A campaign is underway to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. The nonprofit group, Women on $20s, has a list of possible candidates and is currently soliciting votes to narrow the field. The list includes early women's rights activists Susan B. Anthony — who made it onto a dollar coin briefly Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; civil rights icon Rosa Parks; anti-slavery activists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; three members of Congress, Patsy Mink, Shirley Chisholm, and Barbara Jordan; Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S. Cabinet; Red Cross founder Clara Barton; former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; birth control activist Margaret Sanger, environmentalist Rachel Carson, and feminist Betty Friedan. The only woman on a currently circulating piece of U.S. currency is Sacagawea, on the dollar coin; the Mint lists two other coins depicting women: Helen Keller is on the reverse side of the 2003 Alabama quarter, and Susan B. Anthony was on the dollar coin until 1981.
With Ohio children in the midst of annual testing, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced new legislation to streamline and improve testing practices in our nation’s classrooms. Brown discussed efforts to improve reliability and effectiveness of mandatory tests. “More of our students’ time in school should be spent on learning, not on unnecessary testing,” Brown said. “While annual testing is critical in measuring student achievement, we should eliminate duplicative tests and realign focus to college- and career-ready standards. The SMART Act would accomplish these goals by giving states and school districts the tools they need to ensure tests are reliable and efficient – eliminating outdated and redundant tests while improving accountability and increasing instruction time.”Brown is a sponsor of the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, which would help states ensure statewide and local assessments are reliable and timely, while eliminating outdated or duplicative tests. The bill aims to improve mandatory state assessments and ensure they are efficiently and accurately measuring students’ progress and teacher effectiveness.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an unusual 150-minute argument April 28 on whether Ohio and three other states violated the Constitution when they banned same-sex marriages. The courtâs decision, which is expected toward the end of June, could finally end a controversy that has divided the nation for much of the past two decades. In 2013, the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down as unconstitutional a 1996 federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Ohio prison officials want state lawmakers to tweak the law enabling judges to approve early release of severely incapacitated inmates, including two who are brain-dead and on life support. The state is paying $1 million a year for medical care for these inmates, many of whom donât even know they are in prison, said Stuart Hudson, chief of medical services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Starting in August, incoming Ohio State University students wonât be allowed to schedule classes without evidence theyâve had shots to protect against a list of vaccine-preventable illnesses. The new vaccine requirement comes almost a year after a mumps outbreak on and around campus sickened almost 500 people. A subsequent measles outbreak north of central Ohio amplified discussions about boosting immunization rates throughout the state, including at universities and colleges. There are no statewide higher-education shot requirements in Ohio, but some states have put mandates in place.
Matthew Frankel and Majd Zuhour first encountered one another as she demonstrated on the Ohio State University campus with other supporters of Palestinians in the Middle East. Frankel is Jewish. Zuhour is Palestinian. And while stereotypes would make them instant adversaries, Frankel had something else in mind. So he asked the group: âDoes anyone just want talk about stuff, and not yell at each other?â Zuhour took him up on his invitation, and today the two OSU students call themselves friends. âWe realized that, obviously, we disagree about a lot of things,â Frankel said. âBut, if you set politics aside, personally we are compatible â¦ and we did find a lot of things, within the conflict, that we do agree on.â