Arts on Line Update June 8, 2009

128th General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will hold sessions and hearings this week. The House and Senate education committees are not scheduled to meet this week.

*The Ohio Senate approved Am. Sub. HB 1 (Sykes), the state’s $53.5 billion FY10-11 budget, on June 3, 2009 by a vote of 20 to 11. The Senate version is approximately one billion less than the House version, when all fund groups are considered.  On June 10, 2009 the House is expected to consider the Senate version. If the House does not accept the Senate version, a six member conference committee will be formed to work-out a compromise version of the budget. The Office of Budget and Management is expected to release updated state spending and revenue estimates for FY10-11 this week for the conference committee to consider.  State revenue estimates continue to decline relative to those used to prepare the executive budget back in 2008, and up to $2 billion in cuts may still be necessary to ensure a balanced budget for FY10-11.

*The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brian Williams, amended and reported out favorably HB 165 (Ujvagi), which would ratify the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, and establish the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and other offices to implement the state’s participation in the compact. A provision regarding the Compact is also included in Am. Sub. HB1 (Sykes).

*Carl Wick, a member of the State Board of Education since 2001, announced that he would be resigning from the Board effective July 31, 2009. Mr. Wick is an at-large member from Centerville, OH, and has served on the Board as Federal Legislative Liaison and chair of the Budget Committee and the Quality High Schools Task Force. He is a former executive of NCR Corporation, and currently is chairing the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

*Education Voters of Ohio, Julian Rogers Executive Director, requested on June 1, 2009 that Senator John Husted provide records of the research that the Senate Republicans used to develop the Senate’s school funding plan included in Am. Sub. HB1 (Sykes), which the Ohio Senate approved on June 3, 2009.  Senator Husted has been asked to provide by June 5, 2009 evidence that the .25 percent increase in FY10 and .5 percent increase in FY11 will improve student success; spreadsheets with the components of the Senate’s Republican plan; research comparing the per pupil and evidence-based model; future estimates of funding levels, etc.

This Week at the Statehouse:
*The House Alternative Energy Committee, chaired by Representative Celeste (614-644-6005), will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 3:00 PM, in hearing room 114.  The committee will continue to hear testimony on HB113 (Foley) School Energy Measures.

*The Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee, chaired by Senator Gibbs (614-466-7505), will meet on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM in the North Hearing Room.  The committee will hear testimony on SB109 (Gibbs), Real Property Tax. This bill will exempt from real property taxation the value of single-family residential property owned by a developer or builder until the developer or builder transfers possession or title.

Senate Approves Am. Sub. HB 1: The Ohio Senate approved by a vote of 20 to 11 a $53.5 billion state budget package for FY10-11, Am. Sub. HB 1 (Sykes), on June 3, 2009 after six hours of debate.   According to Senator Carey, chair of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, the Senate version of HB 1 includes a total of 1800 amendments, including four technical amendments added to the bill on the Senate floor. Five amendments offered by Senate Democrats were tabled.  These include an amendment addressing the health insurance provisions that were removed from the Senate version; a study related to minority and women-led business enterprises; restoring funding for the Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative; restoring the governor’s evidence-based model; and improving charter school accountability, and replacing the Ohio Graduation Test.

The Senate version provides $55.8 billion in FY10 and $57.4 billion in FY11 in All Fund Groups.  For the General Revenue Fund, the Senate version provides $25.6 billion in FY10 and $27.9 billion in FY11.

The Senate version of the budget for the Ohio Department of Education totals $12.15 in FY10 and $12.24 in FY11 for ALL FUNDS, and provides $7.88 billion in FY10 and $7.939 billion in FY11 for the General Revenue Fund.

The following are some of the comments of Senators during the Senate debate on the bill:

Senator Carey: “We determined in the Senate that our approach would be to reduce state funding to balance, and while we cannot get rid of all the one time money, it has been greatly reduced.  This ensures that our bill is more sustainable, and does not set up Ohioans on a course for a major tax increase in two years.”

“The bill before you protects tax payers, funds basic services, putting children and seniors first, and preserves the progress made to improve our state’s ability to attract and retain jobs.”

Senator Cates: “DeRolph reminded us that all children do matter. And, we have a responsibility no matter what the child’s zip code here is to make sure that they get a quality education.”

