Two years ago, a WOSU investigation found that in 2011 and 2012 Columbus police shot more people per capita than police in New York City. But in the last year the number of police shootings by Columbus officers has dropped.
The Ohio Department of Education says it received 1,700 applications for an expansion of a program meant to help students from under-performing public schools attend private schools.
Public schools have denounced a plan to expand private school vouchers. Now the state’s largest teacher union says a plan to scale back that expansion doesn’t go far enough.
The decision comes after Rep. Matt Huffman took criticism from public school districts and their allies.
In the Ohio legislature, state senators have approved a proposal, offering vouchers to parents of children with mental or physical disabilities
The leaders of the Ohio Senate seem to have a lot in common; they are both pleased with what was accomplished in their chamber in 2007, a year some called a very slow one. But they disagree strongly on some issues, and at least one could come up for a debate in the next few months.
Ohio lawmakers working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget will likely keep a proposal to give rivate school vouchers to thousands of special needs students.
Several hundred supporters of school vouchers and Ohio CHARTER schools rallied at the statehouse in Columbus Wednesday, and it appears they’re going to get what they want in the new two-year state budget.
Voucher parents, students and others are critical of Governor Ted Strickland’s plan to end all voucher program except the state’s first program in Cleveland.