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Omission of failing online charters from key evaluation a violation of the law
July 17, 2015

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called on State Auditor Dave Yost to launch an official investigation into reports that Education Department officials illegally manipulated a key evaluation of charter school oversight agencies by omitting failing grades from many online charters. The deliberate omission by officials boosted the ratings of two oversight agencies, potentially qualifying them for new state perks. 

 
 
Last minute budget provision threatens Hoover Reservoir buffer zones
July 16, 2015

State Representatives David Leland (D-Columbus) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) today announced plans to introduce legislation to prevent the destruction of natural buffer zones growing around Hoover Reservoir. The legislation will repeal a provision included in the state budget that allows residents to significantly alter those zones.

 
 
Omission of failing online charters from key evaluation a violation of the law
July 16, 2015

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called for the resignation of State Superintendent Richard Ross and an investigation into the Ohio Department of Education after it was reported that top department officials neglected to include failing online schools in a key evaluation of charter school oversight agencies. The deliberate omission by officials boosted the ratings of two oversight agencies, potentially qualifying them for new state perks. 

“I am outraged by what appears to be a deliberate violation of the law in order to cover up the widespread failure of online and dropout recovery charter schools. I believe the state superintendent should step down immediately as the result of alleged violations and data-scrubbing of online charter schools grades that took place under his leadership.” 

 
 
Letter to Speaker notes that vetoed provision had widespread bipartisan support
July 16, 2015

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) has urged Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger to convene a special session in order to hold a vote to override the governor’s veto of a budget provision related state developmental centers. Lepore-Hagan’s bipartisan provision in the recently passed state budget would have stayed the closure of the Youngstown and Montgomery Developmental Centers until further review by a 13-member commission.

 
 
Bipartisan proposal calls for life sentences without parole
July 15, 2015
Lawmakers renew push to abolish death penalty

State Reps. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township) today called for an end to capital punishment in Ohio and introduced bipartisan legislation to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a life sentence without parole.

 
 
Hundreds turn out for town hall meeting on Youngstown school plan
July 14, 2015

Today, a standing room only crowd packed McGuffey Elementary School in Youngstown for a public meeting hosted by Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Youngstown Mayor John McNally to discuss the Youngstown School Plan.  Parents, teachers and community residents protested the plan contained in House Bill 70 that gives broad and unprecedented powers to an unelected Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to run the district.

 
 

State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) announced the Ohio School Facilities Commission today approved Classroom Facilities Assistance Program funds for the construction of a new middle/high school in the Firelands Local School District. 

 
 
Lawmaker says additional financial burden makes college less accessible to students
July 10, 2015

In a letter sent today to The University of Akron President Scott Scarborough, Rep. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) expressed her concern over the recent announcement that UA will begin charging an additional $50 per credit hour for upper level classes. 

 
 

State Rep. Michael J. O’Brien (D-Warren) announced the Ohio School Facilities Commission today approved funding for a Champion Local Schools building project through the state’s Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. 

 
 

Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece today hosted the Second Chance Job Fair in her district at the New Prospect Baptist Church in Cincinnati. The event features employers from manufacturing, non-profits, restaurants, government agencies and construction industries who have immediate job openings. During the kickoff, Rep. Reece announced that she will seek the creation of a community Reentry One Stop in Cincinnati.