Arts on Line Update March 9, 2009

128th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will hold committee meetings and sessions this week.

·    The Ohio House approved on March 5, 2009 the state’s biennial Transportation Budget, Sub. HB 2 (Ujvagi). The $7.6 billion transportation budget also includes $2.2 billion in supplemental federal stimulus funds for fiscal year 2009. For example, $31.8 million is allocated to the Ohio Department of Education to support the School Lunch Program, Head Start, the Consolidated Grants Administration, and more.  Over $1 million is allocated to eTech Ohio for Enhancing Educational Technology.  Funds are also allocated for the Departments of Aging, Environmental Protection, Development, Safety, Job and Family Services, etc.  The Ohio Senate began hearings on the Transportation Budget last week. The Transportation Budget must be approved by March 31, 2009, so that funds are available for FY10, which starts July 1, 2009.

·    The Ohio House also approved on March 3, 2009 HB6 – Motion Picture Production (Patten), which authorizes refundable nontransferable credits against the corporate franchise tax or income tax for the production of motion pictures in Ohio, and SJR1-Veterans’ Compensation (Grendell), which provides compensation to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts.

·    *The Ohio Senate approved on March 4, 2009 SB1 – Building Ohio Jobs Part 11 (Hughes).  This bill re-appropriates approximately $360 million in remaining funds from a $1.57 billion economic stimulus package approved by the 127th General Assembly in 2008. The bill now goes to the Ohio House for consideration.

·    *The Ohio Senate also approved on March 3, 2009 SB9 – Film Tax Credit (Patton), which authorizes income tax credits for investments in motion pictures produced in Ohio.

This Week at the Statehouse

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer (614-466-1790), will meet on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM at Washington State Community College in Marietta, Graham Auditorium, 710 Colegate Dr., Marietta, Ohio. The subcommittee will accept testimony on Sub. HB 1 (Sykes).

The House Higher Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Celeste (614-644-6005), will meet on March 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM in hearing room 122 to hear testimony from the Ohio Board of Regents/Chancellor Eric Fingerhut and the Inter-University Council of Ohio on Sub. HB1 (Sykes), the fiscal year FY10-11 state operating budget.

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer (614-466-1790), will meet on March 10, 2009 in room 313 to accept testimony on Sub. HB 1 (Sykes).  The ODE will provide testimony about Community Engagement and Business and Economic Development at 1:00 PM and Community Schools and E-Schools at 2:30 PM. The public is also welcome to provide testimony.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brian Williams (614-644-5085), will meet on March 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM in hearing Room 017.  The committee will hear testimony on the following
·    HB19 – Dating Violence (Harwood): Requires school districts to adopt a dating violence policy and to include dating violence education within the health education curriculum.
·    HB41 – Lottery Profits (Gerberry): Requires that a portion of lottery profits be distributed annually on a per pupil basis to public and chartered nonpublic schools.
·    HB4 – Interactive Distance Learning (Phillips): Establishes an interactive distance learning pilot project.
·    HB26 – Corporal Punishment (Williams): Prohibits corporal punishment in all public and chartered nonpublic schools.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Cates (614-466-8072), will meet on March 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM in the North Hearing Room.  The committee will hear testimony on SB 6 – Special Education Voucher Program (Coughlin). An amendment and vote is possible. There will also be a presentation from the Ohio Nursing Education Study Committee.

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer (614-466-1790), will meet on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in room 313 to accept testimony on Sub. HB1 (Sykes). The Subcommittee will hear testimony from the ODE and others regarding Teacher Licensing at 2:30 PM, and on Administration and Accountability at 4:00 PM.

The House Higher Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Celeste (614-644-6005), will meet on March 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM in hearing room 122 to hear testimony from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio on Sub. HB1 (Sykes), the fiscal year FY10-11 state operating budget.

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, will meet on Thursday, March 12, 2009 in room 313 to accept testimony on Sub. HB1 (Sykes). The Subcommittee will hear testimony from the ODE and others about Early Childhood Education at 9:30 AM, and Special Education Initiatives at 11:00 AM.

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, will meet on Monday, March 16, 2009 in the Southwest Region Location TBD.

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, will meet on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM in room 313 to accept general testimony from the public on Sub. HB1 (Sykes).

