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Report: Lt. Gov. chief of staff clocked salon trips as work time

Inadequate oversight and a lack of supervision allowed Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s former chief of staff and an executive assistant to get paid for hours when they weren’t in the office, according to an Ohio Inspector General’s report released Tuesday.The report notes hours when former chief of staff Laura ...

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State to spend $2 million to combat sex assaults on campuses

Ohio colleges and universities have until the beginning of next school year to take specific steps aimed at combating campus sexual assaults. The Ohio Department of Higher Education on Tuesday laid out a five-part plan for spending $2 million it received in the state budget to help schools — public ...

GovWatch: School newsletter touts incumbents, snubs challenger

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools Superintendent Keith St. Pierre says there’s “nothing political” about the district mailing out newsletters to every home in the district singing the praises of two boardmembers up for re-election, and mentioning that they want to stay on the school board.But Dave Carpenter — who is challenging them for ...

Charmaine Renee at home in Westlake, Ohio, working on and with a quilt containing stories of sexual assault survivors. KEN BLAZE / SUBMITTED

Quilt to shed light on painful subject

Personal testimonies of sexual assault from Wright State University students — more than a dozen in all — are being stitched together in a quilt designed to shed light on a painful and often hidden subject. Charmaine Renee, the former WSU Women’s Center artist in residence who conceived the project, ...

Mason attorney Joshua Engel looks over paperwork at his desk at the law firm of Engel and Martin Wednesday, Oct. 14. Engel represents at least four students in lawsuits against different Ohio universities stemming from how the schools investigate sexual misconduct allegations. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Unfair treatment alleged in school suits

Colleges and universities under intense public and federal pressure to tamp down on campus sexual assaults are facing mounting accusations that they rush to judgment against the accused with biased policies and poorly trained hearing boards. Just since March, six Ohio universities have been sued in federal court. The separate ...

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