Week in Review - 11/08/2019

Week in Review - 11/08/2019

EDUCATION

The state of Ohio should be ready to participate if Congress passes the U.S. Department of Education's (USDOE) proposed $5 billion "freedom scholarship" program, Senate Majority Floor Leader Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said Monday.


Municipal and school officials in Youngstown are reportedly working on an agreement in court to delay mayoral appointment of a new school board, allowing board members elected and re-elected this week to serve for the time being rather than be displaced under the state's academic distress law. The board had filed suit Monday against Mayor Jamael Tito Brown to block the appointments.


ELECTIONS

Reps. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced that they are introducing legislation that will make Election Day a paid state holiday for Ohio workers. The Democrats made their announcement as Ohio voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in municipal and other local elections.


ELECTIONS 2019

Ohio voters approved 73 percent of local school funding issues on their ballots Tuesday, with 113 of 154 issues passing, according to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). That's higher than last year's general election passage rate of 69 percent, when 121 of 175 issues were approved.