Education News for 05-22-2013

State Education News

  • Little Miami regains its independence (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Today is Independence Day for the financially embattled Little Miami Schools. Once Ohio’s poster child for school district monetary woes, the Warren County school system will be autonomous…Read more...

  • Coleman, Gee pitch Columbus school proposal to legislators (Columbus Dispatch)
  • State legislators drew attention to academic failures of the Columbus school district and to its ongoing data scandal last night in the first talks over a bill that…Read more...

  • Special-needs aides still fighting dismissal (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Two Columbus special-needs aides who were fired last summer are still fighting to get their jobs back. The final day of hearings before the Columbus Civil Service Commission…Read more...

  • Northridge out of fiscal caution, but levy needed (Newark Advocate)
  • The Northridge School District is out of fiscal caution. However, the district will have to renew its 8.86 mill levy by the end of 2014 to remain in the black long term…Read more...

  • As prepared as we can be for Tornadoes (Portsmouth Daily Times)
  • An enormous tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., Monday, killing more…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Families of the victims of Chardon School shooting are suing the United Way over access to Chardon (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • The families of the three Chardon High School students who were killed in 2012 are suing the United Way of Greater Cleveland and its Geauga County chapter…Read more...

  • Reynoldsburg takes over charter e-school (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Reynoldsburg school board is taking over the charter e-school that it placed on probation last year…Read more...

  • Groveport Madison levy still losing by 12 votes (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Groveport Madison’s school levy gained four votes but is still behind after elections officials counted provisional ballots and added in an uncounted…Read more...

  • Columbus school board votes to back report of Coleman’s education panel (Columbus Dispatch)
  • A resolution supporting the recommendations of the Columbus Education Commission passed a divided Columbus school board last night, after a lengthy debate that centered largely around whether…Read more...

  • Brunswick school officials close all buildings in response to norovirus (Sun Newspapers)
  • Although symptoms of the condition itself last, in general, little more than 24 hours, a norovirus outbreak at the Brunswick City Schools this past week led to the closer of every building…Read more...

  • Maysville students benefit from early college courses (Zanesville Times-Recorder)
  • Skylar Novaria might achieve his goal of becoming a business manager or CEO sooner than expected because of being a proactive teenager…Read more...

Opposition to voucher expansion has doubled to more than 170

Only a month has passed since we last published the long list of local communities opposing the statewide expansion of vouchers contained in the Governor's budget. But in that short period of time, the number of school districts passing a resolution in opposition has now passed 170.

Here's the list.

