Education

Medicaid losing 272 pharmacies; millions at stake for schools; the fate of the Affordable Care Act

BY: - January 22, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Pharm out, man. The Columbus Dispatch’s Marty Schladen is reporting, “‘Business negotiations’ result in Ohio’s Medicaid […]

Ohio timber sales net $1.5 million for school districts, local gov’ts

BY: - January 21, 2020

It’s a simple transaction: Ohio trees get cut down, the timber is sold and much of the proceeds benefit the local schools.  That is the purpose of Trees to Textbooks, a program in its 22nd year that has directed millions of dollars back to governments throughout Ohio. This year’s haul featured just over $1.5 million […]

Ohio’s exploding vouchers program, a $13 minimum wage and a domestic violence bill

BY: - January 21, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Vouchers. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler is reporting, “Change To Exploding Voucher Program Likely Coming, But Time Is […]

Proposed bill would prevent ‘sport specialization’ in Ohio schools

BY: - January 21, 2020

Coaches restricting their student-athletes from playing other sports? Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, who moonlights as a basketball referee, says that should be out of bounds.  He and Democratic colleague Adam Miller, D-Columbus, are targeting the idea of “specialization” with their new House Bill 459. It would make it illegal for Ohio coaches to prevent their […]

U.S. House votes to torpedo DeVos student loan rule

BY: - January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  Led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee, the resolution was […]

Senate mulls legislation to shore up college transfer process

BY: - January 17, 2020

A state Senate committee is looking over a bill that would shore up the college transfer process for students weary of losing completed coursework along the way. The Senate Higher Education committee fielded testimony Thursday on House Bill 9, which supporters say will increase the rate of students who wind up earning degrees. The committee […]

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Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets 2020 goals for reproductive rights, health

BY: - January 14, 2020

Just weeks after the birth of her twin daughters in 2004, state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain. At the time, she was breastfeeding her girls, and was still recovering from the trauma of their emergency C-section. She sat in the waiting room for hours in pain. She […]

‘Loophole’ for failing charter schools blocked by state

BY: - January 13, 2020

Failing charters rejected. Cleveland.com’s Patrick O’Donnell is reporting, “The Ohio Department of Education has blocked a ‘loophole’ that would have given millions in tax dollars to charter schools with bad grades by using another. “The department on Friday announced the 63 charter schools that did qualify to share in the $30 million fund that Gov. Mike DeWine and the […]

State data shows 25,600 homeless students in Ohio. That number has been increasing annually. 

BY: - January 13, 2020

On any given weekday, about 25,600 homeless students — 1.5% of all enrollees — walked into Ohio’s K-12 schools, according to state data from the 2018-2019 school year. Thirteen years ago, it was 7,560, or 0.5% of enrolled students. The data comes from the Ohio Department of Education, which is required under the 1987 McKinney-Vento […]

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule, which was revised by President […]

Teachers union funds books for Ohio schools, urges State to do the same

BY: - January 8, 2020

What would you do with your piece of a $50,000 grant to help bring back Ohio’s school libraries? Teachers in a Parma school hope to educate middle schoolers about dyslexia, to better understand the challenge some fellow students face. Teachers in Franklin County want to provide bilingual books and expose students to a more diverse […]

National group: Ohio among the worst in religious equality

BY: - January 7, 2020

A national civil rights organization that monitors states’ measures regarding religious equality has called Ohio one of the worst in the country.  Citing anti-abortion legislation and a religious liberties bill, the American Atheists said religious equality is “under attack” in Ohio. “Ohio lawmakers are more interested in imposing their religious views on citizens than protecting […]