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Four Education Bills to Watch, and Why You Should Care

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THOTH 188 / FLICKR State legislators are constantly crafting bills that could affect what students learn, the types of tests they take, and the length of the school year. As we reported last month, one bill on the table would delay phasing out the Ohio Graduation Test. And another bill could increase the number of [...]

New Grant Aims to Make Ohio’s Public Schools Safer

Thanks to a provision in the state budget, Ohio’s school districts can now tap into a new grant aiming to make their buildings safer. Online enrollment for the $12 million program for public schools known as the School Security Grant started earlier this fall.

Ohio State University Police Get IED-Resistant Military Vehicle for Use on Football Game Days

Ohio State University’s police department received a donated “Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle” this month complete with gun turret, armored siding and bulletproof glass. University police say the vehicle is meant to be used for “large-scale emergency situations,” but will primarily be used to carry university police around campus and to provide a police “presence” [...]

Ohio Schools Urged To Develop Detailed Safety Plans

As students throughout Ohio head back to school, Ohio’s Attorney General is reminding school officials to make sure they have a comprehensive school safety plan on file. Many schools have not submitted plans that are comprehensive enough in the case of a school shooting or similar emergency. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has a system [...]

New Type of Levy Lets Ohio Schools Seek Money for Security Upgrades

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Khaled Elfiqi / Landov Ohio school districts can now ask voters to approve new taxes to be used just for “school safety and security” under a provision in the new state budget. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports: “It allows the local school district along with their community to decide what is necessary as far as what [...]

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Guns in Schools, Religion Courses

Ohio schools are generally thought of as gun-free zones, but there are exceptions. State law dictates that no one can carry a weapon on school grounds unless they have written authorization from the local school board. “As long as a school board gives them approval they can have all the teachers, all the janitors all [...]

Q&A: Ohio Education Association’s School Safety Initiatives

Just one day before the one-year anniversary of the school shootings at Chardon High School, alleged shooter T.J. Lane pled guilty. But questions about how to keep schools safe linger. After the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown this past December, the nation was rattled, and began searching for ways to prevent future [...]

Toledo Blade: Police Officers Used Pepper Spray on Fleeing Students

The Toledo Blade reports that law enforcement officers used pepper spray on students fleeing a fight at a high school basketball game Friday: Patty Mazur, a [spokesperson] for Toledo Public Schools, said TPS school resource officers and Lucas County sheriff’s deputies were at the game for security. After breaking up the fight, at least two [...]

What President Obama’s Gun Control Plan Means for Schools

Alex Wong / Getty Images President Barack Obama’s plan to prevent gun violence could mean changes for schools and school districts. That plan calls for legislation to ban assault rifles and require a background check for all gun purchases. The president’s proposal also includes a request for hundreds of millions of dollars for schools to hire [...]

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