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World Championship Cavaliers Back for New Season

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm
The championship still hasn't sunken in for some players.

State Finds ECOT Attendance Was Much Lower Than Expected

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:44 PM

by Andy Chow

The state education department says Ohio's largest online charter school severely over-reported how many students actually attended class full time. But the school says the state's report is a slap in the face to a pending court battle.

The state says only 40% of the more than 15,000 students enrolled at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spent enough time learning during the day to qualify as full-time students. 

Senate Education Committee Reconvenes Tuesday

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM

by Michelle Faust

Although the Lame Duck Legislative Session doesn’t begin until after the November election, the Ohio Senate Education Committee is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday. 

Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says a truancy bill is her highest priority.  The Senate Republican from Kettering says the legislation requires schools to look at why students skip class instead of resorting to suspensions.

"To start looking at truancy as a social-emotional issue, as opposed to a judicial-issue."

CTU Membership Votes Down Tentative Agreement with Cleveland Schools

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM

by Michelle Faust

The Cleveland Teachers Union goes back to the drawing board, after a Thursday vote tally showed members rejected a tentative contract with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Fifty-one percent of union members voted down the tentative agreement.

CTU President David Quolke says he has a few ideas as to why members defeated the contract by a narrow margin.

Dogs Sniff Out Pollution Along Great Lakes

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Trained dogs are helping localities find leaky sewer pipes that are polluting Great Lakes tributaries.

Districts in Poverty Have Lowest Report Card Grades, New Federal Law Aims to Track Progress

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

by Michelle Faust

When report cards came out recently, it was not without controversy.

Districts did worse than last year because the tests and the expectations changed. It was harder to get a passing grade.

“But the report card is important. It tells us useful information and we can't just ignore it in this state,” says Howard Fleeter, an economist who consults for the non-profit Ohio Education Policy Institute. “As we raise the bar, we're increasing the challenge disproportionately for districts that are struggling the most.”

New Trump Staffer In Mahoning County Has History Of Trump Critique

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Tracey Winbush has made a number of negative comments about Trump in the past.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against How Ohio Purges Voter Rolls

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Ohio's process to remove voters from the rolls.

Ohio Election Update: Trump Visits Cleveland Heights, Team Kasich Fires Back at Priebus

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
A look at the week's political news in the Buckeye State.

School Groups Say Report Shows Continuing Connection Between Poverty And Student Performance

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

by Karen Kasler

A report commissioned by three groups representing officials from traditional public schools shows what they call a strong link between student performance and household income - in other words, kids in wealthy districts do better on tests on average than kids in poor districts do.

Eighth Sustainable Cleveland Summit Wraps Up

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:22 pm
The two-day event provides opportunities for participants to learn about and build on renewable processes.

Democratic Mayors Tour Ohio for Hillary

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm
20 Mayor, 18 cities, Ohio Cities Are Stronger Together tour says Clinton "gets it."

Presidential Campaigns Discuss the Great Lakes

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm
Representatives from the Clinton & Trump campaigns spoke Thursday at the Great Lakes Restoration Conference.

Ohio GOP Political Consultant: All Republicans 'Insulated' From Trump

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Mark Weaver, a GOP political consultant in Columbus, discusses how the Ohio GOP is set apart from 'Trumpism.'

Cleveland Hotels Face Lower Occupancy Rates Following RNC

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am
Cleveland Visitors Bureau & other agencies say RNC experience helping to attract larger groups to city