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Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation ruling, many schools are still racially divided. According to 2012-13 state data, in almost half of schools in Ohio and Kentucky, 90 percent or more students are the same race, usually white., available for use


Seventy-five percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and 59 percent have been denied access to restrooms that match their gender identity, according to National Center for Transgender Equality., available for use

Last month, the Obama Administration instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Students who are discriminated against may have a legal basis to fight back with these federal guidelines in place.

Ohio school board eliminates "5 of 8" hiring rule for school districts

Apr 14, 2015
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

It’s known as Ohio’s “5 of 8 rule” - for every 1,000 students, school districts must hire five service personnel from a list of eight, including art teachers, music teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors.

That rule is now gone, thanks to a vote Monday by the Ohio Board of Education.

The school board spent Monday listening to testimony, including Wadsworth school superintendent Andrew Hill, who asked for the freedom to make his own personnel choices.

  According to the Association for College Admission Counseling, the average U.S. school has one guidance counselor for every 500 students. In many poorer school districts, where arguably the need is much greater, the ratio is even worse. Northern Kentucky University recently hosted the annual National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference, where experts explored the best methods and practices to positively impact student achievement.

As part of WVXU’s continuing support of the American Graduate initiative, Mark Perzel welcomes Dr. Mary Ronan, superintendent of the Cincinnati Public Schools. As a precursor to today’s American Graduate broadcast on CET and PBS, Dr.