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Ohio Teachers Union Says More Federal Money Needed To Reopen Schools

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Some of Ohio’s K-12 school districts will hold online classes this fall, while others are trying a hybrid of remote and in-person learning. Education leaders say it’s important the schools have proper precautions in place when they do reopen to students.

The state’s largest teacher’s union is arguing that schools that reopen for classes need to take a lot of costly precautions.

“Hand sanitizer, plexiglass," lists Scott DiMauro of the Ohio Education Association. "I know that upgrading HVAC systems is really critical."

Though there’s a national shortage of school nurses, DiMauro says all schools should have a nurse onsite to deal with COVID-19, and that teachers and students must have the equipment and broadband to make learning effective.

The progressive think tank Policy Matters Ohio says more federal money is needed to help schools, which lost $300 million due to state budget cuts in June.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.