News from the Statehouse
The Ohio House and Senate will not hold sessions or committee hearings this week.
Governor Strickland recently appointed Roger McCauley to the State Board of Education to replace Tracey Smith, who resigned from the Board in July 2010. Mr. McCauley was the executive director of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development and served on the board of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and other statewide committees. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University. He resides in Glouster, Ohio.
The Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut announced on October 13, 2010 that the University System of Ohio is seeking nominations for the 2011 “Faculty Innovator Awards.” Ten faculty members and/or teams from Ohio’s public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult career centers, will be recognized for developing digital materials for courses to make college textbooks more affordable for students. The deadline to submit nominations is November 23, 2010. More information about the award is available.
News from Washington DC
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, announced on October 14, 2010 plans to convene a national conference in 2011 on labor management collaboration. The conference will highlight examples of successful collective bargaining agreements that promote opportunities for management and labor to forge reforms at the state and district levels.
The conference will include the participation of union leaders, school superintendents, and school board members from across the country. The conference will build upon examples of labor management agreements in Baltimore, Delaware, New Haven, CT, Denver, Pittsburgh, Evansville, IN, Detroit, and Montgomery County, MD.
State Board of Education Meeting
The State Board of Education (SBE), Debbie Cain President, met on October 11-12, 2010 at the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road, Columbus, OH.
The SBE opened their October meeting by welcoming new Board member Roger McCauley. Board Vice-President Ann Women Benjamin administered the oath of office. Mr. McCauley was appointed by Governor Strickland to replace Tracey Smith, who resigned from the Board in July 2010. He resides in Glouster, and has worked as an advocate for low-income families and children in Ohio.
The Executive Committee, chaired by President Cain, met and discussed new Board member orientation, which will be conducted in January 2011. The nineteen member SBE might have as many as eight new Board members as a result of the November 2010 election and new appointments by Governor Strickland. The terms of the following Board members end December 31, 2010:
Elected Board Members: Debbie Cain, Sam Schloemer, John Bender, Susan Haverkos, and Tammy O’Brien
Appointed Board Members: Ann Womer Benjamin, Stephen Millett, and Juanita Sanchez.
The terms of the following SBE members will continue through December 31, 2012: Rob Hovis, Ann Jacobs, Danny Greene, Jeff Hardin, Kristen McKinley, Dennis Reardon, Mike Collins, Mary Rose Oakar, Martha Harris, Kathy Leavenworth, and Roger McCauley.
The Executive Committee also discussed their plans to attend the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference on November 8 and 9, 2010. The SBE will hold their monthly meeting at the conference, which is held at the Columbus Convention Center. According to the schedule (which might change) the Board’s meetings will be held in the morning on both days.
Achievement Committee: The Achievement Committee, chaired by Mike Collins and Tammy O’Brien, discussed two items: the development of Model Curricula in math, English language arts, social studies, and science, and violations of testing procedures.
The SBE adopted revised content standards in June 2010, and is now working to develop the model curricula. The SBE is required by law to adopt model curricula by March 2011. The committee received an update on the process and timeline that is being used to develop the model curricula.
The committee also received information about the testing industry’s standards and procedures for reviewing student exams to determine if all testing procedures have been followed. Recently the scoring company that the ODE uses to grade the state assessments identified some instances in which testing protocols might have been violated in some schools. The Committee agreed to move to the full Board for approval resolutions #5,6, and 7 (on the Board’s agenda) regarding these alleged violations.
Capacity Committee: The Capacity Committee, chaired by Rob Hovis and Kristen McKinley, approved a resolution of intent to rescind and adopt Rule 3301-24-03, Educator Preparation Programs; received an update on the Teacher Evaluation System Guidelines; and received an update on the Transition Resident Educator Program and Development of the Ohio Resident Educator Program.
The committee also received an interim report, “Diversity Strategies for Successful Schools — Recommendations” from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. The SBE obtained a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation to revise its 1980 Equal Educational Opportunity Policy in response to U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the public school systems in Seattle and Louisville in 2006. The Board received a draft of the policy recommendations in July, provided feedback, and the Kirwan Institute revised those recommendations, which are presented in the interim report.
