Megan Henry

Megan Henry

Megan Henry is a reporter for the Ohio Capital Journal and has spent the past five years reporting in Ohio on various topics including education, healthcare, business and crime. She previously worked at The Columbus Dispatch, part of the USA Today Network.

DeWine visits Columbus City Schools elementary school to observe science of reading

By: - April 10, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine nodded along and smiled as the second grade students in Bernadette Monroe’s Southwood Elementary School classroom sounded out words like whistle, sketch and chuckle by emphasizing each letter Thursday morning.  Across the hall, in Robin Thalgott’s third grade classroom, students were practicing their syllables and studying words such as define, apron, […]

One Ohio hospital recently ended their maternity services, another will soon follow suit

By: - April 7, 2023

An Ohio hospital recently ended their maternity services and another hospital is ending their labor and delivery services later this month.  OhioHealth’s Shelby Hospital stopped providing maternity services after Feb. 28, and University Hospitals Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby is ending labor and delivery services April 15. “When an obstetric unit closes there are […]

Gov. Mike DeWine keeps talking about the ‘science of reading,’ but what does that really mean?

By: - April 5, 2023

A chunk of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget zeroes in on what’s called the science of reading method. Specifically, it includes $64 million for science of reading curricula, $43 million each year for the next two years to offer science of reading instruction for educators, and $12 million to support 100 literacy coaches in schools […]

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New voter ID requirements put out-of-state college students “between a rock and a hard place”

By: - April 3, 2023

A new law changing voting ID requirements makes it more challenging for out-of-state college students to vote.  House Bill 458 requires a photo ID to vote — meaning an unexpired Ohio driver’s license, a state ID card, U.S. passport or military card — so out-of-state college students must get an Ohio issued ID card if […]

Ohio BMV will refund disabled veterans after incorrectly charging for license plates

By: - April 3, 2023

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will issue refunds to nearly 2,000 disabled veterans who were wrongly charged for specialty license plates.  The BMV recently realized it did not implement a change in Ohio law that went into effect in October 2019 that allows certain disabled veterans to receive up to two free disabled veteran […]

22 Ohio school districts have staff members authorized to carry weapons on school grounds

By: - March 31, 2023

Twenty-two Ohio school districts and one Christian school have staff members who are either authorized or in the training process to carry weapons on school grounds as of Wednesday, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 99 — which grants local boards of education authority to decide […]

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Supporters of Ohio’s higher education overhaul argue it would promote intellectual diversity

By: - March 30, 2023

Five educators spoke up in support Wednesday of a gigantic higher education bill proposed by lawmakers that would, among other things, require American history courses and tenure evaluations based on if the educator showed bias or taught with bias, and prohibit university staff and employees from striking.  Proponents of Senate Bill 83, introduced earlier this […]

Proponents speak in favor of barring trans athletes from Ohio women’s sports

By: - March 30, 2023

Those who spoke in support of a controversial bill that would keep trans athletes from participating in Ohio women’s sports in college and youth athletics were met with lengthy — and sometimes sassy and sharp — questioning.  State Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, two former Ohio State student-athletes, a former high school softball and baseball coach, […]

Ohio AG Dave Yost asks U.S. Dept. of Education not to rescind part of religious rule

By: - March 28, 2023

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Education sent last week asking to keep a rule from the Trump administration requiring public universities to uphold the First Amendment when it comes to religious groups on campuses.  The current rule, which the federal education department is trying to get rid […]

Gov. DeWine’s proposed budget includes teaching children how to read that’s backed by science

By: - March 24, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to make sure children learn how to read correctly and in a way that’s backed by the science of reading — which is a portion of his proposed budget. “I truly believe there’s nothing more important than the science of reading, and making sure that every single child in the […]

Bill would require Ohio colleges and universities to disclose costs, financial aid and alum income to students

By: - March 23, 2023

A new higher education bill would require Ohio colleges and universities to be more transparent and forthcoming with costs, financial aid, student loan repayment, and alumni income. House Bill 27 was introduced last month by state Rep. Adam Mathews, R-Lebanon, and state Rep. Jim Thomas, R-Jackson Twp. “This simple common sense bill will help graduating […]

New bill would eliminate retention under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

By: - March 22, 2023

A new bill would eliminate retention under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee and is almost identical to a previous bill that died in the last General Assembly.  House Bill 117 was introduced last week by state Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and state Rep. Phil Robinson, D-Solon.  “I have nothing against retention,” Manning said. “But […]