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I recently learned that I teach at a persistently poor performing school.

It happened after Ohio bureaucrats unveiled new, “more rigorous” criteria for determining success and failure in the state’s public schools. My district, previously deemed worthy of “continuous improvement” status, suddenly got downgraded.

It wasn’t alone. Some schools previously rated “excellent” suddenly ranked poorly according to Ohio’s bean-counters — based not on new information, but on a reevaluation of old information.

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Eastwood combining positions
The Eastwood school board has decided to combine administrative positions at the elementary school level.

Starting in July, Dr. Margy Brennan-Krueger will hold the dual role of principal at Luckey Elementary School as well as School Improvement Specialist.

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A proposed bill with bi-partisan support in the Ohio Legislature would, if passed, ban the use of traffic cameras to detect red light and speed limit violations.

Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, and Rep. Dale Mallory, D-Cincinnati, are sponsoring House Bill 69.

Hood, in a statement on his website, said the traffic cameras are often installed “as a money-grab for local governments.”

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Northwood City Council on May 9 will decide whether or not to keep automated photo speed and red light enforcement cameras at two intersections.

As of The Press’s deadline on Thursday, May 2, the vote is expected to be 4-3 against the cameras.

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Northwood has funded numerous safety enhancement projects with revenue collected from automated photo speed and red light enforcement cameras installed at two intersections.

Since the cameras were installed in 2005, the city has collected a total of $989,699.18 in fines.

“There’s been a lot of good things done with this money,” said Police Chief Tom Cairl.

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Christmas spending

Are spending more, less or the same amount this year for Christmas?
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