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Ohio to Require Defibrillators in Public, Charter Schools

Gov. Mike DeWine is set to sign HB47, a bill mandating AEDs in Ohio schools and sports venues, following alarming statistics from the American Heart Association that sudden cardiac arrest is the...

Ohio Think Tank Enters Fight Against Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Again

The Buckeye Institute, along with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation and the Kansas Justice Institute, filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold previous decisions that...

Ohio Universities Comment on Effect of FAFSA Changes

The recent changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) aimed to simplify the process and broaden access to federal aid. However, the implementation has led to significant...

Federal Agencies Call Out Companies Making Delta-8 Products That Resemble Kids’ Treats

The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Cannabis Control issued a consumer alert due to Delta-8 THC edibles designed to look like popular children's snacks. This follows federal cease and desist...

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Andy Wilson Announced the Hiring of an Anti-Human Trafficking Professional

The Ohio Department of Public Safety has appointed Kelli Cary as the new coordinator for the Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force and hired Kathy Chen as a Special Population Anti-Trafficking...

State Board of Education of Ohio Continues to Search for Options Amid Dismal Funding Outlook

The State Board of Education of Ohio is facing financial challenges despite efforts to make cuts. At a recent meeting led by Superintendent Paul Craft, discussions focused on the board's $17 million...

Columbus City Schools: A Beacon of Financial Excellence for 24 Consecutive Years

In an era where financial transparency and responsibility are paramount, Columbus City Schools (CCS) has once again proven its unwavering commitment to these principles. For the 24th consecutive year...

GOP Platform Calls for ‘Universal School Choice’

At their convention in Milwaukee this week, national Republicans are preparing to endorse "universal school choice" in their platform. Supporters view this as the culmination of long-standing efforts...

Chaos Continues With Ohio Teachers’ Pension Fund as Second Advisor Quits

A second consulting group has withdrawn from Ohio's troubled retired teachers' pension fund, adding to its ongoing turmoil. Anxiety is pervasive at the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), which...

PHONICS INSTRUCTION EMPOWERS COLUMBUS STUDENTS TO READ CONFIDENTLY

Columbus City Schools (CCS) emphasizes the critical importance of literacy skills for student success. Chris Totman, a first-grade teacher at Lindbergh Elementary School with over two decades of...

Newborn Death Rate in Hamilton County Drops Below National Average for First Time: Here’s Why

Hamilton County has achieved a significant milestone with its newborn death rate falling below the national average for the first time, signaling substantial progress in local health outcomes. Dr...

More Americans Say College Just isn’t Worth it, Survey Finds

A recent Gallup and Lumina Foundation poll reveals growing skepticism among Americans regarding the value and cost of higher education. Only 36% of adults express significant confidence in the U.S...

Higher Education Bill Stalls at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio State Senator Jerry Cirino expressed urgency in passing a significant overhaul of higher education policies affecting public universities and community colleges, with only two votes needed to...

Evaluation of Akron Schools Leader is Short, Designed to Avoid ‘Spectacle’ of Previous Superintendent’s Review

The evaluation of Akron Public Schools’ Superintendent Michael Robinson, conducted after his first year on the job starting last August, lauds him as a dedicated advocate for children and families...

Columbus Chamber and ESCCO Unite for Second Annual Careers 2 Classrooms Educator Workforce Boot Camp

This summer, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio collaborated on the second Careers 2 Classrooms Educator Workforce Boot Camp. Sponsored by AT&T...

Newly Introduced Resolution in Ohio Working to Make College Housing More Affordable

Ronay Lyons, a University of Cincinnati alumna and first-generation graduate, initially faced financial barriers to achieving her college degree. She emphasizes the importance of providing affordable...

Westerville City School Board Seeks New Tax Levies to Finance School Work, Operations

The Westerville City School Board has unanimously decided to propose a combined bond-levies issue for the Nov. 5 ballot. This measure aims to fund infrastructure upgrades at four older elementary...

‘Don’t Lump us in’ — Ohio Police Reject GOP’s Pension System Overhaul Due to Teachers’ Controversy

Ohio police officers, including Mike Weinman, are advocating against legislative measures that could impact their retirement benefits amidst controversy surrounding the teachers' retirement pension...

Dr. Catherine Krawczeski Takes on Dual Role as Chief Medical Officer and Physician-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has announced that Dr. Catherine Krawczeski will now serve as Chief Medical Officer in addition to her current role as Physician-in-Chief, effective immediately. Dr...

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Removing Board Members From Teachers’ Pension Fund Amid Controversy

Ohio lawmakers are proposing to remove elected members from the board of the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) amid allegations of public corruption involving board leaders. This move aligns...

Westerville School Board Hired Interim as its new Permanent Superintendent Until July 2027

Angie Hamberg has been appointed as the new permanent superintendent of Westerville City Schools following Joe Clark's resignation less than five months into his tenure. Hamberg, who had been serving...

