public education

Ohio bill could provide more resources for kids with disabilities to succeed

BY: - August 16, 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.   A new bill introduced in the Ohio Senate could provide more […]

Gov. Mike DeWine addresses arming teachers during school safety event

BY: - August 3, 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.   Gov. Mike DeWine announced millions in state funding for school safety, […]

Bipartisan bill to teach child sex abuse prevention in Ohio schools stalls for fifth time

BY: - March 31, 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.   For the fifth time in 10 years, the bipartisan bill that […]

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Cleveland charter school uses public dollars to fight union drive

BY: - March 25, 2022

Teachers at Menlo Park Academy come to work every day to shape the minds and inspire the dreams of young Clevelanders. They are in the middle of a union drive at the privately operated, publicly funded charter school, which serves gifted students in grades K-8. Management is fighting them every inch of the way. The […]

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GOP take note: Responsible actions ensure an enduring democracy

BY: - March 18, 2022

In President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, there was no surprise in how much emphasis he placed on the plight of Ukraine in fending off the unprovoked attack launched by Vladimir Putin. Biden’s theme was simple: We must protect democracy. In the closing part of his speech, the president said: As some observers […]

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Putin rewrote Ukraine’s history. Ohio Republicans are rewriting American history

BY: - March 16, 2022

Americans are united in denouncing Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, including how he has justified it with a warped view of Ukrainian history and has crushed Russian dissent. Meanwhile, in Ohio, Republicans recently held hearings on legislation promoting a warped view of American history while crushing potential dissent. Unlike Ukrainians, we’re not under deadly assault, […]

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Making it harder to be a substitute teacher might not do what you think

BY: - March 7, 2022

On Monday, Representatives Adam Bird and Don Jones introduced House Bill 583, legislation to tighten regulations on educator licensing for substitute teachers. The bill increases the educational threshold for substitute teachers from a more broad requirement of a “post-secondary” degree to a more specific “bachelor’s” degree while creating some exceptions to this rule. The exceptions […]

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The charter school and voucher wars continue: A tale of two cities, or maybe three

BY: - January 21, 2022

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,” Charles Dickens famously wrote. But if a latter-day Dickens were writing today, the tale might be about foolishness and not wisdom in the misuse of public funds. And the setting would […]

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Public schools, vouchers, privatization, and educational choice: Be careful what you wish for

BY: - September 16, 2021

In the last few months, Americans have witnessed a series of assaults by the political right on key parts of the bedrock principles of democracy. Those attacks include new restrictions on voting rights in more than half of the states, the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by thousands of insurrectionists, and most […]

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Now is the moment to fully and fairly fund Ohio’s schools

BY: and - April 28, 2021

For decades, Ohio’s legislature has spun its wheels trying to “fix” our public schools. They’ve increased standardized testing, based decisions off a school report card system that fails to measure if we are meeting our students’ needs, and finally, when schools or districts fall short on these arbitrary metrics, legislators have harmed them even more […]

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How public schools fail to recognize Black prodigies

BY: - February 17, 2021

Editor’s note: Amid numerous articles about how Black students lag behind others in educational achievement, occasionally you may hear about a young Black “prodigy” who got accepted into college at an early age. According to Donna Y. Ford, an education professor at The Ohio State University, there could be far more Black prodigies. But it […]

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When it comes to public education critics, the Fordham Institute deserves closer scrutiny

BY: and - February 2, 2021

If we remember the Scriptural advice that there is no new thing under the sun, we also might realize there are two things under the sun which aren’t new but are very predictable. Meet, yet again, Halley’s Comet and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. With the comet, we know when it will return and light […]