What could the education budget look like for the next two years?

BY: - March 20, 2023

Discussions have been ongoing in the Ohio Statehouse regarding the overall state budget, and a subcommittee on education has heard takes from both private and public education advocates on the proposals. But what’s in the proposed education budget for fiscal years 2024 and 2025? The Legislative Service Commission laid out the topics and appropriations in […]

Ohio bill limits, and mandates, what is taught in college in name of free speech

BY: - March 16, 2023

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   In the name of free speech, a massive college overhaul bill would […]

State needs ‘People’s Budget,’ funding child care, public education, policy group says

BY: - March 15, 2023

An Ohio policy think-tank laid out the budget priorities it says would bring about a more equitable Ohio, including a focus on child care and education. The “People’s Budget,” created by Policy Matters Ohio and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, emphasizes equalized tax codes, more supports for workers and families, along with more consistent funding for […]

GOP bill mandating federal Parents Bill of Rights passed by U.S. House committee

BY: - March 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —- A national “Parents Bill of Rights” is headed for a full U.S. House vote after the House Committee on Education and the Workforce early Thursday approved the measure designed to empower parents to inspect books and other teaching materials in schools. Lawmakers on the committee debated the GOP-backed bill that would federally mandate […]


Ohio Republicans hellbent on turning state’s public education system into political rubber stamp

BY: - March 7, 2023

Dishonest and dangerous. No other way to describe Matt Huffman’s fever dream to wrest control of educational policymaking from educators at the Ohio Department of Education and the state school board. The Ohio Senate president is hellbent on turning the state’s independent public education system into a political entity that he and other Republican lawmakers […]

Ohio Senate passes education department overhaul

BY: - March 2, 2023

The Ohio Senate passed a bill to overhaul the administration of the state’s education system in a Wednesday vote along party lines. The 26-7 party-line vote on Senate Bill 1 came with fierce urgency from GOP supporters that the chances must be completed to improve the way in which education is led in the state. […]

Ohio Senate committee passes education overhaul, moves measure to full chamber vote

BY: - March 1, 2023

The Ohio Senate Education Committee Tuesday passed a bill along party lines to overhaul the state’s department and board of education, over objections from multiple education board members and the the Ohio School Boards Association. The passage came after a second day of opponent testimony against the bill. Opponents speaking on Tuesday questioned the ability of […]

Study: Education funding should reflect racial disparities

BY: - February 28, 2023

A national study of education funding found money for low-income students and students of color, including in Ohio, should see significant increases to make up for disparities in their educational experience. The study by the National Education Policy Center looked at funding levels across the country from 2006 to 2018, which suggested “the higher-poverty schools […]

Religious groups push for per pupil ‘backpack bill’ funding of education in Ohio

BY: - February 23, 2023

A bill to vastly expand Ohio private school vouchers saw hours of testimony in a state Senate committee this week, as discussion about the future of education funding, both public and private, ramps up in the Statehouse. “This has never been about our public school district, it is about our children,” said Jacob Bowling, a […]

Ohio Senate committee previews amendments to education overhaul

BY: - February 15, 2023

After hearing more supportive testimony Tuesday for an overhaul of the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio’s Senate Education Committee previewed amendments planned for the legislation. The Buckeye Institute and the Thomas Fordham Institute both entered their support of transforming the department into a more workforce-centric state agency with a leader under the governor’s  umbrella. Those […]

Ohio homeschooling group head: Nazi curriculum ‘a sick parenting issue’

BY: - February 14, 2023

The leader of an Ohio homeschooling group that once included an Upper Sandusky couple reportedly using a neo-Nazi curriculum has now condemned it and said homeschooling shouldn’t be judged by one “sick parenting issue.” The couple, who use the aliases “Mr. and Mrs. Saxon,” was reported to the Ohio Department of Education, who said it […]

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Supporters of education overhaul make case in Ohio Senate committee

BY: - February 8, 2023

Workforce development components of a bill to overhaul education in Ohio by taking power from the state school board and putting it under the governor’s officer were applauded by supporters in an Ohio Senate committee Tuesday. Supporters ranged from businesses to career centers to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, all of whom spoke out at […]