Peggy Lehner

Andy Chow

A state senator wants to toss out the idea of expulsions for kids who are in third grade or younger. The lawmaker says this can go a long way to closing the achievement gap for disadvantaged students.

The bad grades for many school districts latest round of report cards has upset some parents and school officials. And now they’ve angered a state lawmaker who says he’s writing a bill to change the report cards. 

Andy Chow

Some 47,000 of Ohio’s high school juniors are in danger of not meeting a set of tough new graduation standards for next year. And the state school superintendent says he’s pleased that the Senate version of the budget will likely include an alternative for those students.

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Next year’s graduating high school senior must get a good score over seven different final tests or on a college entrance exam, or earn an industry credential. As many as 47,000 high school juniors are potentially on track to fail to meet those standards. An amendment that may be attached to the budget in the Senate seeks to help those students.

Andy Chow

High schools around the state are facing a crucial dilemma as about a third of students are not on track to graduate. That’s based on the new graduation standards that begin with the class of 2018. Now leaders are moving quickly to find a way to remedy the approaching crisis.

Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich has cut income taxes in all three of his state budgets, and has proposed a 17% income tax cut in his final one. But state lawmakers are working on the new state budget right now, and are looking at state tax revenue coming in below estimates. And even Kasich’s Republican colleagues in the legislature are showing signs that they’re concerned about what they’re seeing.

Karen Kasler

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release its state school report cards Thursday morning and state leaders are telling parents, students and educators to brace themselves for significantly lower than usual grades. 

The embattled online charter school, ECOT, is flooding the airwaves with commercials to rally support and hit back against the state education department. 

Karen Kasler

Charter school advocates and education leaders are sounding off on a big proposal from a charter school supporter to change the way e-schools are funded. Auditor Dave Yost is calling on lawmakers to base dollar amounts to student achievement.

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

All of the female members of the Ohio Senate – Republicans and Democrats – are backing a bill that would require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.