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The ZR12 is no go-kart

By John Higgins Published: April 17, 2012

The University of Akron Zips Racing Team unveiled the race car it built for international competitions later this year in a ballroom ceremony Monday at the UA Student Center.

“On behalf of the 25 students that it took to make this car possible, with 20,000 man hours invested over the past nine months, I’d like to present to you the ZR12,” team captain Dan Lough said as team leaders removed the black covering to reveal a sleek open-wheel race car about a fourth of the size of an Indy 500 car.

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Derby gets FirstEnergy donation

By System Administrator Published: March 28, 2012

The All-American Soap Box Derby is getting a financial shot in the arm from FirstEnergy, but isn’t saying for how much.

The power company and youth racing organization announced Wednesday that the Akron-based company would be the title sponsor for the next three years.

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Akron doubles incentive to boost retirements

By John Published: March 26, 2012

Akron is using federal Race to the Top money to double the retirement incentive for teachers from $500 to $1,000.  So far, the district knows of 90 teachers who say they're retiring, about 20 to 25 more than usual, said human resources executive director Kathy McVey, who updated the Akron school board tonight on labor matters. It's too soon to say whether that will offset the 140 teaching jobs that must be eliminated for the next school year to avoid a $22 million deficit.

"We have to match up the people who are retiring with the openings that we'll have," McVey said. "We expect it will offset some of the layoffs that we have to do, but probably not all of them."

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Celebrations March 25

By admin Published: March 24, 2012

All aboard for learning

By admin Published: March 23, 2012

Seven school buses pulled into the Botzum railroad station in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Thursday morning.

Then 229 first-, second- and third-graders from Romig Road Community School climbed aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train to learn about animals that live in the park.

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Report: number of high schools with low graduation rates up in Ohio

By admin Published: March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON: A new report says the number of Ohio high schools considered ''dropout factories'' jumped from 75 to 135 over the eight years ending 2010, an increase that far outpaced other states.

The data is part of research being presented Monday at the Grad Nation summit in Washington. The summit has been organized by the children's advocacy group America's Promise Alliance, founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Education and the poor: what the research says

By John Published: March 19, 2012

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham outlines the research on poverty and education in the Spring issue of American Educator: "Why does Family Wealth Affect Learning?"  When scientists speak of poverty they use the term Socioeconomic Status (SES) to capture not only income, but education level and occupation.

Willingham focuses on two main categories: family investment models and stress models. Family investment theories explore all the ways that higher SES parents tend to invest in their children's social, academic and career-path development. They have more money, for sure, and can afford to live in healthier conditions with better nutrition and higher quality daycare and preschool. But they also spend more time with their children, on average, and engage them in stimulating conversations about the world around them. The stress theories are more directly biological: the high chronic stress common in low SES households floods young developing brains in hormones such as cortisol that  directly impacts brain development, particularly in memory formation and regulation of emotions. Willingham points out that these theories of parental investment and stress are not mutually exclusive.

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Celebrations

By admin Published: March 18, 2012

Students

Joshua Woolls,an international business major at the University of Akron, won the $2,000 top prize at the 2011-12 World Collegiate Sales Open at Northern Illinois University. The competition is designed to mimic real-world activities that a sales representative would need to master, which may not be part of the college curriculum. Woolls expects to graduate this year from UA.

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KSU may launch Cuban studies program

By admin Published: March 16, 2012

Anne Morrison took up salsa dancing.

Then she went to Cuba with a colleague.

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KSU student robbed on campus

By admin Published: March 14, 2012

Beacon Journal staff report

Kent State Police are investigating the robbery of a student at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday in Risman Plaza.

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