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Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently said the state’s school board is too focused on politics. That comment was in response to a request from seven school board members for an outside investigation into Ohio’s charter schools. The board also wants an impartial investigation into whether State Superintendent Richard Ross was involved in the scrubbing of failing grades at some charters. School Choice Director David Hansen has already resigned over the issue.

Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
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Seven members of the Ohio Board of Education have sent a letter to the state’s superintendent asking for an outside investigator to find out if he was involved in hiding poor charter school assessments.

Ohio Board Of Education Lacks Political Clout

Jul 30, 2015
Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

Members of the State Board of Education were upset at their meeting this month when they found out that some charter school sponsors may have been getting special treatment in their evaluations. Some state legislators are calling for the resignation of Ohio’s School Superintendent Richard Ross. The power to fire him lies in the hands of the school board. But as some board members found, that’s just about all the power they have.

Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

Ohio’s School Choice Director David Hansen has left his post after admitting he didn’t report some failing charter schools to the state. Now, a group of lawmakers is calling for the Ohio Board of Education to remove State Superintendent Richard Ross from his position.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, of Dayton, says the state’s department of education has suffered a “systemic lack of transparency and accountability.”

State Board Of Education Hearing Complaints About PARCC Exams

Mar 13, 2015
State Board of Education members have been hearing many complaints from anxious parents.
Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio

It’s known as the PARCC test, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It’s meant to test what kids have learned in the now statewide Common Core curriculum.  Throughout Ohio about 60 percent of the districts are taking the test online and 40 percent on paper with few problems so far says Jim Wright of the Ohio Department of Education.

State Board of Education To Vote on Controversial Rule Change

Dec 9, 2014
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The Ohio Board of Education is planning to vote Tuesday on a controversial rule change that could affect school librarians, counselors and arts teachers. The board will decide whether to kill the “5 of 8 rule” that says school districts must hire the equivalent of 5 full time service personnel for every 1000 students it has.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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A few dozen school-age students joined a union-backed coalition at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday for a small but vocal protest against “zero tolerance” policies that result in kids being kicked out of school.

  The group, which included some students who’d been suspended or expelled from elementary school, held up signs reading “give kids second chances” and “more help less punishment”.

Molly Shack with the Ohio Student Association says the worst stories she’s heard involve suspensions at schools she says are underfunded and under-resourced.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State school board members in Ohio say they are shocked at accounts of sex games, test tampering and other potentially criminal acts at a Dayton charter school, and they plan to investigate. Horizon Science Academy of Dayton is one of 19 affiliated schools in Ohio that have been associated with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. The FBI is investigating three of the Ohio schools.

New Common Core Academic Standards Face Opposition

Jul 26, 2013

Some Ohio legislators are making a late play to block implementation of new math and English standards that schools are required to phase in starting this school year. The so-called Common Core is a set of national expectations for students that Ohio’s state Board of Education adopted three years ago. There was little opposition at the time but that’s changing.

These new standards aim to better prepare students for college and jobs, so they are tougher than Ohio’s current standards.

The Ohio Department of Education says the state is redirecting $19 million to help school districts offset federal budget cuts.

Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross announced Monday that $11 million in unused federal funds will go for special education and another $8 million for Title 1 math and reading intervention programs. The money is coming from untapped special project funds and money that had been awarded to now-closed charter schools.

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