State Rep. Danny Bubp (R-West Union) attended the ceremonial signing of House Bill (HB) 290 at the Westland High School JROTC Invitational Drill Competition on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Governor Strickland performed the signing of the bill, which adds JROTC as an elective to the Ohio CORE Curriculum. Without the passage of HB 290, Ohio would have been the only state not to grant graduation credit for JROTC, causing Ohio programs to experience a decrease in student participation and leading to a loss in federal funding.
Several hundred people attended the signing ceremony with cadets from Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland and other Ohio areas representing the Air Force, Army and Navy programs. Westland High School was the first Air Force JROTC Unit established in Ohio and one of the original 20 units established in the nation.