Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Law on Takeovers of Underperforming Schools

The Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld a law that changed how the state intervenes with schools that consistently perform poorly. The court ruled on Wednesday in favor of the constitutionality of a law that shifts the operational control of a poorly-performing school from the elected school board to unelected CEOs hired by state-appointed academic distress commissions.

Youngstown, Ohio, argued that the law stripped school boards of its power, according to AP News. The court said the school boards are currently set up in a way that does not require school board to receive any specific power.

Read More

Ohio Schools To Remain Closed Through End of School Year, Governor Announces

Ohio schools will stay closed through the rest of the school year, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday.

DeWine originally closed the schools starting at the end of March 16. He then extended the order, which was originally slated to end on April 3, to May 1. On Monday, he announced that schools would stay closed through the end of the school year.

“We’ve flattened the curve, but the virus remains. Also, to go back to school now with a relatively small amount of time left — many educators have expressed to me that this wouldn’t be a good idea even if the health situation was resolved,” DeWine said on Twitter. “We have to think about the risk to teachers, students, and our communities.”

Read More

Trump Praises Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act During State of the Union Address

President Trump voiced support during his State of the Union Address earlier this week for the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, which would create a $5 billion annual tax credit for donations to state-based, locally-controlled scholarships. The act aims at giving one million children the opportunity to attend their school of choice.

Read More

Columbus Native Walter Blanks Celebrated at White House School Choice Event

Walter Blanks is a 24-year-old from inner-city Columbus who found himself being celebrated for as a school choice success story at a White House on Monday

Read More

Counselors Blame Common Core, Over Testing and ‘Trophy Culture’ for College Student’s Increased Mental Health Demands

The Associated Press (AP) investigated the state of student mental health on the largest college campuses in America and found students receiving mental health treatment has increased by 35% since 2014. The news service cites reduced stigma for seeking help, increased anxiety, depression and disorders as some reasons for the jump.

Read More

Oberlin Students Stage Memorial for Islamic Jihad Terrorists and Palestinians Killed by Israel in Military Strikes

Oberlin College is in the news again. Three years ago it was a racism charge by students, staff and faculty against a 100+ year old bakery. The business filed a defamation suit after losing half its income due to the accusations. Last week the anti-Zionist Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine erected a memorial on campus to honor the Palestinians who were killed by Israel in recent military strikes. More than a dozen of the Palestinians were Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Read More

Traditional Districts, Republican Senator Lehner and State School Board President Complain About Increase in EdChoice Vouchers

Changes to the law for the EdChoice voucher program in this year’s state budget resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of school buildings whose students are eligible for the state-funded scholarship to attend participating private schools. State Board of Education President Laura Kohler plans to push lawmakers to “revisit” the issue. One Legislator already agreed it is a concern – Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering).

Read More

Kasich Is in ‘Serious Talks’ to become Ohio State’s New President

Rumors began that former Governor John Kasich is being considered as a replacement for current Ohio State University (OSU) President Michael Drake a day after he announced his retirement. 

Read More

Ohio State Superintendent’s Salary Raised to Over $200,000 Despite Opposition

A split State Board of Education voted to retroactively raise the State Superintendent’s salary to $210,000 with a $20,000 bonus. Some members expressed their disagreement, believing Paolo DeMaria had not earned the increase or bonus. The final vote was eleven to five.

Read More

Professor George Barna: America’s Post-Modern Culture is ‘Diametrically Opposed to a Biblical Worldview’

During a recent gathering of Christian educators in Ohio, George Barna shared the overwhelming evidence that America’s Christian foundation is close to crumbling because of a shift in worldview.

Read More

Four Bills Pass in the Ohio House Including Democrat-Opposed Religious Freedom for Students Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The legislative calendar in the Ohio House contained four bills Wednesday, all of which passed. However, two bills revealed a clear, partisan split. One of those required screening for tuberculosis in childcare and preschool workers; the other supports student religious expression in public schools.

Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan Talks Common Core Failure and School Choice Expansion

Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan, who was raised in Cincinnati, came back to Ohio Monday for the Ohio Christian Education Network’s InspirEd Conference. Brogan was one of the keynote speakers. He also participated in a press conference announcing Senate Bill 199, Sen. Matt Huffman’s (R-Lima) legislation which will allow families to participate in a federal tax credit program called Education Freedom Scholarships that has been introduced, but not yet passed, at the federal level.

Read More

Senator Huffman, CCV and USDOE’s Asst Sec Frank Brogan Discuss Ohio Bill to Implement Future Fed Tax Credit Program

Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values joined with State Senator Matt Huffman and U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan to discuss an Ohio bill designed to take advantage of a yet-to-be-passed federal plan. That federal plan would create a tax credit program that would provide up to $5 billion for scholarships for disadvantaged children.

Read More

School Districts Push A Return To Busing, Despite Their Own Data Suggesting It Won’t Reduce The ‘Achievement Gap’

Multiple school districts across the country are considering busing-style programs to distribute impoverished students equally, but data suggest that such proposals would not reduce an achievement gap between poor students and their wealthier schoolmates, analyses by the Daily Caller News Foundation and others found.

Read More

First Annual InspirEd Conference Boasts George Barna and Assistant Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan

The Statehouse Atrium was filled with Christian educators, concerned citizens and major players in education policy for the first InspirEd Conference Monday. Hosted by The Ohio Christian Education Network (OCEN) –  a subsidiary of Citizens for Community Values (CCV) – the four-hour event included keynote speeches by pollster and culture analyst George Barna as well as Assistant Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Frank Brogan.

Read More

Dip in Test Scores Correlates with Enactment of Common Core

Fourth and eighth grade students in the U.S. again showed no to little improvement in their average reading and mathematics scores, according to a report released this week, a decrease that correlates with the enactment of the Common Core.

Read More

Students Learn Faster and More Efficiently with ‘Direct Instruction,’ Education Expert Says

The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) came to Central Ohio to teach the teachers how to train their co-workers in Direct Instruction (DI). More than a dozen teachers attended the coaching academy at McGraw-Hill. The Institute says DI,”… ensure[s] students learn faster and more efficiently than any other program or technique available .”

Read More

While Senate Hears Legislation to Change Law Allowing State Takeovers of Failing School Districts, Ohio Supreme Court Takes Up The Case

The Senate Education Committee has been considering House Bill 154 (HB 154) for several months. The bill would eliminate all current academic distress commissions and repeal the law, prohibiting the formation of new ones. The purpose of academic distress commissions is to take over chronically failing school districts. The commissions were created by House Bill 70 (HB 70), the constitutionality of which is currently under consideration by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Read More

The Star News Digital Media Statement of Principles on K-12 Education

Star News Digital Media is a Nashville-based company that owns and operates five online news sites–The Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, The Minnesota Sun, The Michigan Star, and Battleground State News–and publishes textbooks for secondary school students.

Our reporting on K-12 education is based on our philosophical perspective, which is reflected in our statement of principles.

Read More

Liberal Lawmakers Pushing Adoption of State Health Standards for Schools Want State School Board Support, Opponent Calls Their Bill ‘Deceptive’

Ohio is the only state in the nation that does not have statewide health standards for teaching health education in public schools. Liberal state lawmakers are pushing for that to change with Senate Bill 121, blaming the lack of government-mandated standards for Ohio’s high opioid addiction rate and poor health outcomes. They did not provide any empirical evidence to prove their claim when State Senators Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) explained their bill to the State School Board last week, hoping to get their advocacy.

Read More

Kettering City Schools Hosts ‘Coming Out Day’ Festivities at Van Buren Middle School, Parents Not Informed

Last week Kettering City Schools’ Van Buren Middle School hosted an assembly for their young students, ages eleven to fourteen. It was for ‘Coming Out Day,’ one of several LGBT events that schools around the country are scheduling throughout the school year. One Van Buren parent vented her frustrations to The Ohio Star.

