Representative Peter Beck

The speaker of the Ohio House says a southwest Ohio lawmaker has agreed to give up his powerful committee chairmanship after a new indictment.

Speaker William Batchelder, a Republican from Medina, says Republican Rep. Pete Beck will relinquish chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.

CINCINNATI – Ohio’s 614 school districts might be reduced in number depending on the results of a study.

Gov. John Kasich has asked Ohio lawmakers to set up a panel to explore whether combining school systems could save money and boost the quality of learning

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports two districts in northeast Ohio's Wayne County took a step toward consolidation and saved $300,000 a year by merging their central offices.