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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.

K-12 funding boost headed to districts, ACT/SAT opt-out bill headed to the House

By: - May 27, 2021

The Ohio legislature approved COVID-19 pandemic-related measures to bring more federal monies to K-12 schools, and the House will review another bill to reduce testing requirements for students. The Ohio Senate unanimously passed House Bill 170 on Wednesday, with the House promptly agreeing to the Senate’s version of the bill the same day. “Parents, teachers […]

Second ‘critical race theory’ ban enters Ohio House

By: - May 26, 2021

A second bill seeking to ban critical race theory in Ohio schools entered the Ohio legislature on Tuesday. State Rep. Don Jones, R-Freeport, brought the bill to prohibit critical race theory — an academic concept focusing on the effects of race on all aspects of American society, particularly as systems were created that negatively impacted […]

With new legislation supporting mental health housing, property tax case gets sent back to state

By: - May 25, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court vacated the decision of a state tax board that said tax exemptions shouldn’t apply to a permanent supportive housing facility for low-income individuals seeking mental health and addiction services. The case came to the state’s highest court after the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals reversed a property tax exemption for Hawthorn […]

Public defenders look for changes in domestic violence bill

By: - May 21, 2021

Lawyers in the state say they support more awareness for domestic violence and consequences for offenders, but want to see changes to the Aisha’s Law, the proposed legislation to bring harsher punishments. Members of state and county public defenders offices and justice organizations presented opposition testimony to House Bill 3, which would expand the legal […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Community schools owed grant funding

By: - May 20, 2021

A group of community charter schools weren’t given funding due to them by the state of Ohio, according to an Ohio Supreme Court ruling. Horizon Science Academy, which has a system of 17 schools in Ohio along with other schools across the country, sued the state after the Ohio Department of Education determined the community […]

Legislators confident in school funding overhaul staying in state budget

By: - May 19, 2021

Two state legislators, including the chair of the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee, say a newly proposed funding formula is still alive in Ohio’s biennial budget. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, assured a recent Central Ohio virtual town hall including local educational representatives that despite the fact that the majority of the funding formula […]

Bipartisan bill looks to make state Board of Ed entirely elected

By: - May 18, 2021

Two Ohio state representatives want to reduce the size of the state Board of Education, and eliminate governor-appointed spots. The Board of Education currently has 19 members, 11 of which are elected. In a bill introduced Friday by state Reps. Adam Bird, R-New Richmond and Joe Miller, D-Amherst, all would be elected. The board, which […]

A legislator wanted to charge Gov. Mike DeWine with terrorism. The prosecutor wants his money back.

By: - May 14, 2021

The former Clermont County prosecutor is asking for a refund after a former state legislator asked him to investigate the Ohio governor for terrorism. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told the 12th District Court of Appeals that he, too, thinks former state Rep. John Becker should pay “reasonable attorney fees” after filing an affidavit asking […]

Advocates: Increases in infant health, reductions in youth prisons should be budget priorities

By: - May 14, 2021

Advocates are looking to the Ohio Senate to prioritize child welfare issues, such as infant health, child care and reducing youth incarceration as they work toward passage of the state operating budget. Members of child welfare organizations across the state are encouraged by continued investments in local support programs addressing poverty and child care that […]

Second state report card bill hears mixed response

By: - May 13, 2021

A second state report card bill going through the Ohio Senate has received contrasting opinions to a similar bill going through the House, namely because of it keeping a five-part ranking system. Senate Bill 145 looks to revise the state report card system by changing certain performance measures used in the ranking system to categories […]

Bill barring ‘divisive concepts’ targets race discussions in Ohio schools

By: - May 12, 2021

A bill in the works in the Ohio legislature would prohibit “teaching or advocating divisive concepts” on race, color, nationality, or sex, according to the sponsor of the bill. In an email request for cosponsors, state Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chesterland, mentioned critical race theory as one of the “divisive concepts” she’d like to see kept […]

Dem bill prohibits strangulation by police

By: - May 12, 2021

A new bill introduced in the Ohio legislature targets strangulation by law enforcement, opening officers up to felony charges. The bill comes as police actions in Ohio and elsewhere are being analyzed. “If we remember the actual history of policing, we haven’t really come to terms with how it needs to change and how you […]