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November 18, 2014

State Education News

House committee votes to kill minimum teacher pay scale, sends change on to full House
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                           11/18/2014

The House Education Committee voted to kill the state's minimum pay scale for teachers in a move some members hope will let school districts create new or merit-based pay plans.


Limit on state testing of students gains approval from House committee
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                           11/18/2014

The House Education Committee just backed a bill to limit state testing of students in Ohio to four hours a year.


All third graders in Ohio might skip the new Common Core reading exams this spring
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                           11/18/2014

Third graders may not have to take the new Common Core reading tests this year, unlike other grades.


Common Core’s uncertain fate has educators on edge
Newark Advocate                                                                11/18/2014

As legislators at the Statehouse battle over whether to repeal Common Core in Ohio, teachers in schools are busy implementing the new standards.


47,000 kids homeless in Ohio
Columbus Dispatch                                                               11/18/2014

More than 47,500 children in Ohio and 2.5 million children in the U.S. are homeless at some point in a year — and the future doesn’t look much more promising, local advocates say.



National Education News

FCC chair wants fee hike to expand Internet access
Akron Beacon Journal                                                           11/18/2014

The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday…


Schools’ preparedness for kids after concussion can vary
Reuters                                                                            11/18/2014

When kids are ready to resume classes after being out for a concussion, schools’ preparedness to handle them can vary widely, a new study suggests.


Local Education News

Charter schools cause funding concerns
Ashtabula Star-Beacon                                                          11/18/2014

Some local educators are taking aim at charter schools and online academies, claiming they are not as great an educational bargain as their commercials claim.


South-Western officials expect all-day kindergarten will boost enrollment
Columbus Dispatch                                                               11/18/2014

South-Western school officials are anticipating an enrollment surge among the district’s kindergarten population when it launches an all-day kindergarten program next fall.


Sylvania School teachers will receive pay raise
Toledo Blade                                                                      11/18/2014

After nearly 4.5 years without a pay raise, Sylvania School teachers will receive a 1.25 percent increase in pay this school year, followed by a 2.5 percent increase next school year.



Higher Education News

Kent State among 5 universities to receive bomb dogs in Ohio program
Akron Beacon Journal                                                           11/18/2014

Five more universities around Ohio are receiving bomb-sniffing dogs as officials expand a state program that makes more of those canines available for safety needs on and off campuses.


Use of prescription stimulants to stay awake is the norm for college students, survey shows
Cleveland Plain Dealer                                                           11/18/2014

It has become the norm for college students to use and abuse prescription stimulants to help them stay awake to study, according to a survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.


Study: Ohio State gets a C for its general education courses
The Lantern                                                                       11/18/2014

Ohio State received a “C” letter grade for its set of core curriculum courses, according to a recent study from a nonprofit.


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