7:36 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Columbus Schools Seek $900K in Unpaid Lunch Money

Leo Reynolds

Columbus schools are using a collection agency to help them recover delinquent lunch payments totaling
roughly $900,000.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the schools are owed lunch money for nearly 6,000 students. Accounts that owe more than $50 for lunches since 2009 will be turned over for collection late next month.

Most families owe just a few dollars. About 10 percent of the families that owe lunch money account for about 80 percent of the total owed, and that's the group that's being targeted.

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5:54 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Ohio to Seek Freedom From No Child Left Behind

The system of evaluating progress in Ohio schools would change significantly under a plan the state will submit as it seeks a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. 

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10:45 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Putting the Amish Back in Amish Country

The February 2012 installment of SOCHE TALKS featuring Susan Trollinger from the University of Dayton on putting the Amish back in Amish country.

The SOCHE Talks are a collaboration with the Southwest Ohio Council for Higher Education. In this monthly series we’ll hear from faculty and staff from areas colleges and universities on a wide variety of subjects. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge.


7:48 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ohio Colleges Pitch Construction Projects

Ohio's public colleges and universities have presented the state with a $350 million proposal for construction projects, representing the top priorities for the institutions as determined by a higher education committee.

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Origins Podcast
9:00 am
Wed February 15, 2012

"Y'En A Marre!" (We're Fed Up!): Senegal in the Season of Discontent

In Senegal, a protester holds a sign rejecting "monarchy" in the form of proposed changes to the constitution which would extend the current president's term in office. The author was researching in Dakar when major protests broke out;

In the summer of 2011, the streets of Dakar, Senegal filled with a mass of demonstrators “fed up” with the political machinations of President Abdoulaye Wade. Led by popular rappers, the oppositional collective “Y’En A Marre” became spokespeople for a generation at the end of their rope. As Senegal approaches critical elections in February 2012, historian James Genova offers an eyewitness account of these political upheavals, placing the current turmoil in its broader historical and African context.