In May 2012, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced a partnership to offer on-line courses, free to anyone anywhere in the world. There is a historical resonance in MIT's involvement in the MOOC (massive open on-line courses) movement. MIT is a land-grant university and the announcement came during the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land Grant Act which created the land-grants. Arguably the greatest democratization of higher education in history, the Morrill Act stressed that higher education should be practical and that it should be accessible. This month historian David Staley looks back over the 150 year history of this experiment in state-funded, democratic higher education.
Protests and concerns continue this week at Wittenberg University concerning the school's plan to replace its long time housekeeping provider, ABM. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that the move has been meet with resistance on campus.
The Ohio state Board of Education has postponed its decision on regulating seclusion rooms and restraint in schools. Seclusion rooms are supposed to be safe places for children who are acting violently. But an investigation this year by The Columbus Dispatch and StateImpact Ohio found the rooms are often misused.
Ohio does not currently regulate the use of seclusion rooms in schools.
But more than 100 parents, educators and other commenters weighed in on the Ohio state Board of Education’s plan to start doing so.
There was quite a meeting of the minds in Gov. John Kasich’s office, as the presidents of many of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges gathered to put forward their ideas on improving Ohio’s public education system. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on their reform plan.