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ECOT Must Repay State After Latest Court Challenge

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ECOT Must Repay State After Latest Court Challenge

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow has lost yet another court challenge, with the Ohio Supreme Court concluding they must repay the more than $60 million the state is owed from the now-defunct private online charter school. The state’s highest court upheld a decision by the Ohio State Board of Education that said ECOT had falsified […]

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Public Education Coalition Plans to Attack EdChoice Vouchers in New Lawsuit

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Public Education Coalition Plans to Attack EdChoice Vouchers in New Lawsuit

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The education coalition behind the case that successfully argued Ohio’s public school system was unconstitutional says they’ll head back to the courts to eliminate the EdChoice private school voucher system. Bill Phillis, executive director for the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, said the approval of the fair school funding […]

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CCS Won’t Use COTA for High School Transportation

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman CCS Won’t Use COTA for High School Transportation

Columbus City Schools will not use COTA to transport high school students during the 2021-2022 school year. Transportation administrators spoke to the Columbus Board of Education in June and put forth the recommendation that high school students use COTA to get to and from school for the upcoming school year, with students K-8 continuing to […]

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ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ODH’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools Won’t Include Mask Mandate

BY: SUSAN TEBBEN The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on […]

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NEXT: A Visionary History – US Public Education

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A Visionary History – US Public Education

What follows is not a prediction. It is a plausible scenario written in the form of a “history from the future.” The scenario is written as if the year were 2035… The year is 2035, and public schooling in the U.S. has been redesigned along the model of the Agora school in Roermond, in the Netherlands.  […]

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Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

By Susan Tebben The removal of the Step Up to Quality child care standards system as proposed in the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget was not only against the wishes of some child care leaders, but also came without any warning. “It was calculated,” said Dawn Blalock, co-owner of the Little Miracles Early Development Center. […]

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Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

By Susan Tebben Officials representing Ohio’s teachers say the Senate’s new version of the public school funding overhaul leaves much to be desired, unlike the House version it would replace. “It is a matter of political will and it’s a matter of priorities, and prioritizing public education just doesn’t seem to be where the Senate is […]

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