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LeBron James reads Dr. Seuss to third graders

By John Published: November 30, 2011

Just got back from Mason elementary school where hometown hero LeBron James  was warmly welcomed and thanked by Akron third graders for his investment in their education.

"Mr. LeBron" read the Dr. Seuss classic: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to the third graders who scooted closer on the gym floor to be near the NBA star. Helpers turned the pages of an enormous edition of the book behind him so everyone could follow along.

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Akron school levy gains enough votes for recount

By admin Published: November 30, 2011

The Akron school levy gained nearly 200 votes with provisional and absentee ballots — enough to require an automatic recount.

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Celebrations

By admin Published: November 27, 2011

Education

• Two new members have been elected to the Northeast Ohio Medical University Foundation Board of Directors – Dean L. Olivieri, president of Fred Olivieri Construction, and Bruce E. Sherman, president of Sherman Creative Promotions Inc. The foundation aims to strengthen the financial capacity of the university and broaden access to medical and pharmacy education.

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University of Akron, other Ohio colleges try to keep names out of .xxx Internet domain

By admin Published: November 23, 2011

CLEVELAND: Universities in Ohio have joined schools nationwide in trying to keep their good names sullied by new, X-rated Internet domain.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports Ohio State, the University of Akron, Oberlin College and other universities in Ohio are trying to lock down web addresses ending in .xxx that would feature school names, mascots and other recognizable branding.

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Ohio bill could mean tax savings for college students

By admin Published: November 22, 2011

COLUMBUS: A bill awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature would allow Ohio college students to use grant money for their room and board tax-free.

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Springfield officially out of fiscal emergency

By John Published: November 22, 2011

Ohio Auditor David Yost has officially released Springfield Local Schools from fiscal emergency and state oversight. (note: auditor's release has a mistake. Springfield closed one elementary school, not two).

The district didn't pass any new operating taxes to climb out, unlike Little Miami, which slipped into fiscal emergency a year ago and passed a nearly 14-mill levy in November by 61 votes (might be a recount there).

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12-year-old app club founder teaching kids and teachers

By John Published: November 17, 2011

If you're 12 and want to know how to make a video game, say, a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole iPhone application, where do you go to learn how? Let Thomas Suarez, who started an app club at school, explain it all for you.


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Peninsula woman will star in Time Warner STEM PSA

By John Published: November 16, 2011

In October, TWC launched its Super Connector Search contest, asking customers to share how they've connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.

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Celebrations

By admin Published: November 13, 2011

Education

Geraldine Hayes-Nelson, executive director of program and community outreach for Kent State, was named the 2011 TRIO Achiever by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, which hosts federally funded programs for first-generation, low-income and physically challenged students. Nelson benefitted from a federally funded program for students with disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Jewish family sues Green schools over bullying of girl

By admin Published: November 12, 2011

The family of a 14-year-old girl has sued school officials in Green, alleging they failed to stop physical and emotional bullying aimed at their daughter in part because she is Jewish.

The parents sued in U.S. District Court after withdrawing their daughter from Green High School last month because, according to the lawsuit, officials did nothing to stop the taunting, violence and threats of violence. The name of the family is being withheld to protect the identity of the girl.

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Lippman school bonds with Northern Cheyenne Nation

By admin Published: November 11, 2011

Native Americans often teach with stories, and Norma Wolfchief-Gourneau told a compelling one to students at the Lippman School Thursday morning.

Wolfchief-Gourneau, the former vice president of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, along with two other tribal leaders, visited Lippman to share their culture and set the stage for a May field trip that 10 Lippman middle school students will take to their reservation in southeast Montana.

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University of Akron faculty groups want liability explained

By admin Published: November 11, 2011

Two faculty organizations at the University of Akron are pressing the administration to explain how it will cover a $26 million liability.

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Northern Cheyenne tribal leaders visit Lippman School

By John Published: November 10, 2011

Tribal leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Nation visited The Lippman School today to talk to students about Cheyenne culture and traditions. Ten middle school students at Lippman will visit the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana in May. They will speak to a public audience this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the JCC Auditorium. Seen in the video are Norma Wolfchief-Gourneau, Richard Littlebear, president of Chief Dull Knife College, a two-year community college, and Barbara Braided Hair.

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Ground broken on housing-retail complex at Cleveland State

By admin Published: November 9, 2011

CLEVELAND: Top civic leaders among the Cleveland State University alumni ranks helped turn the first shovels of dirt Wednesday for a $50 million housing-retail complex that it calls the city's largest residential development in more than 30 years.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney, all alumni, participated in the groundbreaking under a tent and threatening skies.

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Patrick Bravo wins write-in race for Akron School Board

By John Published: November 9, 2011

Pity the poll workers at Summit County Board of Elections who even at this late hour are finishing tallying  5,555 write-in ballots  for Akron School Board. Theyve been at it all day.

 Director Ron Koehler tells me the winner is Patrick Bravo.

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Waterloo and Field fail in Portage County, Canton passes

By John Published: November 9, 2011

In Portage County, Streetsboro, Aurora and Crestwood all pass their renewals.

In Stark County, Sandy Valley and Minerva pass their renewals, Lake loses its bond issue again and Osnaburg loses.

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Not enough votes left to overcome deficit for APS levy

By John Published: November 8, 2011

Just got off the phone with board vice president Jason Haas. He doesn't see enough votes left for the levy to prevail. He was surprised the campaign did so well on the first try.

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APS levy is 586 votes short of passage

By John Published: November 8, 2011

With 3 precincts left to count.

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Summit absentees in, Nordonia passing

By John Published: November 8, 2011

Nordonia Hills is ahead on absentee ballots. Akron, Barberton, Stow-Munroe Falls and Woodridge all failing, but the night is young.

