachers and administrators. They’ll focus on the age appropriate ways to teach children about tough topics like drug addiction, suicide prevention and bullying. 

Ohio Schools Stock Overdose Reversing Drug

Apr 11, 2018
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The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory, encouraging more Americans to carry the overdose reversing drug naloxone. It comes in the form of an injection or a nasal spray, known as Narcan, and is regularly carried by firefighters, EMTs and police officers. The antidote is also becoming more and more common in Ohio schools.

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A national review of high school graduation requirements shows Ohio is providing students with a well-rounded education, but not necessarily at the quality researchers say is needed to succeed in a state college or career. 

 

A photo of banners at Youngstown State University.
ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

Students at Youngstown State University are casting ballots this week on whether to impose a new fee in exchange for increased access to healthcare on campus.

The $34-a-semester fee was proposed by university officials to the university's Student Government Association earlier this year. It voted in February to include the initiative on its April election ballot.

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For the second time in the last two years, a bill in the Ohio Legislature would push back the start date for K-12 schools until after Labor Day. A new survey, funded by the Ohio Travel Association, shows voters support that plan. 

photo of Matthew Wilson, University of Akron
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The University of Akron’s president will step down from the position after two years leading the university.

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ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

An Ohio State University researcher says one in five teachers do not report incidents of violence they experience in their classroom. While the statistic may be alarming, the lack of data available about the issue is a bigger concern for academics. 

University of Akron President Matthew Wilson
University of Akron

University of Akron president Matthew Wilson announced that he will be stepping down from his role on July 31.

The announcement Thursday morning came in a letter to the campus community. 

He says because of, "a host of personal and family considerations," he will return to the law school faculty.

A photo of Isaiah Butchart and his classmates practicing painting the mural they'll paint in a Puerto Rican elementary school when they travel to the island to volunteer over their spring break.
ASHTON MARRA / IDEASTREAM

A group of Cleveland students and teachers are headed to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts, six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. 

The group of six students and four educators from Lincoln-West High School will spend a week in southern Puerto Rico, volunteering at a local elementary school and orphanage.

photo of the Ohio Board of Education
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Thousands of Ohio students held demonstrations Wednesday pushing for stricter state and federal gun laws in order to make their schools safer, but one Ohio Board of Education member says school security issues should be handled at the local level.

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More than 100 teenagers at Rocky River High School joined thousands of their fellow students across Ohio  Wednesday who observed 17 minutes of silence in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.  There, the demonstration was about more than just the victims.

photo of Jacy Guider, Moriah Payne, Kaitlyn Kiska
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Several schools in Northeast Ohio warned of consequences if students participated in today’s walkout against gun violence. But as WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, some districts unofficially sanctioned the protests.

Room with speaker, audience
Andy Chow / Statehouse News

A House panel listened to hours of testimony against a plan that would overhaul the state’s education system. The proposal would consolidate departments into one large education agency that would answer directly to the governor. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, many of the people lined up to speak against the bill are parents who homeschool their kids.

photo of Ohio Department of Education
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Board of Education has approved a resolution against an Ohio House bill that would place most of the board’s responsibilities under a new entity in the governor’s office.

The state Board of Education voted in favor of a resolution saying they strongly oppose H.B.  512.

Many high school students around Ohio will join their peers around the country in walking out of class on Wednesday to protest gun violence, and the lack of legislation action around the issue.

But at least one Ohio district plans to discipline students who participate.

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