Representative Teresa Fedor - House District 45
 

10.24.17 - Reps. Fedor, Kennedy Kent Introduce Healthcare Freedom For All Ohioans Legislation

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today introduced the Ohio Health Security Act, a bill to establish a single-payer health care plan in Ohio to universally cover medical, dental and vision services. Payments to health care providers for all eligible benefits will be made from a single public fund, called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

 
 

07.25.17 - Rep. Fedor Applauds $700M Steel Facility Project That Will Bring Over 1,000 Jobs To Toledo, Great Lakes Region

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today announced that the Toledo Ironville Terminal will soon be home to a $700 million ironworks facility that will produce Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) for the steel industry in the Great Lakes region. The new facility, which is expected to create 130 permanent jobs and 1,200 construction jobs, will require two million hours of manual labor to complete.

“The selection of Toledo Ironville Terminal for this exciting project is a testimony to the strength of the workforce here in Toledo,” said Fedor. “The significant investment being made will create over a thousand good-paying jobs in northwest Ohio, spurring economic growth and helping to rebuild Ohio’s steel industry. I join the hard-working men and women of Toledo in looking forward to helping produce and build quality infrastructure for the entire nation.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Fedor: GOP Bill To Weaken Concealed Carry Protections Puts Public Safety In The Crosshairs

 

In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.

“Americans value and enshrine in our constitution the right to manage weapons under our roof. This concept is enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, against the forced quartering of soldiers. For a young child in a daycare center, that center is essentially their home, and the caregivers are charged with protecting the children as if they were their own,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “Under this bill, even private homes can be subject to knowing, purposeful trespass with a firearm. Whether it is a daycare, a restaurant or a shelter, the owners and managers have the right to set rules for how they will protect those in their care or under their roof.”

 
 

07.06.17 - Fedor: Medicaid Restrictions, Taxes Among Eleven Potential Law Changes From House GOP Veto Showdown With Governor

 

Today, the Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives overrode eleven items Governor John Kasich vetoed in the recently passed state budget, House Bill (HB) 49. Under the House’s overrides, Medicaid expansion will have to be reauthorized through the state Controlling Board and new taxes on working people could be put in place as a condition of healthcare coverage – if the Senate takes up the House overrides.

“Medicaid expansion served an important role in establishing a lifeline of healthcare, particularly for young adults who are working, seeking work or recovering from conditions that prevent them from working,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “Access to healthcare is not only a moral issue, but an economic imperative for our community. Toledo is internationally known for the products of its manufacturing labor, but this cannot be achieved without a healthy workforce. Many promises have been made by state and local leaders about healthcare, but the gap between those promises and access to quality healthcare will expand with the provisions we put in place today.”

 
 

06.29.17 - Fedor: State's Fake Budget Built On Broken Economic Outlook, Six Years Of Few Results And Empty Job Promises

 

Amid a more than $1 billion financial shortfall, Ohio’s legislative Republicans pushed state budget negotiations closer to the brink Tuesday and Wednesday with eleventh hour horse-trading over a Medicaid lockout and complex money maneuvers, leaving Gov. John Kasich less than 48 hours to review the state budget, House Bill 49, before the start of the new fiscal year.

“This bill will result in worse health outcomes and more deaths if the Governor does not use his executive authority to line-item veto the Medicaid freeze,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “Ohio now ranks 40th among all states in overall health according to America’s Health Rankings, down from 26th in 2006. The budget shortfall will be detrimental for those that rely on Medicaid for essential health services. Ohioans need a real plan for our future with effective solutions based on facts, not ideology.” 

 
 

06.19.17 - Rep. Fedor Applauds New State Training Initiative To Prevent Human Trafficking

 

Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today applauded the announcement by Governor John Kasich and Department of Public Safety Director John Born regarding new human trafficking awareness training for undercover agents who investigate liquor, tobacco and food stamp violations and Ohio State Highway Patrol officers:

“Developing a comprehensive approach that enlists all relevant state resources is key to the fight against human trafficking in Ohio.

 
 

05.24.17 - Seventh Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage State Lawmakers

 

State Rep. and Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), State Rep. and Vice Chair Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus today gathered with about 200 women representing nearly 30 counties from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women and families face.

“Women’s active participation in the political process is vital to ensure equal representation, especially after men dominated the polls up and down the ballot during the last election,” said OHDWC Chair Teresa Fedor. “When women in Ohio don’t have the same level of access to opportunity and prosperity, our entire state pays the price. By empowering women to engage with their elected officials and advocate for policies that advance gender equality in our state, we can help boost the quality of life for all Ohio families.” 

 
 

05.10.17 - Fedor Calls For GOP Return Of ECOT Campaign Dollars To State Following Ruling Against Online Charter For Stealing $60M

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to a state ruling against ECOT, the state’s biggest, failing online charter school, for what amounts to embezzling some $60 million in taxpayer dollars by falsely inflating student attendance:

“ECOT and other charter schools have been fleecing taxpayers for years while GOP lawmakers turned a blind eye speaking at graduation ceremonies and building their campaign coffers on the broken promises to families, taxpayers – and most importantly – our children.

“With sixty-million dollars essentially being stolen from taxpayers, today’s ruling draws into question the massive amounts of cash GOP lawmakers have accepted from ECOT over the years. I am calling on GOP lawmakers to tally up and return all ECOT campaign donations in a check written to the state from their campaign.

“If we refuse to fully hold Ohio’s failed charter school experiment accountable through tougher laws and standards, lawmakers should at minimum hold themselves accountable for being complicit in the theft of tax dollars from our taxpayers. That starts with doing the right thing, and returning campaign donations to the state.”

 

 
 

03.13.17 - Rep. Fedor Applauds State's Backtracking On ESSA Collaboration Deadline

 

After holding a series of town halls and forums on Ohio’s proposed education model under the new federal ESSA standards, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today applauded the state for reversing course on a tight deadline for submission to the federal government— something Fedor says kept public input out of the Ohio plan.

“After tens of thousands of stakeholders asked for their voice to be heard, today we are one step closer to making this reality. I applaud the decision by Superintendent DeMaria to utilize the US Department of Education’s September 18, 2017 deadline for the technical submission of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act state plan. The Draft Plan should be redrafted and developed with ongoing meaningful consultation and stakeholder feedback. By utilizing the September 18th deadline, Ohioans across the stakeholder spectrum will be able to engage deeply in the process of working transparently to draft a plan that supports a North Star vision for the education of our state’s children. This is a great first step toward working on a plan that will truly work for all of Ohio’s children. 

 
 

02.03.17 - Fedor, Advocates Call For Modernizing Ohio's Outdated Prostitution Laws

 

Flanked by student advocates, legal experts, law enforcement and survivors, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today announced plans to modernize Ohio’s laws to treat all survivors of human trafficking under the age of 18 as victims – not criminals.

“Too often in Ohio, young women and men who are forced and manipulated into the illicit sex trade are arrested and charged for prostitution – when in fact they are the victims,” said Fedor. “Instead of making it harder for victims of human trafficking to get the help they need when they need it, we can modernize outdated laws to put children first – ahead of abusers and criminals.” 

