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Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
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Lawmakers and school leaders would normally have Presidents Day off, but instead they spent it at the Ohio Statehouse, as testimony on changes to the EdChoice private school voucher program went on. Most of the witnesses were firmly in one of two camps: public schools or parochial schools.

Saddia Kendrick, an eighth grader at Corryville Catholic in Cincinnati, says her family couldn't afford her school without EdChoice vouchers.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

As conference committee hearings continue on a bill to change the state’s EdChoice private school voucher program, parents and students who depend on the program came out in support of the Senate version.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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Ohio Democratic lawmakers are pushing for legislation that phases-out the EdChoice private school voucher program, which is based on public school performance. Legislators say the bipartisan House plan, SB89, puts the focus back on making sure the public school system is fair and efficient.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, arrives for a deposition with Peter Strzok, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
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Another person has accused Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) of ignoring alleged abuse by former Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (left) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (right)
Associated Press

The Ohio Senate has rejected a House plan to replace the state’s private school voucher system. That means there’s now a dual front in the battle over the rapidly-expanding EdChoice program, with two conference committees dealing with two versions of a fix.

The new Columbus Police Wellness Bureau.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Ohio is one step closer to granting workers' compensation to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. The policy change would base benefits off of the mental health condition rather than requiring an accompanying physical injury.

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A bipartisan bill would ban Ohio children under 18-years-old from participating in so-called conversion therapy, the discredited practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation.

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Ohio's major school associations are backing the House plan to phase out the state's private school voucher program.

Dr. Richard Strauss
Associated Press

An Ohio House committee is resuming hearings on a proposal to enable survivors to sue Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss. 

For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law that does both of those on the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: modernizing the power grid. 

Jills Dills speaking
Joe Dills

The Ohio Republican Party's governing body has taken back its endorsement of a state House candidate.

Students in the classroom
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The Ohio House passed a measure to phase-out the voucher program known as EdChoice, replacing it with school vouchers based on family income.

Dr. Richard Strauss
Associated Press

An Ohio House committee reacted quickly Monday to a scathing statement issued by Speaker Larry Householder about inaction on a bill to let people sue Ohio State University over claims of decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

As the clock ticked down to a February 1 deadline for lawmakers to make a change to Ohio’s private school voucher program, the Ohio Senate approved a House measure to delay the issue.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Talks on a deal to stop a huge increase in the number of Ohio public school buildings where students would qualify for private school vouchers are dragging on. Now the House Speaker is proposing a major overhaul of the voucher system.

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