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State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 630, her plan to extend current Ohio high school alternative graduation requirements for two more years. The bill comes as parents and students face uncertainty as permanent fixes to Ohio high school graduation requirements continue to be debated at the Statehouse.

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Wed, May 9, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today called on Ohio Auditor Dave Yost to recuse himself from all matters related to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) due to conflicts of interest and to refer potential data-rigging at ECOT for review by an independent criminal prosecutor.

“According to statements made by your office this week, you received a whistleblower tip in May 2017 detailing first-hand knowledge of potential criminal fraud at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). According to these same statements, your office did not immediately refer these allegations to a prosecutor or outside law enforcement agency,” Rep. Galonski wrote in a letter to Yost. “Your decisions may have jeopardized Ohio’s ability to get justice. Fraud investigations demand quick action to collect evidence.”

The letter came after news broke last week that Yost’s office met multiple times last year with a former ECOT technology employee who blew the whistle with allegations the e-charter intentionally manipulated student attendance data, yet Yost failed to refer the matter for criminal investigation at that time.

Since then, the letter notes, ECOT has closed, witnesses have moved to new jobs, emails, texts and documents have presumably been lost, and money has likely been shuffled to new accounts. 

“Simply put, valuable evidence has most likely been lost while you have conducted an ‘investigation’ that you should not have been directing to begin with,” Rep. Galonski wrote.

A copy of the full letter is attached and pasted below.

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Wed, May 2, 2018

State Reps. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today introduced legislation to eliminate Ohio’s current 25-year statute of limitations for rape. More than half of U.S. states do not have limits on when victims can file rape claims.

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Tue, May 1, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the Capital Budget bill, which provides capital appropriations for various community projects throughout Ohio for fiscal year 2019-2020.

“This bill is imperative for so many community organizations across the state. These funds will be used to support projects that improve education, develop communities, promote the arts and expand health services for our constituents,” said Galonski. “This bipartisan effort supports each and every one of our communities in some way while simultaneously improving Ohioans’ quality of life. I’m delighted to see state funds go toward such innovative projects in my district and beyond.”

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Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Ohio House Democratic lawmakers this evening responded to Gov. Kasich’s annual State of the State address in Westerville, Ohio. Though the governor touted a comeback for the Buckeye State, House Democrats noted that Ohioans disproportionately face lower quality-of-life standards than the rest of the nation. 

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Tue, Mar 6, 2018

State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today applauded the passage of House Bill (HB) 415, which would create a new state fund to provide funding to local governments for road improvement projects. Sykes and Galonski both cosponsored the legislation.

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Wed, Feb 28, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today issued a statement in support of the Working People’s Day of Action planned for Saturday, February 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio march comes on the heels of the introduction of six Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments to implement so-called “right to work” legislation and other workplace restrictions in the Buckeye State. 

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today called for constituents and the public to share their concerns, suggestions and other thoughts regarding the direction of the state through a new online survey.

“I do my best to reach out to as many constituents as possible and stay engaged in our community, but I want to be sure all of my constituents have a way to reach me that works best for them,” said Galonski. “This online survey allows me to have a better, more holistic look at the needs of those living in District 35.” 

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced her appointment to the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) 2018 Bylaws Committee, which is tasked with reviewing and recommending changes to its set of bylaws. 

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Thu, Feb 15, 2018

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today released the following statement in response to a Republican proposal to create a mega-department of education with an additional state school board and superintendent:

“The last thing children and parents need is even more chaos at the Statehouse, and yet the Ohio legislature continues to thumb its nose at its constitutional duty to serve students and taxpayers across the state. 

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Wed, Feb 14, 2018