School, union provisions near vote by Ohio panels

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are nearing committee votes on several midterm budget bills, including a provision that would clarify that college athletes aren't eligible to unionize.

Four bills containing elements of Republican Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget plan are scheduled for state Senate committee votes Tuesday. The measures deal with workforce programs, taxes, education and general budget policies.

The schools bill includes new guidelines for further integrating course offerings at Ohio's public high schools and colleges, in part to dovetail with how credits are counted. The measure also would make changes to the state's Common Core learning targets and impose new restrictions on operators of charter schools.

In the wake of a ruling involving Northwestern University, another bill would specify that college athletes are not considered public employees for collective-bargaining purposes.