Ohio Department of Education

Criticism of Ohio’s state board of education continues as overhaul is considered

BY: - December 1, 2022

Ohio’s State Board of Education was called dysfunctional and inefficient as lawmakers considered a bill to overhaul it and the entire state department of education, but others also said the bill shouldn’t be rushed. In the two days of testimony this week for a GOP-proposed bill to gut the roles of the board of ed […]

Overhaul of state education system and Board of Education planned under Ohio GOP bill

BY: - November 16, 2022

A new bill introduced by Ohio Senate Republicans on Tuesday seeks to “restructure” Ohio’s State Department of Education, create a new administrative division under the governor’s office, and dramatically reduce the state Board of Education’s duties. This comes after two board members were unseated in last week’s election, one a governor-appointed member before he sought […]

Educators, government officials press for eliminating Ohio’s ‘Third Grade Reading Guarantee’

BY: - October 14, 2022

The Ohio Education Association is urging the Ohio Senate to take up House Bill 497 this fall. If passed, the bill will eliminate the mandatory retention of third graders who do not score proficiently on Ohio standardized literacy tests. Experts cited data and disparities as why the bill should be passed. 

Ohio’s head of K-12 education resigns after less than 1 month

BY: - June 7, 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.   Ohio is left without a state superintendent of public instruction following […]

Ohio ranks low in child spending, national study shows

BY: - May 3, 2022

A study comparing early childhood education in the nation showed reduced pre-school enrollment and stalled spending by the state to help educate young children. The COVID-19 pandemic is still causing issues in education of pre-schoolers, but many of the problems existed before the pandemic exacerbated them, according to the National Institution for Early Education Research. […]

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, […]

School enrollment numbers grim, state superintendent lays out future plans

BY: - January 3, 2022

The Ohio Department of Education is still watching the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic affect the children of the state. Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens had to deliver some grim realities last month to a Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee eager to learn about what the next steps will be for school […]

‘Blended learning’ bill passes committee

BY: - October 20, 2021

A new bill specifying “blended learning” for the 2021-2022 school year has been approved by an Ohio Senate committee. Senate Bill 229 is yet another bill meant to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student success and education, and was favorably passed in Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee on Tuesday. In the […]

Dueling protests take on race theory, state school board members and legislators join in

BY: - September 22, 2021

The Ohio Board of Education met for its September meeting on Tuesday, but outside the building, protesters on both sides of the heated debate over race in education stood in the rain saying their piece. Board members didn’t just attend the meeting inside, however. Dr. Jenny Kilgore took time before the meeting to stand with […]

Interim state superintendent named yet again

BY: - August 23, 2021

A new interim state superintendent will hold down the fort at the Ohio Department of Education, following the departure of the previous interim superintendent. Dr. Stephanie K. Siddens, currently the senior executive for the state’s Center for Student Supports, will take over in September, after current superintendent Paolo DeMaria officially retires. The Ohio State Board […]

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 […]