The set of education standards known as Common Core is under attack just as schools around Ohio begin to implement it. Hearings began this week on a bill to repeal the standards in Columbus.
The Common Core is a set of benchmarks created by a group of education experts from around the country, including some from Ohio, in 2010. The standards were then adopted by the state along with more than 40 others.
Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools in Lorain County, says a great deal of research went into crafting the standards.
A few dozen school-age students joined a union-backed coalition at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday for a small but vocal protest against “zero tolerance” policies that result in kids being kicked out of school.
The group, which included some students who’d been suspended or expelled from elementary school, held up signs reading “give kids second chances” and “more help less punishment”.
Molly Shack with the Ohio Student Association says the worst stories she’s heard involve suspensions at schools she says are underfunded and under-resourced.
The city of Dayton and the Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) have announced they’re extending the hours for student bus passes. Student bus passes have only been good through 4:30pm; now a $30 monthly pass will last until 5pm, and the $40 pass will be good through 7pm on weekdays.
The city has found transportation is a problem for a lot of kids who want to participate in tutoring and other after-school activities.
Wilberforce University was set to name a new president this week, but the selected candidate turned down the offer, and now a new search is underway.
Dwayne Smith, vice-president of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo, was offered the job to become the school's 20th president at an alumni conference in Memphis. But the head of the Wilberforce Faculty Association, Richard Deering, indicated that Smith balked at the offer after learning he was not the university's first choice.