Charter School Details Under Scrutiny

An Akron Beacon Journal report has revealed disturbing details surrounding a chain of nineteen publicly funded charter schools. The Horizon and Noble Academies were founded by Turkish immigrants under the name “Concept Schools.”  The schools hired“325 educators almost exclusively from Turkey” and “as early as 2002, state audits found thousands of public dollars ‘illegally expended’ to finance the U.S. citizenship […]

Former JobsOhio Chief Could Make Millions on OSU Deal

Former JobsOhio chief Mark Kvamme and his new business partner might make millions from Ohio State University’s $50 million investment in their new venture capital firm. Kvamme’s company could make $9 million in fees, $500,000 in expenses, and 20% of future profits from Ohio State’s investment. Ohio State’s investment was made in part at the […]

Michigan Band, TBDBITL Take Turns Trolling Each Other

Marching bands are a competitive bunch. Throw in a historic rivalry on the field, and things have the potential to get nasty. The Ohio State band, “The Best Damn Band In The Land,” got revenge against Michigan’s band in Week 2 after Michigan slighted TBDBITL in Week 1. During halftime of Michigan’s season opener against Central Michigan, the […]

Free Health Care, Massages, Lunches, School Supplies, and More at Community Health Fair in Cleveland Saturday

Free diabetes checks; hearing, vision and dental screenings; HIV testing; and drug and alcohol counseling are just the beginning of Saturday’s Community Health Fair and Family Carnival at Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary School in Cleveland. The health fair, sponsored by the Scranton Road Ministries Community Development Corporation, will also offer lunch, massages, Zumba, and more. The fair will […]

Despite Republican Promises, Budget Diverts More Money from Public Schools to Charter Schools

More than a quarter of Ohio school districts will likely receive less money from the state this school year than they did last school year, according to calculations by The Plain Dealer and estimates from the legislature. Republican legislators promised that no district would have a decrease in state aid under the new state budget […]

Ohio’s Charter Schools: Costlier and Worse in Performance

When charter schools burst onto Ohio’s education scene fifteen years ago, proponents claimed they could educate at-risk children better and more cheaply than public schools. The reality is quite different. Charter schools cost the state more than twice as much per student as traditional schools do, and with a handful of exceptions, their academic performance […]

OSU to Name ER after A&F

On Friday, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will vote on a proposal to name its new emergency department after Abercrombie & Fitch. The Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department will be twice the size of the department now at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center. The new department is part of a $1.1. billion expansion of the […]

Xavier University Denies Birth Control Coverage as of July

Xavier University, one of the oldest Roman Catholic colleges in the United States, will cut off birth-control coverage for its employees in July. The cancellation of insurance benefits at the Jesuit university comes amid a dispute between the Obama administration and Catholic bishops over contraception. The administration has mandated that health-insurance plans offer free birth […]

Ohio Sues Salt Companies for Price-Gouging Conspiracy

Cargill and Morton Salt schemed over the past decade to keep road salt prices artificially high, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The salt-mining companies divided the Ohio market, agreeing not to compete for each other’s accounts, and submitting sham bids designed to hide their conspiracy and to exclude […]

Ohio House and Senate Take Up Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has Ohio legislatures and local school officials scrambling for a solution. The Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate have bullying legislation in their education committees calling for schools to offer a policy against cyberbullying, which the House bill defines as “harassment, intimidation, or bullying by electronic means.” The legislation extends control to public […]