education

Teachers celebrated ‘Appreciation Week’ at home. Then DeWine cut their funding.

BY: - May 8, 2020

John Wells has a purpose for showing his language arts students the movie “Mean Girls” in class. He does so to teach the storytelling device of irony, sharing familiar examples in pop culture: from Batman and Shakespeare.  As such, when the Mt. Healthy High School teacher learned of Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to cut hundreds […]

Hundreds of millions in budget cuts to hit all areas of education

BY: - May 7, 2020

The education parts of the $775 million in budget cuts Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced will cover everything from line items at school districts, to an across the board cut to the state share of instruction in higher education. During a press call on Wednesday, Kimberly Murnieks, director of the state’s Office of Budget […]

Legislators seek delay in school forecasts as cuts to education announced

BY: - May 6, 2020

House Democrats want to give school districts temporary relief from planning their economic future while the state plans multi-million-dollar cuts to education. In a new bill, introduced this week by state Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, and state Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, school districts would have a 30-day extension on submitting the required five-year economic projections.  […]

Ohio schools overcoming challenges, making the best of coronavirus closures

BY: - April 13, 2020

Distance learning and full-time online education have become the new norm for Ohio’s schools as students and teachers adhere to state stay-at-home orders and school closures. The challenges the schools are as diverse as the creativity has been to keep students engaged, and parents informed. “Our teachers probably are working as hard if not harder […]

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‘The biggest feeling is sadness.’ With classes canceled, teachers try to keep teaching

BY: - March 26, 2020

It has already become a stale Facebook meme: “Homeschooling is going well. Two students suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the job.” A week ago it was worth a chuckle; today it more likely elicits a strained, “Tell me about it!” Parents need to be parents, not substitute teachers or digital lesson […]

Ballot issues on hold amid election day confusion

BY: - March 18, 2020

As the pause in the election continues, cities and school districts are left hanging on whether the funding they have asked for from voters will be coming. More than half of the Ohio counties have municipal or school issues on the ballot. In Franklin County, that includes a renovation and improvement bond issue from Columbus […]

Bipartisan bill coming to make charter schools nonprofit, public

BY: - March 12, 2020

Two House members have come together with a bill looking to make charter schools more accountable to taxpayers. The “Community (Charter) School Operator Accountability Act” aims to take for-profit charter schools and require them to become nonprofits, and make records of their spending subject to public scrutiny and audit.  “By removing that profit incentive, it’s […]

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Are vouchers a constitutional entitlement?

BY: - February 28, 2020

During testimony before the Ohio General Assembly Conference Committee on SB 9 (the voucher deal) most of the pro-voucher witnesses claimed they, as taxpayers, are legally entitled to school vouchers. Their line of argument is that they are entitled to vouchers because some of their tax money is sent to the public common school system, […]

The benefits — and challenges — of changing Ohio schools’ start times 

BY: - February 19, 2020

There are consequences to being athletic in the largest school district in Ohio. The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, located in Southeast Ohio’s Monroe, Belmont and Noble counties, covers 546 square miles — almost half the size of Rhode Island.  On a Tuesday earlier this season, the Monroe Central High School Seminoles got out […]

Second conference committee to be formed on EdChoice issues

BY: - February 13, 2020

The Ohio Senate rejected a House overhaul of the state’s private school voucher program Wednesday, sending yet another bill related to EdChoice to a conference committee. Senate Bill 89 was up for consideration at the Senate’s session Wednesday night, but several senators spoke out against the amendments made, ultimately voting down the emergency clause of […]

Supporters: Student religious liberty bill protects all students

BY: - February 12, 2020

Supporters of a bill to further “clarify” students’ rights to exercise their faith said Tuesday that the bill is a protection for those of any faith or no faith at all. House Bill 164 has been under scrutiny since it was introduced, and the criticism by education officials and the ACLU continued after it was […]

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Bills could be in jeopardy after EdChoice amendments added then stripped

BY: - February 5, 2020

The EdChoice voucher program is still being debated in the Ohio legislature, but the amendments created in an attempt to resolve the issue could bring collateral damage for the bills to which they were hurriedly attached. As both the House and Senate deliberated over the private school voucher program, the amendments the chambers proposed were […]