Education

Andy Chow

The Senate seemed to be poised to move forward on a bill that would crackdown on online schools with bad attendance records. But a possible political maneuver may slow it down. 

Karen Kasler

The state wants Ohioans to speak out on what they want students to learn in school.

Karen Kasler

There’s been an opening at the Ohio Department of Education since the end of last year, and so far, it appears no one has applied to become the new state school superintendent.  But the president of the board that will pick that person says he’s not concerned.

Andy Chow

While state lawmakers just passed a sweeping reform of the state’s charter school system, one senator says more can be done to improve online charters. 

Higher education officials are pushing for stronger partnerships among colleges and universities to make costs more affordable for students.

Just months after state lawmakers passed a sweeping reform of Ohio’s charter school system, they could soon be considering a proposal that could weaken one of the measures. 

As people around the state continue to study the latest school report cards released by the Department of Education, there seems to be at least one area causing some confusion. 

State of Ohio, Ohio Public Television

Some Democrats and critics of the state's school district grade cards say they should have never been released this year since the test used to formula those grades has since been scrapped. But not everyone agrees.

Karen Kasler

Report cards are out for Ohio’s schools – and they show a big drop in the number of “A” grades on student performance on statewide tests. Some critics say they show serious problems with those tests.

A statewide teachers’ union is putting out an alert for educators to lookout for illegal grading schemes. 

Andy Chow

A high-ranking state official is blasting as “inappropriate” a reported deal between the Ohio Department of Education and those involved in a school data scrubbing scandal. 

Last year, frustrated parents spurred a movement by pulling their kids out of the annual standardized tests. That movement has prompted state education officials to release more information with this year’s school report cards. 

The Ohio Department of Education is working to keep a $71 million federal grant for charter schools. And the agency is saying Ohio has a lot more failing charter schools than it initially claimed.

Andy Chow

With Ohio’s failing charter schools getting most of the attention, the state’s more successful charter schools say they’re struggling to attract good quality teachers. 

Several districts are taking a unique approach to explain their frustration with the way charter schools are funded. 

Officials say a new study serves as proof that the gap between low-income school districts and wealthier school districts continues to widen.

Andy Chow

A group of frustrated school administrators say it's time for the state to change the way charter schools get their money. 

The search is on for Ohio’s top schools official and the state department of education wants to know your thoughts on the matter.

Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Each year, the state of Ohio honors the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an oratory contest for kids around the state. And just before the day named for him, the winners come to a downtown Columbus church to perform their essays.

Ohioans around the state are getting a better idea of how their local school districts fared last year. 

Karen Kasler

Thousands of Ohio students are truant every year, and many are expelled because they don’t come to school. A trio of Republican lawmakers have a proposal to deal with the problem.

Andy Chow

2015 was the year Ohio lawmakers worked to overhaul the charter school system while a data scrubbing scandal was playing out at the state’s department of education. 

After a year embroiled in scandal during which a top state education official rigged charter school evaluations, the education department has laid out the way it will evaluate sponsors going forward. 

Karen Kasler

A three-member panel appointed by the outgoing state school superintendent has come up with 22 ideas on how to reform and restore the public perception of Ohio’s troubled charter schools.

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A new study found a large achievement gap between wealthy school districts and districts with many economically disadvantaged students. One group says hunger has a big role to play in this problem.

School districts around the state have been charging fees on kids in sports, music and theatre programs and other activities for years. But some state officials are now raising questions about whether “pay to play” fees are playing fair.

Despite a new test measuring what a student has learned over the course of a school year -- a new study shows there’s still a big achievement gap between low-income school districts and wealthier ones. 

A Republican lawmaker wants to ban schools from charging pay to participate fees schools charge for sports and music programs. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports he’s hoping to get ideas from the public.

Soon after lawmakers passed charter school reform laws, advocates for traditional public schools started suggesting changes in the funding system. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- charter school experts have some thoughts on that.

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