School Voucher use Surges Among Suburban Northeast Ohio Districts, State Data Show

Ohio's recent expansion of private school vouchers has led to a notable increase in their use, particularly in affluent communities and suburbs like Bay Village, Rocky River, Chardon, and Twinsburg in...

Private School Just For Low Income Kids Looks To Create Thriving Adults

The Greater Dayton School in Ohio stands out by offering personalized education plans, emphasizing whole-child development, and promoting financial independence among its low-income student...

‘Chaotic’: Some Ohio Colleges Worry FAFSA Fallout will Hurt Enrollment This Fall

Ohio Dominican University experienced a significant rebound in freshman enrollment, with a notable 30% increase from 2021 to 2023, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. This positive trend was abruptly...

Celebrating the First Great Year of the Ohio Department of Children and Youth

Today marks the first anniversary of the Ohio Department of Children and Youth. Director Kara Wente provided a brilliant overview of the prodigious and selfless services the department has rendered to...

Teens Participate in Program Started by Cincinnati Business Owner: ‘Most Fun Three Weeks of my Summer’

A group of 14 high school students participated in the Bigger Than Sneakers (BTS) Academy, focusing on designing shoes, clothing, and creating a business strategy over three weeks...

CCS ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AHEAD OF 2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR

Columbus City School is pleased to announce four new assistant principalships ahead of the 2024-25 school year...

How Young is Too Young to be Left Home Alone? Ohio has Some Guidelines for Parents

In Ohio, the decision to leave children home alone is left entirely to the discretion of parents, as there is no specific law governing this choice. The Ohio Department of Children and Youth...

Columbus Promise: Scholar Pacheco Hernandez Encourages New American Students to Apply

The Columbus Promise program a partnership among Columbus City Schools, Columbus State Community College, and the City of Columbus, aims to make higher education more accessible and affordable...

COLUMBUS PROMISE COMMITS TO SENDING MORE STUDENTS TO CSCC FOR YEARS TO COME

In November 2021, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin launched the Columbus Promise, a three-year pilot program offering tuition-free access to Columbus State Community College (CSCC) for...

Another Ohio School District Joins EdChoice Lawsuit, Despite Lt. Gov.’s Attempt to Dissuade

The Upper Arlington City Schools Board of Education decided to join a lawsuit against Ohio's EdChoice private school voucher program, despite opposition from Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. Husted argued that...

Ohio House Passes Bill Banning Discrimination Against Students’ Hair Styles in Public Schools

Ohio's House has passed House Bill 178 with an 83-8 vote, aiming to protect public school students from discrimination based on their hairstyle. The bipartisan effort marks a significant step after...

EdChoice Vouchers: Students Living in Suburban Districts Part of Largest use Increase in Ohio

Suburban Ohio school districts, including Centerville City Schools in the Dayton area, experienced significant rises in students using EdChoice vouchers to attend private schools last year. Despite...

Understanding and Addressing Domestic Violence: Effects on Witnessing Children

Domestic violence is a serious issue that impacts countless individuals and families. This week, our focus is on understanding and addressing domestic violence, with a special emphasis on its effects...

Several Central Ohio Counties Under air Quality Alert Thursday as Heat Wave Persists

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission issued an air quality alert starting at 6 a.m. Thursday for parts of central Ohio, including Delaware, Franklin, Licking, and Fairfield counties, and cities...

Study Shows 1 in 3 Divorced Ohio Dads Will not Spend Father’s Day With Their Children

A study by Mixbook found that 34% of divorced fathers in Ohio won't be with their children on Father’s Day. The survey included 3,000 divorced fathers nationwide and aimed to represent a diverse...

Pregnant Mom Who Tested Positive for Several Drugs Pleads Guilty to 3 Counts

Emily Culp, a 23-year-old from Zanesville, Ohio, with a history of using drugs while pregnant, pleaded guilty to forgery and tampering with records charges. During a recent court appearance, she...

Ohio Overpaid Tens of Millions of Dollars to Thousands of Public Schools, Voucher Programs

Ohio overpaid K-12 school districts, charter schools, and private-school voucher programs by as much as $30 million due to a glitch in the state's funding formula...

THE POWER OF INCLUSION AT CRANBROOK IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF STUDENTS

Cranbrook Elementary School embraces an inclusive education model focused on equity and support for all students. They integrate specialized education programs seamlessly into general education...

THREE NEW PRINCIPALS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF 2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR

Columbus City Schools announces three new principal appointments for the 2024-2025 school year. These appointments mark a new chapter in the respective schools' journeys, and the community looks...

Gahanna Lincoln Teacher Named 2024 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Mark Lowrie, a teacher at Gahanna Lincoln High School, has been named the 2024 Ohio Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Education Association...

