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Akron Public Schools plans to opt-in to vaccine, in-person schooling

Emily Bamforth, |

Superintendent David James will need to assess how many staff are interested in the vaccine and communicate with the state the district’s intent to return to buildings after the vaccine.

James laid out a tentative schedule for return to buildings and for vaccination during a board meeting on Monday, but noted that these timelines will need to be “fluid” because of the uncertainty around vaccination rollout.

Cleveland Schools Employee Resigns After Accusations She Joined Capitol Mob

Jenny Hamel, ideastream/WCPN |

Federal agents searched the home of a former Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) employee Friday night. She is suspected of participating in the Wednesday insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building. No one was taken into custody, according to the FBI.

The district said Friday that Christine Priola resigned from that job on Thursday, the day after the riot at the Capitol.

The resignation letter, which was in her personnel file released by CMSD, reads, in part, that she will be “switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children’s services agencies.”

The Cleveland Teachers Union issued a statement Friday condemning the attacks on our “democratic institutions” and calling for “rioters who broke the law to be held accountable.”

Toledo Public Schools to return to full virtual learning as pandemic worsens

Toledo Public Schools officials on Monday announced that all grade levels will return to remote learning amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in Lucas County.

TPS Superintendent Romules Durant said his district is being proactive in adjusting now, as officials prepare for a possible increase in cases amid holiday gatherings. “We recognized that there’s no sense of getting caught in the middle of a storm but let’s get ahead of it and plan with our parents and staff,” he said.

After starting the year with all students learning remotely, the Toledo school system in mid-October began sending primary school students back into the classroom part-time. But all students will soon return to full virtual instruction four days a week as coronavirus cases pick up nationally, across the state, and in Lucas County. Wednesdays each week will serve as an enrichment and intervention day for all students.

Cleveland schools tax increase, Issue 68, passing with more than 60% of the vote, with most votes in |

The measure was passing by 61% to 39% on Election Day, according to unofficial results. That includes about 99% of in-person voting, with absentee and early in-person voting partially counted. Vote numbers come to 73,287 to 46,421.

The measure is forecasted to raise about $87 million per year for the district. About $66.5 million is from the renewal, with about $20.6 mill from the increase.


CPS Sees Attendance Rates Falling For Students And Teachers


Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.

The drop in attendance last week could be due to fears families have over their kids contracting COVID-19. One student group just had slightly more than 70% of kids attending in-person classes.

Students aren’t the only ones with attendance issues. Human Resources Director Paul McDole said CPS is starting to see a trend of employee absences.

“We had over 500 staff members district-wide in all of our schools that we’re out last Thursday,” McDole said. “If you think about percentages, if I say that 8 percent of our teaching staff is out, that’s over 240 positions district-wide that we are then trying to fill.”

Low Turnout for ‘Required’ Ohio Reading Test in Cities

The 74 Million |

Across Ohio, school districts are attempting to comply with a state law requiring all third graders be given state reading tests — even in the middle of a pandemic. But few parents in Ohio’s urban districts have opted to send their kids to school to take an exam that has no bearing on student grades or promotion amid rising COVID-19 counts and widespread school closures.

In Cleveland, for example, only 136 of the city school district’s 2,700 third graders are willing to come to school to take the test next week.

In Akron, less than an hour to the south, only 215 of 1,500 third graders are taking the “required” test. 

Toledo, which has some students attending school and others online, is having no trouble testing students who are attending school in person, But only 26 of the 200 third graders whose parents chose to have them take classes online l will come in for the tests.

And in Dayton, about 85 percent of third graders are taking the tests, a much better rate, but still well below the 95 percent federal target for spring tests.

Columbus Funding Over 140 Learning Centers For Students Attending School Online


Columbus City Council invested $2 million in the learning extension center project. The city accepted a federal CARES Act grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enter into a contract with I Know I Can, a local college access nonprofit, to operate the centers. Most of the budget goes towards staffing, volunteer training and background checks.

These centers allow students in grades K-12 to access high-speed internet, tutoring services and meals that would have been available to them in a physical school setting.

Cleveland teacher’s union president files elections commissions complaint against anti-levy group |

The Cleveland teachers’ union president filed a complaint with elections officials that said a mysterious group with support from at least one local real estate developer listed a false address on mailers to discourage voters against a property tax renewal and increase to benefit the city’s public school system.

The group in question aims to sink Issue 68, which would renew a property tax levy that accounts for 12% of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s budget and add 5 mills to cover expenses. 

Dayton teachers said recent moves have caused confusion, disrespect

Dayton Daily News |

Dayton Public Schools teachers have felt removed from decision-making and not respected by district leadership, teachers union President David Romick told the school board Tuesday night.

Romick, speaking to the board during their meeting, offered three solutions and by Wednesday morning, Romick said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli had green-lighted one of his suggestions, the revival of a superintendent-educator council to improve communication between teachers and the administration.

Parent sues Hudson as schools resume in-person classes amid COVID-19 surge

Akron Beacon Journal |

The Hudson lawsuit filed by Jennifer Grega on Friday asks Summit County Judge Susan Baker Ross to block a decision made Oct. 12 by the local school board. Following that decision and after consulting with the county health commissioner Thursday about an increase in coronavirus cases, Superintendent Phil Herman moved to implement the new rules Monday, accelerating the district’s staggered reopening plan by requiring hundreds of younger students to report to class.


Columbus City Schools Begins Optional Student Orientation For In-Person Classes


Students in all grades have been entirely remote since the beginning of the school year. Under a plan released in September, the district originally proposed starting in-person instruction on Monday, but as the county experiences a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the district will instead lead off with two weeks of optional virtual or in-person orientation sessions. 

Cleveland schools CEO recommends district stay remote through winter break after Cuyahoga returns to ‘red’ status |

Cleveland schools officials will recommend students continue learning remotely, pending board approval, the district’s CEO said Friday afternoon. Eric Gordon said the news of Cuyahoga County’s return to “red” status, or Level 3 of coronavirus risk (Level 4 is the highest), guided the choice. This would indefinitely delay a plan Gordon had intended to roll out to begin moving the district back to in-person instruction, starting with the “most academically vulnerable students.

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