COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio has received far fewer applications than the number of vouchers available for transferring students to private schools from poor-performing public ones.
Although 30,000 vouchers were offered, The Columbus Dispatch reports only more than 17,000 requests for vouchers were turned in by this past Monday's deadline. A provision in the state budget signed at the end of June offered a 16,000 voucher increase of the private school scholarships.
Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties to the federal government because not enough people on welfare are working at a job or trying to get one. The state has been fined for the last three years because less than a quarter of Ohio’s welfare recipients are working, are volunteering as preparation for work or are in job training programs.
The federal government requires half of recipients be enrolled in work participation.
Ben Johnson at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says his agency is confident the situation can be corrected.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials plan to outline the job-creation duties of a new nonprofit entity during a series of meetings around the state that begin Tuesday.
The semiprivate JobsOhio corporation was created by the Gov. John Kasich earlier this year to lead the state's economic development efforts. As a result, the state Department of Development is to report to the legislature by Thursday what functions should move from the state agency to JobsOhio.