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Gov. DeWine signs a bill allowing armed school employees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under a bill signed into law Monday by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must… Read More

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In late night, last minute move, Ohio House passes ban on transgender athletes in girls sports

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It was after 11 p.m. Wednesday when members of the Ohio House of Representatives voted to attach an unrelated, controversial amendment to a bill that provided resources and mentorship opportunities for new teachers. That education bill had bipartisan support until the amendment, which would prevent trans athletes from participating… Read More

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More than 3,000 school voucher applications approved in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say more than 3,000 applications for nonpublic school vouchers have been approved in West Virginia and more are being reviewed. A spokesman for the state Treasurer’s Office told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the agency had approved 3,010 applications as of Friday and had another 469 applications that were still under… Read More

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Steve Dackin selected to lead the Ohio Department of Education

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state board of education voted to appoint Steve Dackin as superintendent of public instruction at the Ohio Department of Education. Dackin, the former vice president of the state board of education, got the job with a 14-4 vote among the board members. Before applying for the position, Dackin… Read More

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The education culture war is raging. But for most parents, it’s background noise

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Math textbooks axed for their treatment of race; a viral Twitter account directing ire at LGBTQ teachers; a state law forbidding classroom discussion of sexual identity in younger grades; a board book for babies targeted as “pornographic.” Lately it seems there’s a new controversy erupting every day over how race, gender… Read More

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona delivers remarks in Washington, D.C., in January

The student loan pause has been extended until the end of the summer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is again extending the moratorium on federal student loan payments, interest and collections, this time until summer’s end, Aug. 31. The U.S. Department of Education also unveiled a plan to reset the roughly 7 million borrowers who are in default, using the pandemic pause… Read More

Student loans are burying borrowers.

How the student loan safety net has failed low-income borrowers

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Updated April 1, 2022 at 9:28 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A federal program intended to help low-income student loan borrowers, and eventually offer them debt cancellation, has failed to live up to its promise, an NPR investigation has found. More than 9 million borrowers are currently enrolled in income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, which… Read More

Students play at recess on an outdoor court at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on March 07, 2022 in New York City.

Two years ago schools shut down around the world. These are the biggest impacts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Two years ago this month, schools closed their doors in 185 countries. According to UNESCO, roughly 9 out of 10 schoolchildren worldwide were out of school. It would soon be the biggest, longest interruption in schooling since formal education became the norm in wealthier countries in the late 19th century. At… Read More

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An updated measure in the Ohio House would ban required teaching of systemic racism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Neither the state nor school districts could require or compel Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or “the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities.” That’s according to the latest version of a bill introduced Wednesday in the Ohio House restricting how the topic of racism… Read More

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More than half of teachers are looking for the exits, a poll says

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Teachers are picking up slack for absent colleagues. They’re covering for unfilled positions. And 55% of them say they will leave teaching sooner than they had originally planned, according to a poll of its members by the nation’s largest teachers union. The National Education Association poll, conducted in January, helps quantify… Read More

Masked students sit in a classroom at Worthington Kilbourne High School near Columbus in March 2021

Ohio changes COVID policy for reporting cases in schools and might make other changes soon

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health has changed the way K-12 schools should notify parents about COVID cases in their buildings. ODH Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said it is not worthwhile for schools to alert parents of individual cases of COVID in classrooms or buildings anymore. “The quick spread of… Read More

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Starting in 2024, U.S. students will take the SAT entirely online

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The SAT, a college admissions exam long associated with paper and pencil, will soon go all-digital. Starting in 2023 for international students and in 2024 in the U.S., the new digital SAT will shrink from three hours to two, include shorter reading passages and allow students to use a… Read More

A classroom is seen at the new East Elementary school, in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Lawmakers are looking to help Ohio kids who lost academic ground during the pandemic

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s education leaders say they know some kids lost ground when most of the state’s schools went to remote learning in the early days of the pandemic. And since then, a lot of effort has gone into making sure schools can keep kids in the classroom. Some schools have installed… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Husted defends Ohio private school voucher program facing legal challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) said the EdChoice voucher program began as a way to help students in struggling school districts and he said it’s still effective today. Husted, who was Ohio House speaker when EdChoice passed in 2005, said families continue to support the vouchers today. “When we… Read More

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Ohio schools group says bill to require all curriculum to be posted online could be a problem

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s schools would be required to post curriculum, lesson plans, reading lists and other material on their websites for anyone to access under a bill that’s been proposed by Rep. Brent Hillyer (R-Ulrichsville). An organization representing the state’s school boards says the idea is good in principle, but making… Read More

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A lawsuit from a group of school districts claims Ohio pupil voucher system is unconstitutional

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit argues that Ohio’s school voucher system is unconstitutional because it’s creating a separate system of funding private schools with public dollars. Vouchers Hurt Ohio is a group of about 100 school districts suing to stop and reverse Ohio’s EdChoice Program. The districts filed a lawsuit in Franklin County court… Read More

A Hollywood, Calif., classroom sits empty in August 2020. At least 3,229 schools around the U.S. announced they were canceling in-person learning as of Monday evening.

Officials are determined to keep schools open, despite omicron

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 7:05 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As the coronavirus pandemic slides into a fifth school semester, there is less appetite than ever among U.S. leaders for schools to go remote, even though cases — and with them, pediatric hospitalizations — are rising. According to Burbio, an organization that tracks… Read More

Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start program

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MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana federal judge has ruled that President Joe Biden cannot require teachers in the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision hands a victory to 24 states that had sued the federal government. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty wrote Saturday the Biden administration unlawfully bypassed… Read More

Federal vaccination mandate poses challenges for local Head Start programs

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WOUB Digital · Federal vaccine mandate poses challenges for local Head Start programs   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The federal Head Start program has ordered any adult who interacts with a student in the program must be vaccinated soon against COVID-19. This has put Heather Wolfe in a bit of a pickle. She oversees the… Read More

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President Biden extends student loan payment freeze through May 1

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — On Wednesday, President Biden announced that pandemic relief for about 41 million federal student loan borrowers will be extended once again until May 1. Loan payments, interest accruals and collections of defaulted federal student loans have all been on hold since the start of the pandemic — first thanks to the… Read More

Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) introduces the G.R.O.W. Act geared towards growing and retaining Ohio’s college student population.

Lawmaker wants Ohio’s workforce to grow with scholarships and tax breaks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) said the G.R.O.W. Act — Graduating and Retaining Ohio’s Workforce — is a multi-pronged approach to ramp up the state’s population. Cross said the state needs to work on policies that bring more people to Ohio and keeps them in the state. The concern is partially… Read More

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How some school districts around the country are coping with staff shortages, other pandemic disruptions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Public schools across the U.S. are taking a break for Thanksgiving after a more traditional fall semester that saw students largely back in their classes in person. But many teachers and staff did not return this year, causing a shortage of teachers, substitutes, bus drivers, custodians and more. In some cases,… Read More

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Ohio House okays lowering training requirements for armed teachers and school staff

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has passed a Republican-backed bill changing the law requiring more 700 hours of peace officer training or 20 years law enforcement experience for teachers and staff who want to be armed in schools. The bill passed on a mostly party line vote and now heads to… Read More