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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.

School taxes must be shared among districts, Ohio Supreme Court rules

By: - September 9, 2022

Two Cleveland-area schools will be required to share taxes based on a decades-old agreement, despite the deal not being approved by the state board of education, according to a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court. Warrensville Heights City School District and Beachwood City School District had been tied in a legal dispute over years of […]

New doctors want abortion training, struggle under regulations

By: - September 8, 2022

Students and in-training physicians say they are looking to other states for medical abortion education they need to do their jobs and finish their degrees. Medical schools, meanwhile, are doing what they can to link the students with that training. Shreekari Tadepalli began her final year in medical school at Ohio State thinking of how […]

Pro-abortion groups seek to bypass supreme court in abortion ban lawsuit

By: - September 7, 2022

The groups hoping to put a stop to a six-week abortion ban in Ohio say the Ohio Supreme Court’s inaction forced them to move on to a different court. In a recent court filing, the ACLU of Ohio and Planned Parenthood asked the state’s highest court to dismiss their case in favor of separate litigation […]

As women’s health clinics see closure, maternal health crisis worsens

By: - September 6, 2022

A study of years of state data shows an increasing maternal health crisis as the state sees the closure of at least one clinic that addresses pregnancy and maternal health. The Ohio Department of Health tracked maternal morbidity data, which indicates the status of health outcomes for mothers and infants throughout the state. The Center […]

Redistricting: One year later, Ohio a unique, flawed case

By: - September 2, 2022

One year after the saga of redistricting began, Ohio is seen as a unique case study in the legal strategies and flaws that can emerge in the process. Ohio’s journey to develop maps for the legislative and congressional voting districts began with the convening of the Ohio Redistricting Commission by Gov. Mike DeWine, himself a […]

Public awaits more redistricting work, but new law gives court little leeway to force it

By: - August 30, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission still hasn’t made any moves to redraw congressional maps based on the Ohio Supreme Court’s order, but how much the state’s highest court can punish the commission isn’t clear at this point. When the court rejected the most recent set of congressional districts, they gave the General Assembly 30 days to […]

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. […]