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Teaching Sept. 11

By John Published: August 30, 2011

I discovered teacher Larry Ferlazzo's blog recently and popped it into my Google Reader. Here's his roundup of resources for teaching students about the  Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Here's his roundup for learning about Labor Day, too.

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Corrections and clarifications - Aug. 30, 2011

By admin Published: August 30, 2011

■ Lighthouse Academy, an Akron charter school that has been ordered to close by the end of the school year for poor academic performance, is a nonprofit entity. The headline on an article Sunday about Lighthouse was incorrect. An editor erred.

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Six write-in candidates for November election file for Akron School Board

By John Published: August 29, 2011

Today was the filing deadline for write-in candidates for the November 8 general election. Six write-in candidates hope to compete with the two candidates who will be on the ballot for three seats. None of the write-ins, however, is named Amy Reeves Grom, who missed the ballot by just 13 valid signatures. Because she filed as  a regular candidate, she was prohibited by Ohio law to try again for the same election as a write-in. Grom says she plans on appealing the invalidation of her signatures.

If her appeal is unsuccessful, at least one of the following six names will be on the Akron School Board in January.

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One Akron charter school will close for poor grades, another one is at risk

By admin Published: August 28, 2011

The state has ordered one of Akron's oldest charter schools to close by June 30 because of poor academic performance.

Lighthouse Academy in the Wooster-Hawkins area of West Akron is one of three Ohio charter schools ordered to close at the end of the school year based on the latest state report cards.

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Union calls off strike at YSU

By admin Published: August 27, 2011

Youngstown State University’s faculty union called off a strike scheduled for Friday, allowing classes to begin next week.

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UA, Timken Co. join forces

By admin Published: August 26, 2011

The Timken Co. will move a 6,000-square-foot lab and three employees from Jackson Township to the engineering research building now taking shape on the University of Akron campus.

UA and Timken announced Thursday that university faculty and students would take over the responsibility of surface engineering research for a company product line under the direction of a three-member Timken research team.

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One Akron charter school slated for closure, another at risk.

By John Published: August 25, 2011

The Ohio Department of Education has released its list of charter schools that must close at the end of the school year or are at risk for closure next year if they don't improve their report cards.

Three schools are slated for closure based on this year's report card, which was released Wednesday, including Lighthouse Community & Professional Development Academy. I wrote a story in 2010 about the the principal being fired and concerns expressed by the school's state-authorized sponsor, the Richland Academy of the Arts.

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Some districts still exceed growth expectations despite tougher standard

By admin Published: August 25, 2011

Three local districts got extra credit for exceeding expectations and jumped two levels on their annual state report cards, which were released Wednesday.

Ohio made it harder for school districts to increase their ratings by showing greater-than-expected progress on this year's report cards.

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State report cards are out! Akron comes out on top under stricter graduation rate formula

By John Published: August 24, 2011

Just got off the media conference call for the state's rollout of the new report cards. My story on Akron's graduation rate went live at 10 a.m. Our charts for comparison are up on, too.

State superintendent Stan Heffner praised Akron for actually improving its graduation rate under a stricter standard that appears on the report cards today, but won't count until next year.

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Students in Ohio protest aid tie-up amid dispute

By admin Published: August 23, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: Some university students in Ohio have staged at a protest at a school where financial aid money is locked up by a faculty contract dispute.

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Video games, neuroscience, memory and attention

By John Published: August 23, 2011

I know, I know, I'm supposed to be crunching numbers from the report cards, which will officially be released tomorrow at 10 a.m. My story on some results of the Akron report card is on

But hey, during a Google News break I found this interesting article on Gamasutra by Erin Robinson, a former neuroscientist turned video game developer about studies that explore the effect of gaming on the brain. For example, did you know that anterograde amnesiacs, who cannot form new memories because of brain damage, can learn to play Tetris and get better at it?

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Akron school board member Amy Grom fails to make ballot

By John Published: August 22, 2011

Amy Reeves Grom, who is running for a second 4-year term, failed to turn in enough valid signatures to appear on the November ballot, according to the Summit County Board of Elections, which certified candidates this morning.

