COLUMBUS- State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced that funding in the amount of $4,000,000 has been awarded to the Cuyahoga County Education Service Center for the purpose of assisting assigned school districts on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education.

 “It is always encouraging to see funding go towards educating our youth,” said Rep. Antonio. “In order for schools to be able to hire the best candidates, it’s vital that the certification and licensure procedure is effective. This funding will definitely help to create a successful and efficient teacher certification process.”

 The focus of the assistance is to implement various programs by providing technical assistance, training and developing procedures for teacher certification, and licensure developing assessment and achievement tool kits for existing and new programs that are in compliance with the law.

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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report


The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.