The Capacity Committee will consider approval of these recommendations at its November 2010 meeting, and the full Board will receive a presentation about them in December. The SBE expects to adopt an “intent resolution” in January, 2011, and a final resolution in February 2011.
The following recommendations were included in the draft interim report. According to the report, these recommendations “…align with the state constitution’s mandate to provide a ‘thorough and efficient’ school system, reasonable, predicated upon quality research, and compliant with law. Thus, the following recommendations are valid, constitutional, and defensibly in the best interest of Ohio school children.”
· Reaffirm the commitment to promoting diversity and reducing racial isolation.
· Continue the policy of obligating districts with substantial variation to take reasonable actions to reduce it as are consistent with federal law.
· Support and encourage voluntary student assignment policies that promote diversity.
· Require districts to assess the diversity impact of a new school site or school closing.
· Continue the policy commitment to equal employment opportunities and staff diversity.
· Support and expand diversity training for teachers and administrators.
· Limit the application of Zero Tolerance policies to serious offenses only and support effective intervention measures that reduce push-out programs.
· Expand and replicate successful magnet school programs.
· Maintain rigorous standards of achievement while focusing on students needs.
· Replicate successful comprehensive counseling programs to support diversity.
· Encourage community involvement/relations.
Communications Task Force: The Communications Task Force, chaired by Michael Collins, reported that they have been working with ODE staff to review information regarding the communication strategies used by the ODE and the SBE, including communications from Board leadership and other Board members; communications of Board members with senior ODE staff; and Board communications with the public. The Board will receive a draft of this report in November; discuss the report in December; and approve its recommendations in January 2011.
SBE FY12-13 BUDGET AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
Following the lunch break the Board received a presentation led by Dennis Reardon, chair of the SBE’s Budget Subcommittee; Superintendent of Public Instruction, Deborah Delisle; and Kelly
Weir, director of the ODE’s Office of Budget and Planning, regarding the Superintendent’s FY12-13 proposed budget.
The State Board of Education is required by statute (ORC 3301.07) to recommend a biennial education budget that reflects the status, needs, and major problems of the public schools in the state to the governor and General Assembly. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, Deb Delisle, submitted a proposed budget to the SBE in July 2010, and included increases of 4.5 percent in FY12 ($333.2 million) and 3.4 percent increases in FY13 ($262.6 million), and also recommended several changes regarding the Evidence-Based Model. Although the School Funding Advisory Council is also developing recommendations regarding the Evidence-Based Model (EBM), the proposed ODE education budget does not necessarily reflect the ideas being considered by the Council.
The SBE Budget Subcommittee, chaired by Dennis Reardon, met several times over the summer to review the proposed budget, and proposed a flat-plus budget of $7,626,691,584, with a 2.4 percent increase in FY12 ($179.5 million) and $7,785,534,493 in FY13, which is a 2.1 percent increase ($158.8 million). The proposed budget is based on General Revenue Funds and lottery profits, minus the tax relief line items, which are included in the Department of Taxation’s budget.
However, Mr. Reardon also stated his intent to amend the proposed budget during the Board’s business meeting on October 12, 2010. The amendment would change the recommendation regarding Educational Service Center funds for gifted education. The proposal would allocate funds from the funding that Educational Service Centers receive to support services for gifted children ($8.1 million in both fiscal years), and make some funds available to identify gifted students in community schools and joint vocational school districts, upon request. The recommendation would not include a mandate that students in community schools be identified as gifted, or served. Funds from the same source would also be used to support ODE staffing for gifted education.
There was a lengthy discussion about this proposed amendment, and several other ideas were offered. During the discussion Board members learned that 280,000 students in Ohio have been identified as “gifted”, but approximately 55,000 students (unduplicated) are being served.
In addition to the Flat-Plus budget, the ODE Office of Budget and Planning also prepared and will submit a budget based on the parameters established by the state’s Office of Budget and Management, executive director J. Pari Sabety. Those parameters were issued for FY12 & 13 in July, and require Ohio agencies to prepare and submit a flat budget at FY11 levels in both years, and a ninety percent budget based on FY11 in both years.
