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How Schools Can Help Students Experiencing Racial Trauma

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With protests shining a light on deeply rooted racial inequities, school leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for racial trauma when students return to class. Kadee Anstadt, superintendent for Washington Local Schools, says they’re preparing to make sure students feel safe on a number of levels. She… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State School Takeover Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015. By a 5-2 vote, the court disagreed with the Youngstown City Schools, which said the addition of a 67-page amendment on the… Read More

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WATCH: The Challenge of Distance Learning for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Roughly 14 percent of students enrolled in U.S. public schools receive special education services. As families across the nation grapple with home learning, what are the particular challenges the parents of these children face? NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff reports and talks to Selene Almazan of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates,… Read More

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Feedback from Businesses Led DeWine to Reverse Ohio’s Mask Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses. According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule. “You are asking us… Read More

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WATCH: School Closures Leave Homeless Students Even More Vulnerable

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There are more than 1.5 million homeless public school students in the United States. But with many of those young people relying on school for safety, stability and food, the mass closures of school buildings all over the country due to the coronavirus have left them even more vulnerable than before. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green… Read More

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W.Va. School Will Remain Closed for Rest of Year, Due to Coronavirus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVPB) — After holding out for weeks on making a decision, Gov. Jim Justice said today that schools will be closed for the rest of the year. The announcement was made at his daily virtual press conference. He said if state workers are going to continue to work remotely, he can’t in good… Read More

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Ohio K-12 Students to Continue Learning Remotely for the Rest of the Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio schools will continue teaching students remotely for the rest of the school year. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the decision Monday, two weeks before his school closing order was set to expire. DeWine said parents, teachers and school administrators expressed concerns about the virus and continuity with just a few weeks… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

DeWine Extends Order to Close Ohio Schools Through May 1

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Gov. Mike DeWine has extended his order to close all Ohio K-12 schools from April 3 through May 1. And he’s hinting that another extension is possible. DeWine said he extended the order to give families a heads-up. “We want to take this kind of one chunk at a time, because we don’t know exactly where we’re… Read More

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Trimble Local Schools Provides Broadband Hotspots for Families Without Internet Access

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GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — The Trimble Local School District is providing internet access to students who do not have an internet connection at their home. John Hurd, superintendent at Trimble Local Schools, said the district purchased 12 Verizon Wireless hotspots for families in the district. Trimble began distributing the hotspots on Thursday, March 26. Hurd… Read More

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Athens City Schools Adjusts Remote Instruction Tech Delivery Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced it has adjusted the delivery plan for students to receive the necessary technology for remote learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Superintendent Tom Gibbs, they are asking families to come to one of three locations for a drive-through Chromebook pickup… Read More

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3-week School Closure Begins; Election Day Prep Underway

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is making final preparations for the Tuesday primary as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered curbside absentee ballot drop-off stations at county boards staffed with bipartisan teams on Tuesday. Children accompanied by parents and grandparents began picking up to-go meals at designated schools as at… Read More

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Coronavirus School Closures Send Teachers, Parents Scrambling To Adjust

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School systems across the Ohio Valley are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by canceling face-to-face classes and extending spring breaks. That’s left teachers, administrators and parents scrambling to meet the unexpected challenges to care for, feed, and educate children while they are away from school. Ashley Blankenship has two school-age children in Athens, Ohio. One… Read More

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Coalition says Spending Money on Kids Early Can Pay Off Big in Future

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A group of advocates working on education, health care, trauma prevention and early intervention for young children has launched a new campaign to encourage investing in programs earlier than ever before.  It’s aimed at the more than 545,000 kids three and younger who are living in Ohio – half in poverty. “When you have a… Read More

State schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria speaks at a press conference in 2018.

Students Taking State Math, English Tests Must Be “Competent” – Not “Proficient”

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Spring is coming, and so is state testing season in Ohio’s schools. And next week, the state school superintendent and the Ohio Department of Education will set minimum scores for students to show competency in Algebra 1 and English II – but they won’t  be required to be proficient. State tests have always had five areas… Read More

Laura Jones, who chairs the citizens committee that works to pass levies in the Hudson City Schools, hands a bagged lunch to Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport), who chairs the conference committee hearing the changes to EdChoice.

Public, Parochial Schools Sound Off at Holiday Hearing on EdChoice Vouchers

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Lawmakers and school leaders would normally have Presidents Day off, but instead they spent it at the Statehouse, as testimony on changes to the EdChoice private school voucher program went on. Most of the witnesses were firmly in one of two camps – public schools or parochial schools. The rare Presidents Day hearing was a… Read More

Associations representing Ohio's superintendents, school treasurers, and school board members push their support for the House voucher plan at the Ohio Statehouse.

School Officials Back Ohio House Voucher Plan

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Ohio’s major school associations representing superintendents, school treasurers, and school board members are backing the House plan to phase-out the voucher program known as EdChoice. The Ohio House passed legislation that would grant vouchers based on a family’s income instead of basing vouchers off of a school building’s academic performance. There are 1,227 public school buildings set to be… Read More

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CHIP Info Session


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The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is a research-tested lifestyle intervention designed to prevent, arrest, and facilitate the reversal of many common chronic diseases. This program provides support to individuals who are motivated to build long-lasting lifestyle habits that address the root causes of chronic disease.

Aaron Baer, President, Citizens for Community Values

Lawsuit Filed Against State Over Recent Changes to EdChoice Program

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A suit has been filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by families who are affected by the legislature’s recently imposed 60-day moratorium on vouchers for the state’s EdChoice private school program. The President of Citizens for Community Values, Aaron Baer, says he represents parents and private schools who have been harmed by the law pushing… Read More