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TBDBITL Director Out Of Job Over “Serious Cultural Issues”

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The Ohio State University Marching Band director Jon Waters has been fired after an investigation revealed a sexually-charged culture in the band.
7:02PM
July
24, 2014

In his two years as director of the OSU Marching Band, Jonathan Waters was praised for using technology to develop complex routines that went viral on the web. Now Jon Waters is out of a job. OSU fired him after an investigation found what officials call “serious cultural issues.” Waters intends to clear his name.

YWCA Getting $20 Million Makeover With New Apartments

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Depiction of a new YWCA apartment that will be part of a $20 million makeover at 65 S. Fourth St.
7:12AM
July
24, 2014

The YWCA Columbus will be getting a $20 million makeover for its downtown facility using private dollars and tax incentives.

Reynoldsburg Wage Benefit Proposal Draws Wide Interest

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A federal mediator has been called in to help settle a contract dispute between Reynoldsburg schools and its teacher union.
5:58AM
July 23, 2014

Reynoldsburg’s latest offer to its teachers is getting a lot of attention. The city’s school board would replace automatic teacher raises with merit pay and bonuses. And it would replace the district’s health insurance plan with individual cash payments. The plan has caught the attention of labor experts, school administrators and teachers unions.

OSU Rakes In $404 Million In Donations In Fiscal Year

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The donations reported in the fiscal year ending June 30 were just shy of the record $407 million in 2011-12.
9:02AM
July
22, 2014

Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.

Ohio Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed Will Hit The Road

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John Chapman, the real Johnny Appleseed
7:24PM
July 19, 2014

An anonymous donation has helped plant a new project for an Ohio center dedicated to the life and works of American folk hero Johnny Appleseed.

Columbus Gets State Help To Expand Early Learning

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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman (podium) and Governor John Kasich look on as 4 year old waves to crowd at Champion Learning Center. The democratic mayor and republican governor announced joint funding of early learning program
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July
18, 2014

Columbus will soon get financial help from the state to expand its early learning program. The new funds will be used to get more of the city’s four year-olds into pre-Kindergarten programs.

College Degrees Bring More Debt, Higher Wages

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The study says households with at least one college degree have more debt, but make about $17,000 more a year than households with only high school diplomas.
8:04AM
July 18, 2014

Chances are that if you’ve nailed a college degree to your wall recently, you’re also nailed with debt. But some new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland says degree earners are still better off in the long-term than those without a diploma.

State Auditor To Investigate Charter School Chain

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The school's parent company hasn't addressed the allegations, but says they work to maintain a safe and professional environment for students.
8:29AM
July
17, 2014

Ohio’s auditor says he’ll audit a chain of charter schools after several former teachers testified against one of the schools this week.

Crowds Protest Proposed Teacher Pact In Reynoldsburg

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Reynoldsburg High School
12:22PM
July 16, 2014

About 500 people attended a Reynoldsburg school board meeting Tuesday night to protest the latest contract proposal that ties raises to teachers’ ratings in the state’s new evaluation system. The crowd included teachers’ union members from around central Ohio and as far away as Dayton.

Claims Of Racism, Sexual Misconduct In Charter School Testimony

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A request for comment from the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton was forwarded to Concept Schools in Chicago. The group offered a written statement. It did not address the allegations, but did say they prioritize ensuring a “safe” and “professional” school environment.
7:41AM
July
16, 2014

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.