During President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address on Tuesday evening, he highlighted one of the most important pillars of our American democracy: civic engagement. He spoke of the need for citizens to take part in the democratic process by engaging in real, substantive conversations about issues with those that may disagree with us, participating in organizing […]
Last week, Ohio legislators demanded that President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, repay an historically massive Ohio Elections Commission fine her advocacy group had levied against it in 2008. The OEC, which is made up of equal parts Republicans and Democrats, voted unanimously in 2008 to fine All Children Matter […]
Overview Senate Bill 329, a little-noticed bill rushed through the recent lame duck session, could have disastrous consequences if allowed to become law. Without a veto from Governor Kasich, SB 329 would effectively allow for the dissolution of state government departments, potentially throwing thousands out of work and open the door to privatization, while threatening the effective […]
in last week's Lame Duck flurry of activity, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 3, a so-called "Education Deregulation" bill, which contains several interesting provisions impacting public and charter schools. We review the major components of the measure on our blog.
This year’s lame duck session provided a whirlwind of activity that saw portions of many bills pushed through without much – if any – public input. Here is a roundup of some of the more consequential bills that saw passage and await action by the Governor.
Today, the Ohio House will vote on bill that radically undermines the notion of local control, and ties the hands of communities to set standards for the treatment of workers. Am Sub SB 331 is expected to be voted on by the full House this afternoon.
Women have been mostly overlooked in the conversation currently taking place about reforming Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation system. The program has real problems that go beyond the size of the trust fund, and those shortcomings disproportionately impact women.
The Presidential race has been receiving the bulk of attention, but there are several important local levies on the ballot this year that will have a large effect on the future of these communities. Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo all have vital ballot measures before their citizens. In fact, Ohioans across the state will […]
Ahead of the first presidential debate next Monday, the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) – a coalition convened by Innovation Ohio Education Fund – released their 2016 Election Presidential Voter Guide.