Mathews Proposes At-Risk Youth Program Study


COLUMBUS, OH – State Representatives Adam Mathews (R-Lebanon) and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) have introduced legislation that would require the Ohio Department of Education to study the feasibility of implementing a program similar to the Kentucky Bluegrass Challenge Academy.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Challenge Academy is a no-cost program run by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs for at-risk youth. It allows students to learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while earning their high school credits.

“Our goal is to provide direction and guidance at crucial inflection points for at-risk young adults,” Mathews said. “We want to invest in and support their personal and professional development right here in Ohio.”

Ohio has sent many students to this program in Kentucky, but Kentucky residents have preferred admission. Therefore, Ohio students are not guaranteed a spot.

If passed, this legislation would require the Department of Education to conduct this study and submit a report of its findings to the General Assembly and to the Governor.

The measure now awaits House committee assignment.

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