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Ohio is facing a major opioid overdose crisis. And as many Ohio families fight opioid abuse, the impact cascades into the learning environments in Ohio schools. Last fall, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and the Ohio STEM Learning Network challenged Ohio’s students to design solutions to help end the opioid crisis. Throughout this school year, more than 1,200 students accepted the challenge and developed hundreds of ideas to fight opioid abuse.
An Ohio school is among 45 schools, nine districts and nine postsecondary institutions nationally honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.
Ohio’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Committee recently approved 12 new STEM schools for next school year that will focus on inquiry and a design-thinking approach to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts and humanities. Thanks to new legislation, elementary schools (kindergarten through fifth grade) are now able to receive the designation.
At an event celebrating the Month of the Military Child at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced the creation of the Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools. Ohio now will distinguish schools across the state that show a commitment to serving military-connected students and families.
At an event honoring the Month of the Military Child, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria will announce a new award for schools. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools will distinguish schools that show a commitment to serving military-connected students and families.