 
 

02.02.17 - Rep. Fedor Hosts Eighth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) hosted the Eighth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day today at the Ohio Statehouse, as lawmakers, law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from across the state and nation gathered for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio.

“While we have made great strides at the state level to halt the spread of human trafficking, we cannot let up now. Law enforcement, advocates, families and survivors must continue to work together to raise awareness and protect vulnerable men and women from being ensnared by modern day slavery,” said Fedor. “I am confident that by bringing diverse voices from all across the state to the same table, we can make positive progress toward finally ending human trafficking in our state.” 

 
 

02.01.17 - Teresa Fedor To Host Eighth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) will host the eighth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Thursday, February 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The annual event will bring together law enforcement officials, advocates, experts and survivors for interactive educational workshops and informational and inspirational presentations regarding ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio. This year’s special guest is Dr. Elaine Richardson, an author, artist and inspirational professor.

“I believe that by bringing diverse voices from all across the state to the same table, we can help raise awareness and collaborate on strategies to combat modern day slavery,” said Fedor. “While we have made great strides at the state level against the spread of human trafficking, the real work is done out in the community by law enforcement, advocates, families and survivors.”

This year’s event will also include the first ever Ohio Youth Trafficking Prevention Summit focused on prevention and protection strategies for young people on Friday, February 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately, human traffickers often target young and vulnerable children,” said Fedor. “By educating our youth on prevention and protection strategies, I believe we can help keep our children safe from predatory criminals.”

The youth summit is free to attend but tickets are required. Those interested can register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-ohio-human-trafficking-awareness-day-youth-summit-tickets-28770533440

For the past ten years, Rep. Fedor has been a leading advocate in the fight to end human trafficking. Most recently, Rep. Fedor passed legislation to address the demand-side of the illegal sex trafficking trade, End Demand Act, Sub. H.B. 130. In 2012, the General Assembly passed Rep. Fedor’s Safe Harbor Act— a victim centered bill aimed at providing protection, prosecution and prevention. And, while in the Senate, Fedor passed Ohio’s first bill to define human trafficking and make it illegal, Senate Bill 235.

 

 
 

10.20.16 - Rep. Fedor To Discuss Fight Against Human Trafficking At American Academy Of Nursing Conference

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) will be featured as a keynote speaker at the American Academy of Nursing’s 2016 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference TOMORROW, Friday, October 21 at 1:15 p.m. in Washington, DC. The Toledo lawmaker will be addressing legislative and policy efforts to put an end to human trafficking as part of the conference’s Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation: Nursing, Health, Economic, and Labor Policies and Practices panel. She will be joined byUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Professor Dr. Patricia Speck and FHI 360 Gender Department Director Dr. Andrea M. Bertone.

“For the past decade, I’ve worked tirelessly to fight human trafficking in Ohio by working in a bipartisan fashion to pass meaningful legislation and hosting the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day,” said Fedor. “By raising awareness and passing common sense laws that break the trafficking cycle and help victims seek refuge, we can ensure a safer future for our children and our communities. I look forward to working with the American Academy of Nursing and other advocates to pursue policies at the federal level to help end modern-day slavery.”

 
 

09.30.16 - Fedor Calls For Full Investigation Of Online Charters Following ECOT Court Ruling

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), the highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker on the House Education Committee, responded to today’s ruling by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French that found that stopping a state attendance probe into the online charter school ECOT would be in violation of state policies. A state audit of ECOT attendance data revealed the online charter could be defrauding the state and taxpayers by some $60 million during the last year alone by over reporting enrollment by 143 percent during the same period. Judge French’s ruling comes as a response to ECOT’s efforts to stop the state from obtaining additional and accurate attendance data from the online charter.

“Today’s decision reaffirms what education experts, Democratic lawmakers, teachers, parents and I have been saying since the inception of the Republican-led charter school experiment: We cannot let our most vulnerable children be robbed of the opportunity for a lifetime of success just to line the pockets of failing charter school operators,” said Fedor. “This ruling raises new questions as to how state leaders have turned a blind eye to online charter schools cheating our children, taxpayers and traditional schools since 2003. I believe Judge French’s ruling confirms that online charter schools should be held to the same standards and rules as traditional schools to best protect our children’s and the public’s interest in guaranteeing high-quality educational opportunities for children from all backgrounds – especially our most vulnerable.”

Last year, Fedor and others called for the state to investigate Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), another online charter, after a whistleblower contacted her office providing documents that allege OHVA receives more state tax dollars by padding its rolls with chronically truant students.

“It is time for state education officials to get serious about launching a full, statewide investigation of attendance fraud and data manipulation at all online charter schools,” Fedor added. “ECOT is merely a wakeup call for elected officials who have been dragging their feet on enforcing the rules on charter schools while taking campaign cash from those same charter operators. All tax dollars that have been illegally funneled to online charter schools since 2003 should be returned to the local school districts that paid for what amounts to Ohio’s charter school fraud tax.”

Last year, Fedor and state school board members also called for an investigation into a top state education official, David Hansen, after it was discovered he scrubbed failing grades from many online charters. The deliberate omissions by Hansen boosted the ratings of charter school sponsors, potentially qualifying them for additional state benefits.

 
 

09.15.16 - Fedor: GOP Public Education Privateers Should Correct Course By Making Grading Gimmicks Walk The Plank

 

Following the state’s release of so-called school “report cards” today, state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), the House Democratic Caucus education lead – is releasing the open letter below to all statewide news editors and education reporters:

“The floggings will continue until morale improves.” This famous line attributed to Captain Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty has also been used to summarize the state of contemporary education policy. Now that the federal government has recognized the flaws inherent in trying to promote learning through punishment and set a new course with the more flexible Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio could also right our course. Instead, Republicans and the Ohio Department of Education are more than doubling-down on the punishment strategy by delivering six letter grades in a gimmick known as the state school report card.

 
 

08.19.16 - Fedor Urges Head Start Providers To Keep Pushing For Federal Funding Before Wednesday Deadline

 

With a looming Aug. 24 deadline to apply for funds through the federal Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) gathered with over 20 childcare experts and providers from across the state today for a news conference call to urge other Head Start providers to pursue the federal grant while the Toledo lawmaker fights for the reversal of a new Kasich Administration restriction that prohibits layering state and federal funds for early childhood education.

“I don’t want people to lose hope. Our children’s future depends on us pushing forward, collectively with one voice to say we will not back down,” said Fedor. “We will fight for our future. We will fight for our children.”

 
 

08.17.16 - Rep. Fedor Pushes To Reverse Devastating Cuts To Early Childhood Education

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called on Gov. Kasich to put a stop to an administrative rule change effective Sept. 6 that will negatively impact Head Start/ childcare partnerships across the state by leaving them with fewer resources to provide critical enrichment opportunities to vulnerable, low-income Ohio children and their families. Lucas County Commissioners and leaders along with Lucas County, Cuyahoga County and Summit County Democratic lawmakers joined Republican state Senators Peggy Lehner, Shannon Jones and Bill Beagle in writing to Gov. Kasich to ask him to reverse the administrative rule change. 

