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State Sen. Peggy Lehner

One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed gun law changes in the wake of the shooting that killed 10 people in Dayton is an idea that’s been talked about before, and has passed in 17 states – a way to remove guns from people who are thought to be dangerous to themselves or others.

State senators are reintroducing a "Red Flag" bill with the support of Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) who says she's no longer satisfied with the status quo.

Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, is calling for a version of the "red flag" law, expanded background checks, and other gun control proposals in response to the mass shooting in Dayton over the weekend that left nine people dead. These proposals represent a dramatic shift in the way Ohio's state leadership has handled gun policies for most of the decade.

A new bill at the Ohio Statehouse would require doctors to provide information to women receiving a medication abortion on how they could reverse the procedure. 

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Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani has announced he’s running for state Senate in 2020. Antani is currently serving a third term in the House of Representatives in Ohio’s 42nd district. His bid for state senator will be in Ohio’s 6th Senate District - which is currently held by Republican Senator Peggy Lehner, who is term-limited. 

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar and her son Amir
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A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued over 30,000 suspensions to kindergarten through third-grade students during the 2016 school year. In Dayton, the same data show hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year.

Some health advocates want to legalize a controversial practice they say would make routine dentistry more accessible and affordable for the most underserved Ohioans.
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More than half of Ohio counties don’t have enough dentists for the population. Numbers show the dental shortages are especially severe in many rural and low-income communities.

Ann Naber, a member of the Ohio Dental Hygienist Association (ODHA) and an instructor at Sinclair Community College, says this lack of access can lead to severe -- and often expensive -- health consequences for many people.

New Standardized Tests Should Be Ready By October

Aug 28, 2015
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A group of Ohio teachers is reviewing the questions that will appear in this year’s American Institutes for Research, or AIR, standardized test. It replaces the controversial PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, exam. Both tests are tied to the Common Core standards.

Ohio Board Of Education Lacks Political Clout

Jul 30, 2015
Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

Members of the State Board of Education were upset at their meeting this month when they found out that some charter school sponsors may have been getting special treatment in their evaluations. Some state legislators are calling for the resignation of Ohio’s School Superintendent Richard Ross. The power to fire him lies in the hands of the school board. But as some board members found, that’s just about all the power they have.

New State Rules Mean More Charters For Some Cities

Jul 29, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The state of Ohio has new guidelines for how it handles failing public school districts. Part of that law paves the way for an increase in charter schools.

The new rules would allow the state to recruit charter sponsors to come to a city with a troubled district. And right now, Youngstown City Schools is the only affected district. Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner says this push means the state is walking a fine line between improving its traditional public schools and relying on charters to educate students.

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