OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
All testimony on SB216 PUBLIC SCHOOL DEREGULATION ACT (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Executive Director, Tim Katz testified as an interested party last week on the bill intended to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools allowing for increased local control and improved efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.
OAAE testimony praised the passage of a recent amendment (Amendment 1962X2 Topic: Multi-age Area Specific Teaching Licenses) which directly addresses the concerns of many regarding the security of the multi-age preK-12 teaching licensure. But the testimony pointed out that an issue of great concern remained, which is the question of exactly what general educators, licensed under SB216’s proposed new preK-5 grade band, would be certified to teach. Specifically: Will the preK-5 license certify elementary school general classroom teachers to teach the arts (defined in Ohio as music, visual arts, theatre/drama, and dance) in the way that the current preK-3 license does? On behalf of OAAE and its members, Katz told the committee that a preK-to-grade 5 license that allowed general teachers, with minimal arts content knowledge and arts teaching training, to teach the arts could seriously undermine the quality of standards-based arts education in Ohio.
OAAE has suggested that a provision be added to the bill specifying that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multi-age, preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art.
Chairman Brenner said he would not go forward with plans for amendments and a vote on the bill because some members were absent.
Proponent testimony on HB544 STATE BOARD-ADOPT SCHOOL SAFETY STANDARDS (Rogers, Perales) The bill prescribes safety enhancement standards for new school facilities. The committee received written testimony from James McBride, police chief for Lakeland Community College; Anthony Podojil, executive director of the Alliance for High Quality Education; and Howie Beigelman of Ohio Jewish Communities.
Proponent testimony on HB628 RESIDENT EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) The bill creates an alternative pathway to qualify for a resident educator license. Candidates interested in pursuing an educational license through an on-line course would need to have bachelor’s degrees and be able to pass a background check. The proposed additional pathway would be an exclusively online program with no student teaching required.
Sponsor testimony on HB680 SCHOOL BUS SEAT BELTS (Barnes) To require all passenger seats on school buses to be equipped with occupant restraining devices beginning on July 1, 2019, and to designate “Safe School Week” on the first third full week of October. Rep. Barnes quoted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic of 1,172 fatal motor vehicle crashes related to school transportation from 2006 to 2015, as support for the measure.
Sponsor testimony on SB246 STUDENT SAFETY ACT (Lehner, Manning) To enact the “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student. The bill deals with positive behavioral intervention supports and suspension and expulsion policies for students in grades pre-kindergarten through three. Sen. Lehner said in sponsor testimony the bill is meant to limit the use of exclusionary discipline practices by barring use of suspensions or expulsions on children in third grade or younger except in extreme cases, and support implementation of positive behavior intervention and supports as an alternative to such discipline practices.
Sponsor testimony on HB487 RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL-COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Ingram) The bill eliminates the right of first refusal for charter schools, STEM schools and college-preparatory boarding schools when acquiring school district property.
Sponsor testimony on HB707 ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (Reinke, Faber) The bill deals with the regulation of e-schools and requires a legislative review of the student enrollment reporting manual for public schools.
The House passed several bills, sending them to the Senate for consideration:
HB58: (bill passed 89-4) Requires the State Board of Education to adopt a model curriculum for cursive handwriting instruction for students in grades kindergarten through five
HB342: (bill passed 61-32) Requires the ballot wording on property tax proposals to be in terms of tax per $100,000 of fair market value rather than per $100 of tax valuation
HB477: (bill passed 93-0.) Eliminates nonoperational and outdated provisions related to the Ohio Department of Education and school operations
OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ohio Attorney General’s Drug Use Prevention Resource Guide
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education released a resource guide to help schools develop comprehensive prevention services. The guide walks users through the strategic planning process of developing a comprehensive drug-prevention plan for their classroom, school, or district. The committee identified 12 prevention services that, it believes, make up a comprehensive prevention plan, including: Before- and after-school programs; Cross-curricular prevention education; Health education curricula; Social-emotional learning; School climate and drug-use surveys; Alcohol, drug, and mental health board engagement and treatment providers; Caregiver engagement; Law enforcement engagement; Professional development in mental health and substance use; Youth-led prevention; Community-based health referrals; and School-based health care services.
Akron Beacon Journal: New guide for school drug prevention
“Gone are the days of educators teaching kids to “just say no” with frightening visual representations of a brain on drugs. But today’s new wave of drug prevention programming in some schools might be just as ineffective — and, in some cases, harmful to developing minds.”
