Ohio lawmakers were unable to make a deal before the deadline to pass a balanced budget. (Paul Vernon, AP) COLUMBUS – Unable to reach a deal on everything from income tax cuts to a nuclear plant bailout, Ohio’s GOP-controlled Legislature missed its . . .
The bipartisan legislation was introduced Tuesday, calling for similar measures in Senate version. The Ohio House introduced its own bipartisan drug sentencing bill Tuesday, which, like the Senate version that’s been under discussion for weeks, seeks less prison time for . . .
The Ohio Statehouse [Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch] Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder After jettisoning a controversial Medicaid change, the Ohio House gave broad, bipartisan support to a new two-year, $68.9 billion operating budget Thursday that includes a tax cut for . . .
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says lawmakers’ budget plan revisions will include cuts to personal state income taxes, as well as reducing tax breaks on things like business income, movie productions, and corporate jets. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) COLUMBUS, Ohio . . .
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Trees in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda are lit and decorated for the holiday season. (Laura Hancock, cleveland.com) Looking forward As Capitol Letter headed into 2019, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias asked Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine and the other incoming GOP statewide elected . . .
Download the Report FRAC’s report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs measures how many children had access to afterschool suppers and snacks in October 2017, nationally and in each state. The Afterschool Supper Program served 1.2 million children . . .
One school district wants funding to expand mental health services. The district next door wants to hire more school resource officers. Another neighboring district wants both. Instead of independently proposing local tax levies, they’re heading to the ballot together this . . .
Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to 36 months, caseloads have plunged to historic lows, helping the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy . . .
Signs in rural Fayette County advertise satellite-to-home internet service. (Sam Hendren
Ohio teachers spend an average of $600 a year out of their own money on school supplies for their students and classroom, according to a state auditor’s report. (The Associated Press) Ohio teachers spend an average of $600 of . . .
The Trump administration has released a proposal to gut an Obama-era rule that punished colleges for career programs that caused students to amass too much debt. The Obama administration put the rule, known as “gainful employment,” in place in 2014 . . .
Mulvaney advocates for combining Education and Labor Departments (Photo: Susan Walsh/The Washington Post) White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on June 21 introduced a government reorganization plan to combine the Departments of Labor and Education. The White House on . . .
Cincinnati City Council and other local governments in Ohio are considering banning bump stocks, which make semi-automatic guns fire faster.(Ted S. Warren, Associated Press) Cincinnati leaders think they’ve found a loophole in state law that will allow them to . . .
Given the prominence of gun regulations in our state and national political conversation, here is a quick review of the laws currently on the books in Ohio. How Does Ohio Rank? The Giffords Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence gives . . .
Ohio lawmaker allow student age 18 to carry guns in schools State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said Friday he “did a poor job of communicating” his position on guns. By phone Friday, Antani said the Dayton Daily News accurately quoted his . . .
A high school student whose cousin was killed in the Parkland school shooting was among hundreds of Ohio students to descend on the Statehouse during a national day of activism around gun policy. Seventeen-year-old Matthew Youkilis, a student organizer from . . .
As hundreds of students stood quietly in the parking lot of Whetstone High School on Wednesday, speakers asked if anyone wanted to come up to the mic and speak about the need to end gun violence in America. At first, . . .
The Ohio Statehouse is photographed on the East side of the building near High Street in Columbus on June 22, 2015. (Brooke LaValley/Dispatch) New bipartisan legislation in the Ohio House would mandate stricter security standards in newly constructed schools in . . .
ECOT students, parents and staff held a rally in support of the online charter school at the Statehouse in May. (Kyle Robertson/Dispatch) The troubled Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow could shut down as early as next week after its long-time sponsor . . .
Ohio’s annual report on school district performance has become a lightning rod of criticism from teachers, parents and education officials who question whether the information is understandable or fair, or if it accurately measures performance at all. (Courtney Hergesheiner/Dispatch file . . .
Fewer African American and Latino fourth graders in Ohio are at or above proficiency levels compared to their white and Asian and Pacific Islander peers. (Pixabay) There are deep differences in opportunity among children in Ohio and other states, . . .
AP/Robert F. BukatyIn this March 27, 2017, photo Sunny Larson, left, and Zak McCutcheon pick produce while gathering provisions to take home at the Augusta Food Bank in Augusta, Maine. Budgets, it is often said in Washington, are moral . . .