“I for the life of me cannot and will not support anything that we do in this legislature here which does not preserve the rights of parents and students to pursue the best education they can get whatever that might be.”

Senator Faber:  “Compared to the House and the Governor’s budget, every Ohio department, every Ohio Department but one is cut, or has no increase, and by the way, that one is education. Let’s lay the concept of residual budgeting for education on the table.  Despite the comments of some, this budget makes it clear that we funded education first and did residual budgeting for absolutely everything else.”

Senator Ray Miller:  Referring to the Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative:  “Simple math tells us: $950,000 investment to keep these young men off the streets, ending up being incarcerated. We’re being penny-wise and pound foolish not to support that amendment.”

Senator Dale Miller:  “In the 21st Century we cannot build a growth economy by just cutting taxes and shrinking government.  Early childhood education, K-12, higher education, job training, site development, and quality infrastructure, all essential to business growth, cost money.  The smallest size is not the right size for state government.  We need to find the right balance. I pledge my utmost efforts to find workable solutions to the problems we face, and build Ohio’s future in these most difficult times.”

Senator Cafaro:  “More of the same is simply not acceptable because we are on borrowed time.  Borrowed time to improve our state.  We cannot spend time on one more study.  We cannot spend one more dollar on a broken education system.  We cannot allow one more Ohioan to go uninsured if they have the choice to have access.”

Senator Husted:  “We have a grand concern that over ten years the promises that are being made are unfunded, unsustainable, and are serving as a false promise. Perhaps in the conference process that can be explained to us in more detail so that those fears can be relieved.”

“And we also believe that all of that equals a funding of a student and not a system, which is a principle that we really feel strongly about.”

HB 1 Conference Committee Issues: During the Senate debate over Am. Sub. HB 1 (Sykes) several Senators identified areas of agreement between Senate Democrats and Republicans that will expedite the work of the anticipated conference committee.

For example, Democrats and Republicans agreed not to raise taxes; protected the tax reform changes included in 126-HB66; supported pro-growth tax credits; kept tuition costs down at state institutions of higher education; protected optional services for Medicaid beneficiaries; preserved overall the Medicaid buy-in at up to 300 percent; supported investments in the Second Harvest Foodbanks; made adjustments to address the hospital franchise fees; and retained some of the education provisions in the House version regarding teacher preparation and tenure, tangible personal property reimbursements, the conversion levy, etc.

However, the following provisions included in the Senate version differ from the House version, and will require attention from the conference committee:

-Eliminating provisions to expand access to health care coverage to 100,000 individuals -Eliminating provisions that address health care costs by improving health information technology and transparency about insurance rates -Eliminating education and school funding reform provisions included in the evidence-based model -Reducing the Department of Development’s budget -Including a plan to revamp Cuyahoga County government -Allowing oil and gas drilling in state parks -Eliminating the Internship Coop Program -Adding provisions that impact collective bargaining -Reducing or eliminating funding for programs that benefit African American and Latino communities, such as the Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative -Adding questionable funding for the Help Me Grow program -Adding provisions that address abstinence only programs and increase restrictions on abortion, and -Adding several provisions that may “hamstring” state government.

Amendments to Am. HB 1 (Sykes): The Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, chaired by Senator Carey, approved an omnibus amendment and additional amendments before the committee voted out favorably along party lines Am. Sub. HB 1 (Sykes) on June 2, 2009.
During the debate over HB 1 in the Senate, four technical amendments were also added.  The following is a summary of some of the education amendments that were accepted before Am. Sub. HB 1 was approved by the Senate:

*NEW-Agriculture 5th Quarter Project
Increases GRF appropriations for Career Technical Education by $300,000 in each fiscal year to support the Agriculture 5th Quarter Project. Decreases GRF appropriation Foundation Funding by the same amount each year.

*CHANGE-Requires Scholarship Students Take State Assessments Reinstates the provision in the House version that requires scholarship students enrolled in a nonpublic school under the Cleveland Scholarship Program to take the state achievement tests as scholarship students in the Ed Choice Program are already required to do under current law.

Requires the Department of Education to post disaggregated achievement test data for scholarship students on its web site, and provide parents of students eligible for scholarships with that information.

Also requires the Department to provide the parent of each scholarship student with information comparing the student’s performance on the achievement tests with the performance of similar students enrolled in the school district building that the student would otherwise attend.

