The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, or CTC, is one of three area schools set to receive awards Monday from Gov. Kasich's $250 million Straight A Fund project. The money allows schools from around the state to compete for grants designed to award innovative ways of learning and teaching.
The idea of this grant is to turn CTC into a learning lab for energy education.
Students will have hands on experience doing energy auditing, which means students will learn how to make buildings more energy efficient by looking at things like poor insulation and leaks.
Last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut prompted schools around the country to assess their safety procedures. School districts are enhancing their safety plans with a mix of training and technology.
To date, roughly 2300 schools in the state have applied for grants to improve safety this year, according to the Ohio School Facilities Commission. One of those is Mad River Local Schools.
A Dayton education initiative called Learn to Earn has been selected for a national partnership. The Lumina Foundation is giving 20 cities up to $200,000 for the project. It's part of an effort to prepare the region for the high paying jobs of the future.
Antioch College recently hired some new faculty members that began teaching this Fall. Among them was Gabrielle Civil, associate professor of performance. This quarter Antioch Word Producer Kijin Higashibaba is taking one of her classes called Storytelling. This class studies the different methods and traditions of storytelling now and throughout history. What you’ll hear this month are three of Higashibaba’s favorite stories she heard from her classmates. Coincidentally all of them were told by women.
College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are facing the daunting question of how to fund their education. Financial aid is down in the state, and student debt is up.
The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change, and while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.