schools

DeWine signs bill to temporarily ban school COVID-19 vaccine mandates

BY: - July 15, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: It passed on […]

Columbus schools’ fight for taxes on affordable housing spurs state legislation

BY: - March 30, 2021

Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly unanimously passed legislation that would exempt providers of affordable housing for people with substance abuse or mental health disorders from property taxes. Senate Bill 57 comes in response to two rulings from the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. The board recently sided with Columbus City Schools, which argued […]

CDC says it’s OK for students to sit 3 feet apart in classrooms

BY: - March 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have revised their guidance to schools on how far apart students should be spaced in a classroom, now saying desks can be placed 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet to limit the spread of COVID-19. The updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes as schools across the […]

During pandemic, Ohio school district saw mental health hospitalizations surge

BY: - March 3, 2021

Eighty-four students at Hilliard City Schools have been hospitalized for mental health issues during the pandemic, officials say, an estimated fourfold increase over the average year. The district, home to about 16,000 students, has also seen 660 students contract COVID-19, seven of whom were hospitalized with the new disease, according to state and local records. […]

State data shows 25,600 homeless students in Ohio. That number has been increasing annually. 

BY: - January 13, 2020

On any given weekday, about 25,600 homeless students — 1.5% of all enrollees — walked into Ohio’s K-12 schools, according to state data from the 2018-2019 school year. Thirteen years ago, it was 7,560, or 0.5% of enrolled students. The data comes from the Ohio Department of Education, which is required under the 1987 McKinney-Vento […]

Teachers union funds books for Ohio schools, urges State to do the same

BY: - January 8, 2020

What would you do with your piece of a $50,000 grant to help bring back Ohio’s school libraries? Teachers in a Parma school hope to educate middle schoolers about dyslexia, to better understand the challenge some fellow students face. Teachers in Franklin County want to provide bilingual books and expose students to a more diverse […]