Columbus Dispatch: DeWine offering drone photos of schools for safety plans
“Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to take school-safety planning to new heights. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s squadron of six drones, normally used to document crime scenes, now is available to take high-quality aerial photographs of buildings for inclusion in school safety plans.”
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
School-Based Healthcare Support Toolkit Offers Resources to Support School and Care Provider Partnerships
Ohio launched the new School-Based Health Care Toolkit, a set of resources for schools and communities as they work together to address common health issues and keep students in class and learning.
Annual Safety Plan Certification Reminder
Schools must annually certify to the Ohio Department of Education that their safety plan documents are current and accurate. School and district administrators with compliant school safety plans, from 2017 and earlier, have until July 1 of each year to complete this annual review.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, June 26
3:30 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)
Ohio Statehouse Room 121
- SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs. 5th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
- HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
Wednesday, June 27
9:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)
Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room
- SB34 ACADEMIC YEAR (Manning) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day. 7th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB87 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Roegner) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
Dayton Daily News: New Ohio School Plan: Equity, Social issues as Crucial as Math, Reading
“The state school board’s new strategic plan for Ohio education puts development of social skills and leadership on equal footing with literacy, math and other traditional academics. The document calls a lack of equal opportunities from child to child “Ohio’s greatest education challenge” and it calls for a focus on the “whole child,” including physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Emotional, Leadership and Critical Thinking Skills Are Officially Equal Goals for Ohio’s Schools as Math and English
“Ohio’s schools should move away from their test-driven focus of the last several years toward helping the “whole child” develop emotional, reasoning, and leadership skills, the state school board decided Tuesday as it passed its new “strategic plan” calling for major changes in schools’ approach.”
Columbus Dispatch: As Yost, others press for action, House to pass eschool changes
“ECOT has been auctioned off in pieces, but the enrollment count issue that led to its downfall and is impacting other Ohio online schools so far remains unaddressed as state lawmakers prepare to head into a summer break. State Auditor Dave Yost, along with both liberal- and conservative-leaning education policy advocates, say lawmakers need to act with more haste in clarifying how to count the thousands of students attending Ohio e-schools.”
Springfield News-Sun: Schools may get cursive handwriting guidelines from State
“What started out as a mandate that Ohio school children learn to write in cursive is now likely to be more of a suggestion. Brenner’s initial idea was to require instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade in cursive handwriting. The version of the bill passed Wednesday, though, would only direct the State Board of Education to develop model curriculum that would be available for school districts to use.”
Columbus Dispatch: Growing Pressures Feed Kids’ Mental Health Issues, Expert Says
“It’s not your imagination, or mere nostalgia for the good ol’ days: Today’s children and teens have more mental-health problems than earlier generations. The reason is a mix of social, environmental and even dietary factors, but the problem is growing, said experts speaking Wednesday to the Columbus Metropolitan Club.”
LA Times: White House to propose merging Labor, Education depts
“The White House on Thursday announced a proposed overhaul of the federal government that would merge the Labor and Education departments, consolidate a slew of social safety net programs under a renamed health agency and reorganize federal food safety functions.”
Center for American Progress: Addressing the Gap Between Education Research and Practice
“This issue brief attempts to address the research-practice gap in the education space. First, it describes some challenges in applying research to educational practice. It then outlines research-practice partnerships (RPPs)—mutually beneficial collaborations between research scientists and education leaders that can narrow the gap between research and practice. Finally, the brief proposes the creation of state-level education capacity centers, which would help leaders in state and local education departments use research to inform practice.”
USA Today: Teens Take Fewer Risks with Sex and Drugs But Face New Challenges
“Today’s high school students have less sex and take fewer drugs than those of decades past, but they face some newly recognized risks, including misuse of pain pills, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, from a set of surveys updated every two years by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), paint a picture of teen life that is safer than it used to be, but still fraught with risks ranging from suicidal thoughts to sex without condoms.”
K-8 Arts Integration Institute for Teachers
The Mansfield Partners in Education Team will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators and administrators on August 2-3, 2018 at the Mansfield Art Center.
Course: Reading Portraits as Biographies: Observe. Infer. Inquire.
There’s more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. This workshop examines ways to teach students to view portraits as a visual text filled with meaningful symbolism in order to make the study of people and biographies more engaging. Reading portraits helps students activate and build background knowledge of, construct understanding of, and reflect on historical and literary figures across the curriculum.
Dates: August 2-3, 2018
Location: Mansfield Art Center
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
- Deconstruction of standards
- Aligning assessments with standards
- Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
- Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
- Sharing with & learning from colleagues
- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.
Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.
The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.
This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.