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Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

Experts say student debt measures positive, but Ohio’s higher ed system needs work

By: - August 26, 2022

Higher education experts in Ohio say the student debt changes announced by President Joe Biden are targeted in the right direction, and should be a guidepost for the future. “Higher education is a public good and what benefits lower income people is going to benefit everybody,” said Piet van Lier, a senior researcher with Policy […]

Advocates urge more work in youth mental health

By: - August 24, 2022

Mental health services for Ohio’s children have consistently needed improvements, according to experts. Areas across the state are still hurting for access, they say, and need help getting kids what they need to react to mental health issues, and prevent them before they happen. “Ohio has an opportunity to invest in children, so that we’re […]

Report: Teacher wages flat over last 25 years, adjusted for inflation

By: - August 22, 2022

As Ohio students head back for a new school year, they go back to teachers whose average pay hasn’t changed much since before high school seniors were born. A study by the national Economic Policy Institute showed average weekly wages for teachers have stayed “relatively flat” since 1996, in data adjusted for inflation. In a […]

Judicial reforms recommended, could face uphill battle

By: - August 19, 2022

A new report recommends sweeping changes to the justice system in Ohio, with hopes of rectifying systemic issues and stemming wrongful convictions. But the changes still need to have legislative support before they can come to fruition.  The Ohio Supreme Court put together the Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review, which spent the […]

Ohio House Speaker calls redistricting deadline a ‘myth’

By: - August 18, 2022

The Ohio House Speaker wrote a letter to members of his party claiming “intentional misinformation” and the “myth” of a deadline for congressional redistricting, and signaling an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Ohio Supreme Court turned down the most recent drafts of congressional district lines in the state, saying the partisan breakdown unduly […]

DeWine funds more anti-abortion resources, some for adolescent pregnancy

By: - August 17, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine recently sent funding from a federal program for needy families to benefit state organizations specifically to reduce “out-of-wedlock pregnancies” and to “encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.” The funding also targets programs for adolescent pregnancy, a source of controversy as state abortion restrictions could increase the need for such programs. […]

Parents: Education should include mental health, trust in teachers

By: - August 16, 2022

A new study shows Ohio parents want to see students receive support inside and outside of the classroom, and they trust teachers to know how to lead their children. In a study conducted over six months by the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Research Institute, more than 1,000 k-12 parents […]

Oberlin not yet on the hook for defamation case, Ohio Supreme Court rules

By: - August 12, 2022

An Ohio college still won’t be required to pay damages to a local bakery, based on a ruling in an ongoing defamation case with the Ohio Supreme Court. The case started in 2017, after an incident at a store owned by the Gibson family the year before. A member of the family who was working […]

Ohio group sues to boost charter schools

By: - August 11, 2022

An Ohio group that supports charter schools has joined in a lawsuit fighting against what they say is “hostility” in rule-making by the U.S. Department of Education. The D.C. and Ohio-based Thomas Fordham Institute, a conservative education policy think tank, spoke as a “charter school sponsor” for the state of Ohio, arguing that rules regulating […]

Child educational, health issues persist in Ohio

By: - August 10, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine spent Tuesday afternoon celebrating Ohio’s use of the free children’s book service Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is nearing 50% participation by kids from infants up to age five. But the shadow of grim child health and school absenteeism still hangs over the state, according to a […]

Another redistricting deadline coming up, no action expected from Ohio legislature

By: - August 9, 2022

As the deadline approaches for the Ohio General Assembly to redraw congressional district maps ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court, it seems no action is planned. The state’s highest court struck down the map for congressional voting districts in the state on July 19, giving the GA 30 days to draw a map that wasn’t […]

Fear and uncertainty grip patients as abortion referral services struggle to keep up

By: - August 8, 2022

Abortion referral services have seen a change in how they do their work, but despite restrictions that make it less possible to get an abortion in Ohio, clinics and non-profits definitely haven’t seen a shortage of need. Abortion Fund-Ohio, which provides case management, grants and resources for patients in need of abortion care, had to […]