CMTO Scholarship Luncheon

Dr. Angela M. Chapman expressed her gratitude for receiving the Community Service Award from @COMTOColumbus at the 2024 Scholarship Luncheon, highlighting the community's commitment to advancing...

Ohio Launches “Buckle Up with Brutus” Seat Belt Program for Elementary Students

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) has launched "Buckle Up with Brutus," a new initiative aimed at educating second and third grade students about the importance of seat belt and booster seat...

Internet Crimes Detectives Arrest Ohio 2nd-Grade Teacher on Child Sex-Related Charges

A 61-year-old second-grade teacher in Ohio, Amit Netanel, was arrested for allegedly trading images depicting child pornography...

Ohio House Passes Bill to Establish Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study Commission

The Ohio House of Representatives voted on HB 352, aiming to establish the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study Commission, a significant move in addressing childhood trauma. Adoption Network...

Nearly a Third of Ohio High School Girls Have Seriously Considered Suicide, New Report Finds

A local woman aims to assist young children in managing stressors and enhancing confidence amid a reported mental health crisis among Ohio girls. The Center for Community Solutions conducted a...

Lawyer Bills SWCSD Tens of Thousands, Parents Concerned With Transparency

Omar Tarazi, an attorney and Norwich Township fiscal officer, has invoiced South-Western City Schools for tens of thousands of dollars this year. However, the nature of his work remains unclear...

Smoking Cessation Program Helping Lower Infant Mortality Rate

A public health campaign in Columbus aims to improve the health of mothers and babies across Central Ohio, with a recent decrease in the infant mortality rate being noted...

City Council Passes Resolution to Support Black Mothers, Infants

The Columbus City Council passed a resolution recognizing the week starting April 11th as Black Maternal Health Week. The resolution also acknowledges the work of "CelebrateOne," a local non-profit...

Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal Stabbing of 17-Year-old Girl, Faces up to Three Years in Prison

Bryanna Barozzini, aged 20, pleaded guilty to the fatal stabbing of a teenager in March 2023, changing her plea from not guilty. She confessed to involuntary manslaughter, leading to the state...

It’s Not Just Test Scores: Kids are Losing Developmental Skills

Pandemic-related learning loss has affected students' fundamental developmental skills, such as sharing and fine motor abilities like using scissors. According to a recent Education Week survey, a...

Cincinnati Public Schools Tightens Student Cellphone Policy, Pursues Yondr Pouches

Cincinnati Public Schools is planning to provide cellphone pouches for all students district-wide, inspired by a successful pilot program at Hughes STEM High School. These Yondr pouches lock students'...

71% of Ohio Eighth Graders not Proficient in Math, According to a new Report

In 2022, a study revealed that the majority of Ohio eighth graders struggled with math, with 71% found to be not proficient. This number has worsened over time, as in 2019, 62% of eighth graders were...

Ohio State Leads in Free Books to Early School Children

At the 2024 Ohio Department of Higher Education Board of Trustees Conference, Governor Mike DeWine praised the Ohio Imagination Library for distributing over 400,000 free books to Ohioans, positioning...

Record 82 Foster Kids Graduate from High Schools in Ohio’s Hamilton County

In 2024, 82 foster children in Hamilton County, Ohio, achieved a remarkable milestone by graduating from local high schools, setting a record. The Hamilton County Job & Family Services is recognizing...

Rossford Schools Getting More Than $600K from Amazon. Perrysburg Residents Want Similar Development

Amazon has entered into an agreement with Rossford schools, promising to contribute over $600,000 annually for a decade as part of a tax abatement deal for a new warehouse in Wood County...

To Serve, Protect Schools

City and school officials in Celina aim to continue their successful partnership placing a police officer in Celina City School, which has proven beneficial over the past three years. However, due to...

Cincinnati Schools Trim $13.7 Million Deficit By Cutting Open Positions, Adjusting Budget

Cincinnati Public Schools leaders discussed eliminating open positions in elementary schools to address a $13.7 million budget gap. The school board received an update on the situation during a...

The DA 100

The superintendent of Columbus City Schools, Angela Chapman, is honored to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Influential Leaders in K12 Education by DA Magazine. This recognition is a testament to...

The DA 100

This is a list of influential leaders and innovators in K12 education, who are making a significant impact on the country's educational system. These individuals are shaping the future of students by...

‘Status of Girls’ study: Ohio’s Girls Ahead in Education, Still Behind in Wages And Mental Health

A new study by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) examines the health and well-being of girls in Ohio. The study found that while Ohio girls have made strides in education, with 47% of...

Cincinnati Preschool Scrambles to Find Funding for Summer Program

The Cincinnati Urban Promise preschool program is facing a financial crisis due to the loss of funding from Cincinnati Preschool Promise. The program was previously funded by the organization's...

