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Three Ohio Schools Recognized as National Green Ribbon Schools

Green efforts are putting three Ohio schools in a national spotlight. They are among a group of 48 schools nationwide receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School designation. Each school is an outstanding example of reducing environmental impact and utility costs, promoting better health for students and staff, and incorporating environmental education, including civics and green career pathways, into the curriculum.

Metro Catholic School in Cleveland, Milton-Union Exempt Village School in West Milton and West Geauga High School in Chesterland are models of a comprehensive approach to being green in learning and operations.

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More than 300 Straight A Fund Grant Applications Submitted

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of 662 unique organizations, including 446 public school districts, have requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts. The $250 million Straight A Fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

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Ohio Department of Education Warns Sponsors of Consequences

The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Community Schools has warned three sponsors that they will be shut down if they proceed with plans to open six community schools.

The department sent letters to leaders of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc., the Warren County Educational Service Center and Kids Count of Dayton, Inc., informing the potential sponsors of the severe deficiencies in their school application and approval processes. 

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Field Test of Next Generation Assessments a Success

Ohio took a large step toward the implementation of the Next Generation Assessments last week after successfully completing the first round of field tests. More than 175,000 performance-based assessments were taken beginning March 24 with no statewide systemic issues reported.

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Career-Tech Students Head to Columbus for SkillsUSA Ohio Championships

More than 2,600 high school students from nearly 100 career-technical schools and programs will demonstrate their abilities and skills as they compete in 62nd Annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championships on Tuesday, April 15, at the Convention Center in Columbus. The SkillsUSA Ohio Championships is the premier showcase for career-technical education in Ohio.

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