“Just as the new school year is set to begin, the administration is changing the rules in order to cut millions of dollars in Head Start and childcare funding,” said Fedor, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee. “We must get back on track to advance our early initiatives across our state.”

 
 

08.12.16 - Fedor Announces First Jeep Fest To Celebrate Toledo Assembly Complex's Historic Military Contract

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) recently announced the upcoming Jeep Fest, a celebration of the Toledo Assembly Complex’s U.S. military contract to produce tough, safe and reliable vehicles for 75years.

 
 

08.04.16 - Fedor Questions Yost's Involvement With Attendance Fraud Allegations At Online Charter School

 

The highest ranking Democratic member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), today responded to news reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) fails to maintain critical documentation related to students’ offline work and that Auditor of State Dave Yost failed to conduct a comprehensive audit after receiving allegations of attendance fraud at the online charter school.

The Toledo lawmaker has called on Yost in the recent past to investigate Ohio Virtual Academy, the state’s second largest online charter school, for the same attendance scrubbing allegations taking place at ECOT. Fedor again called on Yost to reopen the investigation into the data scrubbing scandal that led to the resignation of David Hansen.

 
 

06.27.16 - Rep. Fedor Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Women's Right To Comprehensive Healthcare

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the court found that restrictions on access to comprehensive healthcare in Texas placed an undue burden on women, violating the American Constitution: 

“Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the fundamental right of women to set our own course in life and make our own health care decisions. I was honored to be part of this historic case by offering a ‘friend of the court’ brief, which shared impactful stories of women's abortion experiences and detailed how all women and families are negatively affected by barriers to reproductive healthcare. 

 
 

06.24.16 - Rep. Fedor: Ohio's Children In Jeopardy

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to data found in the 2016 Kids Count Data Book, which shows that Ohio’s rank for overall child well-being has dropped from 23rd to 26th in the nation:

“Unfortunately, it should come as little surprise that nearly one in four kids are living in poverty and young adults cannot afford to pay the rising tuition to attend college. Instead of passing policies to benefit working families and their children, the legislature has repeatedly shifted taxes to benefit the wealthiest Ohioans and steered hard-earned taxpayer money to failing, for-profit charters schools. 

 
 

06.17.16 - Rep. Teresa Fedor Comments On Kasich Veto Of Polling Hour Extension Bill

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today responded to Governor Kasich’s veto of Senate Bill 296, legislation that would have created obstacles to voters’ rights during an emergency: 

“I am glad the governor listened to my concerns and those of citizens across the state regarding the restrictions Senate Bill 296 would have put on Ohioans’ fundamental right to vote. This restrictive legislation was tantamount to a modern-day poll tax and absolutely deserved to be vetoed,” said Fedor. “Now that SB 296 has been rejected, I hope the legislature will finally focus on the real issues confronting Ohio families. Instead of continuing to pass partisan legislation that violates the constitutional rights of Ohio voters, the legislature should instead focus on addressing Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate, cleaning up the failing, for-profit charter school industry, and paving a path to economic stability for working people.” 

 
 

05.26.16 - Fedor Issues Statement On Report Of Decade-long Multi-million Dollar Charter School Embezzlement

 

Lead Democratic member of the House Education Committee State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to reports that one-third of charter schools have closed or failed to even open after receiving $30 million in federal grants during the last decade: 

“In no organization, public or private, is this abhorrent level of mismanagement and waste tolerated. But in Ohio it has not only been tolerated, but encouraged by state education officials who directed thirty million dollars over the last decade to charter schools that have closed or never even opened. By failing to hold charter schools to the same standards and expectations as traditional schools, the state is failing an entire generation of children who will not be able to earn the skills they need to succeed. State inaction has allowed charter schools to not only embezzle tax dollars, but to embezzle something more precious that cannot be measured or counted – the hopes and dreams of so many Ohio children and families.”

 
 

05.19.16 - Fedor Responds To National News Report Of Ohio's Largest Failing Online Charter School

 

The highest ranking Democratic member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), today responded to a New York Times article which reported that “more students drop out of the Electronic Classroom (of Tomorrow) or fail to finish high school within four years than at any other school in the country."

“Today’s report confirms what so many of us in Ohio already know: failing charter schools continue to defraud taxpayers while our children fall further behind. Story after story from journalists in Ohio and throughout the country detail deep problems within Ohio’s charter school industry, yet the state refuses to take serious action,” Fedor said. “How many generations of kids must we fail before politicians find the political courage to crack down on profiteers that peddle broken promises to our taxpayers, parents, teachers and children?”

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is Ohio’s largest online charter school and was founded by William Lager, a software executive with subsidiary education companies that took in nearly $23 million in tax dollars for providing ECOT services in 2014. ECOT received about $115 million in tax dollars that year.

 
 

05.18.16 - Lawmakers Focus On Policies To Advance Women, Families During Sixth Annual Women's Lobby Day

 

State Rep. and Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus President Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), State Rep. and Vice Chair Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus today gathered with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women and families face. 

 
 

05.11.16 - Rep. Fedor Responds To Appointment Of New Education Superintendent

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee, today responded to news that the state Board of Education has unanimously selected Paolo DeMaria as the state’s incoming superintendent of public instruction. 

“I look forward to working with Superintendent Paolo DeMaria to clean up the mess at the Ohio Department of Education and return our focus to doing what is best for Ohio’s children.  

“DeMaria’s extensive background in state finance offers the opportunity to implement a properly-funded education model that focuses on the needs of our children and not the special interests of the well-funded charter industry. 

 
 

05.11.16 - Fedor Responds To Passage Medical Marijuana In Ohio House

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today proclaimed her opposition to the medical marijuana bill, House Bill (HB) 523, that the Republican majority brought up for a vote this week on the House floor. The Toledo lawmaker cited unfair economic penalties for working people that seek treatment under the new law as the motivation for her no vote on the bill. 

“Under HB 523, employers have the right to fire an employee and even deny unemployment benefits for those who legally use medical marijuana to treat their chronic pain and illnesses,” said Fedor. “We considered this proposal to help alleviate severe pain for those in need—which I fully support—but it is a cruel joke to lace the bill with penalties for hard working Ohioans who are suffering.” 

 
 

04.21.16 - Gloria Steinem Joins Women Lawmakers For Day At The Statehouse

 

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today is hosting nationally renowned American feminist, activist and journalist Gloria Steinem for a series of events at the Ohio Statehouse. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Gloria Steinem was a key figure during the women’s rights movement of the late 1960’s and has received numerous bestselling book awards for her novels on women’s issues on personal, national and global levels. 

“Gloria Steinem is an inspiring hero and role-model for women in Ohio and across the nation,” said Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), chair of the OHDWC. “From the gender wage gap, to restrictions on women’s access to healthcare, to outdated and incomplete laws against rape, many of the challenges women in Ohio face today are the same issues Gloria has been fighting against and raising awareness of for decades. The challenges we face in Ohio are certainly real, but they are not insurmountable if we come together, speak with one voice and make a stand.” 