Columbus Metropolitan Library to Provide Free Meals to Students at 17 Branches This Summer

This summer, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is teaming up with the Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide free meals to students aged 18 and younger at 17 branches. Starting June 3 and continuing...

Cleveland Father Who Says Infant Son Accidentally Choked to Death on Baby Wipe Gets Life in Prison

Traveon Hughes Sr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge William McGinty after a jury found him guilty of murdering his infant son by stuffing a baby wipe...

Myka Stauffer ‘Rehomed’ Her Autistic Son After Three Years. A New Documentary Reveals The Dark Side of The Mommy Vlogging Industry

In 2020, popular family vloggers Myka and James Stauffer announced that they were "rehoming" their adopted autistic son, Huxley, nearly three years after adopting him from China. Huxley had been...

Central Ohio Program Addresses Foster Kids’ Mental Health

The Buckeye Ranch in central Ohio has created a new program to support high-risk children entering the foster care system, recognizing that many of them have experienced trauma in their lives. This...

‘It Really is Rewarding’: Teacher Retires After Nearly Three Decades in Classroom

Betsy Cole, who has taught elementary school for 29 years, is retiring. However, she plans to remain active with children, particularly her six grandchildren in Tennessee and Ohio...

Former Social Worker Accused of Sex With Teen Boy Pleads Guilty

An Ohio social worker admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy she had been counseling. Payton Shires pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual misconduct with a minor, two counts of...

Timely Donation Needed as Family Awaits Heart for 1-Year Old Son

The Evans family, who has been residing at the Ronald McDonald House in central Ohio while their 1-year-old son Shaun undergoes treatment at Nationwide Children's Hospital, received an unexpected...

Bidding Farewell to Foster Care Awareness Month: A Heartwarming Reunion

As Foster Care Awareness Month comes to a close, we reflect on the inspiring stories of those who have dedicated their lives to providing love and stability to children in need. One such story is that...

Model Policy Published by DeWine Suggests Rules for Cellphone Use in Ohio Schools

The model policy introduced in Ohio restricts student cellphone use during school hours, prohibiting their use on school premises during learning time. Students must store their cellphones securely in...

CPS to Eliminate 14 Assistant Principals, Managers in Effort to Close Budget Deficit

Cincinnati Public Schools voted to eliminate over a dozen assistant principal and manager positions across the district to address a $31.6 million budget deficit...

$1.58M Grant Will Put Health Clinics Inside Zanesville and Maysville High Schools

Zanesville and Maysville high schools are set to establish health clinics within their buildings, thanks to Appalachian Community Grants. Maysville received $283,000, while Zanesville received $1.3...

Ohio Publishes Model Policy for Cell Phones in Schools

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has approved a model policy prohibiting students from using cell phones during school hours. The policy mandates that students store their phones securely in designated...

Will The Leak Scandal Derail Columbus City Schools’ Bid to Close as Many as 20 Schools?

The Columbus City Schools are grappling with fallout from a leaked strategy document, prompting concern over its potential impact on ongoing discussions about school closures...

Keystone Board of Education Rejects Nonrenewal of High School Principal

Keystone High School Principal James Kohler will continue in his position as the Board of Education rejected Superintendent Dan White's recommendation to not renew his contract...

Entire Teaching Staff at Preschool in Amherst Resigns Citing Lack of Transparency From Church Council

The entire staff of the preschool at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Amherst resigned due to demands for transparency regarding the preschool's finances...

South-Western City Schools Identifies Five Superintendent Candidates

The South-Western City School District is in the process of selecting a new superintendent following the resignation of longtime superintendent Bill Wise. Five candidates have been identified for...

Donor support helps Keep Books®, Columbus Division of Police Unite to Improve Book Access

Jamie Lipp, a leader in literacy education and spouse to a Columbus Division of Police Commander, recognized the need to provide books to children in underprivileged communities. With support from the...

Horizon Science Academy’s Temidayo Owoyemi is OSU Wexner Medical Center Athlete of Week

On May 24, Dispatch.com readers voted for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center High School Athlete of the Week for competitions held before May 19. The winner is Temidayo Owoyemi, a track...

Ohio Public Schools are Releasing Kids for Religious Instruction During the School Day. Soon, They Could be Required to do it.

Public schools around Ohio are releasing students from music, art, physical education, and library classes during the school day to attend off-site religion lessons. Soon, schools could be forced to...

Ohio Sees a Spike in Missing Children Cases in 2023

A recent report from the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse highlights a concerning rise in missing children cases in 2023. Over 17,400 children were reported missing, marking a significant increase...

These and Dozen of Ohio Children has Gotten Missing In 2024

In 2023, Ohio saw an alarming surge in missing children, with over 1000 reported missing by September. The trend began in May, when nearly 30 children vanished in just two weeks, leading officials to...

