Education

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. And 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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