*CHANGE-State Board Meetings
Changes a Senate Committee provision about broadcasting State Board of Education meetings on the internet. Removes the provisions that the meetings be broadcast free of charge on the Department of Education’s website (although they still must be broadcast live via the Internet); that the Department maintain a free video archive of the meetings; and that committee and subcommittee meetings be broadcast.

Permits the State Board to contract with the Ohio Government Telecommunications Service (in addition to consulting with the Service, as in the bill) to implement the broadcasts.

*CHANGE-Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children Makes several changes to a provision regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, including moving the State Council to the Department of Education, instead of the Department of Veterans Services, and designates the state Compact Commissioner as a state officer within the Department of Education, instead of the Department of Veterans Services.

*CHANGE-Revoke Charter of a Traditional Public School Revises a Senate provision that revokes the charter of a school with grades K-3 if the school has been in academic emergency for four consecutive school years; revokes a charter of a school with grades
4-8 but not higher than grade 9 if it has been in academic emergency for three consecutive school years and has showed less than one year of academic growth in reading or math for two of those school years; or revokes a charter of a school with grades 10 to 12 if it has been in academic emergency for four consecutive school years.

*CHANGE-Gifted Education
Increases GRF appropriation item 200521, Gifted Pupil Program, by $4,794,470 in each fiscal year and earmarks that amount for a gifted identification supplement. Decreases GRF appropriation items 200503, Bus Purchase Allowance, by $2,000,000 in each fiscal year and 200550 and Foundation Funding, by $2,794,470 in each fiscal year.

Corrects and clarifies the funding mechanism for gifted education and gifted units provided by Educational Service Centers.

*CHANGE-Center for Early Childhood Development Requires the Governor to partner with the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the creation of the Center for Early Childhood Development and the hiring of a Director for that Center; requires the Director of the Center for Early Childhood to additionally partner with the Department of Job and Family Services, the Department of Health, and any other state agency as determined necessary by the Governor and the Superintendent in the development of the required implementation plan to the Governor.

*CHANGE-Community School Funding
Increases GRF appropriation item 200455, Community Schools, by $133,661 in each fiscal year and decreases GRF appropriation item 200550, Foundation Funding, by the same amount.

*NEW-School Facilities Assistance
Specifies that if a school district’s tangible personal property valuation made up 20 percent or more of its total taxable value on August 31, 2005, its 3-year “average taxable value” used for computing wealth percentile rankings of school districts for school facilities assistance is only the 3-year average of its real property valuation (rather than the 3-year average of the sum of its real property valuation and its tangible personal property valuation as under current law).

Continues to compute “average taxable value” as under current law for all other districts. Requires the Department of Education to calculate and certify to the School Facilities Commission a new “alternate equity list” (percentile ranking) for use in fiscal year 2010 using the bill’s definition of “average taxable value,” as described above. However, any district already offered assistance for fiscal year 2010 continues to be eligible for assistance for that fiscal year.

*CHANGE-Educational Service Centers
Modifies the procedure for the State Board of Education’s consideration of a resolution by a local school district to sever from its current educational service center (ESC) and annex to another adjacent ESC by specifying that the State Board must consider the impact on the district’s current ESC (as well as the proposed new ESC as specified under current law); specifying the effects the State Board must consider as the financial, staffing, programmatic, and other impacts, including the effect of the relocation on the cost of operation of both ESCs; requiring the State Board to consider the resolution on at least two meeting agendas (which are not consent agendas); requiring at least 30 days between the State Board’s first hearing of the matter and its vote on it; requiring the State Board to offer to take public testimony at each hearing on the matter; and requiring the State Board to provide written notice of each hearing to both ESC governing boards. Provides that the amendment’s changes to the procedure for the State Board’s consideration of a local school district’s relocation to a new ESC apply to any such resolution pending on the date the bill becomes law.

*CHANGE-Educational Service Centers
Revises the bill’s procedures for dissolution of an educational service center (ESC). if all of the “local” school districts that make up the territory of the ESC annex to a different ESC, by providing that the “city” and “exempted village” school districts that had contracts with the ESC just prior to dissolution be included in the equitable distribution of the ESC’s assets and liabilities and in paying the excess cost of dissolving the ESC, in addition to the “local” school districts as provided under the bill.

