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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Huber Heights School District May Seek Another Levy

Huber Heights City Schools District Superintendent Sue Gunnell said the school board might request an additional property tax levy in May.
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Voters in Huber Heights said no to a school levy for sixth time earlier this month. The Huber Heights City School District is stretching to cover the cost of Common Core.

District Superintendent Sue Gunnell says an extra $4.4 million a year would have meant 14 additional teachers, and the school needs new books and supplies to help teach the Common Core standards. 

“We have not been able to update our instructional materials for quite some time,” she said.

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Education
6:04 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Event Highlights STEM Skills For Students

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman work with DNA from a strawberry during a STEM event on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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The STEM subjects--science, technology, engineering and math--are becoming more important these days. Programs like Wright-Patt’s Starbase push for a hands-on approach to STEM.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman are staring into a digital microscope examining the building blocks of a strawberry.

“It looks like a dragon, kind of, if you look at it at the right angle,” Maney said.

“Like a bird,” Gillman said.

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Election 2014
2:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Seven State School Board Seats In Play This Election

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If you're following politics this year you probably know most of the candidates on the ballot for statewide offices, your congressional district, and maybe a few local seats. But do you know who is running for state school board? Candidates in seven board districts are vying for votes this election. The board exerts considerable influence over education policy, and it just might be worth giving the candidates a look before heading to the polls on Election Day.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Construction Money Approved For 3 Ohio Districts

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The state's school construction agency has approved $164 million in construction and renovation projects for three Ohio districts.

The funding includes $106 million in state dollars and $58 million in local funding under the state school construction formula.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission approval of the projects Thursday marks the second set of school projects to receive funding in the current business year.

The commission was created in 1997 as part of Ohio's response to court rulings that found the state's school funding system unconstitutional.

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Education
11:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Charter School Critics Call For Reform In Property Spending

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Charter school critics are calling on the state to tighten its oversight on these operations when it comes to their property costs. ProgressOhio, a consortium of liberal groups, is putting a spotlight on Imagine Schools, which manages 17 charter schools in the state. ProgressOhio’s Executive Director, Brian Rothenberg, says the schools are locking themselves into expensive building leases with SchoolHouse Finance, which is an Imagine Schools subsidiary.

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