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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 (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

Ohio coalition moves forward with plans for abortion ballot measure

By: - January 13, 2023

A coalition of reproductive rights groups, along with the ACLU of Ohio say they plan to have a pro-abortion ballot initiative on the Ohio Attorney General’s desk by February. Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom announced the plan to do this with the help of a recently hired “general consultant” with experience boosting ballot initiatives on the […]

Education overhaul returns to Ohio Senate

By: - January 13, 2023

As promised by Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman last year, an overhaul of the state education system is back on the agenda. The bill, once again led by state Sen. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, was reintroduced on Jan. 11, and already has 10 cosponsors signed on. The legislation seeks to rename the Ohio Department of Education […]

ACLU of Ohio seeks to step in on trans restroom federal lawsuit

By: - January 11, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union entered their legal opinion on a lawsuit challenging an Ohio school district that allows transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. The federal lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who is a freshman at Bethel High School. The transgender girl uses the girls communal restroom there, but some […]

Clevelanders not owed refunds from traffic cameras, supreme court says

By: - January 11, 2023

In the last of several rulings on traffic camera usage in 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court found that Cleveland residents aren’t owed refunds for fines leveled for traffic tickets. The cameras, used to catch speed and red-light violations, are now defunct, but those who did not contest the tickets can’t be reimbursed, according to the […]

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Law removing harmful language on mental health, disabilities praised by advocates

By: - January 10, 2023

A law recently signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine finally removes derogatory language about people with disabilities from state law, a move years in the making. Advocates praised the passage and signing of the Mental Health and Disability Terminology Act, introduced with bipartisan sponsors as House Bill 281. The bill was years in the making, […]

New FDA policy broadening abortion pill availability won’t change much in Ohio

By: - January 9, 2023

Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed requirements for pills used to induce an abortion, state law would keep Ohioans from benefitting from the change. Last week, the FDA announced that it would not enforce a rule that pregnant people need to pick up mifepristone in person and allows retail pharmacies to dispense the […]

Governor signs bill with aims to help teacher shortage in Ohio

By: - January 6, 2023

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine could help with the teacher shortage being experienced statewide in Ohio. House Bill 554, a bill authored by state Reps. Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, and Adam Bird, R-New Richmond, was designed specifically to bring professionals in various fields back to their previous profession as teachers in order to […]

In annual report, community charter schools show growth

By: - January 5, 2023

Community charter schools are still growing in the state of Ohio, but recent changes and future plans for statewide education funding aren’t necessarily supported by the schools. The schools are considered public schools in Ohio, which includes receiving a state report card grade, but they ÔÇťoperate independently of a traditional school district” and can be […]

Public school funding set for court battle in 2023

By: - January 4, 2023

While the trial of former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder will hold the attention of many this year, the battle over public school funding will also be subject to court drama. Public school districts, some individual students in public schools, and the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding, spent the last year […]

Ohio Redistricting: The Sequel

By: - December 30, 2022

The new year could include many different developments in the redistricting arena, but one thing is for sure: new maps have to be on the agenda. But this time around, majority leaders may not have as much trouble getting maps through the current approving authority: The Ohio Supreme Court. With the departure of Chief Justice […]

Education sees some funding boosts, some missed opportunities in 2022

By: - December 27, 2022

Next year is sure to be a busy one when it comes to education in Ohio, with potential state agency overhauls and funding changes still on the agenda for the state legislature. The end of 2022 was capped by an 11th-hour push and ultimately failure for an attempted overhaul of the Ohio Department of Education […]

Report: Ohio’s CEOs take home nearly 400 times typical employee

By: - December 23, 2022

The CEOs of some of Ohio’s biggest companies saw big paydays, much bigger than their employees, according to a report by an Ohio-based think tank. An analysis found that of the 54 large state employers who file reports under the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, average pay for CEOs was up to $21.7 million in […]