OVERVIEW OF ODE FLAT-PLUS BUDGET
The proposed Flat-Plus Budget is based on revised average daily attendance numbers (ADM); revised percentages for the number of students in poverty and the number of students with Limited English Proficiency, based on the latest Local Report Card data; and the latest property valuations. This is the first year in recent history in which school districts are experiencing decreases in property values, which can mean in some cases, increases in state aid for some school districts. The following is a summary of the proposed flat budget:
Funding Components for Traditional Public Schools in the Flat-Plus Budget:
· Phase-in to 100 percent some of the components of the Evidence-based Model, with the exception that non-instructional components will be phased-in according to the HB1 phase-in schedule, which is generally at 40 percent in FY12. Some non-instructional components, such as school guidance counselors, school wellness coordinators, district heath care professionals, and non-instructional aides, were not phased-in at 40 percent in HB 1, but are recommended to be phased-in in this budget proposal.
· Phase-in gifted intervention specialists and professional development for gifted intervention specialists based on the HB 1 schedule at 40 percent. Fund other gifted education components at 100 percent.
· Fund transitional aid guarantees at 90 percent of the prior year.
· Fund the gain cap at 0.75 percent increase over the prior year.
· Fund poverty and Limited English Proficient guarantees at 90 percent of FY11.
Funding for Community Schools in the Flat Plus Budget:
· Provide a 1.5 percent increase (inflationary) over FY11 per pupil amounts in HB1 for each fiscal year.
· Fund transition aid guarantee at 90 percent of prior year on a per pupil basis.
· Fund a gain cap at 0.75 percent increase over prior year on a per pupil basis.
Joint Vocational School Districts: Provide JVSD with a .75 percent increase over the prior year.
Special Education: Provide a .75 percent increase per year for Special Education funding components, such as special education transportation; home instruction; parent mentors; preschool special education units; school psychologist intern services.
Non-public school components: Provide a .75 percent increase for components, including nonpublic auxiliary services; nonpublic postsecondary enrollment; and nonpublic administrative reimbursement.
Institutional Career-Technical Education: Provide a .75 percent increase per year.
Educational Services Centers: Updates the ADM for Educational Service Centers, and provides a 99 percent guarantee of prior year funding in FY12, and 98 percent of prior year funding in FY13.
EdChoice Scholarships: Reflects updated participation in the scholarship for FY11.
Student Assessments: Recommends continuing to not administer the social studies and writing assessments for pre-high school grades, and reduces research funding. Assessment has undergone a 25 percent cut over the past years.
GED Testing: Recommends that limits be placed on fee waivers, such as allowing only one per year for an individual, or one waiver over the student’s lifetime.
Innovative Targeted Program Funding: Increases funding for these programs which support student who are experiencing challenges and are under-represented in higher education.
School Funding Health Care Board: Re-institutes funding for the School Health Care Board until legislative changes can be made.
SBE MEETING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
The State Board of Education convened its business meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The SBE received reports from the Early Childhood Subcommittee and the Advocacy and Outreach Subcommittee,
The Advocacy and Outreach Committee: The Advocacy and Outreach Committee, chaired by John Bender, approved changes to the State Board of Education’s Federal Platform for 2011 and discussed HB 316 (Slesnick) Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, but did not make a recommendation.
The Early Childhood Education Subcommittee: The Early Childhood Education Committee, chaired by Steve Millett for Kathleen Leavenworth, received a report on the history of early childhood education programs and initiatives supported by the ODE from Jane Wiechel, Associate Superintendent, Center for Students, Families, and Communities.
There was also a discussion about the research on the impact of early learning programs on brain development. According to the information presented, even though research is supporting the need for more quality education programs for young children, Ohio is serving fewer children than in the past, and efforts to serve young children are available through a variety of uncoordinated programs administered by many organizations. More effort needs to be made to integrate services so that more children can be served effectively and efficiently with the limited funds that are available.
The Board then met in executive session. Following the executive session the Board received the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Superintendent Delisle. The report included an update on the activities of the ODE regarding the Race to the Top grant; Ed Jobs funding; the Ohio Teacher Incentive Grant ($52.7 million); Schools of Promise; and an award for Ohio’s Credit Flexibility initiative.
Colleen Grady, Barbara Bodart, Amy Bain, and Peggy Clifford addressed the Board during public participation on agenda items, and expressed opposition to the proposal in the SBE’s budget recommendations to deduct funds from ESCs for the identification of gifted students attending community schools and joint vocational school districts, and also the proposal to use funds currently being used to provide services to gifted students through the ESCs to support gifted staff at the ODE.