‘Appalled’: Columbus School Board Member Shares Why She Leaked Memo at Heart of Scandal

Columbus City Schools board member Sarah Ingles admitted to sharing the leaked document with the Columbus Education Association (CEA), which has sparked controversy amid discussions about school...

Columbus School Board Members at Odds Over Leaked Task Force Document

A leaked document purportedly authored by a single Columbus Board of Education member disrupted the recent Board meeting, causing confusion. The document, titled "Taking Control of the Task Force...

Ohio Cracking Down on Cellphones in Schools

A new state law in Ohio mandates school districts to limit students' cell phone usage during school hours, with the aim of reducing distractions and improving focus. While the law doesn't enforce a...

NSIDE CCS: TEACHER CHAT – MATH EQUITY

Leilani Connie and Dr. Tiffany Curry, discuss their extensive experience in education, particularly in math teaching and coaching roles within Columbus City Schools (CCS). They emphasize their...

Proposed Ohio Bill Would Charge Teachers, Librarians With Felonies for ‘Pandering Obscenity’

A recent Republican-led bill introduced in the Ohio House proposes charging teachers and librarians with a felony for distributing material deemed "obscene." However, the bill lacks clarity on what...

Columbus City Schools Anticipates a Growing Gap Between Expenses, Revenue

The Columbus City Schools face financial challenges in the coming years, as indicated by the five-year forecast presented at a recent Board of Education meeting. The forecast predicts revenues and...

Columbus Education Association Calls for School Board Member’s Resignation After Document Leaked

The Columbus Education Association is demanding the resignation of a school board member over a leaked document allegedly authored by him. The document details tactics to suppress and divide the...

Columbus City Schools Faces Backlash Over School Consolidation Despite Recent Levy Win

Controversy brews as Columbus City Schools consider closing and consolidating, drawing criticism from parents like Stuart McIntire. Despite Columbus's growth, the plan is unsettling, especially for...

Meet Cincinnati Public Schools’ Interim Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent

Following Superintendent Iranetta Wright's resignation from Cincinnati Public Schools, Shauna Murphy, who currently serves as the Chief of Student, Family, and Community Engagement, has been appointed...

Akron School Board Approves $24 Million in Budget cuts, Including Elimination of 285 Jobs

The Akron Public Schools Board of Education passed a restructuring plan on Monday, entailing $24 million in budget cuts, including the removal of 285 temporary and vacant positions within the district...

Center for Early Learning Open for Child Care Enrollment at Columbus State

Columbus State Community College and The Child Development Council of Franklin County, Inc. (CDCFC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Center for Early Learning, located at 320 N. Grant Ave., to...

Ohio Lawmakers Unveil a Flurry of Bills to Make Child Care More Available, Affordable. But Will They Pass?

Ohio lawmakers have introduced six bills aimed at alleviating the state's child care crisis, spanning from expanding publicly funded child care and preschool to providing significant tax credits to...

Families Concerned About Future of Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students at Oakdale Elementary

Parents of students at Oakdale Elementary in Toledo Public Schools (TPS) are expressing concerns about the discontinuation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at the school for the upcoming...

Clark County CASA Volunteer Awarded For Service to Community, Children in Need

Christin Brown-Worthington, a volunteer with Clark County CASA, has been awarded the "Book of Golden Deeds" Award by the Exchange Club of Springfield, Ohio, in recognition of her dedication to...

Ohio Governor Signs Bill 250 Into Law to Minimize Use of Cell Phone in Schools

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 250 at Karrer Middle School in Dublin, mandating every school district in Ohio to establish official policies regulating cell phone usage during school...

Former Nationwide Children’s, OSU Wexner Nurse Pleads Guilty in Federal Child Porn Case

A former employee of Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has admitted guilt to charges of possessing child pornography and paying a sex offender to produce...

Lower-income Ohioans Can now Get $120 to Cover Kids’ Meals While School’s Out for the Summer

A new federal program aims to provide continuous access to breakfast and lunch for low-income Ohio students during the summer break when school is out...

New Cleveland Schools Teachers Contract Includes Cellphone ban, Raises and Parental Leave

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board of Education approved a new contract with the Cleveland Teachers Union, incorporating various updates...

Ohio Parents and Providers Rally for Affordable Childcare at State House

Ohio parents and childcare providers are set to make their voices heard at the statehouse in a rally advocating for fully funded, quality early childhood education and care...

382 daycares Have Closed in Ohio Since 2020. The Issue: Staffing and Funding

The childcare industry in Ohio is facing a dire situation as over 380 daycare facilities have closed across the state since 2020, with staffing shortages and funding issues cited as the primary...

