Arts On Line Update 05.02.2011

129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate are back from Spring break and will hold sessions and hearings this week.

Update on the Biennial Budget:  The House Finance and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Representative Amstutz, accepted on April 29,2011 a substitute bill for HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.  The Committee received testimony on the amended version over the weekend and hearings will continue on Monday. More information about the substitute bill is included at #4.

Teach for American in Ohio:  Governor Kasich signed into law HB21 (Combs) Teach for America. The law qualifies Teach for America participants for a resident educator license in Ohio.

School Issues on the May 3, 2011 Ballot: Voters will decide 148 school issues on the May 3, 2011 ballot, including 113 tax levies. School issues will be on the ballot in 52 counties. Information about the number and type of levies is available on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

State Board of Education Special Meeting:  The State Board of Education, Debbie Terhar president, held a special meeting on April 29, 2011.  The Board approved a resolution that directs the Executive Committee of the State Board of Education to conduct the search for the next Superintendent of Public Instruction rather than use a professional search firm.  The search is expected to be completed by August, when interim superintendent Stan Heffner is scheduled to leave the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to accept a new position. Sasheen Phillips will replace Stan as associate superintendent for curriculum and assessment at the ODE.

This Week at the Statehouse
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

  • House Finance and Appropriations: The House Finance and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Representative Amstutz, will meet at 10:00 AM in hearing room 313 to receive testimony on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.

TUESDAY, May 3, 2011

  • Senate Education Committee: The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet at 9:30 AM in the South Hearing Room. The committee will consider the appointment of Bryan C. Williams to the State Board of Education and receive testimony on the following bills:
  • SB127 (Schiavoni) School Bullying:  Enacts the “Jessica Logan Act” to require that public school bullying policies prohibit bullying by electronic means and address certain acts that occur off school property, and requires staff training on the bullying policy.
  • SB116 (Seitz) School Transportation Employees:  Permits non-Civil Service school district boards to terminate positions of district transportation employees for reasons of economy and contract with independent agents to provide transportation services.
  • Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 1:30 PM in the Finance Hearing Room to receive testimony regarding Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget from Tim Keen, Director of the Office of Budget and Management and Mark Flanders, Legislative Service Commission.
  • House Finance and Appropriations: The House Finance and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Representative Amstutz, will meet at 4:00 PM in hearing room 313 to consider amendments and vote on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

  • Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room to receive testimony regarding Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget from invited state boards and agencies.  The Ohio Arts Council is scheduled to present at 3:30 PM.

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011

  • Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room to receive testimony regarding Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget from invited state boards and agencies.
  • Senate Government Oversight & Reform: The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee, chaired by Senator Faber, will meet at 9:30 AM in the South Hearing Room. The committee will receive testimony on SB148 (Wagoner) Election Law. Secretary of State Jon Husted is scheduled to testify.

Friday, May 6, 2011

  • Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 9:00 AM in the Finance Hearing Room to receive testimony regarding Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget from invited state boards and agencies.

News from Washington, D.C.: Latino Students Focus of White House Report: The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Juan Sepulveda director, and the U.S. Department of Education released on April 27,2011 a report entitled “Winning the Future:  Improving Education for the Latino Community”.  The report examines the educational attainment rate and impact of the 54 million members of the Latino community on the U.S. economy, and makes recommendations to improve student achievement in the categories of early childhood education; reforming American schools to meet the challenges of the Latino population; and ensuring success for Latino students in college and careers.

According to the report, Latino students have the lowest level of education attainment compared to other ethnic groups in the U.S., and are the largest minority with more than 12.4 million students in elementary, middle, and high schools (22 percent). They are the fastest growing group in the U.S., but less than half of Latino students are enrolled in any early learning program; only half earn a high school diploma on time; those who do complete high school are only half as likely as their peers to be prepared for college; and only four percent have completed graduate or professional degree programs.

The authors write that the future economic prosperity of the U.S. will depend on the success of Latino students to improve academically, and urge support of recommendations to increase the high school and college graduation rates of Latino students. The report is available.

Highlights of Sub. HB153: The House Finance and Appropriations Committee, chaired by Representative Amstutz, accepted Substitute HB153 on April 29. 2011. The committee will receive more testimony on the substitute bill on Monday, and the full committee is scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday.  The Ohio House will then take action on the bill.  The Ohio Senate has already scheduled hearings on HB153 this week.

