MOUNT VERNON — The Ohio Legislature is taking steps to fix the glitch which jeopardized junior reserve officer training corps units in high schools throughout the state. Ohio CORE legislation passed by the 126th General Assembly omitted JROTC from the list of electives approved for graduation credit, beginning with the Class of 2014.
Patrice Davis, aide to Rep. Clayton Luckie, said Wednesday that a corrective measure was introduced Sept. 29 by Rep. Danny Bubp and Rep. Raymond Pryor. The bill contains language which adds JROTC to the list of approved electives and has bipartisan support, Davis said.
The measure has been assigned to the House Education Committee, and is being closely followed by retired Lt. Col. Christopher Salvucci of the Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC and his counterparts across the state.
“Right now we know of 33 supporters,” he said, “which isn’t enough to pass, but we’re calling the remainder to see if we should be concerned or not. We also need two more votes to get the bill out of committee. I'm hoping we get those two fairly soon as well.”