CCS Champions National Stage to Combat Absenteeism: Every Day Counts Summit

Columbus City Schools (CCS) is poised to make waves on the national platform as Superintendent/CEO Dr. Angela Chapman and Director of Whole Child Community Partnerships Tyree Pollard gear up for the...

Twin Brothers Pay Touching Tribute to Late Brother on Ride Your Tractor to School Day

In a heartwarming display of love and remembrance, twin brothers at Ross High School in Hamilton, Ohio, used the annual Ride Your Tractor to School Day as an opportunity to honor their late brother...

A Mother’s Sacrifice: Inspiring Fun and Unyielding Love

As Mother's Day approaches, it's a time for reflection, gratitude, and celebration of the remarkable women who have shaped our lives. In this spirit, Laura Johnston's heartfelt tribute to her mother...

Northeast Ohio Schools See Positive Changes with Cellphone Restrictions

As the debate over limiting cellphone use in schools gains momentum in Ohio, several districts in Northeast Ohio have already implemented policies to regulate cellphone use during school hours. These...

Bi-Partisan Bill Aims to Support Children with Disabilities in Ohio Divorce Cases

Ohio State Representative Andrea White (R-Kettering) and Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Westlake) have championed House Bill 338, designed to ensure equitable child support for disabled children...

Missing 6-Year-Old Found Safe: Relief in Piketon Community

A tense search for missing 6-year-old Airies Flannery in Piketon, Ohio, ended in relief as officials confirmed her safe recovery. The community was on high alert after Airies wandered from her home...

Community Debates Future of Columbus Schools: Closure Recommendations Stir Controversyations

Columbus City Schools (CCS) faces a pivotal decision as initial recommendations suggest the closure of 20 out of over 100 school facilities. A community task force proposed various scenarios for...

Silencing Distractions: Ohio’s Push to Reduce Cell Phone Use in Schools

In response to concerns about the impact of excessive screen time on students' learning and well-being, Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at curbing phone use in schools. Governor Mike...

Reimagining and Redesigning Education: Perspectives from Columbus City Schools’ Panel Discussion

Columbus, OH–At the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, a transformative dialogue unfolded during the CCS Elevate event, centered on reimagining how education is delivered within Columbus City...

Ohio Father Drops Off One-Year-Old Daughter at Hospital Covered in Fentanyl; Baby Dies, Father Charged with Manslaughter

Substance abuse remains a persistent issue in our communities, often with far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the individuals involved. Abuse of fentanyl could lead to a heightened risk of...

Northeast Ohio Training Equips Child Advocates with Essential Skills

The Ohio CASA/GAL Association and Northeast Area CASA Directors are launching a training for CASA volunteers, staff, GALs and others in Northeast Ohio on June 14 in Akron...

Addressing Underage Drinking: A Call to Action for Parents

Underage drinking remains a persistent issue in our communities, often with far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the individuals involved. The recent incident involving the Olentangy Liberty...

Celebrating the Heart of Education: Teacher Appreciation Week

As the school year enters its final stretch, classrooms across the nation are buzzing with excitement and anticipation. But amidst the flurry of end-of-year activities and exams, there's a special...

Empowering Through Math: Erica Golden’s Innovative Approach to Teaching Inspires Lindbergh Elementary Students

At Lindbergh Elementary School, fifth-grade teacher Erica Golden is revolutionizing the way students perceive math. With her dynamic teaching style and commitment to fostering creativity and...

Young HBCU Graduate Makes History as Founding Principal of LINC Academy in Columbus, Ohio

David Ross's achievement as the youngest founding principal of LINC Academy in Columbus, Ohio, is remarkable on several fronts...

Kevin Greenwood Takes the Lead: Co-Chairing National Urban Leadership Council for CASA/GAL

CASA of Franklin County Program Director Kevin Greenwood has been selected by the National CASA/GAL Association to serve on its Urban Leadership Council. Greenwood will serve as Co-Chair...

Columbus Schools Contemplate Closure: Consolidation Due to Underuse

Columbus City Schools stakeholders are once again tasked with recommending which buildings should close in the years ahead...

From Pandemic Postponement to Proud Procession: 12,000 Ohio State Graduates Gear Up for In-Person Graduation Ceremony

Just over four years ago, most high school students could not attend their graduation ceremony as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most events across the country. On Saturday, about 12,000 Ohio State...

Father’s Attorneys Seek Exclusion of Death Penalty in Case of Alleged Triple Filicide

The case of Chad Doerman, accused of shooting and killing his three sons, has garnered significant attention in Clermont County, Ohio. Doerman's attorneys have filed a motion requesting the exclusion...

Celebrating the Pillars of Our Community: Honoring Decades of Mentorship at Franklin County Children Services

Saturday, April 27, 2024’s Volunteer Luncheon, hosted by Franklin County Children's Services at The Gallery at Champions, was a vibrant celebration of commitment and mentorship...