Over 1000 amendments were reviewed during the preparation of the substitute bill, resulting in a number of changes in the bill regarding JobOhio, criminal sentencing, funding for schools, collective bargaining, etc.  However, missing from the substitute bill are any provisions that strengthen gifted education or accountability provisions that ensure that school districts spend the state dollars that they have received for gifted education on gifted education programs aligned to state “Operating Standards for Gifted Education”.

The substitute bill also increases the state budget compared to HB153 as introduced. Recently the Office of Budget and Management reported that state revenues were $600 million over estimates for the first three quarters of FY11, which could provide lawmakers with a budget surplus, rather than a deficit, at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2011.  Lawmakers will receive information about the status of state revenues in June 2011 before final action is taken on the biennial budget.

Additional changes might be made in Sub. HB153 this week by the Finance Committee and the full House as lawmakers continue to debate the bill’s provisions. The following is a preliminary list of changes for education included in Sub. HB153 prepared from the list of House amendments, the Legislative Service Commission “Comparison” document, and the bill.   A more comprehensive review of the changes will be prepared after the House approves Sub. HB153 this week.

Appropriations

  • Increases the Total General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget to $26.9 billion in FY12 ($55.7 million increase) and to $28.6 billion in FY13 ($13 million increase.)  The total General Revenue Fund budget for the biennium would be $55.5 billion. The total All Funds budget would be $55.8 billion in FY12 and $56.38 billion in FY13.
  • The total General Revenue Fund budget for the Department of Education increases to $7.46 billion ($51.5 million increase) in FY12 and $7.56 billion ($57.4 million increase) in FY13. This amount is still a decrease in funding compared to the estimated General Revenue Budget for the Department of Education in FY11 — $7.77 billion.

General Changes

  • Removes language regarding collective bargaining (SB5), criminal sentencing, the two percent increase in employee pension payments, and health care pooling.
  • Repeals the estate tax effective January 1, 2013. The loss to local entities is estimated to be $286 million.
  • Creates a program to encourage local governments to share services, and provides $50 million a year (funded by revenue from the commercial activity tax), for grants to support this program. The program will be overseen by the Public Works Commission.
  • Authorizes the establishment of college-preparatory boarding schools, which are classified as public schools, operated by an approved private nonprofit corporation, and open to certain qualifying students.

Taxation

  • Requires the tax commissioner to administer a tax amnesty program.

Ohio Arts Council

  • Increases the General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget for the Ohio Arts Council through the State Subsidy line item by $1 million in FY12 and $2 million in FY13. The Total General Revenue Fund budget would increase to $6.305 million in FY12 and to $7.305 million in FY13. All Fund Groups budget would increase to $7.79 million in FY12 and to $8.799 million in FY13.

Funding for Schools

  • Increases state funding for school districts through Foundation Funding (200550) by $50 million in FY12 and $56 million in FY13.
  • Provides supplemental funding in FY12 to guarantee that no district’s funding decreases more than 20 percent from the portion of its FY11 funding that was supported through state funds (versus with federal stimulus funds). Provides supplemental funding in FY13 to guarantee that none of the districts that received supplemental funding in FY12 receive less than their FY12 funding including the supplement.
  • Limits to two years the phase-out of reimbursements to local entities for lost tangible personal property taxes and kilowatt-hour taxes.

Primary and Secondary Education

  • Makes changes to provisions regarding the development of an evaluation process for teachers.
  • Provides two new options for schools to make up missed calamity days: e-days and blizzard bags.
  • Makes a number of changes in statewide academic standards and assessments, such as removing the senior project from the high school graduation requirements as a component of the college and work-ready assessments.

Charter Schools:  Makes many changes that provide more flexibility for charter schools to open and operate in new ways, and eliminates the accountability provisions that the Kasich administration had included in HB153 as introduced regarding the eligibility of sponsors and operators to open new charter schools.  The new provisions in Sub. HB153 also expand the rights of operators of community schools, and to some extent, address issues raised by several community school governing boards in a lawsuit filed last year against White Hat Management as an operator of community schools. For example, one of the issues now before the courts is who owns equipment, books, furniture in a community school:  the governing board or the operator?  The proposed changes in Sub. HB153 specify that funds paid to the operator of the school are not public funds, and no public entity has an interest in the assets or property purchased with the funds.