The House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, will meet on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM in room 313. The Subcommittee will accept testimony by the general public on Sub. HB1 (Sykes).

Highlights of this Week’s Testimony on Sub. HB 1 (Sykes):

*The Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, held meetings last week in Akron and Columbus on the biennial budget bill, Sub. HB 1.  Approximately 60 people testified on Sub. HB 1 on March 2, 2009 in Akron, and Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction, provided testimony on the education provisions included in Sub. HB 1 on March 4 & 5, 2009 in Columbus. Dr. John Stanford, Governor Strickland’s Education Policy Advisor, also responded last week to questions raised by subcommittee members regarding several education and funding provisions included in Sub. HB 1. Education advocates, the Governor’s office, and lawmakers are currently developing recommendations for addressing these issues, either through a substitute bill or omnibus amendment.  The following issues related to Sub. HB 1 are currently being discussed:

-Funding for Low Wealth Districts:  Representative Morgan provided information about an analysis conducted by the Republican caucus of the FY10 funding levels of school districts in the proposed budget.
The analysis found that more than 543,000 students or 31 percent of Ohio’s student population would see a decrease in funding by the end of the biennium.

Some of the components of the proposed Evidence-Based Model (EBM) as they interact with each other, might be contributing to lower state aid levels for some districts. The components include the average district salary level for teachers, decreased student enrollment (Average Daily Membership – ADM), lowering the charge-off to 20 mills, and the Instructional Quality Index.

One of the suggestions that has been proposed to provide more funding to low wealth school districts is to apply a 10 to 12 percent cap on the amount of new revenue a school district could receive under the new formula, and redistribute the “captured” revenue to school districts with low wealth.

-The Average Salary Level of Teachers:  Some questions have been raised regarding the adequacy of the average salary levels for teachers used in the EBM, and the effects of the Instructional Quality Index. The average teacher salary level used in the EBM is $45,000, which is an average of school district salary averages. 14 percent is also added to the $45,000 to support the State Teachers Retirement Fund contribution.  This additional factor raises the average salary level used in the EBM formula to $51,407 in FY10 and $52,402 in FY11.

The actual average teacher salary level for traditional public school teachers in Ohio is around $54,210. (Adding the 14 percent for STRS raises it to $61,500). The average teacher salary level used in the EBM includes the average salary levels of school districts and community schools. The average teacher salary level for community schools is $33,070.  Including the community school data lowers the salary level for the EBM overall. According to some calculations, if the actual average salary level for teachers is used, the EBM would need over $900 million more in funding.

-The IQ Index (Instructional Quality Index): The IQ Index was designed to recognize that some school districts need additional resources to compete for high quality teachers. The IQ Index is computed using three factors: the college attainment rate of the district’s population; the district’s wealth per pupil, based on property valuation and federal adjusted gross income; and the district’s concentration of poverty. The IQ Index ranges from a minimum value of 0.9 to a maximum value of 1.65 for FY10 and FY11.  When the IQ Index is applied in the formula, districts can receive between $46,266 to $84,822 in FY 2010, and from $47,162 to $86,463 in FY 2011 per teacher, depending on the district’s IQ Index.

Education advocates are questioning whether the IQ Index is actually doing what it is intended to do in the EBM, because several low-wealth schools receive no or minimal increases in state aid.
Some believe that the three components that make up the index should not be weighted the same, while others suggest that there should be different indexes to address the effects of poverty on student achievement and difficult to staff school districts.

-Gifted Education: Funding for gifted education in the EBM is also being reviewed.  The amount included in Sub. HB 1 for gifted, $25 per ADM and options for school districts to use $200 per ADM phased-in at 25 percent per biennium for Enrichment Funds, does not reflect the Ohio experience for identifying and providing services for gifted students based on Ohio law and state operating standards for gifted education. Adequate funds to identify gifted students, support intervention specialists and coordinators, and support gifted units provided by Educational Service Centers are not included in the EBM.  Services for gifted students in several districts might be eliminated. Advocates for gifted education are working with the Governor’s office and lawmakers to revamp the structure and funding for gifted education based on the operating standards for gifted education.

