A new law changes gets rid of snow days for Ohio schools. The change also replaces the minimum number of days in a school year and will instead count hours, depending on grade level.
The Dayton Daily News reports the change will begin with the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers say this will give schools more flexibility to make up snow days by adding hours rather than tacking on days to the end of the year.
The Ohio Department of Education says the state is redirecting $19 million to help school districts offset federal budget cuts.
Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross announced Monday that $11 million in unused federal funds will go for special education and another $8 million for Title 1 math and reading intervention programs. The money is coming from untapped special project funds and money that had been awarded to now-closed charter schools.
By Katie Chaffee and Chelsea Davis and Lauren Smith and Megan Walsh
Metzler, far right, with fellow LGBT community members at Miami University
Students and alumni say that Miami University has created a climate of acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, despite the school’s longstanding conservative reputation and location in a deeply conservative part of the state.
College and university officials, and many students and parents are watching closely to see whether Congress takes action this week on federally subsidized college loans. The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans is set to double when the current rate of 3.4 percent sunsets on July 1st.