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Area school districts seek levies on Tuesday's ballot

By admin Published: July 29, 2011

Five residents of the Willow Brook development in Brimfield Township talked with Field schools Superintendent Beth Coleman Wednesday evening about the district's tax issue on Tuesday's special ballot.

The gathering outside the Lewis home was one of several Coleman has attended to talk about the need to pass a 1.25 percent earned income tax for district residents, one of five area school issues on the special election ballot Tuesday.

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The Onion has the answer for debt ceiling debacle

By John Published: July 29, 2011

The satirical news source,  The Onion reports that middle school civics teachers have come to the rescue:

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Local contingency plans in works as federal default looms

By admin Published: July 28, 2011

Many area organizations and businesses dependent on federal support are developing contingency plans in the event that the government defaults on obligations after Tuesday.

They include doctors, hospitals and elderly patients who are dependent on Medicare payments, universities whose students are on federal grants and nonprofit organizations.

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Green schools superintendent promotes savings

By admin Published: July 27, 2011

GREEN: The Green Board of Education has approved eight contracts totaling almost $428,000, but expenditures are less than previous years.

Superintendent Michael Nutter said Monday night's action by the board amounted to notable cost savings.

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Akron schools to seek levy, cut spending

By admin Published: July 27, 2011

The Akron school board will ask voters for new money in November, but plans to make budget cuts as well to keep the levy small enough to pass.

Treasurer Jack Pierson gave the board two extreme scenarios on Monday for eliminating an $11.6 million deficit in the 2012-13 school year, which balloons to more than $100 million two years later.

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APS will put levy on November ballot and cut spending, too

By John Published: July 25, 2011

Akron Public Schools treasurer Jack Pierson gave the board two extreme scenarios at tonight's meeting for eliminating an $11.6 million deficit in the 2012-2013 school year, which balloons to more than $100 million two years later:

Extreme option A: Taxes only, no more cuts. That would require passing a 10.3 mill levy in November that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $315 a year. If the board puts it off another year, taxpayers would have to pass a 14.5 mill levy costing $444 more for the same homeowner.

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Poverty not merely an "excuse" to be reformed away

By John Published: July 25, 2011

Gary Ravani, a recent guest author on the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog,  discusses a 2008 study by the Alameda County (Oakland, California) Health Department. The study, "Life and Death From Unnatural Causes,"  documents health disparities based on neighborhood, income and race. Ravani takes a swipe at "no excuses"  school reformers who argue that poverty is not an excuse for teachers whose students fail standardized tests.

It appears that the medical experts doing the research for this study didn't realize that using the conditions of poverty found in economically segregated communities to explain different life span outcomes is really all a matter of ''making excuses.'' They should have known that dying early results from the ''soft bigotry of low expectations.''

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By admin Published: July 24, 2011

Canton Lehman High School's Class of 1951 will hold its 60-year reunion Aug. 18-21. For details, contact Larry Taylor at 330-494-9519 or

Akron Ellet High School's Class of 1956 will reunite for three days, with the banquet on Sept. 10. For details, call Joan Flynn at 330-733-1696.

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By admin Published: July 24, 2011

From the Beacon Journal's celebrations column, these education kudos:

Babcock & Wilcox in Barberton selected four children of employees to receive $1,500 scholarships for up to four years. Recipients are Barberton High graduate Gina Brescilli, daughter of Perry Brescilli, a B&W project engineer; Barberton High graduate Brandon James, son of Theresa James, a B&W purchasing assistant; Lake High graduate Jeff Kikel Jr., son of Jeff Kikel, B&W quality management and welding engineering manager; and Westlake High graduate Andrew Zheng, son of Ruyu Zhang, a lead research engineer.

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Is teaching the same as shoeing horses?

By John Published: July 21, 2011

The New York Times today has an interesting story on a new teacher training school in New York, the Relay Graduate School of Education, that emphasizes practical techniques over pedagogical theory.

Here's a quote from Relay's future provost,  Brent Maddin:

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Aurora substitute teacher charged with sexual battery

By John Published: July 19, 2011

From the Beacon Journal local news briefs:

An Aurora schools substitute teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy during the past school year.

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Ohio will compete for federal early ed money

By John Published: July 19, 2011

According to the U.S. Department of Education:

 Through RTT-ELC, the Department of Education will work with the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute $500 million in grant funds to states that develop plans for bold, comprehensive reforms that will raise the quality of early learning programs in their state.

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Springfield graduate's video makes national top 10

By admin Published: July 18, 2011

A young man texts a message on his cell phone while driving.