 
 

03.31.16 - Fedor Issues Statement On State Approval Of Taxpayer-funded Energy Company Bailouts

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s (PUCO) controversial approval of AEP and FirstEnergy consumer rate hikes to pay for corporate profits: 

 
 

03.24.16 - Fedor Comments On DeRolph Anniversary

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today commented on the nineteenth anniversary of the landmark school funding Supreme Court decision, contending that Ohio has failed children and families and challenging her colleagues in the legislature to put children first.

“Almost two decades after the DeRolph decision, Ohio still does not have a coherent education plan. Instead, the legislature has relied on a drawn-out, piecemeal approach that has failed to deliver the ‘thorough and efficient’ funding necessary to provide our children with the education required to succeed in the 21st century. Though the DeRolph ruling pushed the state closer to funding the construction of new school buildings, it is what takes place inside of our schools that matters most.

“How many children has Ohio failed? How many potential doctors, teachers, and scientists have we held back by not investing properly in our public education system?

 
 

03.04.16 - Dem Education Leader Outs Hidden Charter School Agenda In State Constitution Panel

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee, today called on legislative leaders in both the House and Senate to ensure that Democratic members of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Committee represent the principles and values of the teachers, parents and students they were elected to serve. 

“We cannot enable a public official, under the guise of representing Democratic values, to push an agenda that is contrary to our party’s principles and destructive to our public education system,” said Fedor, in her letter. “Doing so would betray our brothers and sisters in labor who teach and nurture children each day in public schools across Ohio, and the working families who rightfully expect the state to provide their children with an excellent education that prepares them for future success.”

Full copy of the letter is below:

March 4, 2016

Dear Leader Strahorn and Senator Schiavoni,

I write as the Ranking Member of the House Education Committee to ask you both to exercise all means within your power to explore the removal of Paula Brooks from the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC) Committee on Education, Public Institutions, and Local Government. Brooks has worked consistently for the past year to subvert the Democratic agenda to strengthen public education, using her place on the committee to instead promote the agenda of online charter school magnate William Lager.

Democratic members should stand firmly behind the principle of a high quality public education for all students. This is inconsistent with the Lager agenda that Brooks promotes: removing elected members from the state board of education, stripping local communities of elected school boards, and calling into question the Ohio Constitution’s “thorough and efficient” clause upon which Ohio’s commitment to our children rests.

We cannot enable a public official, under the guise of representing Democratic values, to push an agenda that is contrary to our party’s principles and destructive to our public education system. Doing so would betray our brothers and sisters in labor who teach and nurture children each day in public schools across Ohio, and the working families who rightfully expect the state to provide their children with an excellent education that prepares them for future success.

As elected officials, we are oath-bound to defend the Ohio Constitution. Therefore, we cannot allow our constitution’s mandate to provide a superior public education to be subverted. The committee members of the Ohio Constitituional Modernization, appointed by state legislative leaders, must represent themselves honestly and transparently. Thus, I respectfully ask you to explore all options to remove this barrier to honest representation in the Education, Public Instituions and Local Government Committee of the Ohio Constittional Modernization Commission, for the benefit of all of Ohio’s children.

Sincerely,

State Representative Teresa Fedor

District 45

 
 

03.04.16 - Fedor Calls For Full State Audit Of E-school Attendance

 

The lead Democratic member on the House education panel, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), this week called for a full state attendance audit of online charter schools, following reports that an online charter school sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools fraudulently accepted close to a million in taxpayer dollars for nonexistent students. 

“With yet another online charter school fraudulently inflating attendance numbers in order to pad its pockets with taxpayer money, a disturbing pattern of deception has been established that hurts not only the taxpayer but our children and their future,” said Fedor. “This latest instance is likely just the tip of the iceberg. We need to dive deep to uncover the full extent that online charter schools are swindling the public and betraying students and their families.” 

 
 

02.25.16 - Dem Education Leaders Call For Pause On State School Report Cards That Harm Students

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today joined Ohio Board of Education member A.J. Wagner to call for a pause on faulty state school report cards that the duo says hurts kids, communities and school districts. The lawmakers contend that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests used to develop the Ohio School Report Card – at an estimated cost of $200 million – were not properly vetted, but in fact were hastily designed and put into use without sufficient validation. 

“Every grade on these report cards is tainted by unverified, arbitrary, poorly designed and implemented tests that have been thrown out by the Ohio legislature,” said Fedor, who serves as ranking minority member on the House Education Committee. “The flaws are so pervasive that the grades on the Ohio School Report Cards should not be counted for anything. The state calls it a safe harbor, which should lead one to question: why there are there report cards at all?” 

 
 

02.23.16 - OHDWC Chair Fedor Responds To Kasich's "kitchen" Comments

 

Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today responded to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comments Monday when he told a campaign audience that “women came out of their kitchens” to support him. 

“Governor Kasich’s insulting comment that placed women in the kitchen was just the latest in the dismissive way he talks about and regulates women,” said Fedor. “From crudely referring to them as ‘hot’ to talking about their laundry and kitchen duties, Governor Kasich reveals what he thinks of women: they take a back seat and they don’t get a say.” 

 
 

02.16.16 - Fedor Calls For All-elected State School Board

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) testified Thursday at the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC) Committee on Education, calling for a return to Ohio’s all-elected state school board model. Fedor, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, was invited to come before the OCMC after state school board President Tom Gunlock, an appointee of Gov. Kasich, recently proposed ridding the board of locally elected members. 

“A political appointee cannot be the voice of the parents, teachers and students. We have seen political appointees in our state education system illegally scrub data and make decisions based on special interests instead of the best interests of our children,” said Fedor. “An all-elected board would hold educational trustees accountable by putting the power back in the hands of parents and The People.” 

 
 

01.29.16 - Women Lawmakers Say Ohio Can't Wait For Equal Pay

 

Marking the seventh anniversary of the federal Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Ohio House Democratic Women Democratic (OHDWC) lawmakers today highlighted efforts underway in the legislature that would level the economic playing field for women in Ohio, including “Equal Pay for Equal Work” legislation. 

“A lot has changed for families, women and workplaces since the 1950s. It is time to stop treating women only as homemakers and recognize the fundamental leadership roles we hold in the corporations, public service and the family unit,” said OHDWC Chair and State Rep. Fedor (D-Toledo). “Equal pay for equal work is a keystone of our American values of freedom and fairness. It is time for our state to take the lead and show women, families and the nation that equal pay can’t wait.” 

 
 

01.14.16 - Rep. Fedor Hosts Seventh Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) hosted the Seventh Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day today at the Ohio Statehouse, as lawmakers, law enforcement officials, advocates and survivors from across the state and nation gathered for a day of discussion on ways to raise awareness and fight back against human trafficking in Ohio. Fedor also outlined the next legislative steps in fighting modern-day slavery through reforming Ohio’s DNA collection methods, something she has proposed through House Bill 283.

