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Ohio auditor to examine three charter school sponsors
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor is investigating three sponsors of Ohio charter schools following a string of failed schools.

Auditor Dave Yost tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1bPbiuw ) that he also will audit the Ohio Department of Education and review its charter process.

Yost is auditing St. Aloysius Orphanage in Cincinnati; the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, based in Marion and Tiffin; and the Warren County Educational Service Center.

The investigation comes after the newspaper reported that 29 percent of Ohio's charter schools have closed dating to 1997. That included 17 schools last year in Columbus. Nine of those that closed in the capital in 2013 lasted a few months, costing taxpayers at least $1.6 million.

Before charters can open, they must get a sponsor to act as the check on decision-making.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Officials: Rescued Ohio children enjoying freedom
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:54

CINCINNATI (AP) — Three Ohio children who police say were tied to their beds for long periods of time, beaten and deprived of food are now relishing the seemingly mundane — going to school and eating ice cream.

Authorities removed the children from their Wheelersburg home in southern Ohio's Appalachian country last week after one of them sent a teacher at her online school an email for help.

The children's mother, stepfather and grandmother were arrested Tuesday for child endangerment. The stepfather also is charged with raping the two girls of the family, ages 9 and 11.

The adults' attorneys declined comment or didn't return messages.

Scioto County sheriff's Capt. David Hall says the children are lucky to be alive, and that they've been living with a loving foster family and enjoying normalcy.


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Ohio House delays formal vote on calamity day bill
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season's extreme weather.

A House spokesman said Wednesday that members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days in the proposal and review its costs.

Snow and frigid temperatures has led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days. Some have cancelled classes for 10 or more days.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis this year.

Another proposal slated to get a Senate hearing Wednesday would excuse high school seniors from makeup days that fall after their scheduled graduation ceremonies.


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Air Force museum in Ohio to open shuttle exhibit
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:07

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio is ready to launch a mock-up space shuttle exhibit assembled after a failed bid to get a retiring shuttle several years ago.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lHVO1S ) reports the walk-through exhibit opens Feb. 26, giving visitors a peek at a cockpit and cargo bay.

Museum aerospace educator Cindy Henry says the display built around a cockpit simulator is the same size as a real shuttle. The NASA space shuttle trainer acquired by the southwest Ohio museum in 2012 was used by astronauts to prepare for shuttle missions.

The mock-up includes an engine and tail section, as well as a payload bay with a satellite.

Eventually it's expected to be part of a sprawling hangar gallery slated to open in 2016.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Ohio priest in child abuse case gets 7 ½ years
Written by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 07:22

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio priest convicted of taking a 10-year-old boy to West Virginia for sex more than two decades ago was sentenced Wednesday to seven and a half years in prison.

Robert Poandl was sentenced in federal court in Cincinnati on one count of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging him in sex. Prosecutors say the priest, from the suburban Cincinnati-based Glenmary Home Missioners, took the boy to Spencer, W.Va., in 1991 and raped him while visiting a church there

Poandl, who was convicted in September, continued to maintain his innocence Wednesday.

"I have never ever abused anyone, ever," the 72-year-old priest told the judge prior to sentencing.

But Poandl also said that he believes his accuser has convinced himself and his family that the abuse occurred and they believe him.

He said he would pray for the accuser and his family.

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