Origins Podcast
12:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Syria's Islamist Movement and the 2011-12 Uprising

The father of a Syrian general killed in the civil war attends his son's funeral in Damascus in January 2012.
Elizabeth Arrott.

The events of the "Arab Spring" took the world by surprise. Yet, the roots of those rebellions run deep and nowhere more so than in Syria, where the fighting continues to be fierce and deadly. This month, Fred H. Lawson traces the history of one leading force in the ongoing Syrian uprising: the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The Brothers led a violent campaign to overthrow the Syrian regime in the 1970s, but more recently have advanced a platform that calls for liberal reform and constitutional government.

4:18 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ohio Drops Federally Funded Tutoring Program

The Ohio Department of Education is dropping a federally funded tutoring program hit with allegations of fraud and wrongdoing.

The state had overseen the "supplemental educational services" program for students at low-performing schools. The state auditor began investigating after allegations of fraudulent billing and tutoring in unsafe conditions.

Now, districts will decide which tutors to hire and what services are needed, but the state will stop evaluating tutoring groups.

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8:05 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Ohio’s No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved

Ohio is one of eight states that no longer have to meet all the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but with a caveat.

More than a decade ago the No Child Left Behind Act ushered in a new era of education reform, including the requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.  Many states have fought for repeal, calling the law unrealistic.  It remains in place but the Obama Administration has given states a way around some of the requirements, allowing states to apply for waivers.

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8:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Local Students Face Higher Extracurricular Fees

Parents of students across the Miami Valley are higher facing higher fees for their kids to participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities. The Dayton Daily News reports that for the affected districts, the average increase is more than 100 percent.

The Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Valley View and Vandalia Butler school districts are all facing increases. This comes after each announced multimillion dollar cuts to address budget shortfalls.

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6:45 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Ohio State recommends $312 tuition-fees increase

Ohio State is recommending a $312 annual increase in the amount students pay for tuition and fees, or 3.2 percent in additional costs.

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