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Elementary years more than a waiting room for puberty

By John Published: December 30, 2011

Hormones don't take a vacation between the toddler and teen years, according to this  fascinating story about brain development in the New York Times

Middle childhood is the time to make sense and make friends. ''This is the period when kids move out of the family context and into the neighborhood context,'' Dr. Campbell said.

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Check out 10th Period education blog

By John Published: December 29, 2011

Former state Rep. Stephen Dyer launched a new blog today on education called 10th Period. Dyer and I were colleagues at the Beacon Journal before he got smart and went to law school. In the legislature, he was among the most active in shaping education policy for the Democrats. He is currently the Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio.  For this blog, he promises to host a thoughtful discussion with all viewpoints welcome.


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Bowden's contract echoes Ianello's at UA

By admin Published: December 29, 2011

Terry Bowden's contract at the University of Akron seems almost identical to that of his predecessor.

The new football coach will earn the same salary, has a five-year contract and has similar incentive compensations as Rob Ianello, who was ousted around Thanksgiving after two years on the job.

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Celebrations: Dec. 26

By admin Published: December 27, 2011


Gov. John Kasich appointed Paul R. Bishop of Canton to a nine-year term on the board of trustees for the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Bishop is chairman and chief executive of H-P Products and of Engineered Tube Bends. He replaces Judith Barnes Lancaster, whose term on the medical school board has expired.

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Santa comes to Children's Hospital

By admin Published: December 25, 2011

At one point, all 3-year-old Logan Johnson wanted for Christmas was a pack of underwear. But by Saturday, he had upgraded that request to a ''choo-choo train.''

The Randolph Township boy was among hundreds of patients and visitors at Akron Children's Hospital to get a personal visit from Santa Claus, aka Cuyahoga Falls Patrolman. Greg Kenepp.

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By admin Published: December 25, 2011

1961 graduates of Akron's North Hill Catholic grade schools St. Anthony, St. Hedwig, St. Martha and Christ the King will hold a 50-year reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Carovillese Hall, 570 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. Faculty, staff and members of adjacent classes are welcome. For information, contact Carol Lieb at 330-762-6067 or

Akron St. Vincent High School's Class of 1967 will reunite Sept. 12 for the St. Vincent-St. Mary/Hoban football game at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron and Sept. 22 at the Red Fox in Cuyahoga Falls. For information, contact George Rooney at

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Major donor, some supporters unhappy with Girl Scouts

By admin Published: December 24, 2011

The Girl Scouts of North East Ohio is facing a buzz saw as it tries to shed four camps that it deems too costly to keep.

Members and a longtime family of donors are complaining that the organization is straying far from its roots and downsizing the very attraction that sets it apart.

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Group says Ohio has most 'green' school projects

By admin Published: December 20, 2011

WASHINGTON: A report praises Ohio for having more environmentally-friendly school projects under way than any other state.

The nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council says the state has 315 school projects registered and certified under the council's LEED program. LEED L-E-E-D stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides a set of international standards for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly methods and materials.

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Kent State buying up land west of campus

By admin Published: December 17, 2011

KENT: The real-estate market is sluggish, but not for property owners in Kent State University's line of sight.

University trustees this week approved the purchase of three more properties between campus and downtown Kent at a total cost of $1.42 million.

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Blessings in a Backpack helping kids in Akron

By John Published: December 16, 2011

Stay tuned tomorrow for a story about how St. Hilary parish is helping 350 kids at Helen Arnold elementary school and Akron Digital Academy by sponsoring a program that gives students food packages to get them through the weekend so they can return on Monday ready for school. The program is called Blessings in a Backpack. Here's a video I shot last night while the volunteers packed the food bags. You can make donations at the national website. Just make sure you specify that you want it to go to the Akron program. You an also email the local program at for information about volunteering or donating. They need $28,000 a year to make it work. The Millennium Fund for Children kicked in $1,000 this year. 

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School lunch math creates problems for Ohio district's workers

By admin Published: December 16, 2011

COLUMBUS: A major Ohio school district has found that 19 of its employees understated their income on federal forms for getting free or reduced-price lunches for their own children.

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Ohio lands Early Childhood Ed Race to the Top funds

By John Published: December 16, 2011

This just in from the Ohio Department of Education:

Ohio will receive up to $70 million to improve the quality of programs that serve high-needs children from birth to five years and to carefully measure the results of programs in alignment with Governor John Kasich's goals of creating better metrics and coordination among agencies that serve young people.

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Chemistry show visits Case

By admin Published: December 15, 2011

The kindergarten kids at Akron's Case elementary school strapped on goggles Wednesday for a hands-on exploration of chemistry at a series of stations in the gym.

The ultimate station involved mixing two liquids to make a sort of solid gloop also known as slime.

