Ohio education

The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal. Republish photo only with original story.)

Ohio Department of Education leading quiet policy analysis revolution

BY: - December 1, 2023

Last month, I attended the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Fall Research Conference. This is the ultimate wonk conference — more than 2,000 policy analysts and researchers convening in Atlanta, Georgia to talk about the most recent research on topics of public policy. I go to this conference because I’m interested in what […]


From anti-trans bills to attacks on education, gerrymandered Ohio lawmakers push more extremist laws

BY: - November 21, 2023

Even after the year we’ve had with corrupt state politicians trying to con us out of our most fundamental rights, they continue their devious streak. I know you’re exhausted with Ohio politics under gerrymandered authoritarians, but knowledge is power so pay attention. The same scoundrels who blew $18 million in taxpayer money to wrest majority […]

Ohio House passes bill that GOP says promotes free speech in classrooms. Educators disagree

BY: - November 17, 2023

The Ohio House passed a bill that Republicans say supports free speech in the classroom, but Democrats and educators disagree.  House Bill 214 would mandate school districts to establish policies that ban teachers, students and those applying for jobs from adhering to a certain political or ideological belief. The policies would be publicly available.   State […]

Ohio’s State Board of Education sets new timeline to pick state superintendent

BY: - November 15, 2023

Ohio’s State Board of Education hopes to pick a new superintendent by Christmas.   After pausing their search due to last month’s litigation, the search firm Ray & Associates will reopen their superintendent application search on Wednesday.  State board of education members voted to approve a new timeline for the superintendent search during Tuesday’s meeting.  Here […]

Ohio sets goals to attack school absenteeism

BY: - November 1, 2023

A task force made up of school district representatives, advocacy groups and even juvenile court staff released recommendations on how the state of Ohio can improve student attendance. The group, who worked with members of the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce as well, said chronic absenteeism was “a growing issue” before the COVID-19 pandemic […]

The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal. Republish photo only with original story.)

Judge rules overhaul of Ohio K-12 education can begin, DeWine names interim education director

BY: - October 20, 2023

Control over Ohio K-12 education can officially start to transfer to Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration after a month-long battle in court.  Retired Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye denied a preliminary injunction request to stop the transfer of power of K-12 education from the state school board to the governor’s office on Friday, […]

Ohio AG lawyer for plaintiffs disqualified from education lawsuit after giving advice to the defense

BY: - October 11, 2023

An Ohio Attorney General lawyer for state school board members in their ongoing lawsuit to stop a massive transfer of power over K-12 education from the board to the governor’s office was found by the court to be giving legal advice to the defense counsel, also a member of the Attorney General’s Office. Chief Counsel […]

The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal. Republish photo only with original story.)

Despite Ohio State Board of Education President canceling meeting, 11 members met anyway

BY: - October 11, 2023

After Ohio’s State Board of Education President Paul LaRue initially canceled this month’s meeting, 11 members went ahead and had a meeting anyway Tuesday, saying they have an obligation to continue their duties while a law transferring much of their power to the governor’s office remains blocked by a temporary restraining order. LaRue notified board members […]

‘Legacy of neglect’ showcased in Ohio schools report

BY: - October 6, 2023

A report from an Ohio think tank examined the new budget changes and private school voucher impacts on public schools over the last year. Research from Policy Matters Ohio said divestments from public schools at the state level “hurt public school students everywhere – especially those in rural counties.” Furthering study of the impact the […]

The Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal. Republish photo only with original story.)

Plaintiffs say restraining order should have stopped Ohio K-12 education overhaul from starting

BY: - October 4, 2023

Plaintiffs are arguing that the temporary restraining order in the lawsuit that seeks to block a transfer of power over Ohio K-12 education should have stopped that transfer from starting. After an all-day preliminary injunction hearing on Monday, Franklin County Magistrate Jennifer Hunt ruled that the temporary restraining order blocking lawmakers’ attempts to overhaul Ohio’s […]

“Reading is a basic right.” Ohio parents of dyslexic students see benefits of science of reading

BY: - April 25, 2023

Joy Palmer remembers how her daughter Dey’Leana used to memorize books when she was in elementary school in an attempt to hide the fact that she couldn’t read. Dey’Leana, now 18, reads at a fourth grade reading level. The junior at South High School in Columbus City Schools was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was […]

Gov. Mike DeWine highlights education components of his proposed budget

BY: - March 22, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talked about the various education pieces of his proposed budget to Ohio school board members Tuesday morning at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square.  DeWine talked about school funding, literacy, career tech schools, and higher education at the State Legislative Conference, which included the Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association […]