 
 

01.08.16 - Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor To Host Seventh Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) will host the seventh annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Thursday, January 14 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual event features a resource fair and educational panels of advocacy professionals and human trafficking survivors.*

“The work we have done in Ohio to combat human trafficking has put criminals behind bars, raised public awareness and given victims hope,” said Fedor. “When we started this fight ten years ago, the odds seemed long. Laws prohibiting and defining human trafficking in Ohio didn’t even exist, and few understood - let alone recognized - the underground network of evil that ripped apart families and communities. I am pleased with our progress over the last decade and with our efforts to educate and mobilize lawmakers, law enforcement and the general public to develop comprehensive solutions that put an end to modern-day slavery.”  

 
 

01.06.16 - Fedor Joins US Supreme Court Fight For Women's Access To Healthcare

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) on Tuesday filed an amicus brief* urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject restrictions on access to comprehensive women’s health care services in Whole Women’s Health v. Cole. Fedor was joined by female lawmakers from across the country, including Wendy Davis, Lucy Flores and Judy Nicastro. 

 
 

12.01.15 - Reps. Fedor, Johnson Push Modernization Of Sexual Assault Laws

 

State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) offered testimony this afternoon in support of House Bill 234, their legislation to eliminate the statue of limitations on all rape cases and end spousal exemptions for rape and sexual battery.

 
 

12.01.15 - Fedor: "Right To Work" Is Wrong For Workers, Wrong For Ohio

 

House Democratic lawmakers today pushed back against House Bill 377, saying passage of the so-called “right to work” legislation will lead to lower wages, more workplace accidents and deaths, and an overall race to the bottom that will harm Ohio’s working families. Introduced by Republican Tom Brinkman, HB 377 would effectively weaken collective bargaining rights in the state by outlawing what are known as fair share fees, or costs stemming from the collective bargaining process that typically brings higher wages and better benefits for all employees, union and non-union alike. 

 
 

11.18.15 - House Move Puts 80,000 Ohio Women At Risk Of Losing Access To Comprehensive Healthcare

 

Democratic lawmakers this week stood in opposition to House Bill 294 (HB 294), which passed the Ohio House this afternoon along largely partisan lines. The legislation will implement restrictions that redirect public funds away from providers who perform or promote legal abortions in Ohio. The bill comes amid a national right-wing effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a move that could leave thousands of women in the Buckeye State with limited or no access to affordable preventative healthcare.

 
 

11.18.15 - Fedor Warns Against Opening Door To "Coingate" Scandal Repeat

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued a statement today on the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 26, a bill restoring the tax exemption for purchases of rare coins and precious metal bullion. The sales tax exemption was initially repealed in 2005 after the Coingate scandal, which saw Lucas County Republican Chairman Tom Noe steal some $50 million in rare-coin investment funds from the state’s insurance fund for injured workers. Rep. Fedor’s statement follows:

 
 

11.06.15 - House Dems React To Superintendent Ross Retirement Announcement

 

Democratic lawmakers reacted today to the news that State Superintendent Richard Ross will step down from his post at the end of this year. Ross has previously fielded calls from Democratic lawmakers to resign due to the data-scrubbing scandal that occurred under his leadership and the lack of transparency and accountability that have characterized his tenure as top education official.

“Every child deserves equal access to a high quality education, and every parent deserves to know that there is honest and accountable leadership overseeing the schools that are responsible for educating their children,” said Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton). “Under the current leadership, education officials have behaved with disregard for both the law and the best interest of Ohio’s children. I am hopeful that a change in leadership at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will help refocus our state toward preparing our students for success both inside and outside of the classroom.” 

 
 

10.28.15 - Fedor Calls On Ohio Education Officials To Hold Online Charter Schools Accountable

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called on the Ohio Department of Education to develop new state evaluation standards that hold failing online charter schools accountable after a new Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report showed that students in online charter schools in Ohio and elsewhere lose up to a year of learning compared to their peers in traditional public schools. According to the report, students in Ohio online charter schools lose out on the equivalent of 144 days of math and 79 days of reading.  

 
 

10.20.15 - Fedor, Dem Lawmakers Push Back Against Proposed Restrictions That Defund, Limit Women's Access To Healthcare

 

Democratic state lawmakers and healthcare advocates took to the Ohio Statehouse steps this evening to push back against proposed restrictions that would defund and limit women’s access to healthcare in the Buckeye State. The event also drew hundreds of activists and supporters who donned pink glow-stick necklaces as a sign of solidarity.

 
 

10.20.15 - Reps. Fedor, Clyde Announce Bill To End Restrictions On Women's Healthcare

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today announced the introduction of House Bill 370, legislation to lift the requirement for written transfer agreements between women’s health clinics and hospitals. 

 
 

10.07.15 - Fedor Votes In Favor Of Sweeping Charter School Reform Bill

 

The Ohio House today agreed on conference committee changes to House Bill 2 (HB 2), a bipartisan education bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for Ohio’s charter schools. The monthslong legislative process culminated in significant reforms that will strengthen oversight of a charter industry repeatedly plagued by fraud, scandal and failing report cards. 

 
 

09.15.15 - Fedor Comments On Board Of Education Request For "Chartergate" Investigation

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement in response to calls from several State Board of Education members at today’s meeting for an independent investigation into the illegal data scrubbing done by David Hansen, Gov. Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband. 

 
 

09.10.15 - Rep. Fedor Kicks-off Human Trafficking And Social Justice Conference

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) greeted researchers, practitioners and advocates today at the 12th annual University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, hosted by the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. 

 
 

09.04.15 - Fedor On Latest State, Charter School Corruption Information: "Where Are The Guns And Badges?"

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to the public records released by the Ohio Department of Education relating to the illegal charter school data scrubbing done by David Hansen, Gov. Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband.

 
 

09.03.15 - Fedor Responds To Gov. Kasich's Delay On Charter School Scrubbing Records Release

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to Gov. John Kasich’s reported response to the Ohio Department of Education’s delay in releasing public records associated with Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband scrubbing failing grades from online charter schools.

“It seems like a fair indication that charter school corruption has deep roots in our state, considering the governor is closely involved in the response to a six-week old public records request. ODE should have independently filled the request weeks ago with a volume of information that errs on the side of complete transparency and accountability.

“Given the amount of time that has passed since the request, and the fact that the Ohio Department of Education and the governor have a lot to lose if records reveal willful and systemic charter school corruption at the highest levels of government – an independent eye should have investigated the scandal with Mr. Kasich’s campaign manager’s husband when it first happened. It is unfortunate that, at this point, there is no way to trust or verify pending results that have likely been carefully picked over by multiple parties.”

 
 

09.01.15 - Fedor Applauds Jeep's Decision To Keep Wrangler Production In Toledo

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today released the following statement regarding an industry report claiming Fiat Chrysler will keep production of the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo but will no longer manufacture Jeep Cherokees in Northwest Ohio:

“I am pleased to hear the production of the Jeep Wrangler will remain in its historic home,” said Fedor. “The Jeep Wrangler is part of the lifeblood of Toledo and I am thrilled that our highly skilled workforce will continue to build the next generation of Wranglers.”

