Education

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman work with DNA from a strawberry during a STEM event on the Wright-Patt base.
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The STEM subjects--science, technology, engineering and math--are becoming more important these days. Programs like Wright-Patt’s Starbase push for a hands-on approach to STEM.

Middle schoolers Alex Maney and Zack Gillman are staring into a digital microscope examining the building blocks of a strawberry.

“It looks like a dragon, kind of, if you look at it at the right angle,” Maney said.

“Like a bird,” Gillman said.

Seven State School Board Seats In Play This Election

Oct 29, 2014
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If you're following politics this year you probably know most of the candidates on the ballot for statewide offices, your congressional district, and maybe a few local seats. But do you know who is running for state school board? Candidates in seven board districts are vying for votes this election. The board exerts considerable influence over education policy, and it just might be worth giving the candidates a look before heading to the polls on Election Day.

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The state's school construction agency has approved $164 million in construction and renovation projects for three Ohio districts.

The funding includes $106 million in state dollars and $58 million in local funding under the state school construction formula.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission approval of the projects Thursday marks the second set of school projects to receive funding in the current business year.

The commission was created in 1997 as part of Ohio's response to court rulings that found the state's school funding system unconstitutional.

Charter School Critics Call For Reform In Property Spending

Oct 14, 2014
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Charter school critics are calling on the state to tighten its oversight on these operations when it comes to their property costs. ProgressOhio, a consortium of liberal groups, is putting a spotlight on Imagine Schools, which manages 17 charter schools in the state. ProgressOhio’s Executive Director, Brian Rothenberg, says the schools are locking themselves into expensive building leases with SchoolHouse Finance, which is an Imagine Schools subsidiary.

Ohio State Knew About Marching Band Hazing Decades Ago

Oct 10, 2014
The OSU marching band made a visit to the House chamber at the statehouse this week.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

As the controversy over the firing of Ohio State University's marching band director continues, records indicate the university knew about hazing and questionable initiations as far back as 32 years, and a former music school official told former staff members to put an end to it.

Ohio State University is joining with ten other public research universities across the country to find way to boost their graduation rates in an effort aimed especially at lower income students.

Wilberforce University has announced changes on its Board of Trustees. The leadership change is part of the school's "Force of Change" strategy to help it survive academic and fiscal problems. The Wilberforce Alumni Association and university officials say the strategy will include naming a new president and reorganizing the board of directors.

School bus
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Business and education groups are expected to be in Columbus this week to defend the state’s Common Core curriculum in house hearings.

House Bill 597 would repeal the K through 12 educational standards, which are set to go into effect this school year—opponents see the standards as federal overreach. But business groups like the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce have been on board ever since Ohio passed its version of the standards in 2010.

An open house was held at South High School recently to give residents a look at what will soon become the new educational hub.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

The doors of historic Springfield South High School, which closed in 2008, were once again open to the public this week. An open house allowed residents and alumni to see what will soon become an educational hub for four other Clark County schools.

Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Protesters met Governor John Kasich on a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday to ask him to repeal the Common Core curriculum, although Kasich is unlikely to support that effort.

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