Schools in Ohio ignore risks from bad air

About this project

Exhausted at School is an investigation into toxic road pollution and its effect on kids’ health at school — the very place they spend hours every day. Read stories from schools across the country inside the pollution plume of our nation’s busiest highways, contributed by members of the Investigative News Network. The reporting collaboration is being led by INN and InvestigateWest, an award-winning journalism studio in Seattle. For more information about this project, which was generously supported by the IRE and Google Ideas Data Journalism Fund, please visit our about page. When it came time in 2005 to demolish the 81-year-old Hayes Elementary school in Lakewood and build a sparkling new facility, little thought was given to reconstructing Hayes in another spot.

Wilberforce University struggles to survive

Lack of students and lack of money are threatening the future of historic Wilberforce University. Wilberforce, founded prior to the Civil War, is one of the oldest historically black colleges in the United States and alma mater to a notable roster of African-American alumni, but its rich history may not be enough to save the struggling school. On-campus sources say the school, near Dayton, has 460 students registered for classes this fall.   That’s far below the enrollment Wilberforce projected it would have in a report to the Higher Learning Commission. Eye on Ohio has obtained copies of correspondence between Wilberforce and the commission, an accreditation agency for colleges and universities in Ohio and 18 other states.  The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. According to that correspondence, Eye on Ohio interviews with university officials, and previous reports, Wilberforce has been beset by a heavy debt load, deteriorating physical conditions on campus, fewer and fewer course offerings that would attract students, and generally insufficient efforts to retain students and beef up development funds.