Here are the headlines from the morning of Friday, September 24:
- New vaccine lottery targets Ohio youth
- School principal I Promise accused of slapping a student
- ACLU and voter groups file lawsuit in Ohio over new legislative cards
- Andy Douglas, former Ohio Supreme Court justice, has died
New vaccine lottery targets Ohio youth
(AP) – Governor Mike DeWine has proposed a new college scholarship incentive program aimed at increasing the number of young people receiving the coronavirus vaccine. The Ohio Vax-to-School program will offer five scholarships of $ 100,000 and 50 scholarships of $ 10,000. The money can be used for college, business school, or other advancement opportunities. DeWine said on Thursday that keeping children in school was a top priority for the state, for parents and for teachers. The governor said only 46% of Ohioans aged 12 to 25 statewide received the initial dose of the vaccine, with the numbers being much lower in some parts of the state.
School principal I Promise accused of slapping a student
(Beacon Journal) – The principal of Akron’s I Promise School is on paid leave after being accused of slapping a student. The Beacon Journal reports that a parent of an 11-year-old student has filed a police report against Brandi Davis, accusing him of hitting the child for desecrating. I Promise is an Akron public school for at-risk children that is a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation. The school district says Davis will be on leave while an investigation is conducted. She is the founding director of the school.
ACLU and voter groups file lawsuit in Ohio over new legislative cards
(AP) – A new lawsuit challenges Ohio’s newly drawn state legislative districts as giving the Republican Party an extreme and unfair advantage. The lawsuit filed Thursday would be the country’s first against district maps drawn in the 2020 census. An ACLU-led legal team has filed a lawsuit on behalf of voters and voter rights groups, including the League of Women Voters of Ohio. It targets a map that the new Republican-dominated Ohio Redistribution Commission adopted along party lines last week. It is planned to continue providing qualified majorities to the GOP. The partisan vote meant the card would only last four years, instead of 10.
Andy Douglas, former Ohio Supreme Court justice, has died
(AP) – Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who was part of the Liberal “four” court coalition that forced changes to the state’s school funding system, is deceased. He was 89 years old. A moderate Republican, Douglas served three six-year terms on the state Supreme Court after his election in 1984. He resigned in 2003 after reaching the mandatory retirement age for Ohio judges of 70 years. .