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Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Child Care Leaders ‘Outraged’ at Ohio Senate’s Removal of Quality System in Budget Proposal

By Susan Tebben The removal of the Step Up to Quality child care standards system as proposed in the Ohio Senate’s version of the budget was not only against the wishes of some child care leaders, but also came without any warning. “It was calculated,” said Dawn Blalock, co-owner of the Little Miracles Early Development Center. […]

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Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Educators Favor House School Funding Overhaul Over Senate Version

By Susan Tebben Officials representing Ohio’s teachers say the Senate’s new version of the public school funding overhaul leaves much to be desired, unlike the House version it would replace. “It is a matter of political will and it’s a matter of priorities, and prioritizing public education just doesn’t seem to be where the Senate is […]

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New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

The Columbus Downtown Development Commission now has a new leadership team to go along with a newly-reconfigured board and a new directive from the mayor’s office to push for an “equitable recovery” for the region’s core. Greg Davies, who most recently worked for the Columbus Partnership and previously served as Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Chief of […]

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Answering Questions on the Energy Aggregation Initiative

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Answering Questions on the Energy Aggregation Initiative

With the adoption of the Columbus community choice aggregation program Clean Energy Columbus this month, there are still some lingering questions readers might have about how it works — including how to compare their energy supply price, what this means for customers of commercial providers versus customers of the City of Columbus Division of Power, […]

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Renovation Plan Floated for Short North Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation Plan Floated for Short North Building

A new proposal for a prominent Short North building will be heard by the Italian Village Commission next week. The building, at 608 N. High St., was once home to Callandar Cleaners and several other businesses stretching along the pedestrian-only East Poplar Avenue. The plan calls for a new glass structure on the roof of […]

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Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Sweepstakes, COSI Reopens & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Coronavirus Update: Vaccine Sweepstakes, COSI Reopens & More

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 45 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, May 27. As of Thursday, 90,987 total cases and 1,098 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, 59 cases were […]

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Dublin’s EasyIT Has Seen Growth & Increased Need for Talent in the Pandemic

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Dublin’s EasyIT Has Seen Growth & Increased Need for Talent in the Pandemic

Like many tech-focused businesses, EasyIT saw an increase in their workload as a result of the pandemic. The 23-year-old company started by brothers Eric and Kurt Hoeft to fully manage or co-manage IT services for small, medium or large businesses has seen growth over the last 15 months, with many companies realizing their current IT providers […]

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