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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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House Republicans Pitch First Responder Bonuses, Health Care Workers Not Included

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Republicans Pitch First Responder Bonuses, Health Care Workers Not Included

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio House Republicans announced Wednesday a proposal pay $1,000 bonuses to police, firefighters, and EMS workers. Relief dollars from the American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden’s signature COVID-19 economic relief package, would pay for the checks. The plan at large would cost about $83 million, the sponsors said. Rep. Craig Riedel, R-Defiance, said […]

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Despite Bill Proposals, State Receives Few Complaints on ‘Divisive’ Critical Race Theory

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Despite Bill Proposals, State Receives Few Complaints on ‘Divisive’ Critical Race Theory

By Susan Tebben Despite two different pieces of legislation seeking to ban the practice and a nationwide movement against teaching race’s impact on history and society, the state says they haven’t heard a public outcry. A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Education said it has received “only a small handful” of concerns about an academic […]

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Elaine Bryant Officially Announced as New Chief of Police

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Elaine Bryant Officially Announced as New Chief of Police

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Elaine Bryant as Columbus’ next chief of police. She will be the first-ever African American woman and the first external candidate to serve as chief. Bryant is currently the deputy chief of police for the City of Detroit. Last month, she joined fellow finalists Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs and […]

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State Bill Would Let College Athletes Make Money off Name, Likeness

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State Bill Would Let College Athletes Make Money off Name, Likeness

By Tyler Buchanan Joe Burrow was still a backup quarterback for Ohio State University when he started speaking out against what he viewed as a fundamental unfairness. The Buckeyes program was worth more than $1.5 billion. The coach made north of $5 million per season, with a host of bonus incentives for postseason success.  Yet a […]

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Ohio Bill to Remove Loophole for Spousal Rape Eliminates Double-Standard, Supporters Say

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Bill to Remove Loophole for Spousal Rape Eliminates Double-Standard, Supporters Say

By Susan Tebben Supporters of a bill removing a loophole for spousal rape and sexual assault say the state needs to stop the double-standard that exists when it comes to sex crimes. Heather McComas-Harrison said she spoke from experience when imploring a House committee on Thursday to pass House Bill 121, to remove language in Ohio […]

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