Colleen Grady, a member of the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education, suggested that such an important policy decision should be thoroughly discussed by the Board before action was taken. The discussion should include how the state’s funding system can provide students in community schools and traditional schools with access to the same educational opportunities. All students should have access to opportunities, but not “at the expense” of students in poor and rural districts, who could lose services for gifted education through the ESCs as a result of this proposal.
Barbara Bodart, a gifted coordinator at the Licking County ESC, explained how services for gifted students had already been reduced since 2009. Currently there are 300 gifted coordinators providing services to students in 350 school districts through the 56 ESCs. If funding for gifted services through ESCs is reduced, some services will also be lost. In addition, Ms. Bodart suggested that students attending joint vocational high schools have probably already gone through the gifted identification process when they were in elementary school.
Amy Bain, a gifted coordinator for the Clermont County ESC, and Peggy Clifford, of the Fairfield County ESC, also stated that ESCs provide gifted services to school districts in small and rural school districts, and that reducing funding for ESCs would diminish their mission to serve children.
Following public participation the Board took action on ten personnel items and other resolutions included in the report and recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Board members approved an amended resolution regarding the FY12-13 state budget recommendations for gifted education offered by Board member Dennis Reardon. The amendment states that the SBE has determined to use funds in FY12 and in FY13 from the line item “Additional Gifted Funding” to “…allow ODE to provide technical assistance and oversight of gifted education programs and gifted education spending and to allow for students in joint vocational school districts and community schools to be screened for giftedness.” This line item includes $8.1 million in both fiscal years for ESCs to support gifted education.
The resolutions also states that up to $500,000 in each fiscal year may be used upon request to screen community school students for giftedness. Students who are from other states, but are now attending joint vocational school districts in Ohio, can be screened for giftedness through their home school districts. The amendment also stipulates that $500,000 be added to the overall “request” each fiscal year to allow the ODE to provide technical assistance and oversight of gifted education programs and gifted education spending. The additional $500,000 in each fiscal year raises the total budget request to $8.12 billion in FY12 and $8.285 billion in FY13.
The Board then considered old business and new business, and adjourned. The next SBE meeting will be held on November 8 & 9, 2010.
The following are the resolutions considered by the SBE at the October meeting:
#2) Approved a resolution of intent to adopt Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3301-24-18, 3301-24-19, 3301-24-20, 3301-24-21, and 3301-24-22 regarding resident and alternative resident educator licenses.
#3) Approved a resolution of intent to consider confirmation of the Department’s findings for revocation of the approval of Ashe Culture Center to sponsor Community Schools.
#4) Approved a resolution of intent to approve the proposed plan by Adams County/Ohio Valley Local School Districts and Manchester Local School District to create a new joint vocational school district in Adams County.
#5) Approved a resolution of intent to consider whether an assessment security violation of Section 3319.151 of the Revised Code, Rule 3301-7-01 of the Administrative Code, an ethical testing practice, Rule 3301-13-05 or the Administrative Code, the school’s security procedures, or other relevant provisions occurred during the Spring 2010 Administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessment at the Cincinnati Preparatory Academy and what, if any, action should be taken including whether student test scores should be invalidated.
#6) Approved a resolution of intent to consider whether an assessment security violation of Section 3319.151 of the Revised Code, Rule 3301-7-01 of the Administrative Code, an ethical testing practice, Rule 3301-13-05 or the Administrative Code, the school’s security procedures, or other relevant provisions occurred during the Spring 2010 Administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessment at the Maple Leaf Intermediate School, and what, if any, action should be taken including whether student test scores should be invalidated.
#7) Approved a resolution of intent to consider whether an assessment security violation of Section 3319.151 of the Revised Code, Rule 3301-7-01 of the Administrative Code, an ethical testing practice, Rule 3301-13-05 or the Administrative Code, the school’s security procedures, or other relevant provisions occurred during the Spring 2010 Administration of the Ohio Achievement Assessment at the Marcus Garvey School, and what, if any, action should be taken including whether student test scores should be invalidated.
#17) Approved a resolution to amend OAC Rule 3301-15-02, entitled provisions for granting exemptions from the state statutory provisions and rules.
