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Document Review Slows State Lawsuit Against E-school Founder

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A review of thousands of documents is delaying a state lawsuit aimed at recouping millions of dollars from the founder and leaders of what was once Ohio’s largest online charter school. Lawyers for the defendants tied to the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said they located about 50,000 new documents the… Read More

Amy Obhof has been teaching social studies for 13 years. She enjoys mixing her love of art into her lessons.

Number of Schools in Ohio’s Biggest Voucher Program Soars Under New Rules

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Ohio’s public schools could lose millions of dollars to private schools through an expansion of the state’s biggest voucher program. New rules on criteria for the EdChoice program in the most recent budget have increased the number of school buildings considered “failing” by more than 400 percent. Last year, 238 buildings were considered failing. That will be… Read More

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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