The Ohio House Wednesday passed legislation to ban high stakes decisions, like promotion to the next grade or refusing course credit, based on students’ scores on achievement tests administered this school year. State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) released the following statement in response to the passage of the legislation, House Bill 7:

“If we want to level the playing field for all of our kids and make sure they get the best education in order to compete for the jobs of the future, we need to take a critical look at the balance between testing and classroom instruction time.

“However, this bill is a bandaid; it is temporary. I hope this is only the beginning of our discussion about how we can do right by our students and teachers by making sure our kids have every opportunity to get a world-class education. It is critical that we address the amount of time students spend on standardized testing in our schools, not just for this year, but to promote success in the future as well.”

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Ramos Proposes Tuition Coverage For Ohio College Students


As Ohio college students don their caps and gowns this month, many will leave school with mountains of debt for four-year degrees. In fact, Ohio families and students face the highest burden of student loan debt in the nation, with the Buckeye State ranking 45th nationally for college affordability. With college out of reach for too many families and students, state Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today introduced legislation to cover 90 percent of the cost for students to attend public college in Ohio. The Ohio Lets Everyone Achieve Right Now (LEARN) tax credit would make Ohio the first state to make college truly affordable for all students.