#18) Approved a resolution to amend OAC Rule 3301-24-05 entitled licensure.
#19) Approved a resolution to amend OAC 3301-53-01 entitled Minimum Standards for Chartering County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Education Programs; Rule 3301-53-03 entitled Rule for Excess Cost Charges for County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Special Education Programs; and Rule 3301-55-01 entitled Minimum Standards for Chartering Special Education Program in State Developmental Centers and Hospitals of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Mental Health.
#20) Approved a resolution to adopt Rules 3301-102-03 and 3301-102-04 regarding community school sponsorship.
#21) Approved a resolution to decline confirmation of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education’s determination that it is impractical to transport students to St. James School, a chartered nonpublic school in Portage County.
#22) Approved a resolution to confirm the Lake Local School District’s Board of Education’s determination of impractical to transport certain students attending the St. Joseph School, a chartered non-public school, Portage County.
#23) Approved a resolution to adopt Ohio Standards for School Treasurers and School Business Managers.
#24) Approved an amended resolution regarding the State Board of Education’s 2012-2013 Biennial Budget request to the Governor and members of the General Assembly.
#25) Approved a resolution to adopt the Federal Legislative Platform for 2011.
#26) Approved a resolution noting the death of Franklin B. Walter, who served as State Superintendent for Public Instruction from 1977-1991.
#27) Moved that the SBE appeal a recent decision by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in the case of Carter v. State Board of Education of Ohio, case number 10-CV-10-007004
Decision on Tax-Exemptions for Community Schools
The Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision on October 12, 2010 in the case Anderson/Maltbie Partnership v. Levin. The 7-0 decision held that the tax exemption law for a “public schoolhouse” (Ohio Revised Code R.C. Sec. 5709.07(A)(1)) does not apply to property that is leased for a profit, even if the property is leased to a public school. The decision reverses a ruling by the State Board of Tax Appeals.
The case involves the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, which leased property from a company, Anderson/Maltbie Partnership. That company sought a tax exemption, because it leased the property to a school, and the school was making the property tax payments. The justices decided that even though the property was used as a school, the lessor was not participating in this business transaction “without any view to profit” and therefore the tax exemption was not applicable. The opinion is available here.
State Education Funding Systems Rated for Fairness
The Education Law Center, based in Newark, New Jersey, released on October 12, 2010 a report entitled “Is School Funding Fair: A National Report Card” by Bruce Baker of Rutgers University Graduate School of Education; David G. Sciarra, Executive Director of the Education Law Center (ELC) in New Jersey; and Danielle Farrie, ELC Research Director.
The purpose of the report is to promote a national discussion about the condition and fairness of state school funding systems using comparative data, and determine what needs to be done to improve, strengthen, and sustain fair funding. Fairness is defined as “a state finance system that ensures equal educational opportunity by providing a sufficient level of funding distributed to districts within the state to account for additional needs generated by student poverty.”
According to the report two features influence education cost and funding: decentralization and concentrated student poverty. The authors analyzed the school funding systems of the 50 states using four “fairness measures”, which they developed, and used a statistical analysis to grade or rate a state in the four areas. The fairness measures include funding level; funding distribution relative to student poverty; state fiscal effort; and public school coverage. The evaluations of the state funding systems are comparative, so that a score means that the state’s system might be better or worse compared to other states in the nation, but even states with higher scores can improve.
The following are some of the findings of the report:
Funding Level: The adjusted national average funding level is $10,132 per pupil (in 2006 – 2007), with 18 states above and 32 below the average. The state with the highest funding level – Wyoming, at $16,947 per pupil – provides about two-and-a-half times the funding provided by the state with the lowest funding (Tennessee, at $6,839). Adjusted funding means that each state’s revenue level is adjusted to reflect differences in regional wages, poverty, economies of scale,and population density to recognize the variety of interstate differences.
Funding Distribution: Only 14 states have progressive funding systems, providing greater funding to high-poverty districts than to low-poverty districts. The most progressive funding systems are in Utah, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
Funding Effort: Delaware, South Dakota, Louisiana, and Tennessee are the states with the lowest effort (.024 to .028). Maine, New Jersey, and Vermont represent the states that allocate the greatest share of economic activity to education (.048 to .063). The effort index does not appear to be related to the overall wealth of the state. For example, Delaware has the largest per capita GDP in the nation ($58,071) and ranks as the state with the lowest effort made toward education (.024). But Connecticut and Massachusetts, also states with very large per capita GDPs, have average effort indices. Louisiana has a relatively low per capita GDP, and also makes very low effort.
