Late last week, the White House put out a report breaking down the state of the American student achievement gap and the news wasn’t great for Ohio. In reading, we had the nation’s ninth highest gap between our highest and lowest performing schools. In math, we had the nation’s second-highest gap, and in graduation rates we had the nation’s fourth largest gap. And while much of this difference can be explained by the relatively high performance of our highest performing schools, the gap is and should be a serious concern for Ohio’s educators, parents and policy makers. Continue reading
It’s the last full week of business for the Ohio General Assembly before legislators adjourn for the summer, and lawmakers are busily working to pass a number of measures that would impact women. Continue reading
Governor Kasich may become the first elected official in the nation to eliminate healthcare coverage for low-income pregnant women since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Beginning in 2014, the law made millions of low-income Americans eligible for healthcare through Medicaid, and, as a result, over 450,000 more Ohioans now have coverage. 43 states expanded Medicaid eligibility to low-income pregnant women in 2014. But pregnant women in Ohio didn’t have to wait for expansion to see their coverage options increase. In 2007, the state, under then-Governor Strickland, expanded eligibility for pregnant women making up to 200 percent of the poverty level. Continue reading
Women may not be getting the health coverage they were guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report by by the National Women’s Law Center, and the Obama administration has warned carriers that the practice must stop.
The April report outlined numerous violations by insurers in 15 states, including Ohio, which included excluding dependents from maternity care, limits on breastfeeding services and a failure to provide preventive services and contraception without co-pays or deductibles.
Late last month, I joined a panel on Capitol Hill to discuss Innovation Ohio’s partnership with NWLC to address shortcomings in plans offered in Ohio in 2014. Our work led to multiple plans modifying their policies for 2015, but the report found that, despite our work, many violations of the law can still be found in policies sold on the Ohio exchange. Continue reading
The United States falls behind the rest of the world in providing workers with guaranteed paid parental leave. Only 13% of U.S. workers enjoy paid family leave benefits, and the number is much lower — 4% — among low-wage workers. Workers without access to paid leave are more likely to leave the workforce, stay out of work far longer, in many case relying on public assistance, costing taxpayers and the local economy all while reducing family economic security.
In Ohio, women make up nearly half of the state’s labor force. Paid parental leave policies are a critical way to keep our workforce and local economy strong. Our latest research looks at the state of paid parental leave and the many benefits it can offer. Continue reading
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today introduced the team that will head up the chamber’s 21 standing committees, and just like in the House, women and people of color will be nearly absent.
This week, Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announced the leaders of the House’s 25 standing committees, and women are outnumbered 5 to 1.
House Bill 5: Impact Analysis
Understanding the cumulative financial impact of House Bill 5 in the context of the last four years of funding cuts to local communities
Changes proposed in House Bill 5, legislation pending in the Ohio General Assembly, could result in a substantial reduction in resources for hundreds of Ohio communities that levy an income tax, and could lead to further budget consequences such as service cuts and tax increases. When combined with the significant loss of revenue that municipalities are already facing as a result of policy changes enacted by Governor Kasich and the legislature over the past four years, the potential impact to Ohio communities is staggering.
- We estimate the statewide impact to communities from House Bill 5 if it passes at over $82 million per year.
- When considered along with the cuts to municipalities already enacted over the past four years, we found that Ohio cities and villages will be coping with nearly half a billion dollars less in their annual budgets to provide services.
- For some Ohio communities, the reduction in resources exceeds 20% of their annual budgets, and will be difficult to absorb without tax increases or major cuts in services.
Read the report: “House Bill 5: Impact Analysis“
While the Kasich administration and Republican lawmakers have been quick to celebrate what they call an “Ohio miracle,” an IOEF analysis of new jobs data reveals that Ohio’s job growth is not just stagnant, but has fallen far behind that of most other states over the past year.
- Over the past 12 months, Ohio’s economy added only 16,000 jobs — a growth rate of 0.309 percent
- Over the past year, Ohio ranked 47th nationally in employment growth. Only Wyoming, Alaska and Maine performed worse.
- This represents a sharp drop-off in employment gains: compared to the prior 12 month period, Ohio’s job growth has declined seven-fold.
Read the full analysis here.
Billed as more efficient than traditional public schools, a new Innovation Ohio Education Fund (IOEF) analysis of publicly-available data shows that Ohio’s charter schools actually spend far more than traditional public schools on administration, leaving less for classroom instruction.
- On average, charter schools in Ohio dedicates over 28% of their total spending to administrative costs that do not deal with the education of students
- This compares to just 11.5% spent on administration by traditional public districts
- The best charters spent 20.5% on administration, while the worst spend nearly 40%
- Deductions from traditional public schools for charter school will increase by $34 million annually if the budget currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly is enacted.
Read the complete analysis here.