Keith Faber

Students and supporters gather on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse to rally for charter schools
ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Charter school advocates brought out a group of supporters who aren’t always heard in the education debate: the students themselves.

Dozens of children cheered at a Statehouse rally in support of charter schools.

Republican Senate President Keith Faber addressed the crowd, telling them that special interest groups are trying to shut down charter schools and end parent choice.

photo of Dave Yost, Keith Faber
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A public records request made by a reporter, an activist or any concerned citizen could start as something simple and spiral into a long, expensive court battle. State lawmakers are trying to change that.

Republican Senator Keith Faber of Celina is pushing a bill that would create a new, faster public records request process by using local clerks of court and mediators.

State Auditor Dave Yost has a similar program in his office, but Faber’s proposal would put it into law. Yost says this will help people avoid contentious lawsuits where they have to lawyer up.

photo of Keith Faber and Joe Schiavoni
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Senate seemed to be poised to move forward on a bill that would crack down on online schools with bad attendance records. But a political maneuver may slow it down. 

Photo of Faber and Schiavoni
ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Some controversy surrounds a bill to create tougher standards on attendance and record-keeping for e-schools. 

Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area has introduced a bill that would create strict attendance standards for online charter schools.

This is to make sure these e-schools don’t overbill the state based on inflated attendance numbers, which has happened recently.

photo of Keith Faber
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber says he doesn’t believe Gov. John Kasich cannot win the presidency, even as a new Quinnipiac Poll shows Kasich would lose to reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump in Ohio if the election were held today.

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