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Rep. Sweeney announces over $244 million to support education, the environment, and law enforcement in Ohio

April 29, 2022
Bride Rose Sweeney News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced this week that the State Controlling Board approved over $230 million to support education in Ohio. Over $123 million was approved through the American Rescue Plan to expand professional development trainings for school staff and bolster the operation of Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational programs, which provide relief for learning loss caused by the pandemic.

“Throughout my time in the state legislature, I have worked tirelessly to advocate for Ohio’s kids – especially when it comes properly funding our schools so that everyone has access to a quality education,” said Rep. Sweeney. “These items will help mitigate learning loss from COVID-19 and ensure meaningful educational experiences for young Ohioans. I will continue to fight to bring tax dollars back home to Cuyahoga County that produce concrete results for our communities.”

Over $14 million was also allocated to address environmental issues facing Ohio, including about $590,000 for trails in Cuyahoga County. Additionally, almost $1 million was allocated to local law enforcement agencies in the Cleveland area to reduce and prevent violent crime. 

Other approved items include:

· $10 million to the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services to purchase additional pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including naloxone and personal protective equipment related to the COVID-19 pandemic;

· $4.5 million to Ohio Department of Medicaid to assist with Multi-system Youth Custody Relinquishment;

· $7.4 million to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio to support students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).