Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year.
The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation is not willing to give the governor and legislative leaders millions of dollars to help fund a $1.5 billion economic stimulus package.
The economic stimulus plan being promoted by Governor Strickland and Republican legislative leaders would take hundreds of millions of dollars from tobacco education efforts.
Ohio has sold some of its future payments from the nationwide tobacco settlement. State leaders say senior citizens and Ohio’s schools are the big winners from that sale.
Ohio is looking at making changes to the money coming into the state from the multi billion dollar settlement with tobacco companies.