Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Supreme Court: Community schools owed grant funding

BY: - May 20, 2021

A group of community charter schools weren’t given funding due to them by the state of Ohio, according to an Ohio Supreme Court ruling. Horizon Science Academy, which has a system of 17 schools in Ohio along with other schools across the country, sued the state after the Ohio Department of Education determined the community […]

Study shows third-grade English achievement dropped amid pandemic

BY: - February 5, 2021

A study done by political science researchers at the Ohio State University showed a significant loss for third-graders in the area of English Language Arts caused by pandemic learning. The study, released by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs used data from the fall administration of the third-grade English Language Arts assessment in an […]

Ohio Board of Education member speaks on participation in ‘Stop the Steal’ event

BY: - January 14, 2021

An Ohio Board of Education member said she merely walked, prayed and waved her American flag on the trip she organized to U.S. Capitol the day it was breached by insurrectionists. As previously reported by the OCJ, elected board member Kirsten Hill organized a bus trip for a “Stop the Steal” event as part of […]

More emergency funding headed to Ohio schools

BY: - January 12, 2021

More funding similar to CARES Act funding Ohio school districts received earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic is headed to the state. The Ohio Department of Education said they expect to receive money from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund II (ESSERII) “soon,” of which 90% of the funds will go to traditional school […]

COVID-19 cases in schools still grow leading up to holiday break

BY: - December 23, 2020

A Butler County school tops the reported student cases in schools as the state’s districts head into their holiday breaks. Some schools have seen significant case increases in the last month, even with breaks for Thanksgiving and various hybrid online and in-person learning models. Lakota Local Schools reported 357 total cases in the most recent […]

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 […]

With CARES Act funding drying up, Ohio joins nation in finding new sources of child care support

BY: - October 14, 2020

While child care centers are still in need of support to make it through the pandemic, Ohio was not alone in having to find more money beyond federal dollars amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio’s methods of subsidizing struggling child care facilities were part of a national study done by the non-profit think tank Bipartisan Policy […]

Broadband education grants awarded across the state

BY: - September 16, 2020

School districts across Ohio have more money to spend on technology improvements after $50 million in broadband connectivity grants were awarded by the state. The grant money comes from federal CARES Act distribution and is an attempt to help school districts as many of them are starting either completely or partially virtual. School districts and […]

Food stamp benefits available to eligible Ohio schoolchildren attending classes remotely

BY: - September 8, 2020

Thousands of Ohio children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school will soon receive money to buy food through the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced last week. This funding was made possible by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a release said, […]

Education associations say teacher evaluations illogical in COVID-19 school year

BY: - September 4, 2020

Education officials say teachers need to be given a break from annual evaluations that could punish them for a year of COVID-19 uncertainty. Current and former superintendents, along with representatives from teacher’s associations across the state said Wednesday that significant uncertainty still remains as schools go back to various learning modes, and the idea of […]

ODE releases tiered, reduced minimum standards for 2020-2021 school year

BY: - September 1, 2020

The Ohio Department of Education is reducing minimum standards of early learning for the next school year, they announced on Monday. The new Early Learning and Development standards were split up into degrees of feasibility during the 2020-2021 school year. The department also said the reductions are only in place for the current school year. […]

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 […]