-Special Education:  Questions have also been raised about special education funding in the EBM, including questions about the lack of support for school psychologists; applying the six special education categories to ADM rather than the per pupil amount; and the adequacy of the student/teacher ratios for special education. There are also questions about how special education support staff will be allocated, such as occupational and physical therapists, and the role of Educational Service Centers.

-Career Tech/Voc. Education:  Some questions have been raised about whether or not the proposed EBM provides adequate support for career-tech teachers at comprehensive high schools.

-Educational Service Centers (ESCs):  Several issues have been raised regarding the funding levels for Education Service Centers. The level of funding for Educational Service Centers will decrease from $52 million in FY08 (before the budget cuts in FY08) to $42.3 million in Sub. HB 1 for FY10 and FY11. Some of the reductions in funds is attributed to the cost of the mandated performance audits of the 57 Educational Service Centers also included in Sub. HB 1. Since Educational Service Centers provide a variety of services to school districts across the state, such as gifted and special education services, it is not clear how the level of services will be maintained with the level of funding provided.

-Waivers and Accountability:  Discussions continue about the timeline for implementing the education and funding reform plan included in Sub. HB 1, and when the accountability requirements for schools and school districts will go into effect. The ODE and other agencies are required to adopt new operating standards; adopt rules for implementing the accountability requirements; revise academic content standards; adopt a new teacher licensure and entry year program; and merge early childhood education programs into the ODE, etc.

According to Superintendent Delisle, the ODE is currently analyzing the possible new rule requirements and other ODE and State Board of Education responsibilities outlined in Sub. HB1.  Preliminary conversations suggest that if Sub. HB 1 is approved as introduced, school districts will receive funding under the new EBM starting in July 2009 — but will not have to demonstrate compliance until later.  By February of 2010 the ODE will have developed a “tool” to evaluate the status of school districts relative to the new requirements, and will be able to prioritize the components of the new system for implementation. The ODE will also develop a process for granting waivers that would reflect the priorities for implementation.

-Center for Creativity and Innovation: Superintendent Delisle also presented testimony on March 5, 2009 on the proposed Center for Creativity and Innovation.  According to the testimony, the Center would “draw upon the lifelong work of Paul Torrance”.  It would provide support for teachers, schools, and districts to enhance teaching and learning environments, collaborate with the new Teach Ohio Program, and develop incentives to attract teachers to the STEM fields.  The center would research new models for restructuring the school day and year; identify regulations that might impede innovation; identify promising programs and practices; and assist school districts in fostering professional learning communities within schools.

-Center for Curriculum and Assessment: Stan Heffner, associate superintendent for ODE’s Center for Curriculum and Assessment, reviewed on March 5, 2009 the provisions in Sub. HB 1 that would impact curriculum, assessment, and standards. The Center is already working on a number of projects that align to the reforms proposed in Sub. HB 1, such as revising the academic content standards. To complete this work, the Center is using a five strategy approach that includes the following: streamline the current academic content standards; teach skills along with content in all lessons; compare Ohio’s standards to the best practices in the world; use the knowledge from learned societies to critique the current standards; and engage experts in subject matter, curriculum development, and stakeholders in the revision process.

Sub. HB 1 includes $5.789 million in FY10 and FY11 to complete this work.

*Higher Education Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Celeste the Ohio Arts Council:  Julie S. Henahan, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council, presented testimony on Sub. HB 1 on March 5, 2009.  According to her testimony, the Ohio Arts Council provides grants to artists, educators, and arts organizations that support the economic and cultural vitality of Ohio. “The arts are emerging as a potent force in the economic life of communities statewide.”

OAC grants require matching private or federal funds, so that on average there is a $52 match for every $1 the state spends. “In fiscal year 2008 this investment in the arts yielded nearly a half a billion dollar return ($430.8 million) through matching funds alone.”

A recent study by the Center for Regional Economic Development at Bowling Green State University shows the economic impact of the arts in communities throughout Ohio, and how the arts are creating jobs, generating tax revenue, stimulating consumer spending, and bringing communities together.

The proposed budget for the Arts Council is approximately $9,420,413 for each fiscal year, or a total of $18,840,826 for the biennium. This figure represents a 25 percent decrease from the original FY2008/2009 appropriation of $24,976,322.

