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April 1, 2016
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Aultman College Online Course Earns Prestigious Quality Certification
Aultman College's course, Intro to Sociology, received a perfect score and has been nationally recognized with the Quality Matters certification for best practices in online learning design. Over the past 11 years, only 5,000 courses nationwide at the higher education level have become QM certified. More information is available on the Aultman College website.
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Homeless Students Face Many Barriers

Homelessness profoundly impacts students and affects virtually every school district in Ohio. The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines a homeless student as one who lacks a "fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." In practice, homelessness can range from abandonment to living in cars, trailers, shelters, or sub-standard housing. 

All districts must work to ensure that homeless students have access to, and succeed at, public education. Urban districts are particularly hard-hit when it comes to homelessness. According to the Consolidated State Performance Report, a total of 14,757 children/youths from Ohio's "Big 8" urban districts have been served under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program.[1]

The purpose of McKinney-Vento sub-grants offered through the Ohio Department of Education is to "to ensure that all children and youth have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education, including preschool education as non-homeless children and youth...remov(ing) barriers to enrollment, attendance and success in school." The sub-grants recognize districts that "have developed programs that go above and beyond the requirements of the law" in removing barriers. Canton City is one such district, receiving $150,000 for fiscal year 2016.[2]

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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education. 

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
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