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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Ohio districts respond to “Prepared for Success” grades

The Ohio school report cards are designed to give parents, educators and policymakers information about the performances of districts and schools and celebrate success.  So when most Ohio schools received poor grades in the “Prepared for Success” category, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Without a requirement from the federal government, the Ohio Department of Education has created the “Prepared for Success” category to the school report card. The 2018 report cards revealed that just nine of 608 school districts in Ohio received an A in the “Prepared for Success” section. Out of the 608 districts, 520 of them received either a D or an F, implying that Ohio students are

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Law enforcement, public schools working to prevent drug related crime in Kent and Portage County

By Kathryn Monsewicz Drug possession charges are common on Kent State University grounds as well as Kent proper, but public schools are addressing students about drug abuse violations and related crimes at an early age. Kent City It’s hard to say how many cases Kent Police Department has per year related to drug possession because of a detailed reporting system that could label the charges under an array of different offenses, Lt. Mike Lewis said. According to the Portage County Drug Task Force, Kent is “one of the busier parts of the county.” But, Lewis said, that depends on what drug is hitting the county hardest at that particular time.

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Community Partners with School to Assist Lower Income Families

By Samantha Karam and Kellie Nock Windham is a small village in Portage County. There are roughly 1,852 residents and about 742 people work in the village. According to statistics from DataUSA, a data visualization website, the median household income for Windham is 37, 569 dollars. A Business Insider article states the average salary in the United States for 2017 was 49,400. In 2016, the percentage of Windham residents with incomes below the poverty level was 34.5 percent. While the state of Ohio had a percentage of 19 percent. Information from City-Data, another data visualization site, reports Windham has a percentage of children below the poverty line of 42.2 percent.

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Board of Trustees discusses program updates, seeks contract approvals

By  Taylor Williams, Melissa Puppo and Kimberleigh Anderson Finance and Administration Committee Changes to Summit Street, ALEKS software and PARTA were among the topics discussed during Tuesday’s Finance and Administration Committee meeting. Gas line relocations and other utility movements have already begun at Summit Street, but the construction and road/lane closures seen now are minor compared to what is coming. “Most of the work will really start next spring,” said Tom Euclide, associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Operations. “[They will] start to go to a single lane traffic, one direction.” The project is estimating to need two full construction seasons. Majority of the work should be complete in

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How Accurate is the Ohio School District Report Card System?

Ohio’s grading system of public school districts has been in place for two full years, and seems to be getting positive feedback. But the question is, just how accurate is the system in representing an entire school district? The current A through F system, as used all across the United States, replaced Ohio’s previous rating system which gave schools ratings from “Excellent with Distinction” to “Academic Emergency,” at the start of the 2012-2013 year. The goal was to apply a single overall letter grade and detail how well schools and districts were performing in several important areas. The grade, in turn, was expected to clear up questionable results left by

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Ohio Board of Education votes out 5 of 8 Rule; has no local impact in Portage

There has been many reforms and changes to the requirements and rules when it comes to the education of children in Ohio, like the recent Common Core reform and now there’s been another rule change in the additional teachers and staff that schools provide to their students. The Ohio Board of Education voted to remove the 5 of 8 rule on April 13.   This rule mandates that all public schools in Ohio must hire at least five teachers and staff from eight different areas, such as art, physical education, music, counseling, nursing and library media, for every 1,000 students. Eliminating the minimum state requirement has been a hot topic of

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Governor Kasich’s School Funding Formula

Ohio Governor John Kasich implemented the Achievement Everywhere Plan to increase public school funding statewide. The funding progress from the Governors initiative varies within school districts in Portage County. Visit this link to find out how Gov. John Kasich’s school funding plan is affecting any school district in Ohio. http://www.dispatch.com/content/pages/data/school-education/kasich-school-funding-plan Here’s how Gov. John Kasich’s school funding plan is affecting School Districts in Portage County. Gov. Kasich’s Formula Component Funding Levels Ohio’s Achievement Everywhere Plan Funding Levels (FY14-15)

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Possible investigation of Portage ESC Superintendent

Portage County ESC Investigation from Jennifer Roberts on Vimeo. Before the Portage County Educational Service Center lost its contracts with local schools, superintendent Dewey Chapman was in trouble with the Ohio Department of Education. In August, the ODE announced it was reporting Chapman to the Office of Professional Conduct. Months later the department still can’t say whether it will bring disciplinary action against Chapman. Chapman is accused of trying to illegally open a charter school called Hope 4 Change in Cincinnati. More information here.

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