Posted Friday, February 11, 2011
This week brought to the Statehouse a first of its kind proposal on abortion, a dramatic change for unions, and a slight alteration in the plan to kill the estate tax.
In recent budgets, primary education has done fairly well compared to other state concerns. But with a huge budget deficit coming up, districts have been warned to expect cuts of 10 to 20 percent, but there are rumblings of a plan that would institute a tiered cut, meaning poorer schools which rely more on state funding could take a bigger hit to their budgets more than wealthy districts would. The first of a two-part roundtable discussion on education with Damon Asbury, the director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association, Russ Harris, a consultant in government services with the Ohio Education Association, and Bill Sims, the president and CEO of the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools.
The battle to redraw the lines for legislative districts in Ohio is always difficult, and often history-making. A new mini-series coming to the History Channel will take on the topic of redistricting, politics and geography. It’ll be hosted by Ohio native Brian Unger, a commentator for NPR and the New York Times. He took a break from interviews he was doing at the Statehouse to talk about the series.