Ohio bill focuses on use, funding of school features like AC

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would have to study which of its schools have air conditioning, safety measures and certain other building features under a state lawmaker’s proposal to direct some school construction money specifically for those purposes.
Republican Rep. Niraj Antani (NEER’-ahj an-TAHN’-ee), of Miamisburg, says he hopes his proposal starts a conversation about changing how the state funds school infrastructure. Antani, who’s running for re-election, says every school should have those features but too many don’t.
There’s no state tally on that, so the evidence is anecdotal. Early this school year, for example, a heat wave caused scores of schools around Ohio to close or send students home early.
Antani’s Democratic challenger, Zach Dickerson, says that’s been a known problem for years. He questions why Antani and others didn’t address it sooner.