Education Roundup

Senate expands access to social services

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to adopt a bipartisan amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act — legislation to reform No Child Left Behind — introduced by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., that would bolster the community school model.

According to a news release, community schools bring together students, families, service providers and neighborhoods to provide important services to help students better access the learning opportunities and supports they need to succeed.

Ohio has more than 380 community schools in 41 counties, including Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, and Van Wert counties.

The amendment amends Part A of Title IV of the Every Child Achieves Act to ensure that each community school program receiving funds can use these funds to have a site resource coordinator for their school or local education agency. Site resource coordinators would work with the community and nonprofits to identify and source additional resources to benefit students.

Brown invites Ohioans to apply for U.S. service academies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is encouraging Ohioans to seek nomination from his office to U.S. military service academies for 2016 admission. Brown’s office will begin accepting applications Aug. 1.

Each year, Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Student applicants are reviewed by a committee of active and retired military and community leaders appointed by Brown. Selected students are provided with the required congressional recommendation upon applying for admission.

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements should mail their completed application packet to reach Brown’s Cleveland office no later than Sept. 23.

For information or to request an application, visit Inquiries can also be directed to Brown’s academy coordinator at the Cleveland office, 888-896-6446.

UNOH partners with ROK Mobile

LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio has announced a new partnership program with ROK Mobile. ROK Mobile is now recognized as the official mobile phone service of UNOH and Limaland Motorsports Park.

The ROK mobile service offers students, staff, faculty and alumni unlimited talk, text, data and music streaming services for $49.99 per month. In addition to unlimited music streaming, talk, data and texts, students, staff, faculty and alumni can also keep their own number, bring their old phone or buy a new one and can access up to 20 million nationwide WiFi hotspots, according to a news release. The ROK Music app gives users access to more than 20 million songs, customizable radio stations, downloadable playlists and new releases every Tuesday.

As the university’s official mobile phone service, ROK Mobile will provide income derived from these subscriptions to the University of Northwestern Ohio. These funds will be earmarked for the UNOH Scholarship Fund.

To sign up for ROK Mobile, visit

Allen East to host special meeting

HARROD — The Allen East Local Board of Education will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center located at 9105 Harding Highway.

ONU receives funding for pharmacy program

DUBLIN — Ohio Northern University and nine other pharmacy schools across the country will receive more than $1 million in funding through the Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program for 2015.

The company has donated more than $5 million to 28 universities through this program since its launch in June 2011. All scholarship winners will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend a pharmacy ownership workshop at the University of South Carolina.

The schools selected to participate in this year’s Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program were chosen based on their commitment to advancing the independent pharmacy profession, according to a news release.

Minster native joins graduate program

MARIETTA — Stacey Riethman, of Minster, was enrolled into Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Graduate Program. Thirty-six students are part of the 13th class that began a 26-month journey on June 15.

Riethman earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, and is scheduled to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in July 2017.

Dean’s List

Lincoln Memorial University:

Terry Brock, Harrod.

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