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70 KSU Stark students unexpectedly get degrees

By admin Published: December 15, 2011

Jim Bunnell racked up credits in English at Kent State Stark, but dropped out to marry and have two children.

This fall, though, the school in Jackson Township called him with pleasant news: He had earned enough credits for an associate degree and could collect it at graduation Friday.

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COSI brings the slime to Case

By John Published: December 14, 2011

Just got back from Case elementary school in Akron where COSI on Wheels is back in the area with their moblie chemistry show. I shot a video of the same program last March when COSI visited Northwest elementary.

Case PTA parent Sherri Hart is an ExxonMobile chemist who received two $500 grants from her employer for volunteering with the PTA, which enabled the PTA to bring in COSI on Wheels.

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KSU to take steps to acquire podiatric college

By admin Published: December 14, 2011

KENT: Kent State trustees agreed Tuesday to take steps to acquire the independent Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

KSU President Lester Lefton said he hopes to bring details of a merger or acquisition to trustees within six months.

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Former State Rep. Stephen Dyer quoted in NYT story on online schools

By John Published: December 13, 2011

Stephen Dyer (former state rep and Beacon Journal reporter--not at the same time, of course) is quoted in the New York Times about the profitability and political influence of online schools. Dyer is now an Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio, a progressive policy think tank known in some circles as the Strickland administration in exile (president and CEO Janetta King was Strickland's deputy chief of staff for policy; Dyer was a key ally and architect in the Ohio House on Strickland's education budget). Here's the part of the NYT story by Stephanie Saul that mentions Dyer:

The protest was prompted by questions Mr. Dyer had raised over the state's financing formula for charter and online schools. The group describes itself as a coalition of parents, teachers and employees of the schools. But Mr. Dyer said that his wife questioned the people carrying the signs and found out they were paid temp agency workers.

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Hey teachers, Neuroscience Boot Camp wants you!

By John Published: December 13, 2011

The Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the 2012 Neuroscience Boot Camp, a 9-day intensive seminar for non-neuroscientists. Here's a brief description:

In related news, one of the researchers I heard speak at the third biennial conference of the International Mind, Brain and Education conference in San Diego in June has won that association's 2011 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award.

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Akron levy, Northfield, Macedonia mayoral election results stand

By admin Published: December 10, 2011

The November election results in five close contests, including the defeated Akron school levy and two mayoral races, will stand after a recount of ballots Friday at the Summit County Board of Elections confirmed the outcomes.

The Akron school levy failed Nov. 8 by only 203 votes, enough to warrant an automatic recount because the difference between winning and losing was less than one-half of 1 percent of all votes cast.

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KSU, other sites open lactation rooms

By admin Published: December 9, 2011

APS confirms 5.9 mill levy request

By John Published: December 6, 2011

The noon school board meeting today was over in about a minute with a unanimous vote to put a 5.9 mill levy on the March ballot.

You have to vote twice, once to set the millage (which the board did on Monday) and again after the county auditor runs the numbers and determines how much money the levy will raise.

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Akron schools will seek a slightly larger levy this spring

By admin Published: December 6, 2011

The Akron school board authorized the district to put a 5.9-mill levy on the March primary ballot Monday morning.

But even if the levy passes, the district may have to shed as many as 224 jobs next year to balance its books.

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APS to try for 5.9 mill levy in March

By John Published: December 5, 2011

The Akron school board this morning authorized the district to put a 5.9 mill levy on the March ballot. The request is slightly higher than the levy that narrowly failed in November, but it would collect the same amount, about $14 million a year.

The initial request was based on an estimate that one mill of property tax valuation would collect $2.56 million. Turns out the official valuation, which wasn't available when the district got on the November ballot, is $2.44 million per mill.

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Help for homeless children

By admin Published: December 3, 2011

Children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless and are eligible for services under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. For more information about services or how to help in Akron, call Debra Manteghi, program manager of Project RISE, at 330-761-2969.

In Canton, call Rhonda Albu at 330-438-2563.

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Cleveland schools cut one-third of security staff

By admin Published: December 2, 2011

CLEVELAND: Nearly a third of the security officers at one of Ohio’s largest school districts have been laid off because of budget cuts.

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UA trustees approve pay hikes

By admin Published: December 1, 2011

Despite tough times elsewhere and a revenue shortfall, trustees at the University of Akron approved a wide-ranging slate of pay increases Wednesday.

Revenue fell $4 million short of its year-to-date budgeted level of $191 million, or about 2 percent, mostly because fewer students enrolled than expected. Expenditures also exceeded the budget by $1 million, according to board documents.

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LeBron James visits Akron third-graders

By admin Published: December 1, 2011

After LeBron James read the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You'll Go! to more than 300 eager Akron third-graders Wednesday, he asked them what they thought the story meant.

''What does this symbolize in life or everyday challenges? What is it telling you?'' the NBA star asked.

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