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Bill Would Offer Ohio High School Students A Do-Over On Last Year’s Classes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — School administrators are raising questions about a new bill designed to help high school students get back on track following pandemic-related setbacks. The High School Academic Recovery Act would establish the Supplemental School Year Program. This would allow students at all public high schools to retake classes they completed during the 2020-2021 school year…. Read More

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Bill Would Offer Ohio High School Students A Do-Over On Last Year’s Classes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — School administrators are raising questions about a new bill designed to help high school students get back on track following pandemic-related setbacks. The High School Academic Recovery Act would establish the Supplemental School Year Program. This would allow students at all public high schools to retake classes they completed during the… Read More

Summer School Program Helps Students Catch Up After Pandemic Setbacks

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ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) — The Alexander Local School District has launched an ambitious overhaul to its summer education program in response to academic setbacks related to the pandemic. The district’s Summer Recovery Plan is a significant upgrade from previous summer school projects. The improvement was made possible by federal relief funds. School board President Blake… Read More

Sam Campbell (left), a middle school teacher at Nelsonville York, and Cali Sankar, a junior high teacher at Trimble, prepare and assemble an art project called Unity, which was produced by students from multiple schools in the region, in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, June 7, 2021. Unity will be on display on East State Street near the Athens Community Center sometime in June.

Athens County Students And Teachers Team Up To Create Community Mural

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — From rolling hills, to pawpaws, to bricks, to “ditch lilies,” there are a lot of symbols that students think of when they think of Athens County. These ideas, and the communities they represent, will be intertwined in a mural created by local students and teachers. Students’ ideas about their communities are at… Read More

The University of Kentucky won’t yet require the COVID-19 vaccination this fall.

Vaccinate U? Contrary To Health Advice, Most Area Schools Won’t Mandate COVID Vaccine

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Roughly a million students attend college around the Ohio Valley, and the student-age population has an especially high rate of coronavirus infection. That’s why some public health advocates say schools should require that students be vaccinated. However, a review by the Ohio Valley ReSource found that of 400 colleges and universities in Kentucky, Ohio, and… Read More

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Ohio’s School Funding Overhaul Could Be More Expensive Than Estimated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The school funding formula that’s in the latest version of the two-year state budget now being considered by the Ohio Senate will likely cost more than expected. The formula passed by the House last month seeks to calculate state aid based on 60% property values and 40% income in… Read More

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Sneak Peak: WOUB Virtual Screening Of New PBS Kids Show


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Parents, grandparents, teachers and kids are going to love the newest show coming to PBS Kids, and they’ll have a chance to watch a sneak peek with WOUB Public Media. The 30-minute screening of Donkey Hodie will be held virtually on April 29 at 10 a.m. using Zoom. Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s TV… Read More

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Some West Virginia Schools See Spike In Virus Outbreaks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools in West Virginia’s capital and surrounding Kanawha County reported the most coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic on Monday. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said a total of 41 students and three staff members have been affected by outbreaks across seven schools. And in northern West Virginia, officials at… Read More

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Beshear Vetoes Bill Aiming To Create Scholarship Tax Credits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a measure that would allow limited use of scholarship tax credits for private school tuition. He calls it an unconstitutional attack on public education. Public education advocates denounced the proposal leading up to the veto Wednesday. But the embattled bill could still become law if… Read More

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Fired West Virginia Teacher Loses Suit Over Bigoted Posts

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a West Virginia teacher who was fired for her social media posts. Former Huntington High School teacher Mary Durstein made a series of posts in 2017 that ridiculed Black people, Muslims and former President Barack Obama. The Herald-Dispatch reports that she challenged an… Read More

Kids walk to class in the hallway of Worthington Kilbourne High School. All students will be back in the district's schools for in-person learning starting March 22.

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Bill To Change Federal Test Requirements

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill to change the way Ohio does federally mandated standardized K-12 tests this year is on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. The bill also has a change to make sure it isn’t a moot point at the end of the school year. The bill waives federal requirements on tests,… Read More

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After a Generation, Is There Finally a Fix for School Funding?

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KENT, Ohio (WKSU) — In laying out his proposed budget this month, Gov. Mike DeWine specifically said that the state legislature should do the heavy lifting when it comes to school funding. The state Supreme Court has been saying the same thing — for over 20 years. Our education series, “Learning Curve,” examines a $2 billion… Read More

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DeWine Threatens To Stop School Staff Vaccines If Students Don’t Return To Classroom

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is sending a warning to any school district thinking about not honoring its commitment to return to some form of in-person learning by March 1. He said the state might withhold vaccines if they don’t bring kids back to the classroom. DeWine said a large… Read More

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Teachers Union Wants COVID-19 Education Plans To Consider Resources

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — School districts and communities are working on creating plans to improve student success and address the disrupted learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans could include a range of changes such as longer school years and additional tutoring, which could put a strain on teachers. Gov. Mike DeWine… Read More

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Bill Would Allow Firing Of Striking West Virginia Teachers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state senator has renewed an attempt to punish teachers for striking in a state where work stoppages have occurred in two of the past three years. Senate Education Committee chairwoman Patricia Rucker introduced a bill Wednesday on the first day of the regular legislative session that would allow… Read More

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Ohio Senate President Says K-12 Testing Should Not Be Scrapped This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Though most schools are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s not in favor of scrapping required state tests in K-12schools this year, as some lawmakers have suggested. Some state lawmakers have proposed scrapping state mandated proficiency tests for… Read More

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DeWine: Ohio Will Have 1,300 Schools Vaccinated By End Of Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Calling it an “urgent necessity” to return students to the classroom, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says more than 1,300 schools will have their teachers and staff vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the week. At his coronavirus briefing Tuesday, DeWine outlined the state’s strategy for dealing with the education disruptions levied… Read More

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Ohio Public School Enrollment Drops By 53,000 Amid Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State data shows a significant drop in Ohio’s public school enrollment last fall amid the pandemic as widespread use of remote learning led some families to consider other options and some students disappeared from schooling altogether. The Ohio Department of Education says enrollment for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade decreased by about… Read More

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School Teachers, Staff Report Issues Trying To Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 91,000 school teachers and staff around the state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But some educators say they ran into slow and unresponsive system while trying to sign up for the shot. School districts in 12 Ohio counties are able to sign up for the… Read More