How Strongsville is re-enforcing Ohio school bus laws.

After the tragedy in Indiana where three school children died after being hit by a car passing a school bus illegally, Strongsville’s police department decided to enforce Ohio’s school bus laws a little differently. Above is a podcast. It has the interviews of both Mark Fender, Strongville’s Chief of Police, and Cameron Ryba, superintendent of Strongsville City Schools.  They discuss how this solution came to fruition and how they plan to continue it in the future.  Strongsville is not the only police department in Ohio to take action against distracted drivers.  Chief Fender explained how the intiative is less about the numbers and more about behavioral change. “I don’t have numbers

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How Ohio is decreasing veteran homelessness

By Linda Stocum In Ohio, 10,095 are homeless on any given night. About 862 of those homeless are veterans. That is down from about 1,200 from 2013. Here is a comparison by a graph.   Infogram There are many organizations in Portage County that are tackling the problem.  The Freedom House, a long-term veteran shelter created in 2005, has expanded its eight-bed program to over 120 beds across multiple counties. Colleen Reaman, a retired worker from the Freedom House, explained it’s growth from one house to multiple facilities.  “It started in a small house in 2005 on Willow Street in Kent, and they didn’t even know. They thought, ‘I think we

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Honoring those who helped Kourageous Keith

By Linda Stocum The committee meeting room in Stow City Hall was full Thursday night as the city council honored members of the community for raising money for Kourageous Keith. Keith was a local 12-year-old boy who battled a rare form of cancer called undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma. He gained support from the community through social media.  On October 21, the community met at Stow-Monroe highschool and held an early Christmas parade for Keith. He rode in a firetruck and wave at the community that helped put the parade together. At the event, merchandise was sold, and it raised money for Keith’s family. Later, Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Foundation gave the family a $10,000

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The importance of state funding to Ohio’s public schools.

By Linda Stocum Parma City School District’s levy failed on Election day with a vote of 53 percent of citizens against issue 7.  The 4.5 mill levy, if passed, would have been the first time since 2011 that the district had more money coming into the schools.  Sean Nuccio, the treasurer for the Parma City School District, said the levy would not affect any of the current courses the district offers.  “The levy was for programs we wanted to bring back and programs we wanted to add,” Nuccio said. “Right now we don’t have any plans to cut because the levy failed.” The levy would have cost an owner of a $100,000

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How Besty DeVos Title IX suggestions might affect universities

Words by: Ashton Vogelhuber and Linda Stocum Besty DeVos is deciding on how to change Title IX. On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted by Congress and signed into law by Richard Nixon. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Below is a guide explaining what Title IX is and how it applies to college campuses. The courts have explained how this affects sexual assault reporting. The New Yorker describes how courts decided how Title IX affects campuses, “The law itself does not mention sexual violence, but its interpretation by courts and by the

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How OH Bill 59 Has Affected Ohio’s Public Universities

by Linda Stocum and Ashton Vogelhuber   The Ohio Department of Higher Education has refocused university funding from enrollment numbers to retention with a performance-based model. Since 2013, the model has changed the way universities conduct themselves.   Retention is the ability of a college to help students stay at their university from freshman year through graduation. The goal is to have students earn their degree within six years.   Stephanie Davidson, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, explained how this change affected Ohio’s public universities.   “Funding is dependent on how successful students are at staying at a university and graduating,” Davidson said.  

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