Ohio Drops Discriminatory Requirement from Grant Program after AU Letter - Columbus, OH

The State of Ohio recently passed a program that will provide grants for mentoring programs to partnerships comprised of schools, local businesses, and local non-profits. When the Ohio Department of Education released the rules for this program, they stated that one of the partners must be a faith-based non-profit. AU wrote to the Governor of Ohio and to the Department of Education to explain that these rules were unconstitutional because they privileged religious organizations over non-religious ones. After AU’s letter, the Department of Education altered the rules to allow secular organizations to serve as the required non-profit partner.