  • Reinstates the moratorium on e-schools until July 1, 2013, and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education to develop standards for the operation of e-schools and to submit them, by July 1, 2013, to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate for consideration by the General Assembly.
  • Sets the cap on the total number of community schools a sponsor can operate to 100.
  • Restricts sponsors that are ranked in the lowest 10 percent of sponsors, based on their composite performance index scores, from sponsoring new schools, but exempts grand-fathered sponsors that were at one time are not subject to ODE approval.
  • Prohibits community school employees from collectively bargaining except for those transitioning from traditional schools.
  • Lowers the number of members on governing boards from 5 to 3 and changes the replacement process.
  • Allows the State Board of Education to sponsor a community school and grant a direct charter to the school.
  • Authorizes “entities” and “groups of individuals” to form community schools, and authorizes a community school to be established as a for-profit corporation or LLC.
  • Allows more than one charter school to operate in the same building.
  • Increases the voucher amount for the Cleveland Voucher Program to the same level as the EdChoice Scholarship Program and increases foundation funding appropriation by $5 million to cover the increase.
  • Clarifies that a community school building is a public school building for the purposes of taxation.
  • Establishes a new type of school called hybrid community schools that provide both remote, technology-based, and classroom based instruction.
  • Prohibits an entity that is authorized to sponsor community schools from refusing to sponsor a community school based solely on the type of school that is proposed to be established, the composition of the members of the public benefit corporation that will comprise the school, or the involvement of any for-profit entity in the public benefit corporation.

Higher Education

  • Allows students attending for-profit colleges to be eligible for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, and increases the appropriation by $2 million per year.
  • Allows Ohio high school graduates who return to the state within 10 years to be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
  • Requires the General Assembly to approve the designation of a charter university.
  • Requires the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to develop a plan for charter universities and present it to the General Assembly.
  • Includes $75,000 per year for the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron, the Glenn School at Ohio State University, and the Voinovich school at Ohio University through the co-op/internship program line item, which is created in the budget and funded at $20 million.
  • Includes $250,000 per year in the line item for the Ohio Learning Network for the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force, created in the bill, to support the development of a pilot program for digital textbooks and content. The OLN line item is reduced, however, by 4.34 percent each year over the governor’s proposal.
  • Removes the requirement that faculty increase their workloads.

Report on Funding for Preschool Released:  The National Institute for Early Education (NIEER) at Rutgers University released on April 26, 2011 a report entitled “The State of Preschool 2010” by W. Steven Barnett, Dale J. Epstein, Megan E. Carolan, Jen Fitzgerald, Debra J. Ackerman, and Allison H. Friedman. The report is the eighth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded pre-kindergarten programs.  It includes information about national trends for enrollment, quality of preschool programs, and funding levels and profiles of states regarding access to preschool programs, quality standards, and resources.

According to the report, forty states reported funding preschool programs in 2009-2010.  State-funding for preK programs declined $30 million in 2009-2010, while enrollment increased slightly. State spending per child decreased by $114 to $4,028 adjusted for inflation.  Nationally, 1.3 million children attended state-funded preschools for children ages 3 and 4.

The ten states with the highest enrollment of children in preschool programs are Arkansas, New York, Texas, Wisconsin, Vermont, Georgia, Vermont, West Virginia, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Ohio, which at one time was ranked 5th in the nation, is ranked 36th out of 40 states that fund preschool programs for four-year olds (2.4 percent of children), and 19th out of 24 states that fund preschool programs for three year olds (1.1 percent of children). Between 2001 and 2010, preschool enrollment in Ohio decreased 83 percent among three-year-olds and 75 percent among four-year-olds. Ohio also only met two of the quality standards.

The report is available.

Ohio Rates Well in New Tax Report: Ernst & Young in conjunction with the Council on State Taxation (COST), released on April 27, 2011 a new report on state tax burdens for businesses entitled “The Competitiveness of State and Local Business Taxes on New Investment.” The report ranks the competitiveness of state and local business taxes on mobile capital investment on a state-by-state basis through the creation of an index that measures tax burden.  The index includes corporate income and franchise taxes, real and personal property taxes, and sales taxes on business input purchases.