Suddenly a red-caped crusader wearing a white T-shirt and shorts dives into the driver's side window, wrestles the phone out of his hands and tumbles over the female passenger headfirst out of her window.

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Volunteers answer call to clean up Akron skate park

By admin Published: July 18, 2011

An eight-year-old boy and his stepfather wondered who might show up on Saturday morning to fix the rundown concrete skateboard park near Akron Fulton International Airport.

Here's some of the volunteers who answered the call:

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Report says Atlanta schools created culture of cheating, fear

By admin Published: July 16, 2011

ATLANTA: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong answers on students' test sheets and filling in the correct bubbles. At another school, struggling students were seated next to higher-performing classmates so they could copy answers.

Those and other confessions are contained in a new state report that reveals how far some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores in the nation's largest-ever cheating scandal. Investigators concluded that nearly half the city's schools allowed the cheating to go unchecked for as long as a decade, beginning in 2001.

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Baldwin-Wallace to offer graduation 'guarantee'

By admin Published: July 15, 2011

Four years can slide into five, and five into six, if college students don't pay attention. That escalates the cost of an already pricey college education.

So private Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea is joining a handful of other colleges and universities across the country to offer a ''guarantee.'' If students do what they're supposed to do, the college will ensure that they get out in four years or it will pick up the tab for a fifth year of schooling.

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Videos from Mind, Brain and Education conference online

By John Published: July 14, 2011

Last month I attended the third biennial International Mind, Brain and Education Society conference in San Diego, which brought together neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists and educators to discuss the latest research in this new field. I've been subscribing to the society's peer-reviewed journal for more than a year now and it was great to meet many of the leading scholars in person.

Here's the link to video interviews and a keynote presentation put together by The Science Network, an online "public square" to discuss the intersection of science and public policy.

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Revere teachers unhappy about contract extension

By admin Published: July 14, 2011

The Revere Board of Education voted Tuesday to impose a three-year contract extension with its teachers union over the union's objections that the deal, originally reached in March, had been rescinded at the district's request.

The union's current contract was to expire at the end of the upcoming school year, in summer 2012. The three-year extension replaces the final year of that contract and freezes wages and automatic pay raises tied to years of experience, called steps, through June 30, 2014.

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Springfield grad's safety video makes top 10

By John Published: July 13, 2011

"Fellow drivers don't be dumb! When you drive you need your thumbs!"

So says the superhero who leaps into cars to prevent texting while driving.

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Barberton treasurer suggests putting school levy on November ballot

By admin Published: July 13, 2011

BARBERTON: The city schools' treasurer painted a dismal picture for the district's financial future at a special school board meeting Monday night and suggested placing an emergency levy on the ballot in November.

Ryan Pendleton said the district will go in the red by 2013 without additional revenue. He estimates a $1.2 million deficit based on the current level of spending.

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Ohio higher education chief looks to ease state mandates

By admin Published: July 11, 2011

COLUMBUS: Ohio's higher education chief is working on a program for easing regulations on public universities if they agree to give up some state money.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Chancellor Jim Petro will release a specific proposal next month to create semi-private enterprise or charter universities.

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Celebrations - July 10

By admin Published: July 10, 2011


•? Gabriela Jocas of North Canton was one of about 150 children nationwide who represented Ohio in a visit to Capitol Hill to tell Congress of the need for better treatments and a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Gabriela, who has Type 1 diabetes, was a delegate at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.

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New principal for Highland High School

By admin Published: July 8, 2011

GRANGER TWP.: A longtime teacher, coach and athletics administrator for Copley-Fairlawn schools has been named principal of Highland High School in Medina County.

Dana Addis will take over the job Aug. 1.

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KSU student's hard work getting awards helps fund year abroad

By admin Published: July 5, 2011

When Jessica Miller decided to spend a year studying in Germany, she knew she had to come up with a way to pay for it.

So she devoted her freshman year at Kent State applying for grants and scholarships and winning eight awards totaling $16,000 to make her dream come true.

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Neomed gets green light to train Cleveland students

By admin Published: July 4, 2011

The Northeast Ohio Medical College got the green light from the Ohio General Assembly last week to add 35 students from Cleveland State University to its student body.

However, these fledgling doctors will come to the Rootstown Township campus through two new programs that aim to bolster the number of primary-care physicians in Greater Cleveland.

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KSU to increase fall tuition 3.5%

By admin Published: July 1, 2011

Kent State is the latest tax-supported university in Ohio to hike tuition by the state-mandated limit of 3.5 percent this fall.

The university announced Thursday that undergraduate tuition per semester will grow by $158 to $4,673 and graduate tuition by $168 to $4,971 at its eight campuses in Northeast Ohio.

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