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Green schools to cut teachers if levy fails

By John Published: October 30, 2010

Superintendent Michael Nutter said if the proposed 6.7-mill levy on Tuesday's ballot should fail the district faces the prospect of trimming its staff by as many as 75 staff positions, including up to 65 teaching slots.

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Plain Dealer levy questionnaires

By John Published: October 28, 2010

The Plain Dealer editorial board sent questionnaires to several Northeast Ohio school districts with issues on the Nov. 2 ballot. Here's some links to the responses from some of our area districts.

Brunswick in Medina County

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Hudson teachers agree to pay more for health-care premiums

By John Published: October 27, 2010

John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Hudson teachers have agreed to concessions including a boost in health-care contributions in hopes of persuading voters to approve a new levy on Tuesday's ballot.

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Hudson teachers agree to concessions

By John Published: October 26, 2010

Hudson teachers had a contract until next September, but agreed to concessions Monday  in hopes of persuading voters to approve an operating levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The union membership voted yesterday afternoon to approve the deal and the school board followed suit last night.

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LeBron donates computers to Akron schools

By John Published: October 26, 2010

John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

The LeBron James Family Foundation is giving Akron Public Schools 1,000 computers for students to use both during classes and in the district's after-school programs.

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LeBron donates 1,000 computers to Akron Public Schools

By John Published: October 25, 2010

The LeBron James Family Foundation is giving 950 laptops and 50 desk top Hewlett-Packard computers  to the Akron Public Schools for use during school and in its after school program.

LeBron's girlfriend Savannah Brinson was at the meeting in person and took home a stack of thank you cards from the kids who will benefit from this donation, worth about $500,000.

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Hudson reaches deal with teachers union

By John Published: October 25, 2010

The Hudson school district has reached a tentative agreement with its teachers, according to the district. Teachers are voting today on the deal; the school board votes tonight at its meeting. The district will be posting details on its Web site www.hudson.edu.

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Teacher salaries draw scrutiny

By Doug Published: October 25, 2010

As school districts go to the polls in Northeast Ohio, they're beginning to experience organized opposition that has been common in southwest Ohio.

In the Revere district in Summit County, the opposition is taking aim at teacher salaries.

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Safe routes to school meeting Oct. 27 at Northwest

By John Published: October 19, 2010

Canal Fulton and Northwest schools hope to get federal money through the Ohio Department of Transportation to develop safe routes to walk or bike to school. Officials are seeking the public's ideas at a meeting on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Middle School (cafeteria), 8614 Erie Avenue NW.

Full release and contact info  after the jump

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Mom's warnings pass the test

By John Published: October 18, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Oklahoma school districts opposed to special ed voucher

By John Published: October 18, 2010

Oklahoma lawmakers enacted a voucher system for special education like the McKay scholarships in Florida and the Ohio Autism Scholarship program, which I wrote about here and here on Sunday. But Oklahoma school districts say they won't comply with the new law.  Here's the link to Friday's State of Ohio Education blog , which picks up the story from Education Week, with more details.

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Complaints trouble state autism fund

By John Published: October 17, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

For almost seven years, the state has allowed parents to withdraw their autistic children from public schools and buy private services with taxpayer money.

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Districts in the dark about state support

By John Published: October 15, 2010

The Plain Dealer has the rundown on NE Ohio districts on the ballot Nov. 2. The story includes some bullet point items that are affecting school finances throughout the state:

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Life Skills charter school in Florida to close

By John Published: October 15, 2010

The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida  reports that a Life Skills Center operated by White Hat Management will close:

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Area math teachers share teaching ideas

By John Published: October 15, 2010

John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Ohio teachers asked for pay cut to help levy

By John Published: October 14, 2010

Associated Press

TOLEDO, OHIO: School administrators in one of Ohio's largest cities are asking teachers to accept a pay cut to help the district at the ballot box.

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Math teachers in Akron Thursday

By John Published: October 13, 2010

Don't forget, the 60th Annual Conference of of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics starts Thursday in Akron at the John S. Knight Center.

Teachers from several area districts are making presentations including Akron, Stow-Munroe Falls, Medina, Hudson, Rootstown, Woodridge and Wooster.

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Ohio court: Charter school properties are taxable

By John Published: October 13, 2010

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Ohio's Supreme Court has ruled that charter school landlords don't get any property tax exemption for commercial buildings rented to the schools.