Adena local Lorain County ESC
Allen East Local Lordstown Local
Anthony Wayne Local Loudonville-Perrysville
Antwerp Local Louisville City
Athens City Lynchburg-Clay Local
Austintown Local Madeira City
Barnesville EV Mahoning County C&TC
Bath Local Manchester Local
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Marietta City
Belmont-Harrison Vocational Mathews Local
Belpre City Miami County ESC
Berea City Miamisburg City
Big Walnut Local Millecreek West Unity
Bloom-Carroll Local Milton-Union Local
Bloomfield-Mespo Local Minford Local
Bluffton EV Monroeville Local
Boardman Local Morgan Local
Bridgeport Muskingum Valley ESC
Bristol Local National Trail Local
Brown Local Nelsonville-York City
Brown County ESC New Lexington City
Buckeye Local (Jefferson) New Richmond
Caldwell EV New Riegel
Campbell City Newcomerstown EV
Chagrin Falls EV Newbury Local
Chillicothe City Noble Local
Chippewa Local North Olmsted
Circleville City Northern Local
Clay Local Northmont City
Clinton-Massie Local Northwest Local (Scioto
Clyde Green Springs Northwestern Local
Columbiana County ESC Northwood Local
Columbiana EV Oak Hill Union Local
Coshocton City Oak Hills Local
Coshocton County JVS Oakwood City
Coventry Oberlin Local
Crestline EV Ohio Valley ESC
Crestview Local Old Fort Local
Crooksville EV Ottawa-Glandorf
Cuyahoga Falls Parma City
Cuyahoga Heights Put-in-Bay Local
Dublin City Revere Local
East Guernsey Local Ridgedale Local
East Liverpool City Ripley Union Lewis Huntington
Eastern Local (Meigs) River View Local
Eastern Local (Pike) Ross Local
Fairbanks Ross-Pike ESC
Fairborn City St. Clairsville-Richland City
Fairfield Union St. Marys City
Fayetteville-Perry Local Sandusky City
Federal Hocking Local Sheffield-Sheffield Lake
Felicity-Franklin Local Shelby City
Findlay City South Central Ohio ESC
Firelands Local South Range Local
Fort Frye Southeast Local (Portage)
Fort Loramie Local Southern Local
Franklin Local Southern Ohio ESC
Galion City Southington Local (Lucas)
Gallipolis City Springfield Local (Summit)
Garaway Local Southwest Local
Geneva Area City Springfield Local
Genoa Area Local Springfield City
Goshen Local Streetsboro City
Graham Sylvania Local
Grand Valley Local Trimble Local
Granville EV Trumbull Career & Tech
Green Local (Franklin Furnace) Tuscarawas Vlley Local
Greenfield EV Tuslaw Local
Hardin-Houston Local Union Local
Huber Heights City Urbana City
Huntington Local Vanlue Local
Indian Creek Local Vantage Career Center
Indian Valley Local Van Wert City
Jackson City Vinton County Local
James A. Garfield Local Warren City
Jennings Local Warren Local
Kalida Local Washington Local
Kenston Local Washington-Nile
Keystone Local Waverly
LaBrae Local Wayne County Career Center
Lancaster City Wayne Local
Leetonia EV Wellston City
Liberty Local West Muskingum
Licking County ESC Wheelersburg
Lincolnview Local Williamsburg Local
Lisbon EV Yellow Springs EV
Logan-Hocking Local Zane Trace Local
Zanesville City

Education News for 05-06-2013

State Education News

  • Transportation costs squeezing school districts (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Mogadore, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron and Barberton schools have more in common than interconnecting county highways…Read more...

  • Auditor’s focus in records seizure was mostly grade changes (Columbus Dispatch)
  • State Auditor Dave Yost seized records of grade and attendance changes for more than 870 students for his data-tampering…Read more...

  • Ohio's education standards debated (Columbus Dispatch)
  • New math and English standards known as the Common Core are already in Ohio classrooms, even as opposition mounts from groups that include those affiliated…Read more...

  • School funding plan improving (Findlay Courier)
  • Legislators don't often change their minds on important policy issues, but state Rep. Robert Sprague said he did when he learned the details of Gov. John Kasich's school funding plan…Read more...

  • Early start, better finish? (Newark Advocate)
  • As a single mother working full-time, Jessica Dyer doesn’t have much time to work with her 2-year-old daughter, Annabelle…Read more...

  • Health department, school monitor MRSA (Springfield News-Sun)
  • The Ohio Department of Health and the Clark County Combined Health District are working with Springfield school officials to address recent cases of the staph infection…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Transportation disparities put many students walking to school on dangerous path (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Anise Moore had mixed feelings about safety in the rough neighborhood where her kids walk to school…Read more...

  • School levies asking for new money on rise (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • All but two of the 15 school districts in the five-county Akron-Canton area with an issue on the May 7 ballot are proposing tax hikes for homeowners — a request that’s increasingly frequent…Read more...

  • Gay Catholic-school teacher’s firing raises questions (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The firing of a gay Catholic-school teacher by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus raises competing constitutional questions about religious freedoms and civil liberties…Read more...

  • BYOD lets NHS students to bring their own technology to school (Newark Advocate)
  • For the past few years, Brian Stepanic had a sign in his classroom instructing students not to use wireless devices such as cellphones and tablets during school…Read more...

