The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
Ohio has a deal with Iraq. Planners for the state’s higher education system say a key to making it better is to make it more international, and Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut signed an agreement in Washington for Ohio colleges and universities to host hundreds, and perhaps eventually thousands of Iraqi students.
Ohio University has identified another probable case of bacterial meningitis. This in addition to another case that was identified earlier this week.
A geography class at Ohio State recently completed making maps of the Near East Side of Columbus.
A recent study concluded that 20 percent of college students who drink heavily during college will continue to drink excessively as adults.
Ohio lawmakers working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget will likely keep a proposal to give rivate school vouchers to thousands of special needs students.
As the school year draws to a close, the future of the Columbus City School district is being shaped in part by federal and state education policies, and by the economic and social well-being of the city’s neighborhoods, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble and Tom Borgerding conclude the series, Fewer Students, Higher Stakes.
In the 1950′s and 60s about 3,000 new students entered Columbus Public Schools every year. Now, 3,000 students are asking for their transcripts. And many of them are taking them and school education dollars to publicly funded, privately run charter schools. This week, WOSU 820 is looking at why Columbus Public Schools has lost half its students during the past three decades.
In the past generation, enrollment in the Columbus Public Schools has been cut in half. The steep drop in student numbers has prompted the school board to close 18 school buildings during the last 4 years. Two more elementaries will close in two weeks when the current school year ends. WOSU News reports on the Linden area neighborhood in its week-long series, Fewer Students, Higher Stakes.
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.
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.