Higher Ed

With school vaccine mandates banned, lawmaker wants mask requirements outlawed, too

BY: - July 19, 2021

Ohio schools will soon be barred from mandating that students be vaccinated against COVID-19. A Republican state lawmaker wants to also prohibit schools from mandating students and others wear face masks. Senate Bill 209, introduced by state Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, is unlikely to impact school districts’ decisions for the fall, as lawmakers are on […]

University tries to beat the clock on COVID-19 vaccine mandate ban

BY: - July 16, 2021

Using the clock to its advantage before state legislation outlaws the practice, Cleveland State University said it will move forward with its requirement that all on-campus students seek vaccination against COVID-19 before returning this fall. House Bill 244, which Gov. Mike DeWine signed Wednesday, forbids public K-12 schools and colleges from requiring any vaccine without […]

DeWine signs bill to temporarily ban school COVID-19 vaccine mandates

BY: - July 15, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Wednesday that could block schools from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for the fall. In the dying moments of the final legislative session before a summer recess, lawmakers tacked the vaccine provision as an amendment onto an unrelated bill regarding educational opportunities for military children. The amendment: It passed on […]

Collin’s Law signed to prevent hazing tragedies

BY: - July 6, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed anti-hazing legislation into law on Tuesday, setting into motion what university leaders and parents of hazing victims call a change in culture. Collin’s Law was signed as parents of Ohio University student Collin Wiant and Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz looked on, marking a significant achievement in preventing […]

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 6, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]

Anti-hazing ‘Collin’s Law’ passes Ohio House

BY: - June 28, 2021

As Collin Wiant’s family looked on and applause rang out, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a billed Friday that would further criminalize the actions that led to his death. Senate Bill 126 received unanimous approval from the Ohio House, which sends it one step closer to the governor’s desk, and enactment into law. The […]

Ohio House approves transgender sports ban for women’s athletics

BY: - June 25, 2021

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, with Republicans adding an unrelated provision to ban transgender girls from competing in women’s high school and college sports. The last-minute addition of a provision dealing with the transgender sports ban set off a chaotic debate on […]

State Board of Ed members support banning racial focus in Ohio schools

BY: - June 25, 2021

Present and former members of the Ohio State Board of Education are opposed to the use of a racial lens when teaching education in the state. Dr. Jenny Shafer Kilgore, Kirsten Hill and Lisa Woods all spoke during multiple hours of testimony at a recent hearing in support of a bill that would eliminate the […]

Experts overwhelmingly agree rural broadband will grow Ohio’s economy, reduce inequality. Senate leaders don’t

BY: - June 23, 2021

The great majority of a panel of Ohio economists agree: Better rural broadband would be an economic boon to the state and it would help to reduce a growing gap between haves and have nots, according to a survey that was released Monday. The results of the survey are likely to be grist for those […]

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges

BY: - June 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers. This includes Central State University in Wilberforce. Committee Chairman David Scott, (D-Ga.), said that their […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Louisiana college president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

BY: - June 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Leaders in higher education from Florida and Louisiana on Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically […]

Higher ed access, speech on campus bill moves on for House review

BY: - June 18, 2021

A bill seeking to address financial barriers and access to higher education, along with speech on campuses, is now headed for House review after the Ohio Senate passed it nearly unanimously. In a 31-2 vote, Senate Bill 135 cleared one chamber of the Ohio legislature, pressing forward new rules for student debt transparency and a […]