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Babble's not the tower, it's the foundation

By John Published: October 12, 2010

Interesting piece in the New York Times by a pediatrician who always asks parents if their baby is babbling.

The word ''babble'' is both significant and representative repetitive syllables, playing around with the same all-important consonants. (Indeed, the word seems to be derived not from the biblical Tower of Babel, as folk wisdom has it, but from the ''ba ba'' sound babies make.)

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Akron schools endorse Issue 17 on ballot

By admin Published: October 12, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer


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APS Board endorses Issue 17, Haas votes no

By John Published: October 11, 2010

The Akron Public Schools board voted 6 to 1 in favor of a resolution supporting Issue 17, the proposal to divert a third of the dedicated city income tax for school construction for three years to support safety forces and snow removal.

Board vice president Jason Haas repeated his opposition to the proposal,  noting that the campaign signs he's seen ask for a yes vote on all the proposed city charter amendments, including 17.

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Lighthouse Academy teacher surprised by OfficeMax

By John Published: October 5, 2010

Here's the press release:

A deserving first grade teacher from Lighthouse Academy in Akron, Ohio will receive a surprise visit from OfficeMax where she will be honored and recognized with an award and $1000 worth of school supplies as part of the ''A Day Made Better'' national cause event celebrating teachers for their extraordinary efforts in the classroom.

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CNN to visit National Inventors Hall of Fame School

By John Published: October 5, 2010

Akron's newest middle school continues to attract national attention. CNN is visiting the new building on South Broadway on Oct. 7. This summer, Newsweek included the school in a story about fostering creativity. Details on the CNN visit after the jump


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APS board punts on Issue 17, will revisit next Monday

By John Published: October 5, 2010

Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville, Akron Finance Director Diane Miller-Dawson and Akron Service Director Rick Merolla (all members of the Joint Board of Review that oversees the school construction project) came to the school board's special meeting Monday to talk about Issue 17.

Issue 17 -- the proposed charter amendment that would divert a third of the city's dedicated income tax for school construction  to safety forces for three years -- was the sole item on the agenda (other than the executive session to ratify the teachers' contract).

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Akron board OKs contract

By John Published: October 5, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

The Akron school board agreed Monday to a two-year contract with the teachers' union that freezes base salaries, but includes a one-time bonus and one paid personal day.

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Akron teachers get a contract

By John Published: October 4, 2010

The Akron School Board tonight approved a two-year contract that includes no raises for teachers on base pay, potential health concessions to be decided later and new contract language limiting the excuses for absences.

Teachers will receive a one-time bonus of 2 percent of their base pay, somewhere in the range of $1,100 to $1,500. Teachers also get, for the first time, a personal day they can use however they choose.

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Young inventors induction set for Oct. 23

By John Published: October 4, 2010

Akron-based National Museum of Education will induct these five students on Oct 23 into its National Gallery for America's Young Inventors :

Anirudh Mohan, Clifton, VA, Freshman -Duke University
Synthesis and Characterization of Biomarker-Harvesting Hydrogel Nanoparticles

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APS teachers ratify tentative agreement/board meets tonight

By John Published: October 4, 2010

The Akron Education Association approved a tentative agreement Sunday by 97 percent, as expected. The board votes in a special session tonight. We should have contract details after the board vote tonight.

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Schools can offer flexible options

By John Published: October 3, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Ohio high school students this year won't have to log 120 hours of seat time to get credit for required or elective courses.

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C-Span digital bus coming to STEM school and UA Tuesday

By John Published: October 1, 2010

Launched in June 2010, C-SPAN's new customized coach is engaging visitors of all ages through interactive multimedia.  Digital Bus visitors are experiencing C-SPAN's unique public affairs content across high-tech platforms such as HD-TV, the internet, and radio, encouraging customers to follow "Washington, your way."  Hands on demonstrations feature the C-SPAN Video Library and the network's social media offerings and there are special resources for civics teachers and their students.

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New York Times slings Singapore Math

By John Published: October 1, 2010

NYT has a story about Singapore Math, which emphasizes more time on fewer topics using lots of visual and hands-on aids to boost conceptual understanding. Read all about it here.

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Nordonia to talk about levy Oct. 20

By John Published: October 1, 2010

What:    Why A Levy?

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Crusade to rescue East pays off

By John Published: October 1, 2010

By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

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