The state budget determines how to spend more than $65 billion over the next two years, but it also does much more. As usual, it is packed full of policy changes affecting nearly every Ohioan in some way. This includes . . .
Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. . . .
Today, there are an estimated 1,400 more children in foster care in Ohio than in 2011. (Pixabay) During this National Foster Care Month, there’s an urgent call for Ohioans to open their homes to care for children in . . .
Under the new state exams, some Ohio districts and charter schools could see graduation rates plunge by as much as 70 percent, particularly those serving poor minority students. (Dispatch file photo) It sounded like a good idea three years . . .
Today, One Ohio Now released its new report The State of Ohio 2017: A Story Through Statistics that compares Ohio to the nation in important areas such as Health & Home, Education, Economy & Employment, and Inequality. The report . . .
With President Trump’s proposed budget touching every aspect of American life, our national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project has pulled together the attached resource on ways to use this teachable moment to discuss the budget’s implications. It’s designed for classrooms, . . .
Ohio schools may expand their anti-drug message to students. Attorney General Mike DeWine says eight Ohioans die each day from drug overdoses and he wants schools to help reduce the problem. But members of the state Board of Education remember . . .
Donald Trump’s first budget may go nowhere in Congress, but it laid down a gauntlet more direct than the president’s bluntest tweets: The federal government will be far smaller, and even the pet projects of the states that sent him . . .
Our local public schools are incredibly important pillars of our community, preparing our kids for their futures. Few things are more important. How are Ohio’s elected officials doing in fulfilling their constitutional obligation of funding our K-12 schools? Find out . . .
Like Ohio’s libraries and K-12 school districts, vocational schools soon could be feeling the squeeze of Ohio’s tightening purse strings. Of the state’s 49 career-technical schools, 35 would receive less state funding next year under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2018-19 . . .
Gov. John Kasich’s focus on declining school enrollment means 346 districts would lose money next fiscal year under his proposed budget, and most of them wouldn’t see additional money in 2019, either. “You hear the rhetoric that schools are the . . .
A panel reviewing Ohio’s tough new high-school graduation requirements Wednesday was schooled in changing workforce demands and the increased educational skills students need to succeed. “By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will need education beyond high school,” Neil Ridley, director . . .
More than 100 after- and before-school programs across Ohio that serve more than 20,000 children fear they will lose their funding source this summer, spelling the end for many of those enrichment classes. “We’re all confused and we’re concerned,” said . . .
Absent students are a big problem in Ohio, but one state legislators want to ask courts to solve less often. A new truancy bill requires districts to try to bring school-skippers back to class before calling in the juvenile court. . . .
After eating dinner and brushing her teeth, Lauren Drexel, 11, reads in bed at her Hilliard home. When school starts next week, the sixth-grader will need to wake by 5:40 a.m. to get ready for the bus. (Adam Cairns, Columbus . . .
State tests, equal semester lengths blamed for August opening Second grade teachers Christina Schwaiger, left, and Rebecca Bishop put up a bulletin board in Schwaiger’s classroom at Whitehall’s Kae Avenue Elementary. The teachers were already working in their classrooms Friday, . . .
Ohio families might want to wait a few more days before stocking up on notebooks, pencils and other back-to-school items; Ohio will have a sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7. State Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said the goal of the . . .
Community Solutions is pleased to release updated data factsheets for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The profiles feature data related to the health and human services in Ohio and are a useful resource for those looking to better understand the . . .
Kennedy Meadors, 12, gets a meningococcal vaccination from medical assistant Victoria Troyer at Pediatric and Adolescent Practitioners in Gahanna. (Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch) Before the new school year, parents will have to make sure their children receive the . . .
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Ohio could see a record number of charter schools close this year. In the wake of a new state law designed to shut down failing schools, several charter-school sponsors are severing ties with schools they agreed to oversee. Charter schools . . .
A recent study suggests that much of the $30 billion the federal government spends on Pell grants for low-income college students essentially is wasted because it goes to colleges and universities where students are unlikely to graduate. Most of those . . .
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It’s high school graduation time across Ohio, but a new report suggests the state’s graduation rate may not be something to celebrate. The 2016 “Building a Grad Nation” report shows the national graduation rate hit a record high of 82.3 . . .