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Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

DeWine Predicts More COVID-19 Cases As Schools Reopen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is already seeing an increase of of COVID-19 cases as schools and colleges bring students back to campus. “Schools are going to have positive cases because they’re in the community, and they reflect the community,” DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. The Ohio Department… Read More

A health worker removes her face shield after performing a rapid tests on residents at a parking lot that has been converted into an extension of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

Ohio: Schools Can’t Sub Face Shields For Masks In Most Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say school districts will not be allowed to use face shields rather than facial coverings or masks in most cases as a means of curbing coronavirus transmission as schools get ready to start the 2020-21 academic year. The Ohio Department of Health on Saturday cited guidance from the… Read More

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State Opens Grant Program For Student Broadband Accessibility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is now accepting applications for schools seeking funds to expand broadband accessibility. That program has lifted a restriction that supporters say will go even further in helping low-income districts. The state is granting $50 million in federal funds to school districts that need help providing Internet access to… Read More

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Pay No State Sales Tax This Weekend For Back-To-School Items

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Going back to school will be different this year but there’s one thing that won’t change. Ohioans will still be able to take advantage of a tax-free weekend for shopping for those back to school items. And it is happening now. The annual tax-free holiday began Friday morning and will run… Read More

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Students In Ohio’s K-12 Schools Must Wear Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More

Betsy DeVos

U.S. Education Secretary Visits Columbus Area For Event But Local Leaders Say They Were Not Invited

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to a Columbus suburb to talk about school choice. And some local elected officials are miffed that they weren’t even aware of it until after the fact. Democratic House Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says she was surprised when she saw on Twitter that Devos was at a roundtable… Read More

Student activists from around Ohio rallied at the Statehouse against gun laws two years ago, in March 2018.

Gun Control Group Opposes Bill That Cuts Training Requirements For Armed Teachers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. But gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers. Susie Lane teaches first… Read More

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Many Ohio Teachers Are Apprehensive About Going Back To School

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As school districts unveil their plans for resuming school this fall, some teachers are anxious about returning to their classrooms. Hilliard City Schools teacher Sherise Thompson sums it up this way. “I’m scared. I know there’s still a fatality rate and I think that we shouldn’t be going back to… Read More

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W.Va. Governor Sets September Reopening Date For Schools

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says officials are working on plans to reopen schools across the state in early September as coronavirus cases rise to record highs. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he’s targeting Sept. 8 as a tentative date to reopen schools but stressed that the timing could change depending… Read More

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How Schools Can Help Students Experiencing Racial Trauma

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With protests shining a light on deeply rooted racial inequities, school leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for racial trauma when students return to class. Kadee Anstadt, superintendent for Washington Local Schools, says they’re preparing to make sure students feel safe on a number of levels. She… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State School Takeover Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015. By a 5-2 vote, the court disagreed with the Youngstown City Schools, which said the addition of a 67-page amendment on the… Read More

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WATCH: The Challenge of Distance Learning for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Roughly 14 percent of students enrolled in U.S. public schools receive special education services. As families across the nation grapple with home learning, what are the particular challenges the parents of these children face? NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff reports and talks to Selene Almazan of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates,… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Feedback from Businesses Led DeWine to Reverse Ohio’s Mask Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio officials said on Wednesday that they reversed course on a requirement for all customers to wear masks before entering stores when they begin to reopen in May based on feedback from businesses. According to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, employers had many questions about how to enforce the new rule. “You are asking us… Read More

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WATCH: School Closures Leave Homeless Students Even More Vulnerable

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There are more than 1.5 million homeless public school students in the United States. But with many of those young people relying on school for safety, stability and food, the mass closures of school buildings all over the country due to the coronavirus have left them even more vulnerable than before. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green… Read More