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School safety included in early Ohio House bills

Ohio House Dems seek input on Kasich schools plan

Ohio House Dems seek input on Kasich schools plan

JULIE CARR SMYTH,AP Statehouse Correspondent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Democrats say they want to work with Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and other Republicans on his new education policy blueprint.

Reps. Teresa Fedor, Debbie Phillips and Matt Lundy say members of their party aren't privy to details of the school-funding proposal coming Thursday. They said they and their constituencies, including urban and rural school districts and unionized teachers, have ideas to offer.

Kasich ran in 2010 on a promise to address Ohio's unconstitutional system for getting taxpayer money to schools. His plan is expected to include sweeping proposals for policy changes.

The Democrats cited three areas they hope Kasich tackles. They support more money for pre-school and all-day kindergarten, a formula that helps districts avoid so many school levy requests, and greater accountability of for-profit charter schools.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — School safety, Internet cafes and municipal income taxes are among the issues the Ohio House hopes to tackle this legislative session.

The topics were included in the first bills that representatives introduced on Wednesday.

Other proposals would streamline the state's job-matching services and create grants for local governments. One bill would set training and certification requirements for a new group of professionals who will help guide consumers through the new health insurance exchange.

House Speaker William Batchelder says the bills reflect some of the bigger issues lawmakers will face in the first half of the year, but don't encompass all of his Republican caucus' priorities.

State lawmakers also will be debating Ohio's two-year budget this year. The governor is expected to unveil his spending blueprint on Monday.

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