Read More

State School Board Passes Compensation Increases for Future Board Members Who Put in Extra Hours

The State Board of Education approved a resolution seven to three that would allow future Board members to apply for additional compensation. The vote was seven to three. Resolution 23 was listed under “Miscellaneous Resolutions,” and entitled “Resolution for Additional Compensation Hours for Members of the State Board of Education.”

Read More

CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate Causing Anger and Frustration on Otterbein Campus

CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for next Tuesday is causing anger and frustration at Otterbein University. Students, faculty and staff are being displaced on their own campus.

Read More

Commentary: The Self-Indulgent Ignorance of Today’s Education Establishment Prospers at the Expense of America’s Children

classroom

The 2020 elections will afford us the chance to pass judgment on the immediate threat to our democracy posed by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic party, and the media in their grab for power through a bastardized impeachment process. But no such opportunity exists for us to deal with the most serious, most fundamental threat to our way of life, namely our thoroughly rotten educational establishment.

The problem has been festering for decades, and keeps getting worse.

Read More

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Administered to Delaware County Students as Young as Sixth Grade – Asks Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Suicide Questions

An alarm was raised by Big Walnut Middle School parents on social media recently about a survey given to students as young as eleven. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is now administered by the Delaware General Health District (DGHD), has been collecting data on students since 1991 for the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This year, for the first time, Delaware County Middle-Schoolers were asked about their sexual orientation, gender identity and detailed thoughts about suicide.

Read More

Cincinnati City Schools Poach Charter Students with Letter to Parents Falsely Claiming Charter School Will Be Closing

On June 27, 2019, Cincinnati City Schools penned a letter to parents of Southwest Ohio Preparatory School (SWOP), a charter within Cincinnati’s district boundaries. The letter stated, in part, “Southwest Ohio Preparatory School has announced the school will not reopen next school year. But there’s no need to worry because we have a seat waiting for your child at your neighborhood school.”

Read More

Gov. DeWine Questioning Plan to Replace Academic Distress Commissions, Says He May Not Support

Governor Mike DeWine has announced he may not support House Bill 154, legislation pending in the Senate Education Committee that eliminates the Academic Distress Commissions. It passed the House May 1st and was rolled into the House version of the budget a week later. The Senate removed the provision and passed the budget without it.

Read More

Rep. Tom Patton Introduces Two Bills to Limit Flavors and Access to Vaping

State Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) announced the introduction of two new bills on Wednesday. House Bills 346 and 347 will, “place new limits on the sale of flavored vaping products in Ohio.”

Read More

First Classical Charter School Opens in Toledo

On August 14, the Northwest Ohio Classical Academy (NOCA) opened in Toledo for the 2019-20 school year. It is the culmination of five years of effort on behalf of a group of parents who were not satisfied with the current school options available to them.

Read More

Leading Schools Series: Iowa’s Rocket Manufacturing, a Student-Run Business

Like Cardinal Manufacturing in Strum, Wisconsin, Rocket Manufacturing in Rock Valley, Iowa takes “hands-on learning” to a whole new level. Both programs run actual manufacturing businesses with real clients, providing students with work experience in the trades before they even graduate from high school.

Read More

State Senator Andrew Brenner and Charter Schools Leaders Expose ‘Unsustainable’ Levels of Underfunding

As legislators continue to increase funding for traditional district schools in every budget, one segment of public schools is grossly underfunded according to State Senator Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and some school leaders. Public charter schools receive a fraction of the funding that district schools get.

