K-12

Teachers unions push DeWine to support schools without ‘coerced preconditions’

BY: - January 22, 2021

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution. In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with […]

Majority of K-12 schools agree to in-person schooling by March, per state vaccination condition

BY: - January 20, 2021

As plans form for the vaccination of school personnel, Gov. Mike DeWine said an overwhelming majority of districts have agreed to have at least partial in-person instruction in place by March 1. Public school districts were surveyed by the state asking whether they would be willing and able to conduct in-person classes by March 1 […]

Ohio Education Association urges statewide suspension of in-person classes

BY: - December 8, 2020

The state’s largest public schools union is asking that all public schools suspend in-person instruction until mid-January “in light of the alarming explosion in community spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks.” The Ohio Education Association said in a statement that they plan on calling “state leaders and school districts” to discuss a new plan […]

Survey shows teacher concerns as school districts struggle with pandemic

BY: - August 11, 2020

Ohio teachers have made themselves clear: They worry greatly about the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.  They acknowledge the challenges of remote learning are plentiful. They understand the potential social and emotional impact to young students being stuck at home rather than at school with their classmates. However, their health fears of the virus […]

Ohio’s K-12 public schools got cuts. Private, charter schools got cash.

BY: and - July 9, 2020

Ohio educators were at home celebrating “Teacher Appreciation Week” in May when they learned cuts would be made at every public school district in the state. These cuts came just as hundreds of private and charter schools in Ohio were approved to receive millions of dollars from the federal government to keep their workers on […]

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 […]

Student religious liberty bill passes Senate, heads back to House with COVID-19 amendments

BY: - June 11, 2020

Update 6/11/20 The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 164 with all the amendments added in the Senate. A bill originally introduced to expand student religious expression in schools was unanimously passed Wednesday by the Ohio Senate with numerous COVID-19-related amendments impacting schools next fall.  The bill was considered twice this week in the Senate […]

Legislators ask for increased public school funding in next appropriations bill

BY: - June 8, 2020

The members of the Democratic caucus of the Ohio Legislature are calling on their U.S. Congress counterparts to bring more funding to the state’s public school systems. In a letter sent this week to the Ohio Congressional Delegation, the state legislators asked that U.S. representatives and senators push for education funding in the next appropriations […]

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 […]

Catching our eye 12.4.19

BY: - December 4, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. We will publish this section in The Rundown as well. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: Out of darkness comes […]