 
 

08.27.15 - Fedor Calls For A Clean Investigation Into E-school's Alleged Attendance Fraud

 

The state’s highest-ranking Democratic member of the House education panel, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), today called for an clean and independent investigation into allegations of attendance fraud at the Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA). 

 
 

08.04.15 - Rep. Fedor Asks Feds To Deny Grant Money For Ohio Charter Schools

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today wrote to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to request that Ohio not be awarded any federal grant money for charter schools. The Toledo lawmaker says she has learned that Ohio’s top education officials have applied for federal money through the Charter Schools Program for State Educational Agencies to boost funding for Ohio’s failing charter schools. Fedor cited the lack of adequate state regulations and minimum standards for charter schools-- in addition to recent violations of state law by top education officials --as reasons why Ohio should not qualify for federal charter school dollars. 

 
 

07.29.15 - Fedor Urges Kasich To Declare Maumee Watershed "distressed"

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) joined local officials and conservation groups today to discuss ways to maintain momentum in the fight to protect the region’s drinking water. The collaborative event, which included a boat tour of Lake Erie to view conditions on the lake, comes one year after more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water for nearly three days because of a harmful algal bloom in Western Lake Erie.

 
 

07.17.15 - Rep. Fedor Calls On Auditor Yost To Investigate Education Dept. Allegations

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called on State Auditor Dave Yost to launch an official investigation into reports that Education Department officials illegally manipulated a key evaluation of charter school oversight agencies by omitting failing grades from many online charters. The deliberate omission by officials boosted the ratings of two oversight agencies, potentially qualifying them for new state perks. 

 
 

07.16.15 - Fedor Calls For Resignation Of State Superintendent After Data-scrubbing Revelations

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called for the resignation of State Superintendent Richard Ross and an investigation into the Ohio Department of Education after it was reported that top department officials neglected to include failing online schools in a key evaluation of charter school oversight agencies. The deliberate omission by officials boosted the ratings of two oversight agencies, potentially qualifying them for new state perks. 

“I am outraged by what appears to be a deliberate violation of the law in order to cover up the widespread failure of online and dropout recovery charter schools. I believe the state superintendent should step down immediately as the result of alleged violations and data-scrubbing of online charter schools grades that took place under his leadership.” 

 
 

07.08.15 - Local Organizations Partner On Anti-human Trafficking Resource Guide For Toledo Area Youth

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) joined with community leaders this afternoon to announce the launch of a new resource guide, Youth Pages Toledo. Youth Pages Toledo is a prevention tool for at-risk youth that provides information and assistance on issues that make youth vulnerable to human trafficking. 

“The importance of actively reaching out to and educating at-risk youth cannot be overstated,” said Fedor. “Youth Pages Toledo extends life-saving information directly into the hands of those who need it most.” 

 
 

06.30.15 - Fedor: Local Hiring Ban Axes Local Control, Sends Ohio Jobs Out Of State

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today expressed disappointment in the passage of House Bill 180, legislation that prohibits cities and other municipalities from setting minimum standards for hiring local residents for public works projects. The minimum residency standards, currently in place in cities and municipalities around the state, let qualified workers earn the opportunity to find rewarding employment in their own communities.  

“I am voting no on House Bill 180 because it handcuffs local decision-making and sends good-paying Ohio jobs out of state,” said Fedor.  

 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Fedor: State Budget A Failed Economic Plan For The Wealthy Few At The Expense Of Schools, Communities

 

On Friday, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to House Bill 64, the state’s two-year budget bill. Democratic legislators voted against the measure, which they say lacks a comprehensive vision and offers little for hardworking Ohioans to get ahead. Instead, Democrats argue the bill advances policies that rig the tax system to help the richest one-percent and special interests, such as charter schools, big utility companies and oil and gas companies, in addition to partisan attacks on working Ohioans.

 
 

06.15.15 - Fedor Responds To E-school Truancy Review By Charter Sponsor Amid Troubling New Findings

 

Ranking Democratic member on the House Education Committee, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to findings of a review launched by The Ohio Council of Community Schools after allegations the Ohio Virtual Academy failed to withdraw hundreds of chronically truant students to pad its rolls.

“The detailed information my office received demands a thorough investigation and I do not feel an objective review was conducted. As the sponsor of Ohio Virtual Academy and recipient of three percent of its operating budget, the Ohio Council of Community Schools has a conflict of interest. I do not have confidence in a report conducted by its sponsor. I eagerly await the results of Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost’s inspection.”

This afternoon, Auditor Dave Yost held a press conference addressing a three-year audit review of inflated attendance at a Kids County Inc. of Dayton sponsored charter school. The auditor says officials at the now-closed school rigged attendance data by some 50 percent, defrauding the state’s taxpayers of $1.1 million.  

 
 

05.27.15 - *Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers*

 

The Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) today gathered with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women face. In its fifth year of existence, the event featured guest speakers, a lobbying seminar and policy briefings from women legislators. The group focused its efforts on equal pay, workplace discrimination, infant mortality and domestic violence.

“Every day in the legislature, important decisions are being made that affect women’s access to healthcare and economic opportunity,” said OHDWC Chair Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “By bringing together women from across the state we can engage in thoughtful dialogue on how to overcome the challenges women and working families face in Ohio, and we can empower Ohio’s women to engage with decision makers.”

Several women lawmakers took the opportunity to address participants about legislation they have introduced that would positively affect women and working families in Ohio.

The Women’s Lobby Day coincides with the release of a new report that shows Ohio continues to lag behind much of the nation in terms of gender equality. The Status of Women in the States report, released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, ranked Ohio 27th in access to healthcare, 30th in poverty and opportunity measures, and 39th in health and well-being. Ohio didn’t receive a grade higher than C in any category defined by the report.

The mission of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus is to develop and pass policies and legislation that improve the lives of Ohio women and their families; to identify and support emerging women leaders by serving as mentors; to educate and empower women and increase women's involvement in public life and in the Ohio General Assembly.

Here is what other Democratic lawmakers are saying about Women’s Lobby Day:

 
 

05.05.15 - Fedor Responds To E-school Attendance Allegations

 

Ranking Democratic member on the House Education Committee, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today issued the following statement in response to reported allegations that an online charter school, Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), has been collecting taxpayer money for hundreds of students who should have been withdrawn for truancy many months ago:

“The detailed information my office received demands a thorough investigation. OHVA has a long history of poor academic performance, and now we are seeing a pattern of poor fiscal performance. We must put in place the reforms needed to ensure it does not happen again– for Ohio’s taxpayers and for our children.”

Today, Fedor sent a letter to the House Education Committee detailing the attendance rigging allegations.

 
 

04.28.15 - University Of Toledo Celebrated Opening Of Human Trafficking Institute

 

At a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony this afternoon, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and several leaders of the community celebrated the opening of a Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute within the College of Social Justice and Human Service at the University of Toledo.