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University of Akron president aims for 200 new faculty, staff over next 10 years

By admin Published: November 8, 2011

University of Akron President Luis Proenza said Monday he aims to expand the faculty and staff by 200 over the next decade.

He told about 350 community leaders, faculty and students in the UA Student Center that the university is ''developing plans for a 10-year investment strategy of at least $50 million.''

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Akron's new write-in board member won't know until Wednesday

By John Published: November 8, 2011

Ron Koehler, Summit County elections board director, told me this afternoon that the election officials will not count write-in candidates until Wednesday morning.

At least one of these five write-in candidates will be on the Akron School Board next year: Patrick L. Bravo; Robert Roe Fox; John David Goode; Gary Hagen; or Cheryl Jean Shavers.

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Area districts honored make national AP honor roll

By John Published: November 7, 2011

Stow-Munroe Falls, Aurora, Revere and North Canton are among the 23 districts in Ohio that made the national Advanced Placement Honor Roll.

According to the College Board, which administers the national AP program:

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Akron Public Schools to hire principal for STEM high school

By John Published: November 7, 2011

The Akron school board tonight authorized the district to begin its search for a principal to head the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school, which will open next fall in the former Central-Hower High School.

The new principal will be paid $93,732 and will have a say in the hire of staff for the new school, who must interview for the positions.

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Akron to advise other districts on efficient non-classroom spending

By John Published: November 7, 2011

Akron Public Schools transportation coordinator Kathy Kiehl will speak to a statewide conference on Nov. 9 in Columbus showcasing the state's best examples of reducing costs in non-instructional areas of the school budget.

The conference is sponsored by Ohio Education Matters, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks in Cincinnati. The organization recognized Akron Public Schools earlier this year for "providing non-instructional services more efficiently than other similar districts in the state."

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How not to evaluate teachers: Tennessee edition

By John Published: November 7, 2011

Michael Winerip reports in the New York Times that the Tennessee system of evaluating teachers based on test scores includes peculiar provisions for teachers who teach subjects not included in statewide tests. No test scores for the art teacher? No problem in Tennessee:

Ohio is working now on a system for evaluating teachers in which the standardized test scores of their students account for 50 percent of their evaluation. It has to be ready by the 2013-2014 school year. But like Tennessee, not all subjects in Ohio are tested and the ones that are, aren't tested in every grade. If value-added measures are to be used, they're only applicable for grades 4-8 and just for reading and math.

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Area school board members struggle with smaller budgets, effects of school choice

By admin Published: November 7, 2011

Mary Lou Dodson's interest in school issues started years ago when her daughter was a freshman in high school and taking a science course that had no permanent teacher for six weeks.

Dodson attended a school board meeting to raise concerns. And by the end of the meeting, she decided that she could make a difference as a member of the board.

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Celebrations

By admin Published: November 6, 2011

Education

The Canton Lehman High Alumni Association selected its 11th annual class of Distinguished Alumni. David Horton, Class of 1969, was selected in the category of arts and entertainment; Robert Fleischer, Class of 1959, athletics; Dan Finn, Class of 1974, business; Tom Pieper, Class of 1960, civic/community; Kent Smith, Class of 1959, coach/administrator/teacher; Elaine Esber Elias, Class of 1957, medical; James Casper, Class of 1949, education; and Corinne Esber Mahshie, Class of 1956, service to the alma mater. Alumni association president is Larry Taylor.

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LeBron James urges Akron voters to support school levy

By admin Published: November 5, 2011

LeBron James recorded a robo­call that went out to 30,000 Akron voters Tuesday.

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Educate yourself online for free

By John Published: November 4, 2011

The Marc and Angel Hack Life blog has posted a great collection of websites where you can educate yourself for free, including Khan Academy and course materials from MIT.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you'll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.

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LeBron James wants you to pass Akron's levy

By John Published: November 4, 2011

LeBron James recorded a robocall that went out to 30,000 Akron voters on Nov. 1 who heard him say this:

''Hello, this is LeBron James asking you to support Issue 14 for Akron's Public Schools.  The strength of our community and the Akron Public Schools were a blessing in my life.  
Without issue 14, our schools are facing massive cuts and a future seriously threatened. Our kids are the foundation of Akron. They deserve the best schools the best educational opportunities.
Please remember to vote for Issue 14 next Tuesday November 8th.  Education matters to me and Akron's future. "

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State surveys school officials about shared services

By John Published: November 3, 2011

The state is surveying local school officials to determine how much they work together to share expenses and services. See the Beacon Journal's Government Efficiency Blog for more details. Beacon Journal reporter Dave Scott writes the Government Efficiency Blog, which you can check out here.

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Buchtel cluster community meetings start on Saturday

By John Published: November 2, 2011

Residents of Akron's Buchtel cluster will begin a discussion series this Saturday (Nov. 5) to talk about the future of the cluster's schools. The series is sponsored by The Akron Neighborhood Trust's Project Ujima.

Here's the rundown:

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Rock breaks school window, injures North Canton fourth-grader

By admin Published: November 2, 2011

A North Canton fourth-grader was standing at her teacher's desk at the front of the room Monday morning when a softball-size rock crashed through the back window, sailed over the heads of her seated classmates and struck her above the right eyebrow and fractured her skull.

The rock didn't knock her off her feet and she didn't lose consciousness, but the girl was taken to Akron Children's Hospital and was scheduled for surgery Tuesday morning to correct her dented skull.

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KSU provost named finalist for top job at Tenn. school

By admin Published: November 1, 2011

Kent State University Provost Bob Frank is a finalist for the top job at East Tennessee State University, a tax-supported school with 15,000 students in Johnson City.

Frank notified KSU earlier this year he wanted to be a college president and would leave the university at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

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