Dr. Tom Brady, chairman and founder of Plastic Technologies Inc. and representing Ohio Citizens for the Arts, also provided testimony on March 5, 2009 in support of the Arts Council’s budget. The new report prepared by Bowling Green State University called “Ohio’s Arts – A Foundation for Innovation, Creativity, and Economic Strength” by Dr. Michael Carroll, shows that the creative industries in Ohio contribute more than $25 billion annually, support 231,000 jobs, generate $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenue, and generate $1.8 billion in federal tax revenue.

According to Dr. Brady’s testimony, “….this investment results in returns in civic benefits that are widespread and significant – job retention and creation, economic development, improved educational outcomes for young people, stabilized downtowns, preservation of the state’s arts infrastructure, and support for disadvantaged and under served populations.”

Testimony Continues on SB 6 (Coughlin)- Special Education Scholarship: The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Cates, accepted more testimony on SB 6 (Coughlin) on March 3, 2009. This bill would provide public funds of up to $20,000 per student to the parents of a qualified special education student to use to send their student to another public school or qualifying private provider for special education services.

Erica Thomas testified as a proponent of the bill. As a parent of a child with autism, she believes that parents of students with any special education need should be able to use public funds to pay for services provided by private providers.  Although her child has never attended public schools, she believes that her child would not have done as well in a public school.

Testifying in opposition to the bill was a coalition of education and citizen groups, which included the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio School Boards Association; the Buckeye Association of School Administrators; the Ohio Association of School Business Officials; the Ohio Association of Public School Employees; the Ohio Education Association; the Ohio School Psychologists Association; the Ohio Parent Teacher Association; the League of Women Voters of Ohio; and The Ohio 8.

Darold Johnson from the Ohio Federation of Teachers presented testimony, which outlined major concerns about the bill, and explained how the current Individual Education Plan (IEP) works. According to the testimony, the bill is not needed, because parents of students with special needs have the right to secure the types of services that they need for their special needs child through the IEP process. For example, according to the Ohio Department of Education there were 49 formal due process hearings in 2007-2008 to settle disputes between school districts and parents regarding special education services. Only ten of those were adjudicated, and 100 percent of the 78 written complaints were resolved.

Parents also have a variety of options to receive services for their special needs child within the public education system.  The options that are available include special education programs delivered through Educational Service Centers, Career-technical schools, intra and inter district open enrollment, negotiated private placement, and home instruction.

The following issues regarding SB 6 were also discussed:
·    There is no public oversight of the public funds that will be used to pay for special education services provided by private providers.
·    The private providers do not have to follow a student’s IEP.
·    School districts still have the responsibility to update IEPs, but will not have contact with the students using the scholarship to assess the student’s progress.  And, there are no funds for school districts to update IEPs.
·    The program deducts up to $20,000 per student from a school district’s state funds.  Based on a school district’s wealth, in certain cases, locally raised revenue will be used to support the scholarship, because of the way special education costs are funded through the state formula.
·    Parents will have to give-up their federal rights (IDEIA) to a free and appropriate education for their special needs student under the bill.  Parents will lose due process protection, a guarantee of services provided in the least restrictive environment, and student access to the general education curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers.
·    The Special Education Scholarship Program will have an impact on the students who remain in the public school district. That is because the special education weights were designed to provide a level of service to special needs students in a school district setting, where multiple students are served, and economies of scale can be achieved. By diverting limited public dollars for a few to take the scholarship, the ability of public schools to meet federal and state standards will be compromised.

State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Jennifer Sheets president, will meet on March 9-10, 2009.

MEETING ON MONDAY, March 9, 2009
The State Board of Education’s Executive Committee, chaired by Jennifer Sheets and vice-chair Debbie Cain, will meet at 9:00 AM to discuss the proposed 2009-2010 State Board meeting calendar.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Ann Womer-Benjamin and vice chairman Mike Collins, and the Capacity Committee, chaired by Rob Hovis and vice chairwomen Kristen McKinley, will meet at 9:30 AM.

The Achievement Committee will approve a resolution to adopt the Proposed Plan for Credit Flexibility; approve a resolution of intent to adopt new Rule 3301-56-01, School District and Building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Intervention; approve a resolution of indent to adopt Amended Rules 3301-13-01 and 3301-13-02, Administering Required State Assessments at the Designated Grades; and hear a presentation on international benchmarking and the revision of academic content standards.

