From the daily archives: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Last week, the Ohio House Education Committee, led by Gerald Stebelton, moved to eliminate the minimum salary schedule requirements from state law via House Bill 343.  The bill passed out of the committee along straight party lines, with the approving Republicans stating that this move was designed to give local school districts flexibility in negotiating salary schedules, especially advocating for merit-based pay for teachers.

Committee chairman Gerald Stebelton, a Lancaster Republican, said the longstanding teacher pay scales that increase pay based on years of experience and degrees earned by a teacher, should no longer be required by the state. […]

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The bitter cold Thursday outside a House hearing room stood in sharp contrast to some heated moments during testimony in Columbus on HB 248, AKA “the Heartbeat Bill”, sponsored by Republican Rep. Christine Hagen.  If signed into law by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the bill would make it illegal for a woman to seek an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could occur even before a women knows she’s pregnant.

Unusual by general House procedures, today’s hearing came as a surprise to many, since it would offer both sponsor testimony and a vote. The controversial bill generally “prohibits a person […]

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