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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

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W. Va. Judge Denies Teachers Unions’ Bid To Halt In-person Learning


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has denied an attempt by teachers unions to halt the state’s mandate to reopen more classrooms during the pandemic. Kanawha County Judge Carrie Webster on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order that sought to reverse the resumption of in-person learning in all 55 counties. The two largest… Read More

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Ohio’s K-12 School Employees Will Begin Getting COVID-19 Vaccines Thursday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s K-12 schools will begin vaccinating their employees later this week. But the schedule for shot clinics is based on vaccine accessibility. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says one school district will begin getting shots Thursday and others are scheduled for next week. “They should know that and should have been… Read More

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Ohio Loosens K-12 Quarantine Restrictions For Students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio students in K-12 schools no longer have to quarantine if they’re considered a close contact of another student who’s tested positive for COVID-19. For the first months of the school year, students were sent home for 14 days if they spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

DeWine: Teachers, School Staff Will Be Next In Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

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Updated: 5:02 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state will provide vaccines to school staff in early 2021 to encourage a return to in-person learning, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday. Any school moving from remote to in-person learning will have access to vaccines for adults working in the buildings… Read More

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Finance Committee Chair: Ohio School Funding Overhaul Is Dead In Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A key Republican lawmaker says the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan that passed the House overwhelmingly is dead in the Senate. Senate Finance Committee chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said he applauds those from both parties who spent years on the Cupp-Patterson plan, which was discussed extensively before being formally introduced in… Read More

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Athens Schools Temporarily Shifting Back To Virtual Instruction After Holidays

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City Schools will shift back to full remote instruction for the first three weeks of January after students return from winter break. The change is in response to the growing COVID-19 caseload in Athens County, including several cases involving teachers, staff and students over the past couple of weeks in… Read More

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School Funding Bill Sponsor Hopes To See It Passed Before He Leaves Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he’s hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month.  The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday. Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) got two-thirds of… Read More

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New Senate Plan For Ohio’s Ed Choice Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. The Senate’s President-elect is proposing a… Read More

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Athens City School District Plans Gradual Return For Some In-Person Instruction

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City School District will begin to bring students back into the classroom gradually after beginning the semester with complete remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to board members, administrators, faculty, and staff Wednesday morning, Superintendent Tom Gibbs outlined a draft of the plan. October 12-16 Preschool October… Read More

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DeWine Predicts More COVID-19 Cases As Schools Reopen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is already seeing an increase of of COVID-19 cases as schools and colleges bring students back to campus. “Schools are going to have positive cases because they’re in the community, and they reflect the community,” DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. The Ohio Department… Read More