Coverage: This measure considers the share of school-aged children attending the state’s public schools and the median household income of those children. Coverage rates vary significantly among the states, from a low of 78 percent in Washington, D.C., to 94 percentin Wyoming. In addition, the median household income of public and private school students varies widely. Washington, D.C., also has the highest income ratio (3.57), with a median household income of $185,933 for private school students to $52,106 for public school students.
Overall Observations: Six states are positioned relatively well on all four measures, receiving Cs or higher on Effort and Funding Distribution and a rank in the top half in Funding Level and Coverage. These states are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wyoming.
“Four states receive below-average ratings on each of the four indicators: Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, and North Carolina. These are low-effort, regressive states receiving Ds or Fs on both indicators, and ranking below average in terms of the overall level of funding providedand Coverage.”
Ohio’s Evaluation: Ohio received an A for Funding Distribution; a B for Effort; a rank of 17 for Funding Level; and a rank of 36 for Coverage.
The Education Law Center (ELC) was founded in 1973 and advocates on behalf of public school children for access to an equal and adequate education under state and federal laws. The ELC’s work includes implementation of the programs and reforms ordered in the Abbott v. Burke school funding case in New Jersey. The report and more information are available.
SB308 (Schuring) Dyslexia: Authorizes educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia.
Ohio Statehouse Creativity Challenge: The people of Ohio will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. This historical celebration is an opportunity for students in grades K-12 to demonstrate their creativity by participating in the celebration.
Students are asked to create a work of art based on the theme: Picture Yourself at the People’s House
HOW TO ENTER: Complete an entry form found below, create a work of art from the template provided below and follow the guidelines provided.
IDENTIFICATION OF WORK AND PERMISSION TO EXHIBIT:
1. Each work of art must have a completed entry form that is legible. The entry form must be completed when the artwork is scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Artwork will be uploaded into a special online gallery on the Ohio Statehouse Web site.
3. CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
4. CLICK HERE FOR CREATIVITY PAGE TEMPLATE
1. The artwork must be a standard 8 1/2 x 11 size and can be of any flat media (pen, pencil, chalk, paint, markers, etc.)
2. Due to the exhibition space on the Web site, no 3-D work will be accepted.
3. Each piece of art work must be completed during the 2010-2011 school year.
4. Works of art may be rejected for this project if the entry form is not complete or is illegible. All work is subject to these guidelines and may be rejected if the guidelines are not met.
5. Completed works of art and the entry form must be submitted electronically. Submissions will be accepted from September 30, 2010 thorough September 30, 2011.
Submissions will also be accepted by US Mail. Submissions may be mailed to:
Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial Creativity Project
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
6. Works of art will not be returned to students. Please take an image of your work prior to sending it to the Ohio Statehouse.
7. The final exhibition will be at the discretion of the hosting organizations: Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.
1. An on-line gallery will be available at http://www.OhioStatehouse.org for all received submissions throughout 2011.
2. A monthly rotating exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room will feature ten submissions each month.
3. The student work will be made available for the Governor, legislators and local businesses and storefronts to highlight the art.
If you have questions or need clarification please feel free to contact the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board office at email@example.com.
Discussion begins on re-visioning of Ohio’s fine arts content standards: ODE’s division of visual and performing arts invites K-12 teachers of dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art to participate in discussions to launch the review of Ohio’s fine arts academic content standards. ODE wants to learn how current standards are impacting classroom practice and hear feedback on the proposed review process.
Consultants will hold two sessions for the four arts areas:
· The music and drama/theatre session will take place Monday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wood County Educational Service Center, 1867 N. Research Drive, Bowling Green, OH 43402;
· The visual art and dance session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Worthington Schools Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington, OH 43085.
To register, please contact Vicky Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide her with the following information: complete name, school, district name and address, visual or performing arts area (dance drama/theatre, music or visual art), grade levels taught, years of teaching experience, and daytime phone number. Also, please indicate the session you would like to attend. Space is limited to the first 45 educators who register for each session. Confirmation and details will be sent via e-mail. Please note that ODE has no funding to reimburse travel expenses.
