More than 100 people welcomed a donated jet from FedEx at the Dayton International Airport.
Ariel Van Cleave


More than 100 people gathered at the Dayton airport Thursday morning to welcome a jet that’s going to become a classroom. The aircraft is a gift to the Beavercreek City School District from FedEx.

There’s a lot of pomp associated with accepting a donated Boeing 727-200. The Beavercreek High School Band played to a large crowd while everyone waited for the plane.

The Springfield School District and the Clark State Foundation have awarded college tuition to 41 students expected to graduate from Springfield High School.

The Champion City Scholars Program targets low-income middle school students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Selected students are eligible for up to three years of college at Clark State or assistance with tuition at another college—but they have to commit early to graduating from high school.

Report: Ohio Ranks 11th In Most Student Debt

Nov 13, 2014
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Ohio's rank among the 50 states for average student debt is improving, but education officials, students and researchers disagree on whether progress actually is being made on college affordability in the state.  
The Columbus Dispatch reports students who received bachelor's degrees in 2013 at Ohio colleges and universities graduated with an average of $29,090 in student debt, according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success.

Huber Heights City Schools District Superintendent Sue Gunnell said the school board might request an additional property tax levy in May.
Huber Heights City Schools

Voters in Huber Heights said no to a school levy for sixth time earlier this month. The Huber Heights City School District is stretching to cover the cost of Common Core.

District Superintendent Sue Gunnell says an extra $4.4 million a year would have meant 14 additional teachers, and the school needs new books and supplies to help teach the Common Core standards. 

“We have not been able to update our instructional materials for quite some time,” she said.

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
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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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.
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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.