Children's Defense Fund of Ohio

Karen Kasler

Thousands of Ohio students are truant every year, and many wind up getting expelled. Three Republican state lawmakers have introduced a proposal to deal with the problem.

A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows nearly one in four Ohio children now live in poverty, up from 18 percent seven years ago.

The Children's Defense Fund of Ohio says nearly 27 percent of Franklin County children lived in poverty in 2011, and 34 percent received food stamps.