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Waters Praised In Final Job Review; Drake Holds Firm On Firing

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The Ohio State University Marching Band
1:35PM
August
13, 2014

For the first time since the decision was made in July, Ohio State University President Michael Drake answered questions about the decision to fire the band director. And he said it’s final. The statement was at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club meeting. Drake was met by a group of protesters, former band members.

OSU: No Record Of Police At “Midnight Ramp” March

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A band alumni group says dozens have witnessed police at the events, and the lack of documentation probably indicates it was just "one of those wink-and-nod cool traditions."
10:58AM
August
13, 2014

Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear.

State Changing Report Card Grades For 20 Columbus Schools

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The Ohio Department of Education is changing the report-card ratings for 20 Columbus schools that had cheated their way to better grades.
8:41AM
August
13, 2014

The Ohio Department of Education is changing the report-card ratings for 20 Columbus schools that had cheated their way to better grades.

Reynoldsburg Students Return To School Ahead Of Possible Strike

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Reynoldsburg High School
7:55AM
August 13, 2014

School starts today for some suburban Columbus districts, including Reynoldsburg, where the local teacher’s union has given their leaders the right to call a strike.

TBDBITL Tryouts Begin Following Scandal

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Ohio State University Marching Band tryouts began this week, about two weeks after its director was fired following an investigation into a "sexualized" culture in the band.
3:23PM
August
12, 2014

Two-and-a-half weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, tryouts began for future members. Students were all business Tuesday morning as they vie for a spot on the elite squad.

Fired Band Director Continues Push To Regain Job

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Jonathan Waters was fired last month after an investigation that OSU officials say revealed "a culture conducive to sexual harassment."
11:05AM
August 12, 2014

The former director of the Ohio State University Marching Band appeared on All Sides with Ann Fisher Tuesday to talk about his work to improve the band’s culture, and why he thinks his firing is unjust.

Panels Considers Big Changes To Education Language In Constitution

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The 1851 version of the Ohio Constitution set up the state’s public school system by directing state lawmakers to use taxes to secure a “thorough and efficient system of common schools”. Those words “thorough and efficient” have gotten a lot of attention over time.
8:55AM
August
8, 2014

For 160 years, Ohio has had a public school system. Now, an appointed panel of lawmakers, former public officials and well-connected experts are examining how the Ohio constitution can resolve the debate over how to pay for it.

OSU Officials Were Not Mandated To Fire Band Director

Ohio State has announced the firing of OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters.
The attorney for fired OSUMB director Jon Waters said the university was not required to terminate him until Title IX.
1:07PM
August
7, 2014

The attorney for fired Ohio State University Marching Band director said the university did not have to terminate him.

State School Board Pres. Will Not Seek Re-Election

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Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar.
8:00AM
August 7, 2014

The head of the Ohio Board of Education says she will not seek re-election to that panel.

TBDBITL Alumni Conduct Investigation Into Band Director’s Firing

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OSUMB alumni look into the university's investigation that led to the band director's firing two weeks ago.
4:05PM
August
6, 2014

Two weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, some band alumni members announced they’re conducting their own investigation.