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New lawsuit: More men were abused by Ohio State doctor

New lawsuit: More men were abused by Ohio State doctor

Twenty-nine more men are suing Ohio State University over its failure to stop sexual abuse decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss, who died in 2005By KANTELE FRANKO Associated PressJune 29, 2021, 3:26 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Twenty-nine more men are suing Ohio State University over its failure to stop sexual abuse decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.A different wrestler in the lawsuit alleges Strauss fondled him during more than 50 medical visits.More than 400 alumni have raised similar allegations in lawsuits against the university, alleging abuse throughout the doctor’s two decades at OSU. A law firm investigation conducted for Ohio State concluded employees were aware of concerns about Strauss as early as 1979 but didn’t stop him.OSU has apologized publicly to anyone Strauss harmed. It has reached nearly $47 million in settlements for 185 plaintiffs, and announced an individual settlement program that could help resolve more claims from five of the remaining lawsuits. That program isn’t open to plaintiffs in the lawsuits filed more recently.No one has publicly defended Strauss in the three years since the allegations started to become public.———Find Franko on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kantele10.

Ohio proposals would let high schoolers redo pandemic year

Ohio proposals would let high schoolers redo pandemic year

Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing that high schoolers should get a do-over after their pandemic-troubled school year, even if they qualified to graduateBy KANTELE FRANKO Associated PressJune 24, 2021, 7:28 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The pandemic made Jake Gregg’s senior year of high school very different than anticipated. He got by enough to graduate, but now the 19-year-old Ohioan wants a redo.Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing it’s only fair to offer Gregg and other students that second chance if they want it. But the Ohio High School Athletic Association isn’t on board.Under a measure introduced this week by GOP Sen. Andrew Brenner, of Delaware, and Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor, of Toledo, students who just finished their senior year could re-enroll in 12th grade this fall to take the same classes and get another round of eligibility for sports.“It’s really important not only for student-athletes but for all students that they get this done, because it was a pretty rough year,” said Gregg, who has advocated for that flexibility.An separate House bill sponsored by Reps. Dontavius Jarrells, D-Columbus, and Brett Hillyer, R-Uhrichsville, would establish a program in which high schoolers could seek their district’s permission to repeat or supplement the courses they took this school year, and pursue additional eligibility for athletics.Kentucky already created a similar program for students, and Pennsylvania parents might be able to have a child repeat a grade if the governor signs off on legislation that lawmakers passed Thursday.It’s unclear how many students around Ohio might voluntarily retake the year if given the opportunity. Gregg said he knows of 50 or 60 interested from his and other districts in southern Ohio. Many of them are student-athletes, but some say they want a do-over to boost their academic record or have a more normal last year with friends, he said.Brenner said he hopes to get the proposal added to the state budget bill being considered this week, but he isn’t sure about the likelihood of success on that. Even if the measure doesn’t become law, he said he hopes the proposal “sends a signal to local school districts that, hey, if you’ve got some seniors from last school year who want to repeat, let them repeat.”Existing law gives Ohio school boards local control to govern their districts, but there’s no specific language prohibiting or authorizing such voluntary re-enrollment, said Will Schwartz, deputy director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association. OSBA thinks such decisions are best made by the local boards, but the Senate legislation would force them to allow it, Schwartz said.He said the proposals could present funding and implementation challenges for districts that are already setting their staffing, class schedules and transportation routes for fall. The extracurricular eligibility aspect also could raise concerns that students returning voluntarily might bump another student out of a spot, Schwartz said.The Ohio High School Athletic Association said it wouldn’t support legislation to give students a voluntary fifth year of athletic eligibility. In an emailed statement Thursday, it said “the impact of older athletes competing at the high school level should be considered.”It noted that nearly all OHSAA member schools competed in every sport during the 2020-21 school year.