K-12 education

As teen mental health worsens, schools learn how to help

BY: - April 20, 2022

Story from Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, you can get help by calling the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK. Teen mental health already was deteriorating before the coronavirus pandemic. In the two years since, the isolation, […]

Ohio may cut college degree requirement for K-12 substitute teachers

BY: - April 15, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   It was a struggle even before the pandemic hit, but now, […]

COMMENTARY

When are book bans unconstitutional? A First Amendment scholar explains

BY: - April 15, 2022

The United States has become a nation divided over important issues in K-12 education, including which books students should be able to read in public school. Efforts to ban books from school curricula, remove books from libraries and keep lists of books that some find inappropriate for students are increasing as Americans become more polarized […]

Chasing the promise of equitable education: A Columbus Metropolitan Club forum

BY: - February 10, 2022

What does equitable education mean in America, today and tomorrow? The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum Wednesday afternoon exploring this topic, moderated by Ohio Capital Journal Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt. In a few generations, American students have gone from one-room schoolhouses to attempting to keep up with a global economy moving at the speed of […]

Bus driver shortage stresses rural school districts

BY: - October 14, 2021

By Aallyah Wright, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Weeks into the school year, rural school districts remain especially hard hit by the national school bus driver shortage that gained widespread attention late this summer. Bus routes have been shortened or extended, drivers are working longer hours, and in some cases administrators, mechanics […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Congressional panel hears from educators about how to safely reopen schools

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — A school superintendent from a large Nevada district on Wednesday described how schools there have coped with the pandemic and returned to in-person learning, as members of Congress examined best practices for safe reopening. Jesus Jara, superintendent of Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, told a virtual panel of the House […]

More efforts this fall to legalize sports betting in Ohio? A good bet.

BY: - July 14, 2021

Ohioans will have to hold off from planning their next Buckeyes-Bengals-Browns parlay, but perhaps for not too much longer. Ohio lawmakers did not finalize a proposal on legal sports gambling before departing the Statehouse for a summer break. But it’s a sure bet they will take a close look at the issue upon returning to […]

CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms — with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in […]

Education funding overhaul reappears in final budget draft

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Ohio House’s version of a public school funding overhaul won the day after negotiations ended for the new two-year state budget. The conference committee on the budget bill, comprised of members of both chambers of the Ohio legislature, returned to the so-called “Fair School Funding Plan” after the Senate tried to make its own […]

Ohio House approves transgender sports ban for women’s athletics

BY: - June 25, 2021

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, with Republicans adding an unrelated provision to ban transgender girls from competing in women’s high school and college sports. The last-minute addition of a provision dealing with the transgender sports ban set off a chaotic debate on […]

Sports betting in Ohio takes one more step toward legalization

BY: - June 18, 2021

This time next year, Ohioans could be placing sports bets on Cincinnati Reds games or choosing an underdog to win it all at the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin. That’s if the Ohio House of Representatives quickly follows the lead of the state senate, whose members approved the framework for legalized sports betting earlier this […]