Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch

Alissa Widman Neese

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Alissa:

With school buildings shut down, LifeTown takes program for students with disabilities on-the-go

In Ohio and throughout the U.S., advocates have expressed concerns about how learning from a distance during the coronavirus pandemic could impact → Read More

10 California sea lions, 4 harbor seals arrive for Columbus Zoo’s new exhibit

Though the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it’s newest region, Adventure Cove is → Read More

Graduation for Columbus City Schools will be streamed online

Ohio’s largest school district will host an exclusively virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon, who announced the decision Tuesday night, said it was “one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my career,” but she believes it is the right one.The online ceremonies will be streamed live June 22-27 for the district’s 19… → Read More

Columbus City Schools: Class of 2020 will graduate online only due to coronavirus pandemic

Columbus City Schools: Class of 2020 will graduate online only due to coronavirus pandemicOhio’s largest school district will host an exclusively virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon, who announced the decision Tuesday night, said it was “one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my career,” but she believes it is the right… → Read More

Columbus Zoo celebrates birth of okapi, the giraffe’s relative from Africa

In their natural habitats, the northeastern forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa, okapis are elusive and mostly solitary. → Read More

Could coronavirus curb November levy plans for Columbus City Schools?

With many families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the Nov. 3 general election the appropriate time to ask them to increase their property → Read More

How should Ohio schools grade students during the coronavirus pandemic?

It’s complicated. While many districts in central Ohio have adopted a version of pass/fail grading, officials are now mulling how a → Read More

Ohio’s schools face another challenge during coronavirus pandemic: balancing the budget

Though the cuts in state aid Gov. Mike DeWine announced this week — $300 million, or about 4% of overall state funding — are the most- → Read More

Columbus City Schools curriculum audit reveals shortcomings

After months of anticipation, an independent Columbus City Schools curriculum audit has painted a grim picture of the district’s academic programs. → Read More

What’s it like to be a Columbus Zoo animal keeper during the coronavirus pandemic?

What is typically peak season is fast-approaching for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, but because of the coronavirus pandemic the zoo’s gates have → Read More

Voters support tax hike for Olentangy schools, plus 4 other districts in central Ohio

Voters in central Ohio were mostly kind to school-related tax issues in this year’s primary election. They approved all but one tax issue — → Read More

Columbus City Schools committee weighs need for November improvements levy

After a month-long long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbus City Schools millage committee hosted its first virtual meeting Monday evening → Read More

Columbus police arrest 19-year-old suspect in fatal shooting that caused fiery car crash

A 19-year-old accused of fatally shooting a man in a car, which crashed into a town house near Canal Winchester and set it on fire, is in Franklin County’s Jackson Pike jail after more than three months at large.Columbus police arrested 19-year-old Darnell R. Walton, of the Southeast Side, at 6:44 p.m. Sunday on a charge of murder. He is being held without bond.Walton’s arraignment is scheduled… → Read More

1 dead in Columbus apartment shooting

Police found a person dead in the hall of a West Side apartment complex Thursday night, after a caller said six gunshots rang out in the building in the → Read More

Child found in Columbus pond in life-threatening condition

A child rescued from a pond on the southeast side is in life-threatening condition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.Columbus police received a call for help in the 3000 block of Kings Realm Ave., off Refugee Road on the southeast side, just after 7:30 p.m., a dispatcher said.The child was taken to the hospital at 8:20 p.m.The dispatcher couldn’t confirm the child’s sex or age, as well as any… → Read More

Coronavirus: Columbus City Schools to use pass/fail grades for 4th quarter, sell 2 schools

Following Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus, → Read More

Coronavirus in Ohio: Schools out for rest of academic year; inmate cases explode at Pickaway County prison

With only about five weeks of classes left -- and coronavirus a still-present threat -- Gov. Mike DeWine surprised few on Monday when he ordered K-12 classrooms closed for the remainder of the school year.DeWine’s announcement came the same day that state prison officials announced an explosion of cases at a second institution amid testing of every inmate.The decision to keep schools shuttered,… → Read More

Coronavirus: Columbus City Schools adds fresh produce to free food sites

In partnership with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Columbus Recreation and Parks, Columbus City Schools will now distribute bags of free fresh produce to families at some of its “grab-and-go” meal sites.The school district operates 15 cafeterias daily, though only certain sites will offer produce between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, according to the list below.Adults must be present… → Read More

Coronavirus: For many students at Ohio career centers, pandemic has put their plans on hold

Ohio’s school buildings remain closed through at least May 1 to lessen the spread of the coronavirus and isn’t ideal for anybody. But → Read More

Ohio high schools still hope to honor Class of 2020 as coronavirus derails year-end events

Without realizing it, high school seniors throughout central Ohio might have already experienced their final days of school together. Officials with area → Read More