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Cleveland’s first union-charter contract agreed upon

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Teachers at Cleveland’s I Can charter schools now have a union contract for three years, the first in the city. The contract sets teacher pay to start at $37,000 with a maximum of about $62,000. “This contract is historic for the state of Ohio, and these teachers deserve a round of congratulations for wanting the voice […]

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Ohio students get welding certification

By   /  June 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Fourteen Ohio high school students and recent graduates took part in a “welding boot camp” to earn their certification last month. “This is an opportunity high school students rarely have,” said Arlette Robinson, career and technical education supervisor for Bradley County Schools. “No one in Bradley County has ever offered this. It’s really a big thing.” Read more here.

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Nanny State of the Week: FDA fries family’s potato chip business with new cooking oil mandates

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, News, Ohio, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Jones’ potato chips will take on a different flavor because the FDA has banned the kind of cooking oil the company has used for 70 years.

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Ohio scraps ‘archaic and unnecessary’ limitation on alcohol content in beer

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  Issues, News, Ohio, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Ohio House voted 88-9 this week to remove Ohio’s prohibition on beer with more than 12 percent alcohol by volume.

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Columbus charter producing results

By   /  May 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Students at Columbus Collegiate Academy are outperforming other students across the state. The school “takes sixth-graders from all over the city who are behind, and in three short years they best state averages,” said Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio policy and advocacy with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which sponsors CCA. “It is unusual for anybody. It […]

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Ohio’s adult diploma program

By   /  May 16, 2016  /  Education Blog, Ohio  /  No Comments


The Ohio Department of Education is now offering a program for adults aged 22 or older to earn their high school diploma rather than a GED. Eighty students have completed the program, which also includes an industry certification, and another 700 are enrolled across the state. “As a former teacher, building principal and district superintendent, I feel […]

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