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Reps. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville, front left) and Jeffrey Crossman (D-Parma) talk about their bill, as Mark Hill from the Ohio Education Association, Melissa Cropper from the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Rep. Lisa Sobieski (D-Toledo) look on.

Charter School Operators Must Be Non-Profit Under Bipartisan Bill

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Nearly 180 charter schools will have to change how they do business or shut down under a new bipartisan bill introduced in the Ohio House. It’s the latest attempt to crack down on charter schools. Charter schools are non-profit by law, but around 178 are managed by for-profit operators. The bill from Rep. Gayle Manning… Read More

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Plan to Make it Harder to Hike State Income Tax Could Go to Voters

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Among the possible questions voters might face on the ballot this fall is whether they want to make it harder to raise the state income tax, by requiring approval from a supermajority of state lawmakers. Seven states have passed this idea, which is embraced by half the Republicans in the state Senate – a constitutional… Read More

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AG Wants More Time to Get Communities to Join Opioid Settlement Plan

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Friday is the deadline for Ohio communities suing drug makers and distributors to decide to continue with their lawsuits or join the state’s effort to reach what’s likely to be a massive settlement over the opioid crisis. Attorney General Dave Yost said there are several communities that haven’t yet had a chance to meet and discuss the… Read More

Two polling places in downtown Cleveland near the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections were not moved for the March 17 primary, but 11 in the suburbs were.

Preparing for First-Ever St. Pat’s Primary Revealed Some Problems

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With Super Tuesday voting over, the focus will shift to the six states that will vote March 10, followed by Ohio and the three states that hold primaries on March 17. It’s the first time Ohio has voted on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s created a few problems. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections director Tony… Read More

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Coalition says Spending Money on Kids Early Can Pay Off Big in Future

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A group of advocates working on education, health care, trauma prevention and early intervention for young children has launched a new campaign to encourage investing in programs earlier than ever before.  It’s aimed at the more than 545,000 kids three and younger who are living in Ohio – half in poverty. “When you have a… Read More

State schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria speaks at a press conference in 2018.

Students Taking State Math, English Tests Must Be “Competent” – Not “Proficient”

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Spring is coming, and so is state testing season in Ohio’s schools. And next week, the state school superintendent and the Ohio Department of Education will set minimum scores for students to show competency in Algebra 1 and English II – but they won’t  be required to be proficient. State tests have always had five areas… Read More

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Justices to Decide if Ohio Law Banning Using Guns While Drunk is Constitutional

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a state law that says gun owners can’t use their weapons while drunk is constitutional. “Intoxication in and of itself is not a crime,” said Steve Palmer, who represented Frederick Weber before the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2018, Weber’s wife called the Clermont County Sheriff to report that he… Read More

Maree Gavhed, her husband Abdloulaye Soumana and her children celebrate her new citizenship.

More Than 200 Ohioans Become U.S. Citizens in Statehouse Ceremony

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219 people from 54 countries became US citizens in a ceremony at the Statehouse today.  And they were pretty pleased about it. Sage Shahid, Maree Gavhed, Man Biswa and Augustine Ackah all became citizens today. They live in the 15-county area covered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Columbus. Secretary of… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

AG Wants Changes To How State Awards Tax Credits And Other Incentives

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Attorney General Dave Yost says he doesn’t like some of what he found in a review of state incentives for economic development projects in the final year of former Gov. John Kasich’s administration. He’s now pushing some changes to the way the state awards grants, loans and tax credits. Yost said half of nearly $14 million in… Read More