Imagination Conversation: The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), Nannette Maciejunes director, hosted an “Imagination Conversation” on October 14, 2010 as part of the Museum’s Creativity Summit event (which will be held in November 2010) and the launch of the new Center for Creativity, officially opening January 1, 2011. This conversation was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Ohio Department of Education, with national support from the National Education Association.
The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education in New York City is sponsoring these “conversations”, which consist of panel discussions in each state about the importance of imagination with leaders from the arts, entertainment, business, science, medicine, and education. These conversations will lead to a national summit at the Lincoln Center to develop an action plan to put “….imagination, creativity, and innovation at the center of American education.”
Participants in the CMA panel included Steve Seidel (moderator), Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of Project Zero from July 2000 to 2008; Tim Berra, Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University; Christopher Coburn, executive director of the Cleveland Clinic Innovations; Antwone Quenton Fisher, poet, author, director, and screenwriter; Althea Harper, fashion designer; Michael Weiss, president and CEO of the Express fashion brand; and Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary for communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.
Nannette Maciejunes provided opening remarks and introduced First Lady Frances Strickland, who explained the work that has been taking place at the Governor’s Office to close the “innovation gap” and support creativity in Ohio schools, institutions, and communities. Three “Creativity Conferences” have been held and have led to the development of a statewide model to support the “three generations of innovation”: incremental, experimental and research, and future growth. Work on ways to support creativity are continuing through the Ohio Resource Center; eTech Ohio; and KnowledgeWorks.
Steve Seidel, the moderator for the panel discussion, introduced the panel members, and opened the discussion by talking about the role of imagination in personal and professional lives, how teachers can support imagination, how imagination could be nurtured in our youth, and the importance of imagination to our economic prosperity.
The panel members identified the importance of encouraging creativity and imagination in young children, and especially nurturing the ability to dream and see the world from different perspectives. Children need time to pretend and express their ideas without criticism. They must have safe environments to explore and make mistakes in order to become more proficient. Sometimes imagination is a way for children (and adults) to escape from the troubles in the real world.
Panel members also spoke about the importance of knowledge as the “raw material” of imagination. A well-rounded curriculum provides children with information to make connections between unrelated items to solve problems. Some panel members also believe that creativity must have “purpose”, although members of the audience countered that being creative might not be purposeful all the time. Panel member Althea Harper noted that when she is having trouble with a design, she sometimes draws just for fun, and eventually is inspired by the unexpected results. Perseverance is also important, because success is not always immediate.
Peter Cunningham from the U.S. Department of Education provided an update about initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education and how the Obama administration is supporting arts education through grant programs such as Investing in Innovation. The arts, as part of a comprehensive education, teach creativity and problem solving skills, and must be part of efforts to ensure that more students graduate. According to his remarks, the following are some of the challenges and opportunities facing education reformers:
· Reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act. There are many issues that must be resolved before the Act is re-authorized, and it will probably be re-authorized as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
· Establishing an accountability system that does not cause the narrowing of the curriculum.
· Evaluating teachers, including teachers of the arts
· Expanding charter schools
· Increasing parent involvement
· Accomplishing anything in this tough economy
· Finding the right political balance to get things accomplished
According to Mr. Cunningham, “Education is a path to economic security. Everybody has a responsibility for education.”
Following Mr. Cunningham’s presentation the audience made the following comments:
· In order to recruit the best and the brightest into the teaching profession, the government should establish national teaching academies.
· Students need a well-rounded curriculum. The current accountability system does not recognize the contributions of arts education, such as promoting creativity, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills.
· What is a good art teacher?
· The current discourse is bashing teachers. Schools of education should cross train teachers.
· The Common Core is a disappointment to those in Ohio who worked on Ohio’s academic content standards.
· The current reform efforts can not be replicated or sustained, and the current teaching force is not being replaced.
More information about the “Imagination Conversation” is available.
This web site includes information about “Imagination Conversations” conducted in 2009, including one in Columbus, Ohio hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education on December 5, 2009, and “Imagination Conversations” conducted in Ohio in May 2010 by OhioDance and Oberlin College.