“I’m honored to be part of the formal dedication of the University of Toledo’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute,” said Rep. Fedor. “UT’s Human Trafficking Institute will build on the landmark research and prestigious work of UT Professor Dr. Celia Williamson, and it will have a profound impact, not just locally, but worldwide. As the only one of its kind, the work of this institute will go a long way toward rescuing and restoring victims, as well as aiding in the prosecution of the criminals.”

 

 
 

04.23.15 - State Rep. Teresa Fedor: State Budget A Missed Opportunity To Grow Economy

 

On Wednesday, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Ohio House Democratic Caucus members stood in opposition to the state’s two-year, $131.6 billion budget proposal, House Bill 64. Democratic members said a bill of that magnitude should have been a strategic and targeted blueprint to grow the state’s economy for the future, but instead became a vehicle for tax cuts that favor the richest one-percent and last-minute attacks on working Ohioans.

 

 
 

04.14.15 - State Rep. Teresa Fedor Pushes For State Recognition Of Gender Equality In The Workplace

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor today offered a resolution recognizing April 14th as Equal Pay Day in Ohio.  This date points out the inequality that exists in Ohio’s workforce and symbolizes how long, on average, a woman must work into a new year to match her male counterpart’s previous year’s earnings.  

 
 

03.22.15 - Toledo Lawmakers Mourn Loss Of Former House Minority Leader, Councilman Jack Ford

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) and Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) recently released the following statement mourning the loss of former House Minority Leader and Toledo Mayor, Councilman Jack Ford:

“The people of Toledo and the State of Ohio mourn the loss of a great leader, colleague and friend Jack Ford. Toledo’s first black mayor and former House Minority Leader, Jack was a tremendous public servant whose legacy of mentorship and selfless service to our city and state will not be forgotten.

“Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

 

 
 

03.13.15 - Fedor Responds To Toledo Incentive Package Aimed At Keeping Jeep Wrangler

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today released the following statement regarding an incentive package designed to ensure Toledo offers the most competitive site for the production of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Wrangler:

“I feel confident that the collective efforts of city leaders, state officials and our workers will keep the competitive advantage for Fiat Chrysler here, in Toledo, Ohio. As the discussions continue, we can all feel encouraged knowing we have been working toward an outcome that makes sense for Fiat Chrysler, their employees, our city and our state.” 

 
 

03.12.15 - A Women's History Month Tribute By Rep. Teresa Fedor

 

From the first six female legislators elected in 1923 to the nearly 200 women who have served in the Ohio General Assembly since, our state is rich in examples of women who have leant their names to Ohio’s history with courage, leadership and determination. We celebrate the many contributions of women during Women’s History Month in March.  And at the Ohio Statehouse, we can celebrate our past and present women lawmakers every time we walk through those hallowed halls.

 
 

03.11.15 - House Votes To Pass Toxic Algae Bill, Rep. Fedor Says More Work Needed To Protect Lake Erie

 

Tuesday the Ohio House passed a bill designed to help protect drinking water and combat toxic algae growth in Lake Erie. House Bill 61 comes a little less than a year after 500,000 Toledo residents were left without clean drinking water for three days after toxic algae blooms contaminated the water supply in the western Lake Erie basin.

 
 

01.22.15 - Fedor Seeks Review Of Charter School Laws Following Troubling Report

 

In response to a state released report today looking at statewide community school attendance, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced she will reintroduce a bill to establish a committee to study the effectiveness of community schools and community school regulations. 

“So many parents, teachers, kids and education advocates for so many years have been sounding the warning siren about our state’s wasteful spending on ineffective charter schools,” said Fedor. “Now, it looks like the political will in Columbus is finally starting to catch up with the reforms that are necessary to make sure our children get the best education in the best schools to prepare them for success.”

In the report, Auditor Dave Yost critiqued several aspects of current charter school laws and noted “unusually high” discrepancies between the number of students in school and the number reported to the state. At least seven charter schools that state reviewed had enrollment levels 34 percent to 93 percent less than what was reported to the state for funding purposes.

“At its worst this looks like systemic fraud and abuse from a group of charter schools, and at its best this is reflection of the state’s long-term failure to hold charter schools accountable,” Fedor added. “Either way, taxpayers and our children are being robbed. I’ll be pushing for a collective effort to fix this mess once and for all.”

Fedor, a former public school teacher, said she wants to see a state study commission in place, one that would review the effectiveness of charter school regulations and issue findings to the legislature and governor.

Fedor also said that when the state first embraced charter schools in 1997, the authorizing law came with the condition that a review would help guide what was being billed at the time as an “experiment” by charter proponents. 

Such a review or study has yet to take place. 

 
 

11.18.14 - University Of Toledo On Cusp Of Groundbreaking Human Trafficking Initiative

 

During a University of Toledo Board of Trustees meeting Monday afternoon, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and several leaders of the community presented a proposal for the establishment of a Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute within the College of Social Justice and Human Service at the University of Toledo.

“It was an honor to address members of the University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees,” said Rep. Fedor. “The Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute will build on the landmark research and prestigious work of UT Professor Dr. Celia Williamson, and it will have a profound impact, not just locally, but worldwide. As the only one of its kind, the work of this institute will go a long way towards rescuing and restoring victims, as well as aiding in the prosecution of the criminals.”

For the past nine years, Rep. Fedor has been a leading advocate in the fight to end human trafficking. Most recently, Rep. Fedor passed Sub. H.B. 130, the End Demand Act. In 2012, the General Assembly passed Rep. Fedor’s Safe Harbor Act – a victim centered bill aimed at providing protection, prosecution and prevention. And while in the Senate, Fedor passed Ohio’s first bill to define human trafficking and make it illegal, Senate Bill 235.

 
 

11.06.14 - Group Gives State A "C" For Combatting Human Trafficking

 

A leading organization in the fight against human trafficking, Shared Hope International, today released its 2014 “Protected Innocence Challenge” state ratings on human trafficking laws. Ohio improved slightly under the new rankings, up some 5 points from 2013, but still received a “C” or 78 out of 100.

“Despite receiving a “C” letter grade, I am pleased to see Ohio has made significant improvements in several areas that are critical to protecting children from sex trafficking,” said State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “I will continue to advocate for stronger anti-trafficking laws until Ohio is the standard-bearer for fighting this serious violation of human rights.”

With the passage of Rep. Fedor’s  “End Demand Act” Ohio saw gains in the areas of Criminalization of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking; Criminal Provisions for Traffickers; and Protective Provisions for Child Victims.

Rep. Teresa Fedor’s “End Demand Act” is largely focused on tackling the black market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex by:

-Increasing penalties from a misdemeanor to a felony for purchasing sex from a minor.

-Requiring offenders to register as tier two sex offenders.

-Prohibiting the advertisement of massage services that promise sexual activity.

-Terminating parental rights for those found trafficking their children.

The bill was signed into law in June of this year. 

 
 

10.10.14 - Rep. Fedor, Regional Lawmakers Urge JobsOhio To Consider Advanced Manufacturing Needs, Preserve Jeep Production

 

Today, Toledo-area State Reps. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon), Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Mike Ashford (D-Toledo) called on the state’s economic development agency, JobsOhio, to meet the demands of the growing advanced manufacturing industry by considering facility upgrades necessary to accommodate the potential Wrangler design change suggested last week by Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne.