Read More

Ohio Ranks Below Average in Education Based Upon ALEC’s National Report Card

  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has issued its 23rd Report Card on American Education. They ranked and graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report card released Thursday reveals Ohio ranks 27th with a C- based upon 2018 data. ALEC grades education on six factors:…

Read More

A Look at Toledo’s Pickett Academy

  Near the downtown area of Toledo, Ohio, in one of the poorest areas of the city, sits Pickett Academy. It’s a pretty elementary school, new in 2012, for about 250 kids in grades kindergarten through 8th. It’s got all the latest technology and modern amenities, but it hides a not…

Read More

State Board of Education Gets Budget Update from Superintendent with No Mention of Planned Parenthood Being a ‘Community Partner’

Upon their return from break, State Board of Education Members received a report from Superintendent Paolo DeMaria about the changes made in Ohio’s budget. DeMaria said he was going to, “Put a ribbon around it and also dig into a couple of key areas.”

Read More

State Superintendent Says Report Card ‘Really Good,’ Senator Fedor Calls that a ‘False Narrative’

Report cards were unveiled this week for Ohio’s 608 traditional district schools and 250 public charter schools. In an interview printed by Gongwer, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria stated, “First and foremost, it’s a really good report card. It has a lot of indicators that show we’re making progress.”

Read More

Ohio Value Voters and Mission America Update Westerville Tea Party Group on Legislation to Stop the Sexualization of Children

John and Diane Stover from Ohio Value Voters and Linda Harvey from Mission America visited the Westerville Tea Party on Tuesday to speak to activists about the continued attempts to sexualize our children and what their organizations are doing to stop it.

Read More

Charter School Advocates See Nothing ‘Fair’ in House Bill 305, the ‘Fair School Funding’ Plan

  Charter school advocates are expressing concern about the bi-partisan “Fair School Funding” plan. House Bill 305 was introduced in late June by Representatives Robert Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson). President of the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education (OCQE), Ron Adler, commented to The Ohio Star, “There is nothing ‘fair’ about…

Read More

Seven Olentangy Hyatts Middle School Students Face Criminal Charges for Putting Urine, Semen in Food Served to Teachers

In May, several Olentangy Hyatts Middle School students were accused of contaminating food they had prepared and served to teachers. The allegation was that the boys added urine and semen to the food. The Delaware County Prosecutor charged seven students Tuesday with crimes ranging from tampering with evidence to felony assault.

Read More

DeWine’s Working Group Calls OSU’s Handling of Dr. Richard Strauss an ‘Astounding Failure’

For decades male students and student athletes at The Ohio State University had reported sexual abuse by Dr. Richard H. Strauss. On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine held a press conference to announce the findings of the investigation into the handling of those allegations.

Read More

The Michigan Star Constitution Bee Will Be Held in December, Winners Will Compete in 2020 National Constitution Bee

Constitution Bee April, 2018

The Michigan Star, as a part of the Star News Digital Media family, will host a first-of-its-kind Constitution Bee Saturday, December 14 at Oakland Community College. Top performers will earn cash scholarships, trophies, and more. The Grand Champion will get a trip for two to Washington, D.C. – in addition for a spot to compete in the National Constitution Bee in July 2020.

Read More

Questions about Sex Abuse at Youth Mental Health Facility Arise During DeWine Presser

COLUMBUS, Ohio – During a Wednesday press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine and other top officials were asked about Ohio’s continued partnership with a business accused of physical and sexual abuse.

Read More

Ohio Leaders Issue Warning: Google Is Amassing and Selling Your Child’s Data and Personal Information

As the new school year starts, a warning is being issued for parents. “Beware the data that Google and other tech giants are collecting on your children,” said Scott Andrews of Eaglefire.

Read More

Ohio’s Blanchester Local School District Has Staff Trained and Armed to Protect Students

The Blanchester Board of Education in southwestern Ohio voted on Dec. 17, 2018 to allow trained staff to carry concealed firearms in their schools. The discussion occurred over a period of months with public input. The final decision by the board was unanimous. It went into effect this week with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Read More