She missed the mark of 300 valid signatures by 13 .

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By admin Published: August 21, 2011


Kent State student Ashley Mowen of Rootstown received a $1,000 Don Schmidt Scholarship from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation. She is a major in recreation, parks and tourism management and is a customer service rep at the KSU Adventure Center. She was one of three scholarship winners statewide.

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'Restaurant: Impossible' helps Canton South eatery

By admin Published: August 20, 2011

Two hundred lucky diners will be sitting down to a meal in the newly redesigned Heritage Room restaurant at Canton South High School this evening with the chance to be on national television.

The restaurant was selected for a makeover by the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible.

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Back from brain boot camp

By John Published: August 19, 2011

I spent the first part of August in Philadelphia as the grateful recipient of a scholarship to attend the Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania. The intensive 10-day institute is sponsored by the Center for Neuroscience & Society. Here's the center's description of what the Boot Camp is all about:

I learned a great deal from the excellent lecturers (who both know their stuff and know how to teach it) . I also appreciated the contributions from my 30 or so fellow Boot Camp recruits, who included lawyers, philosphers, sociologists, business professors, science reporters and authors, a career U.S. foreign service officer, an Emmy-award winning television producer,  a mental health advocate, a nonprofit founder, a consultant specializing in life sciences, and an assistant pastor who also is a Georgetown professor. I'm sure I'm leaving someone out. It was quite a diverse group.

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Light interest in expanded Ohio school vouchers

By admin Published: August 16, 2011

COLUMBUS: Interest from Ohio parents has been light as the state expands its offer for vouchers that allow children to move from low-performing public schools to private schools.

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By admin Published: August 14, 2011

Greentown grade school and high school graduates through 1957 will reunite at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Greentown Park. For details, call Freddie Dixon at 330-714-2044 or 330-686-8682 after 6 p.m.

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By admin Published: August 14, 2011

School issues flood Nov. 8 ballot

By admin Published: August 12, 2011

Akron and eight other Summit County school districts will ask voters to open their wallets in the Nov. 8 election.

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Petro unveils new proposal for higher education

By admin Published: August 11, 2011

The University of Akron and Kent State could set different tuition levels for different programs and possibly make purchases of up to $1 million without seeking bids in a new plan to be unveiled today by Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

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U.S. education secretary says states to get school test waivers

By admin Published: August 8, 2011

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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KSU faculty under gun for contract

By admin Published: August 7, 2011

Kent State’s tenure-track faculty are under the gun to get a new contract before Election Day Nov. 8.

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College of Wooster to keep Light Opera company

By admin Published: August 6, 2011

After an 18-month study, the private College of Wooster has decided to maintain its relationship with the Ohio Light Opera.

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More students, higher tuition to balance UA budget

By admin Published: August 4, 2011

The University of Akron will make up for a loss of $15 million in state aid this year by enrolling more students and charging them more.

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Summit County school levies failed Beacon Journal story erred

By admin Published: August 4, 2011

Wednesday’s edition of the Beacon Journal had incorrect results on page A1 for the Stow-Munroe Falls and Nordonia Hills school levies that were on Tuesday’s special ballot.

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Student survey calls Ohio U top party school in U.S.

By admin Published: August 3, 2011

COLUMBUS: Ohio University, set in an Appalachian town known for its rowdy Halloween bashes, has been named the nation’s No. 1 party school, pushing the University of Georgia down a slot in the 2011 Princeton Review survey released Monday.

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Springfield grad wins $10,000 prize for texting video

By John Published: August 2, 2011

Amber Cullen, who shot a clever one-minute safety video about texting while driving, won the big $10,000 prize in Bridgestone America's national contest.I wrote about her and posted her video here.

Here's the news from the press release (she's from Springfield Township, BTW):

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UA fundraising over past six years

By admin Published: August 2, 2011

Fundraising totals for the University of Akron over the past six years:

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By admin Published: August 1, 2011

The Akron East High Classes of January and June 1955 will reunite at noon Sept. 10 at the Prestwick Country Club North Club House in Green. For details, call Dave and Marilyn Young at 330-784-5167.

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