Ohio offers websites on government history

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has begun offering two websites for easier access to historical information about the state and its founding principles.

Secretary of State John Husted (HYOO'-sted) says the www.OhioFoundingFathers.com and www.OhioHistoricalDocs.com websites were launched this month are part of an effort to ensure students learn about individuals and documents that shaped Ohio and America.

Husted says they also save taxpayer dollars by reducing printing costs and making historical records more widely available online.

State lawmakers passed a law in 2011 requiring educators to incorporate American and Ohio history and government content into coursework. The law ensures students learn about key historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Ohio Constitution.

The websites also provide information on elections statistics, current and past state laws and historical rosters of elected officials.

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