*NEW-Pledge of Allegiance
Prohibits school districts from preventing a teacher from having students recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in the teacher’s classroom. Prohibits school districts from altering the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag from the wording set forth in the United States Code.

*CHANGE-Ohio Tuition Trust Authority
Changes certain provisions regarding the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. States that the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority is within the office of the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents; Authorizes the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority to establish and administer more than one plan for the sale of tuition units, and requires money received under the plans to be segregated and identified within the Ohio Tuition Trust Fund; Eliminates the existing requirement that the Public Employees Retirement Board, with the approval of the Authority, exercise the investment powers of the Authority, and instead authorizes the Authority to enter into an agreement with any business, entity, or governmental agency to perform the investment powers of the Authority; Creates the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board, which consists generally of the members of the current Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, specifies the duties and responsibilities of the Board under the College Savings Program Law, and revises the role of the Chancellor on the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board from an ex officio voting member as in current law to an ex officio nonvoting member under the amendment; States that the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority is required to perform all other duties and responsibilities under the College Savings Program Law that are not assigned to the new Board by the amendment; and Requires the Authority to obtain the advice and consent of the Board in the hiring of the executive director of the Authority, and authorizes the Board to remove the executive director at any time subject to the advice and consent of the Chancellor.

*CHANGE-Value Added Demonstration
Reinstates the Executive provision requiring an applicant for a professional, senior, or lead educator license or for a principal license to demonstrate that the applicant’s students have achieved a value-added measure designated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Reinstates the Executive provision requiring the Ohio Teacher Residency Program established by the bill to include the use of measures of student academic gain to evaluate the effectiveness of program participants.

*NEW-E-School Funding
Adds computers and software to the instructional items for which Internet- or computer-based community schools (e-schools) may use the per pupil amount of state funds calculated for base classroom teachers. (Current law allows those funds to be used only for teachers, curriculum, academic materials other than computers, and other instructional purposes designated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.)

*CHANGE-Child Care Program Eligibility
Changes the maximum eligible age from kindergarten age to three years old for participants in the Help Me Grow home visitation program.

Analyses Released About the Senate and House Funding Plans: Several documents were released this past week providing more information about the Senate budget changes for school districts and charter schools included in Am. Sub. HB 1.

The analyses are based on a variety of assumptions, making it difficult to compare even FY09 numbers across the different documents.  One conclusion can be made, however, the conference committee on Am. Sub. HB 1 will have to sort through a great deal of complicated and confusing changes in law and agree upon a variety of assumptions before finalizing any school funding plan for Ohio’s schools for FY10-11.

Document 1: Prepared by the Legislative Service Commission.  Includes the Senate state aid estimates for school districts, including federal stimulus money.  This document does not separate-out charter school students or open enrollment students, and so it doesn’t show actual state aid increases for individual school districts.

According to this document, the estimated state aid for school districts in the House version (based on the evidence-based model) is $5,981,099,969 in FY10 and is $5,958,811,589 in FY11.  The total for charter schools is $470,838,954 in FY10 and $511,138,481 in FY11. Together, the total for all schools is $6,451,938,923 in FY10 and $6,469,948,070 in FY11. Estimated state aid in FY09 is $6,542,318,801.

The estimated total state aid for school districts and charter schools in the Senate version is $6,580,248,650 in FY10 and $6,625,815,390 in FY11.

According to this document, the difference between the House and Senate versions is $128.3 million in FY10 and $155.8 million in FY11. (This was the amount reported by Senator Carey, chair of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee.)

Document 2: An analysis released by the Ohio School Boards Association that compares the estimated state aid for school districts included in the House and Senate versions of Am. Sub. HB 1 (Sykes) for FY10 and FY11, and the percent change from FY09 and FY10, and from FY10 to FY11. The total state aid amount used for FY09 is $5,944,277,920, and several assumptions are noted:

-The FY10 and FY11 charter school ADM was calculated using trends in charter school growth over the past 5 years, remaining within the 7 percent growth rate for charter school attendees.
-ADM was multiplied by the 2009 per pupil amount for each school district.
-A .25 percent and .5 percent increase was applied to the deducted amount.
-The FY09 open enrollment numbers were used. A .25 percent increase was applied for FY10 and a .5 percent increase was applied for FY11.
-The charter school and open enrollment numbers were subtracted from the FY10 Senate by the Senate.  This results in a number that can be compared to the House version, which appeared in the spreadsheets released by the Senate.
-All of these numbers are estimates and are based on available numbers.

