The Difference Between Voting Procedures

Kathleen Clyde started her position as a Portage County commissioner, which is the lead position in the county on the elected side, in Dec. 2018, where she oversees county operations that fall under the commissioners. Before this position, in Jan. 2011, Clyde started the first of four terms as a state representative, where she specialized in voting and election issues. She served as an election official in the 2008 election, where she ran the early-vote center in Franklin County. She is also an attorney with a specialty in election law. Clyde answered questions about the different ways Ohioans can vote this year, as well as other general voting inquiries. Q:

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Most college students are ineligible for Covid-19 stimulus check

On Monday, April 26, 80 million stimulus checks were mailed to qualifying Americans. A first round of checks already went out through direct deposit earlier in the month. In late March, President Trump signed a $2 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package following the House of Representatives passing a massive bill in efforts to financially assist Americans affected by quarantine. In early April, the IRS began sending stimulus checks of $1,200 to those who qualify. A major group of people who most likely will not be receiving a check are college students. College students are widely affected by the pandemic. All universities resorted to online learning and all campus housing is closed.

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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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Emergency phones on campus affected by changes in technology

By Elizabeth Randolph and Jonathan Huntsman When junior fashion merchandising major Shannon Green walks around campus, she rarely notices her many surroundings. “I know that I can be the type of person that just goes and focuses on the next direction,” she said. A feature on campus that Green said she’s never noticed is the abundance of emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones are scattered around campus and are lit at night for people who may find themselves in danger. Sgt. Michquel Penn is a Kent State police officer and former community resource officer. Penn said that even though there are approximately 42 phones on Kent State’s campus,

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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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Emergency Campus Phones

  Kent State University provides emergency campus phones to keep students safe. Emergency 9-1-1 is accessible from any phone on campus, and is a single push button. Just like most city 9-1-1 systems,the call is connected with the appropriate police department and a computer displays the caller’s location. But how effective is it? The Kent State Police Department and parking services explains how sufficient they are. Emergency Campus Phones from Rachel Smeaton on Vimeo.     It is important for students to know where each phone is located in case of emergency purposes. Below is a link that shows the location of blue light and courtesy phones. Map of Kent

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School funding makes May 4 education difficult in local districts

By Katie Nix Forty-five years ago, the identity of the Kent community was changed forever when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of protesting students and passersby. After four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded, the events became known as May 4, branding the university and surrounding community for years to come. May 4 in local schools However, local children aren’t always educated about the events and their effects. “Our teachers wish they could do more but because of what the standards require in terms of time, there’s only so much that we can do,” said Karen Rumley, Kent City Schools director of instructional program. Rumley

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Boarding Houses Affect the City of Kent

Story by Julia Adkins Video by Aja Phillips Boarding Houses from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   As the number of students attending Kent State grows, so does the need for student housing. And while the city of Kent has many different options for students, some of them are becoming illegal. Boarding houses can be found in different places around the city, mainly near campus. But some of these boarding houses are not licensed. And some community members have made complaints to the Kent Zoning Board because they are worried that the city might become taken over by rentals. What is a boarding house & how can you own one? According

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