Education

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to send more state dollars to low-income school districts is great news for Springfield City Schools and Dayton Public Schools. Dayton could see an increase of almost $20 million, or a ten percent bump in state funding. Trotwood could also see a ten percent increase.

Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion budget includes cuts to more than half of Ohio's public school districts, but the superintendent of Springfield City Schools believes the budget will help his and many other districts.

Dr. David Estrop, who's in his final year as the head of Springfield City Schools, says poorer school district's like Springfield get more funding under the governor’s proposal.

Kasich Still Mulling Over Reform For Charter Schools

Feb 5, 2015
Gov. John Kasich still intends to work on charter school reforms for the state's worst charters.
Mark Urycki (StateImpact Ohio)

Just two days after delivering his biennium budget proposal, Gov. John Kasich visited a charter school in Cleveland. The Woodland Hills Village School is a successful elementary charter that is sponsored by the city’s public school. Kasich says he likes that model, but indicated he is still working on a plan to crack down on bad charter schools.

Kasich Budget Trims Aid To Over Half Of Ohio Districts

Feb 3, 2015

More than half of Ohio's public school districts would get less money from the state under Gov. John Kasich's proposed education budget as the administration seeks to adjust the funding formula to better reflect district incomes.

Those cuts come even as Kasich's $72.3 billion, two-year budget increases state foundation funding by $700 million over two years.

The state budget director and superintendent both said the spending blueprint doles out state education aid under a formula adjusted to better reflect a district's wealth.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year budget makes big changes to the formula used to fund K-12 schools. He says those districts that have the highest property wealth and the highest income from taxpayers will get less money from the state.  And he knows that might mean many suburban schools will be flat funded, or even face cuts.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's City of Learners committee officially released its action plan.
City of Dayton Website

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s City of Learners committee has released its action plan.
 

The plan was developed over a year with help from more than 70 educators and leaders.  

The City of Learners committee wants to see more kids in preschool, internships with area businesses, and new afterschool and summer programs.

Mayor Nan Whaley says Dayton Public Schools also needs to focus on recruitment and retention of quality teachers.

Ohio Department Of Education Calls For Reduced Testing

Jan 16, 2015
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The Ohio Department of Education has released a report recommending a cutback in the amount of time spent testing students, which currently averages 20 hours per school year.

The department wants state lawmakers to reduce testing and practice time by 20 percent, eliminate the fall 3rd grade standardized reading test except for students who need them, and eliminate math and science diagnostic tests in the first three grades.

Ohio’s own teacher evaluations add time as well, because students are tested to show how much they learned over a year.  

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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A prosecutor says the former Columbus city schools superintendent will be charged with dereliction of duty in connection with the district's attendance data-scrubbing scandal.
 
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said he plans to file the charge later Monday and confirms that ex-superintendent Gene Harris will enter a no contest plea.
 
The Columbus Dispatch, which first reported the deal Monday, says Harris is expected to enter her no contest plea in court Wednesday.
 

School districts throughout the Miami Valley are working under different rules when it comes to making up snow days.
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The recent weather has forced many school closures and delays. But the rules for how school districts will make up the missed days vary.

All of the nearly 40 public school districts throughout the Miami Valley were closed Tuesday. Most remained closed Wednesday and Thursday as well because of frigid temperatures. This is the second time schools have kept kids at home this winter.

State Pushes For New School Safety Plans

Dec 30, 2014
The Ohio Department of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state.
Ohio Department of Education

The start of the new year brings a new requirement for schools.

Starting Jan. 1 — Ohio schools must create a new safety plan. Administrators have been making these plans for a few years now but the updated versions must follow new parameters laid out by the state. 

As John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education explains, this creates a better standard compared to previous plans.

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