According to this analysis the difference between the House and Senate versions is $102,164,121 in FY10 and $84,982,957 in FY11.

This document is available on the website of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, under Advocacy Alerts – Biennial Budget Information.

Document 3:  An analysis of the Senate’s school funding plan released by the Senate Democratic Caucus at a news conference on June 2, 2009. According to this document the Senate’s plan would increase school funding by 0.25 percent to $6.58 billion in fiscal year 2010 and by 0.5 percent to $6.62 billion in FY 2011, but school districts would lose more than $82 million over the biennium ($23 million in FY10 and $59 million in FY11) once charter school payments are deducted from school district state aid. For information about the news conference, please visit the CapitalBlog at

State Budgeting Matters: The Center for Community Solutions released on June 1, 2009 State Budgeting Matters, “Avoiding a Meltdown in Public Services” by Jon Honeck.  This issue examines the revenue options that should consider as lawmakers work-out a compromise for the budget bill Am. Sub. HB 1, and plan for Ohio’s future.

According to the article, which was released before the Senate version of Am. Sub. HB 1 was approved by the Senate on June 3, 2009, the “key issue” for the conference committee to consider “….is when, or if, the economic recovery will begin during the biennium.”

The article notes that Ohio is not alone in this budget crisis. Forty-seven states have reported budget shortfalls this year. Sixteen states have addressed the shortfalls by raising taxes and cutting spending, and 17 more states are considering raising taxes.  Some economists such as Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel-prize winning economist, believe that relying on tax cuts alone may harm a state’s economy more than targeted tax increases, because cutting state government also impacts state jobs, tax revenue, and services.

If increasing state taxes becomes an option, the state could consider raising taxes on high income households; increasing the rate of the Commercial Activity Tax; keeping part of the current corporate franchise tax, which is being phased out; closing tax loop holes, credits, exemptions, etc; limiting the homestead exemption to those with a certain income level; etc.

According to the article, “There is little evidence to suggest that state tax policy is the major driving force behind state economic performance.19 The reality is that many factors influence economic outcomes, and that government spending also catalyzes economic growth by helping to provide transportation infrastructure, a well-educated workforce and other aspects of quality of life that make a location more attractive to investors and job-seekers.20 Taxes are only one of many considerations that businesses take into account when they move, and are generally not the most important factor.  Proximity to customers and suppliers, quality of the workforce, educational opportunities, and the overall quality of life also are crucial.”

The article is available at

8)  State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Jennifer Sheets president, will meet on June 8, 2009 at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus. During the meeting on May 11, 2009 Jennifer Sheets announced that she will be resigning from the Board effective June 30, 2009. The Board will select at the June meeting a new president, and accept the resignation of Carl Wick, who recently announced his intention to resign from the Board effective July 31, 2009.

On Monday, June 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM the Board will hear a presentation on Race-Conscious Student Assignment Plans presented by Professor john a. powell, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute and Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Ann Womer Benjamin, and the Capacity Committee, chaired by Rob Hovis, will meet at 10:55 AM.

The Achievement Committee will discuss Rule 3301-32-01 to -13, School Age Child Care and the refiling of Rule 3301-51-20, Standards for Admission, Transfer, Suspension and Expulsion – the Ohio State School for the Blind and the Ohio School for the Deaf.

The Capacity Committee will discuss Rule 3301-24-05, Licensure – Teacher Leader and Urban Principal Endorsement.

The full Board will convene at 11:30 AM.  Both the Achievement and Capacity committees will report on their actions, and the Board will discuss items for the Voting Agenda and written reports.

Following lunch at 1:00 PM, the State Board will begin its business meeting.  The Board will elect a new president and vice president, if necessary, and then go into executive session.

After reconvening, the Board will hear the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislative Update, Public Participation on Agenda Items, and take action on 16 personnel items and the resolutions listed below.

The Board will then consider old business, new business, Board member reports, committee reports, public participation on non-agenda items, and adjourn.

Following the Board meeting, the 21st Century Learning Subcommittee, chaired by Debbie Cain and Steve Millett, and the Advocacy and Outreach Subcommittee, chaired by John Bender and Carl Wick will meet for an hour.