The Capacity Committee will consider a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rules 3301-37-01 to -12, Child Day Care, and Rules 3301-20-01, -03 and 3301-83-23, Employee/Applicant Rehab Standards.

The Board will hear committee reports from members at 11:00 AM, and recognize Stacey Timmons Higgins, the Milken National Educator Award Recipient at 11:30 AM.

Following lunch at 1:15 PM the Board will participate in a training session about the Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act. The Board will also hear reports from the Achievement Committee and Capacity Committee, discuss items on the business meeting agenda, and discuss the proposed Plan for Credit Flexibility. A Chapter 119 Hearing will be held at 4:00 PM on the following proposed rules:
* Rule 3301-14-01, EMIS
* Rule 3301-19-01 to -03, Expenditure Flow Report
* Rules 3301-21-05 through -07, Associate Licensure

Following the hearing, the 21st Century Learning Subcommittee, chaired by Debbie Cain and Steve Millett, will meet to discuss the State Board’s vision and current work and Governor Strickland’s plan for education and funding reform included in Sub. HB 1.
The Board will then adjourn for the evening.

MEETING ON TUESDAY, March 10, 2009
The State Board of Education will begin its business meeting on February 10, 2009 starting at 8:30 AM, and immediately convene into executive session.  After the executive session, the Board will hear the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Deborah Delisle; hear an update on legislative issues; hear reports from committees and subcommittees; and accept public participation on agenda items.

The Board will then take action on ten personnel items, and the resolutions included below. The Board will then consider new business, old business, and public participation on non agenda items.
The Board will then adjourn.  The next SBE meeting will be held on April 13-14, 2009 at the Ohio School for the Deaf.

*Approve a Resolution of Intent to adopt Amended Rules 3301-13-01 and 3301-13-02, Administering Required State Assessments at the Designated Grades.
*Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rules 3301-37-01 to -12, Preschool Program Standards.
*Approve a Resolution of Intent to rescind Rule 3301-56-01 and adopt New Rule 3301-56-01, School District and Building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Intervention.
*Approve a Resolution to amend OAC Rule 3301-10-01, School Enrollment/Domestic Violence
*Approve a Resolution to amend OAC Rule 3301-46-01, Innovative Education Pilot Programs.
*Approve a Resolution to amend OAC Rule 3301-51-20, Blind/Deaf Schools Standards for Admission, Transfer, Suspension or Expulsion.
*Approve a Resolution of Intent to rescind and adopt OAC Rules 3301-103-01 through -07, and to rescind Rule 3301-103-08, Autism Scholarship Program Rules.
*Approve a Resolution to adopt Ohio’s proposed plan for Credit Flexibility.
*Approve a motion concerning DOE v State Board of Education.

Review of Dropout Study Released: The Think Tank Review Project, Kevin Welner co-chair, released on March 4, 2009 a review of a Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions’ report called “The High Cost of High School Dropouts in Ohio” by Matthew Carr, published in February 2009. In their report, the Buckeye Institute recommends that charter schools are a way to reduce the dropout rate in Ohio.

The Think Tank Review Project reviewed the report and found that it relies on charter school graduation data that are inconsistent with state figures, “….resulting in a dramatic overstatement of the graduation rates at the charters.” The analysis was prepared by Professor Sherman Dorn of the University of South Florida, a national expert on dropout data and policies.

According to the analysis, the Buckeye Institute’s report is similar to a series of recent reports on graduation rates in several states published by the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation.  According to Dr. Dorn, these reports provide a “superficial” analysis of the real costs of students who do not graduate, and ignore research on charter schools.  This particular report contradicts Ohio state data regarding the graduation rate for charter schools, including those managed by White Hat Management.

According to Dr. Dorn:
“For example, one school that Ohio reports had fewer than 10 graduates in 2004-05 is asserted in the report to have graduated 145; another with 42 is claimed to have graduated 338.”

“Overall, for 18 schools for which Ohio reported a specific number of graduates, the report claimed 1,610 more graduates in 2004-05 than what the state reported.”

“The report’s conclusions about the benefits of last-chance charter programs are not trustworthy, because the data on the 23 last-chance charter schools named in the report are apparently inaccurate, and there is no reason to believe from the report itself that its author independently gathered the graduation-count data that are so far from official reports.”