 
 

10.03.14 - Funding, Performance Disparities Between Toledo City Schools And Area Charters Highlight Need For Fairer Funding Model, Says Area Lawmaker

 

Today, State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) highlighted recent findings that reveal a significant funding gap between Toledo City Schools (TCS) and area charter schools. These findings were compiled for the first time in a new website—KnowYourCharter.com. The site compares fiscal and performance information from public schools and traditional charter schools using detailed reports of state data.

“Ohio’s funding model has put our traditional public school students and teachers at a major disadvantage,” said Rep. Fedor. “And when charter schools siphon funds from public schools, our students have even fewer resources. It’s clear that our students are lacking equal access to educational opportunities. Ohio’s funding model and charter school accountability need to be addressed immediately—our students’ success depends on it.”

According to the data, on average, Toledo charter schools receive $8,770 per student while TCS students receive only $6,497. Even with the additional funding, most area charter schools continue to underperform, with more than half earning a “D” or “F” rating on the state’s report card.

In total, over $73 million in state aid was deducted from TCS last year and transferred to area charter schools.

“While these charter schools are underperforming, they are also spending twice the amount as TCS on administrative costs. It really calls into question where our state’s educational priorities lie,” added Rep. Fedor.

KnowYourCharter.com was created by the Ohio Education Association and progressive think tank Innovation Ohio in an effort to increase financial transparency and accountability. Data used on the website is taken directly from the Ohio Department of Education and compares academic performance among traditional public schools and charter schools.

 
 

09.25.14 - Ohio Receives 9 Out Of 12 In Latest State Ratings On Anti-Human Trafficking Laws

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today announced that the Polaris Project, a leading organization in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, released its 2014 state ratings on human trafficking laws.

Ohio received 9 out of 12 total points and now ranks in the uppermost tier with 39 other states. To qualify for this top ranking, a state must have enacted significant laws to combat human trafficking.

“Four years ago when the Polaris Project began rating states based on anti-trafficking laws, Ohio received only 4 out of 12 points,” said Rep. Fedor. “Our state has come a long way in improving efforts to eradicate human trafficking, but there is still much work to be done. I will not waver in the fight to strengthen Ohio’s anti-human trafficking laws, and I am appreciative of my colleagues who continue to support anti-trafficking initiatives.”

The Polaris Project recently released its 4th annual ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on ten categories of laws critical to a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, including punishing johns and supporting survivors. The Polaris Project has helped contribute to the passage of over 100 anti-trafficking laws in states across the country.

For the past eight years, Rep. Fedor has been a leading advocate in the fight against human trafficking. Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed Rep. Fedor’s End Demand Act, a bill aimed at tackling the black market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex with a minor. Two years prior, her bill to provide protections to victims of trafficking, the Safe Harbor Act, was also signed into law. 

 
 

09.18.14 - State Rep. Fedor: Small Business Roundtable On Water Quality, Economy Highlights Need For Comprehensive Action

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement after the Ohio Sustainable Business Council’s small business roundtable discussion on the importance of clean water to the success of the regional and statewide economies:

 
 

08.08.14 - Rep. Fedor, Lake Erie Democrats Urge Immediate State Action To Restore Health Of Great Lake, Safety Of Water

 

Today, Ohio House Democrats from along the Lake Erie shoreline discussed a series of policy proposals to stop the region’s toxic algal blooms and to prevent future public health emergencies, like last weekend’s Toledo water crisis. 

 
 

07.17.14 - Rep. Fedor Supports Further Development Of East Toledo's Marina District

 

On Wednesday, the three remaining smokestacks at the decommissioned Acme Power Plant site in East Toledo’s Marina District were razed. The stacks were among the last remaining remnants of the plant, which was demolished two years ago. 

 
 

06.04.14 - Rep. Fedor's "End Demand Act" Passes Senate Unanimously

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor’s (D-Toledo) End Demand Act, Sub. House Bill 130, passed on Tuesday by a vote of 32-0 in the Ohio Senate. Throughout the legislative process, the bill has been changed through efforts from both sides of the aisle. 

 
 

05.22.14 - Former Educators Offer Bills To Bring Charters Up To Public School Standards

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced they have introduced a series of bills to bring charter schools up to public school standards.

The lawmakers, both former public school teachers, said charter schools should conduct the same teacher evaluations as public schools, and that the state’s third grade reading guarantee should be equally applied to students on state vouchers. They also want to see a state study commission in place, one that would review the effectiveness of charter school regulations and issue findings to the legislature and governor.

“To truly provide an adequate and equitable education for our children, all schools must be at the same starting line together with the same final goals in mind,” said Rep. Fedor. “These bills would move our state closer to that balance while putting common sense reviews in place to measure the effectiveness of charter school regulations.”

 
 

01.21.14 - Rep. Fedor Presented With S.O.A.P. "Liberator" Award

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D- Toledo) was honored on Monday at the 2nd Annual Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Ohio Liberator Awards. S.O.A.P. founder and author of The Slave Across the Street, Theresa Flores, congratulated Rep. Fedor for receiving the popular vote as the elected official awardee.

 
 

01.15.14 - Major Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation One Step Closer To Becoming Law

 

State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) received an outpouring of support on Tuesday from both colleagues and anti-human trafficking advocates for her testimony on the “End Demand Act,” HB 130. This legislation – which successfully passed the Ohio House of Representatives last June – is unprecedented in addressing the demand side of commercial sex.

 
 

01.13.14 - New Report On Cincinnati Sex Trafficking Vital To Fight Against Modern-day Slavery

 

On Friday, the Cleveland-based Imagine Foundation released a report detailing Cincinnati-area commercial sex trafficking. The report provided information to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on the sex trade in the area-- information which could be used for future prosecution and policy recommendations. State Representative-- and leading legislative awareness advocate --Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) was encouraged by the release of the study, which was published a day after her 5th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

 
 

11.01.13 - Rep. Fedor To Host 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, will host the 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Ohio Statehouse. The day’s events will facilitate and further the conversation about the rise of human trafficking in Ohio.    

 
 

07.29.13 - Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate Rep. Teresa Fedor Reacts To FBI Recovery Of 105 Children In Nationwide Prostitution Ring

 

Today, Ohioans were made aware of the arrests of 150 people and the recovery of 105 children involved in child prostitution rings in 76 cities across the country, including the city of Toledo. After hearing of the arrests and subsequent recoveries, Rep. Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement:

 

“I am grateful for the continued efforts to rescue victims from criminals who profit from these detestable crimes. It is imperative for lawmakers and law enforcement to remain committed to protecting Ohioans from the scourge of human trafficking. My legislation, Sub. H.B. 130, is designed to explicitly prevent and protect minors in the State of Ohio from becoming victims by punishing the criminals who partake in these heinous crimes.”

 

 
 

01.11.13 - Rep. Fedor Sponsors 4th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and the National Association of Social Workers hosted the Fourth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Columbus Statehouse.