Students and Parents Win with School Choice Improvements in Ohio Budget

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – Students and parents will have more educational opportunities thanks to the budget bill legislators just passed and Gov. Mike DeWine signed. The law makes closing charter schools more difficult, expands the EdChoice Scholarship program, and increases the time frame for signing up for the Cleveland Scholarship.…

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Biennium Budget May Have Opened the Door to Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood in the Schools

In 2015 the Legislature passed House Bill 294. Lead by former State Representatives Margy Conditt (R- Liberty Township) and Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland), it was lauded as the bill that defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio. A court challenge followed soon thereafter.

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Last Minute Anti-Lawyer Language in Ohio Budget Could Be Unconstitutional

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The budget compromise reached last week was lauded by politicians on both sides of the aisle. State Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) supported the bill but criticized a last-minute provision that appears to violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. A previously existing tax break will…

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Ohio’s Republican Legislature Passes Massive Budget Increase

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed House Bill 166 on Wednesday. Arriving at the final version of the biennial budget had been a source of contention between the two chambers, resulting in a 17-day extension. But the hatchet was buried and…

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State Board of Education vs. the State Senate on the Issue of Graduation Requirements

  The State Board of Education has been working on revamping graduation requirements, but their plan differs from one currently under consideration in the State Senate. In November 2018, the Board approved Resolution 15 to adopt the recommendations of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for High School Graduation Requirements. Those necessities…

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Ohio Budget Process Stalls, House and Senate Vote to Extend

  The Ohio House of Representatives met for a short, Sunday evening session to approve two bills and reject Senate amendments to a third. They were operating under a June 30 deadline for passage of the biennial budget, House Bill 166, and the budget for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation…

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Concerns Arise About Whether Ohio Will Pass Budget by June 30 Deadline: ‘We Are Stuck’

  The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate are still negotiating the biennium budget, House Bill 166. Conference Committee members continued meeting Friday and Saturday before the looming Sunday deadline. One state representative who wished to remain anonymous told The Ohio Star¬†that the House is planning to meet…

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School Choice Gets a Boost in Ohio State Budget

  With a vote on House Bill 166, the state budget bill, occurring within days, school choice supporters may have something to cheer about. One big winner appears to be the EdChoice Scholarship program that provides state dollars to students who wish to attend private schools. The program is capped,…

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