The Springfield School Board voted Thursday night to suspend pay-to-play fees for student athletes. The suspension of fees will be for three years and families who have already paid fees for this year will be reimbursed.
Superintendent Dr. David Estrop says the district's decision to suspend fees for three years is due in large part to the community’s support in May of a 2.2-mill bond levy. Athletes have been paying up to $150 to play sports at the middle and high school levels.
Across the state Head Start programs are grappling with the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Head Start is an early childhood education program that serves low-income and at-risk families. The across the board spending cuts that went into place last March are forcing these programs to cut their funding by over 5 percent. WYSO Community Voices Producer Kijin Higashibaba reports on how this cut will affect Head Start programs in the Miami Valley.
WYSO Public Radio was founded by Antioch College students, Hal Roeth, Terry Herndon and Ed Richard. For this first episode we’ll hear the story of how this station was founded, from one of the people that made it happen. Ed Richard is now a member of the Board of Trustees at the college and he stopped in at the station in the spring of 2013. Producer of the Antioch Word, Kijin Higashibaba, got a chance to sit down with Richard and he talked about how WYSO came into being as well as his excitement for the reunion of Antioch College and the radio station.
Ohio's higher education chief says illegal immigrants with temporary legal status will soon be able to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public colleges as long as they meet other residency requirements.
Most of the state's two- and four-year public colleges have previously charged students who are illegal immigrants tuition rates much higher than what other Ohio students pay.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, sent a letter Wednesday to the state's college presidents notifying them of the changes.
Some Ohio legislators are making a late play to block implementation of new math and English standards that schools are required to phase in starting this school year. The so-called Common Core is a set of national expectations for students that Ohio’s state Board of Education adopted three years ago. There was little opposition at the time but that’s changing.
These new standards aim to better prepare students for college and jobs, so they are tougher than Ohio’s current standards.