State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced her position on the updated Ohio Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in September.
Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, is the federal requirement for states to submit plans regarding the use of federal educational funding for school curriculum.
“After several revision and updates, there is still much work to do, and Ohio’s ESSA proposal is not perfect,” said Ingram. “However, there has been some improvement in the overall plan, and there is now much more agreement in certain sections of the proposal than there was during the debates in April.”
Every State educational agency had the choice to submit its ESSA proposal in either April or September. Ohio’s plan is being prepared to submit by the September deadline.
Ohio’s ESSA plan can be viewed online at www.educationa.ohio.gov/ESSA.
In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.
“I am against this legislation as it flies in the face of common sense, and endangers our communities that are already grappling with the problem of gun violence,” said Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “We should be seeking solutions, not creating problems.”
Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.
“Even though we did not take up the Medicaid expansion freeze explicitly, a back door freeze has been put in place through threats of increased fees and premiums,” said Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “Ohioans deserve better than this budget that the legislature continues to pick apart. We should not prioritize the wealthiest at the expense of the poor and working class.”
State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the House passage of House Bill (HB) 195, bipartisan legislation to improve the transportation options of Ohioans in wheelchairs. The “Improving Mobility Aid Accessibility” bill, joint-sponsored by State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), passed unanimously out of the House yesterday by a 91-0 vote.
“I am grateful my colleagues on both sides of the aisle agreed with me that all Ohioans deserve equal access to the transportation options that best meets their needs,” said Ingram. “House Bill 195 will improve the lives of Ohioans who use wheelchairs by expanding their transportation options to include taxies or newer services like Lyft and Uber, making it easier and less expensive for them to get to medical appointments and other important engagements.”
State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today applauded the committee passage of House Bill (HB) 195, her bipartisan legislation to modernize transportation options for Ohioans with mobility disabilities.
Joint-sponsored by state Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), HB 195 was unanimously approved by the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday.
“I am pleased that my colleagues on both side of the aisle agree that Ohio cannot continue to deny equal treatment of our fellow citizens who rely on wheelchairs,” said Ingram. “I strongly believe that all Ohioans should have equal access to the transportation options that best meets their needs. This legislation will undoubtedly improve the lives of Ohioans who use wheelchairs by making it easier and less costly to get to their medical appointments and other important engagements.”
State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) recently announced the Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is underway to ensure children age eighteen and under receive free nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.
Additionally, young adults ages 19 through 21 that are currently enrolled in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are also eligible to use the Summer Food Services Program. The program is free and there is no sign up required.
Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard.
Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy.
“This budget takes Ohio one step forward and two steps back by neglecting to prioritize resources where they are most needed,” said Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati). “Traditional schools, middle-class families and everyday taxpayers will bear the brunt of this unbalanced budget.”
State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy during the 132nd General Assembly.
“I am eager to begin work on my committees to help improve the quality of life for Ohio families,” said Ingram. “I hope to bring my experience in advocacy, community development and planning in the Cincinnati community to enact commonsense policy that is good for citizens of the 32nd House district and all Ohioans.”
Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives today as state representative for the 32nd House District. Ingram, elected to her first House term in November, will serve citizens in parts of south-central Cincinnati.
“It is truly an honor to represent the people of the thirty-second district and be their voice in Columbus,” said Ingram. “I look forward to getting to work on issues that matter most to our community, like access to quality education – regardless of race or income – and good-paying jobs to ensure a brighter future for all Ohioans.”