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Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Department of Education has selected a new standardized test for next year to replace the exam known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is the exam tied to the Common Core standards, and it was first put into use in Ohio during the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the assessment.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The state budget is now on the governor’s desk, and he says he’ll sign it by the fiscal year’s end on June 30. 

Gov. John Kasich didn’t get a lot of what he wanted – for instance, increases in the sales, commercial activity or fracking taxes. But he says it’s the third budget in a row to cut income taxes.

“We push very, very big ideas here. And sometimes a victory is to push those ideas,” Kasich said. “You get as much of it done as you can.”

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Senators have passed their version of the two year state budget. The $71.3 billion spending plan now goes to a conference committee to work out differences with the House version.

The sweeping proposal would increase Ohio's tobacco taxes, boost higher-education funding and eliminate state taxes for certain small business income.

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Republican Senators have made dozens of changes to the budget they unveiled last week, with a final vote by the full Senate likely Wednesday.

Senators eliminated language that would have banned using state money on any projects that require specific agreements negotiated with unions – that ban had angered Democrats. But state agencies would have to hold public hearings when so-called Project Labor Agreements are involved. 

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The State Senate has released its version of Ohio's budget. The chamber plans to send $71.3 billion over two years, which is about one billion less than both the House and Gov. John Kasich's proposed spending plans. 

Senate President Keith Faber of Celina is happy with his caucus’ proposal – which he says has a smaller bottom line than the previous two budget plans. Tax cuts are the big feature in the proposal.  

“We are continuing today to build on our commitment to fund what matters and return to the taxpayers what’s not essential,” Faber said.

Funding Levels For State's School Districts In Limbo During Budget Talks

May 29, 2015

The deadline for a new two-year state budget is just a month away. The House and the Governor have different proposals and the Senate is expected to deliver their version in about two weeks. Local school districts will have to wait to see what finally gets adopted.

Gov. John Kasich wants to change the school funding formula to put more state money into the hands of poor districts. He wants the state to look at the average income in a district, not just its property values, to decide how much money the district gets.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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Senators are preparing to put together and unveil their version of the budget that was passed by the House last month, which featured key differences from the original spending plan from Gov. John Kasich. But finishing the budget on time might be difficult.

Republican Senate Finance Chair Scott Oelslager of Canton says once all proposed amendments to the $71.5 billion budget are turned in, it’ll be full steam ahead.

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Gov. John Kasich’s budget director is sending a strong signal to the Ohio Senate that the budget plan passed by the House won’t work. Kasich wants some elements of his original budget put into the Senate’s version.

Kasich’s budget included income tax cuts that were offset with new taxes on tobacco, gas and oil drilling and increased or new sales taxes. The House removed those tax hikes but offered a smaller 6.3 percent income tax cut. Budget Director Tim Keen says the House took money set aside for unplanned Medicaid expenses and used revenue figures that are too rosy.

As Talks Continue, Lawmakers Concerned About Size of Budget Bill

Apr 27, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The Ohio House may have approved the $71.5 billion budget and sent it to the Senate, but that hasn’t stopped opponents from voicing their problems with the large spending bill.

Most of the five conservative Republicans said Medicaid expansion was the reason for their “no” votes on the budget. But State Rep. John Becker of Cincinnati says the bill also spends way too much money.

House Version Of Budget Passes Out Of Committee

Apr 21, 2015
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House Republicans added another series of amendments to the budget before passing it out of committee.

The House added $1.2 million so the Secretary of State can keep mailing out absentee ballot applications. And another amendment gets rid of language that would’ve stopped the state auditor from performing public records audits. 

More than 93 schools were in danger of losing money when implementing the new funding formula and the cut to the reimbursement program known as the Tangible Personal Property tax or TPP. 

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