*#7 – Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-05, Licensure

*#8 – Resolution to re-file Rule 3301-51-20, Standard for Admission, Transfer, Suspension, and Expulsion – the Ohio State School for the Blind and the Ohio State School for the Deaf

*#19 -Resolution to Amend Rules 3301-13-01 and 3301-13-02, Assessments

*#20 -Resolution to Amend Rules 3301-37-01 to 3301-37-12, Preschool Program Standards

*#21 – Resolution to Rescind Rule 3301-56-01, School Building and district Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Consequences Procedures, and to adopt Proposed New rule 3301-56-01, School districts and building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Intervention.

*#22 – Resolution regarding public participation at the July 2009 State Board business meeting.

*#23 – Resolution to Adopt Academic Content Standards for Physical Education.

*#24 – Resolution to accept the recommendation of the hearing officer and to deny the request of the Not So Lonesome School to be registered for the 2007-2008 school year as a non-chartered, non-tax supported school under OAC Rule 3301-35-08.

*#25 – Resolution to accept the recommendation of the hearing officer and to deny the request of the Graff Academy to be registered for the
2007-2008 school year as a non-chartered, non-tax supported school under OAC Rule 3301-35-08.

*#26 – Resolution to accept the recommendation of the hearing officer and to deny the request of the Lamb Valley Christian Academy to be registered for the 2007-2008 school year as a non-chartered, non-tax supported school under OAC Rule 3301-35-08.

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be a public hearing on Thursday, June 18, 2009, 11:00 AM at the Ohio School for the Deaf Conference Center, on the following rules: 3301-20-01,-03 & 3301-83-23 – Employee/Applicant Rehabilitation Standards

8)  Bills Introduced
HB208 (Skindell) Art Therapy:  Regulates the practice of art therapy.

*Writing Workshop to be held at the Riffe Gallery:  A free writing workshop will be held at the Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 6-8 PM. The workshop will be led by Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, who is an author of several books.  The current exhibition at the Riffe Gallery called “The New Narratives: Paintings by Ohio Artists”, will serve as an inspiration. The exhibition features the works of 12 Ohio artists, and explores various themes and styles of narrative painting. The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St.,Columbus.

*Hip-Hop in the Classroom Workshop:  A free- two-day workshop will be held at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus on June 11 and 12, 2009 from 10-4:00 PM.  The workshop will investigate the elements and foundations of Hip-Hop, and explore ways for teachers to incorporate Hip-Hop as an educational resource.  The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Elaine Richardson from Ohio State’s School of Teaching and Learning and local hip-hop artists.  Participants will obtain a list of classroom resources and supplemental materials. For information, please contact Morgan Routson at (614) 292-6493 or e-mail:

*NAEP in the Arts Findings to be Released: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts report will be released by the US Department of Education on June 15, 2009. Copies of “The Nation’s Report Card: Arts 2008” and complete data from the 2008 arts assessment will be available online at at 10:00 AM EDT on June 15, 2009.

*REMINDER — ARRA Stimulus Funds Can Be Used for the Arts:  The Arts Education Partnership is reminding educators that the arts are a core subject designated by the U.S. Department of Education, and therefore stimulus dollars allocated through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) can be used to support the arts. The U.S. Department of Education has released a new publication called “Using ARRA Funds to Drive School Reform and Improvement.” This document provides examples of potential uses of funds to improve student achievement. For information about ARRA and arts education, please visit

*AEP National Forum:  The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) Fall National Forum: Charting a Course for the Arts and 21st Century Learning will be held October 2-3, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. The forum will explore the connections between the arts and 21st century learning. For more information about the forum, please visit

*Great Quotes in Support of the Arts:  The June 2009 Update from the National Partnerships includes an article about first lady Michelle Obama, who recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 18, 2009.  The article includes the following quotes from Mrs. Obama:

“Our future as an innovative country depends on ensuring that everyone has access to the arts and to cultural opportunity.”

“The president and I want to ensure that all children have access to great works of art. We want them to have access to great poets and musicians in theaters around the country, to arts education in their schools and community workshops.”

To read the article with the quotes, please visit Political Punch:  Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper Michelle Obama Hits the Met May 18, 2009 3:09 PM ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sharde Miller


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