The Think Tank Review Project is a collaboration of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Education and the Public Interest Center and the Arizona State University’s Education Policy Research Unit. It provides independent analyses of education reports based on the academic peer review standards used by scholarly publications in the areas of validity of assumptions, methodology, results, and the strength of links between results and policy recommendations.

Report Analyzes Mayors’ Role as Superintendents: The Public Policy Forum of Milwaukee released on February 15, 2009 an analysis of school districts under the control of mayors called “School District Governance Reform: The devil is in the details.” The report was commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The report examines the impact that “governance reform” in large, urban, public school districts has on student achievement, accountability, and innovation. The report focuses on the cities of Washington, D.C, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, and Omaha, Nebraska, and finds, “In the end, governance reform may result in improvements in a district’s fiscal condition, but may not have sustainable impact on student achievement, especially of low-income and minority students.”

To read more about the report, please visit

Middle College System Proposed: Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has introduced legislation that would create a “Middle College System” by combining the boards of technical high schools and community technical colleges. The Middle College System would be administered by the Office of Workforce Competitiveness. Other states that have similar programs are Texas, North Carolina, and Michigan.
The bill is available at

For more information about Middle College System, please visit the National Governor’s Association website at

Bills Introduced:

·    SB59 – Healthy Students Act (Fedor) Enacts the “Healthy Students Act” to establish standards for K-12 health education in public schools, and creates the Office of Healthy Schools within the Department of Education.
·    SB60 – Ohio Historical Society (Wagoner) Allows taxpayers to contribute a portion of their income tax refunds to the Ohio Historical Society.
·    SB61 – U.S. Senate Vacancy (Husted) Requires the Governor to call a special election to fill a vacancy in the representation of Ohio in the United States Senate.
·    HB59 – Guardian Residency (Stebelton) Prohibits disqualification of certain students who live with legal or temporary custodians or with guardians from interscholastic athletics solely because their parents do not reside in the state.
·    HB60 – School Nutritional Standards (Pillich) Establishes nutritional standards for food and beverages sold in vending machines in public schools.
·    SJR3 – Real Property Taxes (Coughlin) Limits increases in the taxable value of real property to two percent per year.

*Circle Neighbors Discuss GREEN:  Circle Neighbors will host a discussion panel on the topic, “What Does Green Mean to The Circle” on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle.  Circle Neighbors is presented by The Womens’ Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Women’s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra, MOCA, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Representatives from several University Circle institutions will each discuss an aspect of how to transform the Circle into not only a leading cultural district, but a leading “green” district.  The panel includes:
* Moderator David Beach, GreenCityBlueLake, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, speaking on rethinking the Circle as a Green District
* Christina Vernon Ayers, Cleveland Clinic, speaking on sustainable leadership in Healthcare
* Chris Bongorno, University Circle Inc., speaking on The University Circle District-Wide Green Team
* Lillian Kuri, Cleveland Foundation, speaking on Sustainable Community: New Opportunities for Sustainable Development and Economic Inclusion
* Linda Robson, Case Western Reserve University, speaking on Energy Conservation and Waste Reduction
* Natalie Ronayne, Cleveland Botanical Garden, speaking on sustainable landscaping

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Lauren Kelly by phone at (216) 231-4600, ext.3279, or at (216) 231-1177. You may also RSVP by E-mail to

*OAAE Testifies on Sub HB 1:  The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education testified before the House Primary and Secondary Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Dyer, on March 5, 2009 regarding Sub. HB 1 (Sykes).  Joan Platz, Information Coordinator for the OAAE, asked the subcommittee to consider the following changes in Sub. HB 1 to ensure that the arts are included in efforts to prepare students for life and work in the 21st Century:

-Include dance and drama teachers in the definition of specialist teachers.
-Use the federal definition of “core”, which would include arts teachers.
-Require the Ohio Research Based Funding Advisory Council to determine appropriate staffing levels for arts teachers under the proposed funding model.
-Include the arts in student enrichment activities.
-Require the Center for Creativity and Innovation to conduct research about arts education.
-Require on-site visits to include interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

For more information please contact the OAAE at


This update 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 Alliance for Arts Education (


About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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