New School Report Card System Raises Concerns

Just like students, the school districts in Ohio get report cards for its schools and districts to determine how well they are doing and if students are meeting standard set by the state. Starting for the academic year 2012 – 2013, Ohio Department of Education created a new standard on how school districts are being graded on the report cards. Compared to the academic year 2011 – 2012, the new report card system have added “Gap Closing,” “K-3 Literacy,” and created sub categories for progress reports such as “gifted students” under it’s achievement and progress sections. John Charlton, associate director of media relations for the Ohio Department of Education said

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What You Need to Know About Off-Campus Housing

Story by: Michael Bratton, Alyssa Flynn, Haley Phillippi and Rob Rompala Off-campus housing is becoming overcrowded and has resulted in unfair standards of living in the city of Kent, among other problems. The many factors that come into play when students have to deal with living off-campus are money, landlords, apartment conditions, housing security and roommates. With the overflow of students on campus, some students are left with very little or no options to choose from in Kent. “Kent State has a population of about 32,000 students, although only about 6,500 of them currently live on campus,” said Patricia Dennison, assistant to the vice president of the Division of Enrollment

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Juvenile-Probate Judge Candidates: D. Brode v. B. Berger

David Brode Juvenile/Probate Judge CANDIDATE BACKGROUND: In 2002, Brode said he left the court and became an assistant prosecuting attorney, where he continues to work today and assigned as general counsel for Portage County Job and Family Services. Brode said he was given the opportunity to work for the current juvenile-probate judge, Tom Carnes and worked as magistrate for 11 years. Brode said he spends most of his time representing children services agencies in juvenile court and the adult protective services agency in probate court. For most of Brode’s legal career, he has been working with the juvenile and probate court, handling child abuse and neglect cases in Portage county.

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Kent City Council addresses Ebola before council meeting

Kent City Council met Wednesday night to suspend and adopt a multitude of ordinances from the community development, finance, health and safety and streets side and utilities committees, but before council addressed the agenda, Kent City Health Commissioner Jeff Niestadt reported on the status of Ebola in Ohio. Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8, had been visiting Tallmadge family members in Tallmadge and was there for the majority of her stay. “They spent the evening in Tallmadge, not going any where,” Niestadt said. He also said the she did not go to the Kent State football game, but did go

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The Importance of Common Core Standards

The common core standards for Ohio aims to prep students for his or her future with more of a challenging curriculum. For both John Charlton of Ohio Department of Education and Pat Ciccantelli of Aurora City School District, the standards are about achieving high standards for Ohio and preparing students for the future. The Core The standards are mainly focused on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, but for Ohio these standards also include social studies, sciences and more. The common core standards, defined by Ciccantelli, focuses on critical thinking and application in the classroom in order for students to better prepared for college and beyond. “We want to raise

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New Marc’s ready for the Kent community

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Marc’s, located off of Route 261, will officially be open to the public. After long five weeks of finally putting, Doug Boldt, Marc’s regional manager said they are ready go and ready to open the doors.     The Community Inside, the store large photos of the Kent community on the wall, including photos of the Kent Fire Department, Kent Free Library, Kent State University and more. “We look forward to being a part of this community.” Marc’s President Kevin Yaugher said in a press release from the company on Sept. 1. “We are confident that the residents of Kent will be well served with this

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Stow home damaged from tornado

On Wednesday Sept. 10. the National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down in Stow at 5:28 p.m. about five miles away from Kent. Gary Gilbert, warning coordinator meteorologist at NWS in Cleveland, said based on the enhanced Fujita scale the tornado was an EF-0. “It’s about as weak as a tornado gets,” Gilbert said. “Winds in an EF-0 range from a 65 mph to 85 mph.” Kent Police dispatch reported damage to a house on the corner of Bunker Lane and Berwin Drive in Stow. The house had roof damage, which left an opening to the corner of the house. Trees were snapped in half in the front yard

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