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DeWine Suggests He’s Open to Changing Grades for Ohio’s School Report Cards

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A study by lawmakers of the state’s often-criticized school report cards is due on December 15. And Gov. Mike DeWine is signaling that he’d be ok with lawmakers once again making changes to that system. Report cards assign single letter grades to all districts and buildings based on six factors, including student achievement, graduation rate,… Read More

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Governor Not Yet Embracing School Funding Redistribution Idea

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Governor Mike DeWine is not embracing a school funding reform idea the leader of the Ohio House threw out earlier this week. Earlier this week, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R- Glenford) suggested lawmakers pool local tax dollars in a fund that the state can redistribute to districts based on their capacity to generate tax revenue. Householder… Read More

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Ohio State Says Fiscal 2019 Record Year for Research

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University says it had a record-breaking year for research in fiscal 2019 with nearly $930 million in research expenditures, representing a 6.2% increase from the previous year. The university reported the numbers as part of its submission to the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey, which… Read More

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Top Lawmaker Suggests “Redistribution” of Wealth to Fund the State’s Schools

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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. And he throws out a suggestion that could involve what’s often been called a “Robin Hood” approach. Speaker Larry Householder says some wealthier school districts have high family incomes and business properties that contribute a lot… Read More

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West Virginia High School Graduation Rates Reach High Mark

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education says high school graduation rates have reached the highest level recorded for the state. The department says the rates represent the percent of ninth grade students who graduate with a regular diploma in four or five years. Data from the 2018-2019 school year shows an… Read More

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W. Va. Education Board Puts Charter School Plan Up for Comment

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered implementation of public charter schools, limiting the state to… Read More

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West Virginia Board of Education to Discuss Charter Schools

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is set to discuss charter schools this week. The board will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston. A board policy proposal on charter schools is on Thursday’s agenda. Details of the policy were scheduled for release Wednesday. The board’s agenda says it’s recommended that… Read More

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Ohio University Researchers Getting $3.2 Million to Improve Teacher Training

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Researchers at Ohio University will receive $3.2 million to study a new approach to professional development for teachers. The effort is meant to make teachers better equipped to meet the needs of students with emotional or behavioral issues. Researcher Julie Owens says teachers face a lot of stress in the classroom, which can make it difficult… Read More

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Proposed State Bill Creates Infrastructure for Future Federal “School Choice” Program

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A federal program that could provide $5 billion dollars to private schools across the country hasn’t received the ok from congress yet. But that’s not stopping at least one state senator from introducing a bill to draw down those dollars when and if the program is approved. Republican Sen. Matt Huffman has long supported charter… Read More

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Proposal Offers High School Diploma with Associate Degree in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An education plan under development in West Virginia aims to have some students graduate with simultaneous degrees from high school and community college. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County school system counseling and testing director Jon Duffy says the plan would allow students to attend a community college for free during… Read More