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Changing Course: Federal Grant Fills Gaps In Rural School Funding

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A group of students from South Floyd Middle School had seen the nearby elementary school suffer damage from floods year after year. When they joined the school’s newly formed engineering team, they came up with a low-cost solution. “We’ve designed portable flood levees,” team member Preston Crase explained. The plastic bins are filled with a mixture… Read More

Changing Course: “Tiny House” Project Tackles Big Problems In Coal Country

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The sound of power tools blends with teenage chatter as students clamber around, under, and over a trailer bed that they’re busy turning into a home. They’re part of a project called “Building It Forward,” which has vocational classes building tiny houses as a way of gaining practical skills and new confidence. Just a few… Read More

Changing Course: A School Cooperative Aims To Remake Coal Communities

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Betsy Layne High School serves rural Floyd County in the eastern Kentucky town of Stanville, population 206. Students there produce a video program called “Bobcat Banter” where they usually talk about sports and student life. But early last year “Bobcat Banter” introduced some special guests. “We’re here with Mr. and Mrs. Gates from the Gates Foundation,”… Read More

March Brings New Testing Requirements for Ohio High School Juniors

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ATHENS, Ohio – This spring, all Ohio juniors will take the ACT or SAT test. When House Bill 487 became effective in September, 2014, all high school juniors in Ohio were required to take a nationally standardized test to measure college and career readiness. No cost to students Juniors will take the ACT or SAT at no cost…. Read More

The State of Ohio’s Controversial School Turn-Around Law

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Quality education. It’s what parents want for their kids. Education leaders and state lawmakers say they want the same. Still, many Ohio schools lag behind. In October of 2015, House Bill 70 passed amid controversy as an intervention for the state’s persistently failing schools. The two districts confronting the limits and effectiveness of the law… Read More

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Athens Superintendent Remains On Paid Leave, Investigation Continues

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Six weeks after the Athens City School Board placed Supt. Carl Martin on paid administrative leave after an alleged failure to make required reports by employees of the school district, no formal action has taken place in regards to the leave. The board met Thursday night and were updated on the progress of a review… Read More

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Updated Charter School Regulations Clear Ohio House

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The Ohio House has approved a bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors. The legislation cleared the chamber in a 70-25 vote Thursday. It heads next to the Ohio Senate. It calls for additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school sponsors and… Read More

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House Panel OKs New Charter School Regulations

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A bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared its first legislative hurdle. After extensive debate and several rounds of revisions, the Ohio House Education Committee approved the bill 13-6 Wednesday. A House vote could come Thursday. The legislation requires additional financial, enrollment… Read More

Bill to Eliminate PARCC Moving Through Ohio House


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A bill in the Ohio House may eliminate Common Core-based tests for math and English language arts. State Rep. Andrew Brenner’s legislation would restructure the state’s testing model and get rid of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career exams, better known as PARCC. Brenner, R-Powell, said the tests disrupt classrooms and… Read More