Record Attendance as Volunteers, lawmakers, community members gather at Statehouse for CASA Day in Ohio 2024

In an overwhelming show of support and solidarity, the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda came alive with a noble activity on Tuesday, April 30, as community members, lawmakers, and volunteers gathered for CASA...

Ohio Teen Hooks Massive 101-Pound Blue Catfish, Setting New State Record!

Jaylynn Parker's record-setting catch of a 101-pound blue catfish certainly made waves in the angling community, and it's heartening to see her passion for fishing and the bond she shares with her...

Ohio Bill Could Ban ‘Gender Ideology’ Curriculum for K-3 Students

The changes proposed by House Bill 8 in Ohio, often referred to as the parents' bill of rights, have sparked significant debate and drawn comparisons to Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" law...

Meet Emily Westerfield: Surrogate Supermom Expecting Her 11th Bundle of Joy

Meet Emily Westerfield, a remarkable woman who has delivered 10 healthy babies over the past 13 years, with her 11th due this July. What makes her journey unique is that she's not just a mother but...

Father Arrested for Leaving Infant Unattended in Car Outside Ohio Casino

This news story highlights a concerning incident where a father in Ohio left his young child unattended in a car while he was inside a nearby casino. The child, a 10-month-old girl, was found by...

Ross County CASA Welcomes New Advocates for Children in Need

In April, a group of 11 dedicated community members took a solemn oath to serve as Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children facing abuse and neglect in Ross County Led by Judge J. Jeffrey...

Spotlight on Advocacy: Ohio Declares April 30th as CASA Day Statewide

Ohio gears up to honor the invaluable contributions of Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers with an array of events and initiatives marking April 30th as "CASA Day in Ohio." This annual...

Governor DeWine Announces Teacher Credentialing Grant Program Awards

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, alongside Stephen D. Dackin, Director of the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, unveiled a $3 million grant initiative aimed at enhancing teacher qualifications for...

Reimagining and Redesigning: How We Deliver Education in Columbus City Schools

Join CCS Elevate: Reimagining and Redesigning How We Deliver Education in Columbus City Schools. This panel discussion, featuring Superintendent/CEO Dr. Angela Chapman, will delve into the critical...

The Amazing Shake: A Symphony of Hope and Resolve at Bridge Gate Community School

In the inviting corridors of Bridge Gate Community School, a dynamic surge of youthful zeal and aspiration filled the air. The New Americans Magazine had the privilege of participating in the Amazing...

Students at Greater Cincinnati Elementary Schools to be Moved After Levy’s Failure

The announcement by Franklin Schools regarding changes because of a failed levy highlights significant shifts affecting every elementary student in the district. Pennyroyal and Anthony Wayne...

Ohio Bill Would Require Public Schools to Adopt Policies to Teach Religious Classes During School Hours

Ohio House Bill 445 proposes a change in state law, requiring public schools to adopt policies allowing students to attend religious classes during the school day if their parents opt in. The bill...

Parma Heights Police Provide Details of Alleged Rape of 2-Year-Old by Rocky River Man at in-Home Day Care Center

This is a deeply troubling situation involving the alleged sexual assault of a 2-year-old child at an in-home daycare center in Parma Heights. The arrest of Conner Matthew Walker and the subsequent...

Breaking News: Cuyahoga County Board of Health Reports Mpox Outbreak – Here’s What You Need to Know

The recent outbreak of Mpox in Cuyahoga County is certainly concerning. Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, is a viral infection that manifests with symptoms such as rash and lesions, similar to...

Finishing Columbus Sidewalks: The Price of Pedestrian Safety is Less Than an MLB Team!

The plight of residents navigating dangerous paths without sidewalks underscores the urgent need for action to address the sidewalk gaps in Columbus...

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Banning Social Media, Phones and Computers in Class

Ohio Republicans have proposed a bill, House Bill 486, aimed at improving education and emotional well-being by requiring public schools to ban social media and prohibit student use of electronics...

Broadleigh’s Robbie Banks named Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators Secretary of the Year

Robbie Banks, the secretary at Broadleigh Elementary School, was named the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) Secretary of the Year...

Man studying to be Priest Uploaded Child Sexual Abuse Videos Using Cincinnati Seminary’s IP Address: Critical Child Safeguarding Lessons

The allegations against Broderick Witt are deeply disturbing and raise serious concerns about the safety and protection of children within the community and institutions he was associated with. It's...

Ohio Near Bottom in Preschool Spending Compared to Other States

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine emphasized the significance of child care and education in his recent State of the State address, but a national report by the National Institute for Early Education Research...

Ohio Parents Could Split Child Care Costs With Employer, State Under New GOP Bill

The soon-to-be-introduced legislation in Ohio aims to significantly reduce child care costs for many families by having participating employers and the state cover two-thirds of the expenses. The...