  • State calls East Portsmouth Elementary a “School of Honor” (Portsmouth Daily Times)
  • The Portsmouth City School Board rewarded faculty and staff of East Portsmouth Elementary School with a special luncheon…Read more...

  • Campbell schools receives grant from state (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • The Ohio Department of Education has awarded the Campbell school district almost $120,000 for a 2013-14 elementary school reading program…Read more...


  • Cleveland schools leaders lay out broad transformation ideas (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • It's taken a while to get here, but there's a lot to like in the first draft of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, which aims to turn around 13 failing schools…Read more...

  • Is minimum OK with Elida voters? (Lima News)
  • Administrators at Elida Local Schools are running out of tricks when it comes to offering a quality educational experience on minimal funding…Read more...

Education News for 04-05-2013

Local Education News

  • Ohio superintendent of public instruction presents banners to 3 schools (Coshocton Tribune)
  • Richard Ross, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction, visited a couple classrooms during a stop in the county to present three schools with special Schools of Promise banners…Read more…

  • Avon Lake City School officials receive $1,500,000 tax revenue advance (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • Avon Lake City School officials are relieved after being granted a $1.5 million tax revenue advance from the Lorain County Auditor’s Office yesterday after a late tax payment by NRG Energy Inc.…Read more…

  • Board overturns decision to close Akron Digital Academy (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • A recent vote to close Akron Digital Academy, an online charter school sponsored by Akron Public Schools, was overturned Thursday…Read more…

  • Charter school under scrutiny (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • So many financial and student records are missing from the now shuttered International College Preparatory Academy in Bond Hill that Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost says he questions how nearly $1 million in federal funds was spent…Read more…

  • Toledo Public Schools narrows interim superintendent search to 2 finalists (Toledo Blade)
  • The Toledo Board of Education pared further Thursday its candidate list for interim superintendent of Toledo Public Schools…Read more…

  • Canal Winchester plans April 15 vote on open enrollment (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Canal Winchester could become the third Franklin County school system to open its doors to students living outside the district.…Read more…

  • Taking advantage of a change in state law, Fostoria school administrators are seeking voter (Findlay Courier)
  • Taking advantage of a change in state law, Fostoria school administrators are seeking voter approval of an 8.15-mill continuing levy on May 7.…Read more…

  • Three school tax issues on Seneca County ballots in May (Findlay Courier)
  • Bettsville School District is seeking renewal of a 1 percent, five-year income tax for operating expenses in the May 7 primary.…Read more…

  • Clear Fork puts off drug test vote (Mansfield News Journal)
  • A vote to approve the first reading of the potential new Clear Fork Schools drug testing policy was postponed during a lengthy board meeting Thursday night.…Read more…

  • Takin’ It to the Schools part of Alcohol Awareness Month (New Philadelphia Times-Reporter)
  • As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, Takin’ It to the Schools, a school-based alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention program…Read more…

  • $27M Niles high school set to open next week (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • The new $27 million Niles McKinley High School will officially open to students Tuesday morning.…Read more…

Education News for 03-25-2013

State Education News

  • Before high school, students hearing value of college planning (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Several seventh- and eighth-graders at Ridgeview Junior High School in Pickerington already have started to map out their college plans, which include the University of Florida…Read more...

  • Stomachs growled, so lunch-food limits eased (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Some schools are beefing up cafeteria meals after the federal government ended limits on the amount of meat and grain on their menus…Read more...

  • Schools scrambling to ready for online testing (Lima News)
  • Like others in the region, Delphos schools will be ready when state online testing begins in the 2014-15 school year, but also like many, getting there won’t be easy…Read more...

  • How we got to 612 schools (Newark Advocate)
  • Public education in Ohio dates back to before it was a state, with the Northwest Ordinance putting an emphasis on creating schools to educate children…Read more...

  • Voucher plan concerns some area officials (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • School officials from Trumbull, Mahoning and Ashtabula counties on Friday met with state lawmakers about Gov. John Kasich's school funding plan and its potential impact on local districts…Read more...

