Education

Ohio Senate committee passes dropout recovery funding

BY: - July 6, 2020

A bill originally written to create school violence prevention groups will now also bring temporary financial relief to dropout recovery and prevention e-schools if passed. The Senate Education Committee spent its last meeting before a summer break passing House Bill 123 with an added amendment supported by the governor. The bill was created to require […]

With coronavirus spiking, DeWine praises mask mandate but won’t announce his own

BY: - July 3, 2020

An alarming uptick in Ohio coronavirus numbers continued into the Independence Day weekend. But while Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday praised orders in hard-hit Ohio cities to require masks in public places, he wouldn’t impose one statewide — at least not yet. Due to technical problems, new 24-hour data on the spread of coronavirus were […]

DeWine lays out K-12 reopening plans

BY: - July 3, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine laid out reopening guidelines for state K-12 schools on Thursday, including a mask requirement for teachers, but no such mandate for students. DeWine said it is “the state’s strong recommendation” that children from the third grade on wear face masks, but maintained that local control for school districts will be in […]

School officials, legislators seek way forward without Academic Distress Commissions

BY: - July 2, 2020

Groups from the three Ohio school districts under academic distress commissions met in a virtual town hall calling for the elimination of those commissions Tuesday. Parents, school board members, and state legislators decried the work of House Bill 70, which laid out the role of academic distress commissions (ACD) in taking over school districts considered […]

State data: State contribution to corrections budgets grow as K-12, higher ed take hits

BY: - June 30, 2020

State data shows in the last decade Ohio corrections budgets have grown while K-12 education investment continues a steady decline. In data from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission combining money from the General Revenue Fund, the Local Government Fund, the Public Library Fund and the Lottery Profits Education Fund, primary and secondary education’s annual rate […]

Education officials: Schools need consistency in reopen

BY: - June 29, 2020

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic. Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to […]

Supporters share personal stories on racism as a public health crisis

BY: - June 25, 2020

Sarina Herman’s mom was dying. It wasn’t just from the cancer she had, but from the chemo being used to treat it, and the language barrier her health care providers couldn’t surpass. “There have been times where they had to push her to the back of the line because maybe she didn’t understand English as […]

Coronavirus pandemic has worsened racial disparities in education, lawmakers told

BY: - June 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, a disparity that Congress needs to help rectify, the former education chief under President Barack Obama told lawmakers Monday. “Our education system is fraught with inequities that existed before COVID-19,” John King Jr., who served as Secretary of Education in 2016-2017, told lawmakers on […]

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Legislature considering lowering standards for armed teachers despite failed history of legislation

BY: - June 18, 2020

A piece of legislation that would reduce the amount of training needed to arm teachers in schools has a long history of similar attempts and varied interpretations of Ohio law. Senate Bill 317 is currently sitting in the Government Oversight and Reform committee, the chair of which, state Sen. Bill Coley, is the bill’s sponsor. […]

Amid furor over senator’s comments, colleagues try to get hearings on racism back on track

BY: - June 17, 2020

Comments last week by Ohio Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, are probably the one thing Americans are most likely to know about the Ohio Senate right now.  But while Huffman’s comments were, to put it charitably, racially insensitive, other members of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee worry that the national media response to […]

House Democrats call for more federal aid for public education

BY: - June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats called Monday for more federal aid for education as the nation’s schools prepare to reopen this fall. “Unless the federal government provides immediate relief, it won’t be a matter of whether education funding will be cut, but how deep the cuts will be,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, chair of the […]

Legislator: If schools don’t open this fall, “real chaos” will ensue

BY: - June 15, 2020

In arguing that schools should be able to reopen on their own terms in the fall, a Republican legislator said the state health director shouldn’t be a part of that decision. State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, introduced a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would give authority to local school districts — public, private […]