2016 Year in Review

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Abortion is always a contentious issue at the Statehouse. This year was no exception, as abortion ban bills took front and center stage amid the backdrop of the controversial election season.

Dan Konik and Jo Ingles

2016 started with a shift in the tide when it comes to accountability and transparency for charter schools in Ohio. But the year ends with some big questions marks remaining about what standards online charter schools should meet. Here is a look back on the biggest news in education.

This year an enrollment audit found that the state’s largest online charter school dramatically over-reported how many full-time students were enrolled.

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Ohio has a big coal industry, but also has a lot of land for wind energy development. And state officials seems to be floating in the middle as far as energy policy goes. The energy issue pulled the state in two different directions.

Dan Konik/Jo Ingles

Every two years there are more than a thousand bills introduced in the Statehouse that never get enough support to pass the House and Senate and are left to die at the end of the session. But this was the year many of those controversial bills actually passed. There are still plenty of bills left on the cutting room floor.

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A slew of bills that in other years might have been too controversial to touch not only got hearings at the Statehouse this year. They actually passed.