  • Frustrated state lawmakers discuss school funding with Valley superintendents (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • Area school superintendents complained in a meeting with state legislators Friday about the proposed cutback of $600 million in public-school funding and the money they have to pay to charter schools…Read more...

Local Education News

  • School bus fleet ages and grows more costly to maintain as state shifts burden to local taxpayers (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • That school bus you see hauling kids down the road might look nice and yellow, but chances are good it’s old, costly and one of the reasons educators are making sacrifices in the education they provide…Read more...

  • Strengthening school security; Sheriff’s office proposes plan to place deputies in county districts (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office wants to work with school districts in townships to periodically station deputies in school buildings…Read more...

  • Licking County schools wary of adding more shared services (Newark Advocate)
  • Every day, students attending Flying Colors Public Preschool learn a variety of lessons, including how to share…Read more...

  • Big districts can lead to bus issues (Newark Advocate)
  • Amanda King has an hour bus ride to and from Philo High School. This senior uses the morning trip to get the remainder of sleep out of her eyes, and the way home is spent in anticipation of getting something to eat before chores and homework…Read more...

  • Perrysburg Schools named Best Community for Music Education (Toledo Blade)
  • Perrysburg School District has, for the seventh year in a row, been selected as on of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation…Read more...

  • Kenston, teachers union without contract, working with federal mediator (Willoughby News Herald)
  • A federal mediator is working with the Kenston Education Association and district administrators to help iron out differences arising in contract negotiations…Read more...

  • Columbiana school board clarifies use of bond funds (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • During a special meeting, the Columbiana school board unanimously adopted a resolution clarifying how the proceeds would be spent if…Read more...


    A new leader for Ohio schools (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

    The swearing-in Monday of Richard Ross as Ohio's new state school superintendent comes at a critical time for state education policy. Pending reforms put a premium on stability and integrity at the top…Read more...

  • Kasich's funding formula fails traditional schools; redrafting by the General Assembly is imperative (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • The Ohio legislature ought to rewrite Gov. John Kasich's flawed school-funding formula to reflect the state's higher priority -- adequate funding of the state's traditional public schools…Read more...

  • Mayor Coleman: Let us help (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Over the past several months, we’ve seen our community come together like never before behind the cause of educating our children…Read more...

  • Promising minds are overlooked (Columbus Dispatch)
  • It’s unfortunate that most of the top high-school achievers who are poor don’t apply to the nation’s most-selective colleges and universities…Read more...

  • Settle on system for measurement of Ohio school performance (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • The problem with labels is they rarely tell the whole story. In the case of the Ohio Department of Education’s newest label, the story of school performance has become muddled…Read more...

Education News for 03-08-2013

State Education News

  • Charter schools decry proposed cuts in state funding (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Charter-school supporters like to tout that the privately operated, tax-funded schools do more to improve student achievement with less money than traditional public schools…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Rotary Club, UA unite to promote child literacy in Akron schools (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Kolaiah White looks comfortable in front of 75 fidgeting third-graders…Read more...

  • Medina school superintendent to give back bonus amid community protest (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • Medina’s school superintendent agreed Thursday to give back a bonus and potential merit raises in his new contract…Read more...

  • Tax ruling may cost county, schools millions (Hamilton Journal-News)
  • A ruling granting a West Chester Twp. hospital a tax exemption for charitable purposes may mean the loss of millions to Butler County and the Lakota Local School District…Read more...

  • Clear Fork student drug test policy updated (Mansfield News Journal)
  • The Clear Fork Board of Education will consider changes to a proposed plan to drug test student-athletes and drivers…Read more...

  • Armed resource officer hired for Sandy Valley schools (New Philadelphia Times-Reporter)
  • As superintendent of Sandy Valley Local School District, David Janofa believes his district is among the safest in the Tuscarawas Valley…Read more...