Troubling Child Welfare Incidents in Ohio: Abuse, Exploitation, and Systemic Challenges

Ohio's child welfare system has come under scrutiny due to a series of troubling incidents, revealing systemic challenges within foster care and child welfare infrastructure. These incidents range...

Ohio Department of Children and Youth: Empowering Young Lives

The Ohio Department of Children and Youth is a vital state agency dedicated to promoting the well-being and success of Ohio's children and families. With a mission to provide positive, lifelong...

Ohio Recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Throughout April, Ohio has joined states across the nation in observing Child Abuse Prevention Month. This awareness month shines a light on the critical issue of child abuse and neglect and...

Celebrating Ohio School for the Deaf: A Pillar of Education and Support for Our Community

Ohio Deaf History Month, spanning from March 13 to April 15, is a time to reflect on the rich history and contributions of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Ohio. The origins of deaf education...

Historic Event: Ohio Supreme Court to Hold Session at Jackson Middle School, Engaging Local Students

It's fantastic to see the Supreme Court of Ohio taking its proceedings out into the communities through the Off-Site Court program. Bringing the highest court to local schools not only provides an...

Lucas County Children Services Remembers Juveniles Killed During Annual Child Memorial

Ohio Deaf History Month, spanning from March 13 to April 15, is a time to reflect on the rich history and contributions of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Ohio. The origins of deaf education...

‘We Know What Works’ DeWine Pushes Ohio Schools to Adopt Science-Based Literacy Education

The push for phonics-based literacy education, often referred to as the "science of reading," is gaining momentum in Ohio, with Governor Mike DeWine leading the charge. This approach emphasizes...

Embarking on the “Pursuit of Happyness”: Graduating High School Seniors Journey into Career Fields

With graduation quickly approaching, Columbus City Schools seniors may be trying to figure out what life looks like after their principal proudly hands them a diploma. It's vital that young people...

Ohio Gov. DeWine Delivers Child-Focused State of the State Address

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's comprehensive agenda for 2024 is centered around improving various aspects of child care, health care, education, and public safety, with a strong emphasis on the...

Gov. Mike DeWine Momentum Towards Addressing the Child Care Crisis in Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio has been steadily building momentum toward addressing the childcare crisis in the state. Recognizing the vital role that child care plays in supporting families and the...

Students Honored: 2024 Academic Achievement Breakfast

Approximately two hundred fifty students from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center & Riverside High Schools in over 25 disciplines were honored at the 2024 Academic...

Gov. DeWine Announces Voucher Program to Help More Families Pay for Child Care

Governor DeWine's announcement of a voucher program to assist families with child care costs is likely a significant initiative aimed at addressing a pressing need for many families...

What Time Does the Solar Eclipse Start in Ohio, and What are the Key Things to Consider?

On April 8, 2024, there will indeed be a total solar eclipse visible in parts of the United States, including Ohio. The eclipse will start in the late morning and progress throughout the day. However...

Teaching Children about the Importance of Wearing Special Glasses when Looking at the Solar Eclipse

Teaching children about the importance of wearing special glasses when looking at a solar eclipse involves explaining the risks involved and how these glasses protect their eyes. Here's how you can...

CENTRAL OHIO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (COLA)

Source: https://www.leadershipcolumbus.org/cola/ The Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA) primarily serves as an institution focused on nurturing and developing leadership skills among individuals...

Ohio’s Black Babies Die Before Their First Birthdays More Than 2.5 Times as Often as White Babies

Infant mortality is the death of an infant before their first birthday and is the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Black babies die at a rate almost three times higher than white babies...

Talking to Children about the Recent Severe Weather Condition

The increased amount of severe weather makes it tough on parents as they try to prepare their kids for what may happen...

Right to Play: Columbus Champions Child Welfare and Screen-Free Engagement for Spring Break

Taiwo AKINLAMI As the City of Columbus unveils its “Spring Break” program, it reinforces the fundamental rights of children and young people to play, learn, and grow in a world beyond the...

Highlights: How Columbus played a role in the start of Nickelodeon

Source: https://www.dispatch.com/ The docuseries “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV,” covered by Grace Tucker of the Cincinnati Enquirer, investigates allegations of abuse on...

Great Leaders Are Led by Children: The Power of Youthful Audacity and Responsive Governance

Source: https://thenewamericansmag.com/ Taiwo AKINLAMI On a crisp spring day, March 15, 2024, an event unfolded that beautifully illustrated the power of youthful initiative and the responsive nature...

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Family Advocate for Focused Learning and Digital Wellness in Ohio Schools

Source: https://thenewamericansmag.com/ By Taiwo AKINLAMI & Deba UWADIAE On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in the educational heartland of Dublin, Ohio, an impactful assembly took place at the Emerald...

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