A bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way Ohio draws its legislative districts now goes to the voters.
WOSU News Archives For: May 22, 2007
The long debated proposal to put statewide limits on strip clubs and other x-rated businesses is on its way to becoming law.
From the time the baby boomers started school in 1952, an average of 3,300 new students entered the system each year. Shortly after the last of that generation began kindergarten, enrollment got on a downward slope and it never got off. During the early 1970s the school system reached its peak enrollment with almost 111,000 students. But a decade later nearly 40 percent had left.
In recent years, Columbus Public Schools and other big-city districts have been forced to confront declining enrollments, growing poverty, and changes in federal education policies. Superintendent Gene Harris outlined the big picture at a public hearing earlier this year. “We still have 56,000 students in 130 school buildings.” But those figures represent a decline of 10,000 students since 1999 and the downward trend is projected to continue next fall.
The inaugural flight for Columbus’ start-up airline, Skybus, left for Burbank Tuesday morning and landed in California less than five hours later.
Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of choices available through Ohio’s public education system. With the rapid growth of charter schools and school voucher programs, parents at all economic levels have many choices. But what effect do these choices have on schools systems struggling to meet basic academic and facility standards?