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  • HB 7 moved quickly to help students

    by - Mar 11, 2015
    Ohio House Bill 7 is a bill I sponsored at the very beginning of this General Assembly that clarifies that scores from this first year of all state assessments, including assessments from the Partnership for Assessment...
  • “Reading makes my head hurt”

    by - Mar 7, 2015
    Public speaking students at Edison Community College are at the halfway point in their 16-week course. They have moved beyond the basics of how to make a presentation to the more complex areas of content preparation...
  • Responding to testing concerns

    by - Mar 6, 2015
    Testing in Ohio schools has been a major topic of discussion over the last few months at the Ohio Senate and in our community.   I have heard from many parents, teachers, counselors and school superintendents about...
  • New standards to guide ag practices

    by - Mar 5, 2015
    In west central Ohio, we are familiar with water quality problems because of the issues experienced at our inland lakes over the last several decades.  Most recently, we learned how changes to agricultural practices and advancements...
  • Good policy for our education system

    by - Mar 4, 2015
    The issues of school assessments, Common Core, and student performance have become highly debated topics not only in our state legislature, but across the country. As a newly-elected member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and...
  • LSC offering fellowship applications

    by - Mar 3, 2015
    Each year college graduates set out to begin their professional lives armed with new degrees, great enthusiasm and high expectations.  Many, however, quickly realize that getting a foot in the door can be a difficult challenge, even for...
  • I’m the only one capable

    by - Feb 28, 2015
    I have been told it is good to get away from your job and other distractions and spend time with your family. It will make your relationships healthier. I know it’s true, but believing I could...
  • Committee work for the General Assembly

    by - Feb 25, 2015
    At the beginning of every General Assembly, the Speaker of the House appoints all members of the caucus to different committees. There are nineteen committees in all, and each member is appointed to different committees based...
  • Addressing trade cheats to save jobs

    by - Feb 24, 2015
    There isn’t much Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days, but one idea is uniting senators on both sides of the aisle. This month I joined my colleagues of both political parties to announce the...
  • A fake mustache for the teacher

    by - Feb 23, 2015
    “How old are you?” The student had just walked into the room. He looked up at me, waiting for my response. A few of the kids in the class knew me but not him. I looked...
  • Threatening Ohio’s fire departments

    by - Feb 19, 2015
    The last thing Ohioans want is another shutdown that puts our safety at risk—but that’s exactly where we are headed if extreme factions of Congress don’t put partisanship aside and avert a shutdown of the Department...
  • PARCC Safe Harbor for students

    by - Feb 18, 2015
    This week the children in our community are beginning the most recent round of new high stakes testing.  As parents and grandparents we want to know that the students in our local schools will not be...
  • Teaching My Kids Right and Wrong

    by - Feb 14, 2015
    By no means would I submit my name for Father of the Year. I have made a lot of mistakes in raising my two daughters, but my utmost concern has and always will be their safety....
  • Improving the Water Quality

    by - Feb 12, 2015
    In western Ohio, we have been tackling the issue of water quality for several years at a number of our inland lakes that are very important to tourism in the region. We are familiar with the...
  • Biomedical research creates jobs/saves lives

    by - Feb 11, 2015
    Medical research not only creates jobs – it saves lives. But critical research – on cancer prevention, on new prescription drugs, and on cures for deadly diseases – is often left unfunded. In fact, nine out...
  • A mind-bending experience

    by - Feb 7, 2015
    I was at our local supermarket recently when I saw the young lady who occasionally graces this column… rather she saw me. “Bob!!” She left her cart, ran and jumped into my arms. I gave her...
  • Methane mandates are not the answer

    by - Feb 5, 2015
    We have all noticed the drop in gas prices. While this will probably be temporary, right now it is saving Ohioans a significant amount of money.  Ohioans now have access to increased discretionary spending which will...
  • The dilemma facing local roads and streets

    by - Feb 4, 2015
    A few months back I wrote a piece about infrastructure challenges, now being faced by all Americans, concerning roads and bridges. Presently, those in Washington are debating and avoiding such things as increasing the national gas...
  • Commissioner’s Corner

    by - Feb 3, 2015
    The New Year, like every year, brings fresh hope for better things. We celebrate the end of one year and all that it possessed, and we look with anticipation for new and better things ahead. The...
  • Yay! Their Minds aren’t a Black Hole

    by - Jan 31, 2015
    I came home from work the other day to find my oldest daughter listening to oldies music. No, not the music they call oldies today (80’s), but the oldies from when I was kid – stuff...
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