College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are facing the daunting question of how to fund their education. Financial aid is down in the state, and student debt is up.
The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change, and while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.
Wilberforce University announced Thursday that it has organized a transition team to help guide the school in its search to find a a replacement for retiring President Patricia Hardaway whose resignation is effective on December 31. The school's Board of Trustees hopes the team can find a leader who can bring a fresh vision to the university which is struggling to survive.
From left, Neil Browning, Cynthia Rees and Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly at Clark County Jail
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A national coalition of law enforcement officials is calling on Congress to fully fund preschool programs for low-income kids. Over 30 Ohio police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors have signed a letter to Congress asking legislators to pass President Obama’s proposal to put $75 billion into early childhood education over ten years. They say it would ultimately pay itself off in the reduced costs of incarceration.