According to the report, “…the business tax competitiveness index shows a large difference in tax burdens among the states.”

Maine, with an effective tax rate of three percent, and Oregon with a rate of 3.8 percent, are states with the lowest effective tax rates. Ohio with an effective rate of 4.4 percent is ranked the third lowest among states for tax burden on new investments. Wisconsin and Illinois are ranked 4th and 5th respectively. New Mexico is ranked last.

The report states that Ohio’s business tax climate improved as a result of the changes that were made to Ohio’s tax structure in 2005, including the elimination of the tangible personal property tax and the corporate franchise tax on businesses, and a phased-in reduction of personal income tax rates. (Page 11 of the report.)

The report is available.

Measures of School Performance:  The RAND Corporation released on April 26, 2011 a new report entitled “Expanded Measures of School Performance” by Heather L. Schwartz, Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, and Jennifer L. Steele, prepared for the Sandler Foundation. The report examines performance measures that are currently used to evaluate schools as required by the No Child Left Behind Act; proposes other measures that could be used to give educators and parents more information about their schools; and proposes ways that the federal government could encourage the development and expansion of alternative measures of school performance.

According to the study, student test scores in math and English language arts are used to measure school performance in most states to comply with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.  However, twenty states are using more extensive metrics that provide additional information about school effectiveness and could be used to measure other goals of education, such as preparation for life after school; displaying self-regulating behavior; taking personal responsibility; demonstrating an ability to work in teams; civic responsibilities; and good health.

Some of the other metrics currently used by states include student test performance in additional subjects (such as history or social studies); growth in student performance over time; indexes to assign increasing weight to test scores along the entire spectrum of low to high performance instead of the NCLB focus on only proficiency or above; college readiness, such as scores on ACT or Advanced placement courses.  Other indicators could be used to assess the school environment; risk for students not graduating on time; and results of interim academic assessments.

The report notes, that research on test-based accountability systems has found that high-stakes testing can lead to a narrowed curriculum and other potentially undesirable consequences, such as focusing on students who are close to achieving proficiency at the expense of other students.

But, when the authors of the report examined other types of measures of school performance they found “…almost no published research about the technical quality of the measures, the theories of action that instigated their adoption, the utility of the measures for promoting improved decision making, or the effects of the measures on school practice or student outcomes.”

The report recommends that Congress broaden the range of performance measures beyond those mandated under NCLB. New federal legislation should encourage expansion and evaluation of new measures of student achievement and success.  As measures are evaluated and found to be successful, they can be incorporated into the system over time. Existing federal grant programs should also be leveraged to encourage development and evaluation of additional school performance measures.

The report is available.

Bills Introduced

  • HB210 (Ramos) School Levy Campaign Committee Contributions Income Tax Credit:  Grants an income tax credit for contributions to school district tax levy campaign committees.
  • HB211 (Adams) American History State Academic Standards:  Includes content on specified historical documents in the state academic content standards in the high school American History and government curriculum.

FYI ARTS
Celebrate ARTS DAY on May 11, 2011:  Join arts advocates across Ohio to celebrate ARTS DAY on May 11, 2011.  This day-long event, demonstrating public value and support for the arts, is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and is held annually in Columbus. ARTS DAY was created to foster a greater awareness of the value of the arts in Ohio and celebrate those who are outstanding advocates and artists.  ARTS DAY events include an arts advocacy briefing in the morning at the Riffe Center, legislative visits, Statehouse tours, and student exhibitions and performances. Students representing high schools throughout the state also meet in Columbus and visit members of the Ohio House and Senate to share their personal experiences about the arts and how an education in the arts has prepared them for higher education, careers, and citizenship in the 21st Century.

The highlight of ARTS DAY is the presentation of the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts at a noon-time luncheon at the Columbus Athenaeum in Columbus hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. The recipients of the awards were selected from 73 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. Winners will receive an original work of art by Dayton photographer Francis Schanberger. The seven award categories and recipients are:

  • Arts Administration, Art Falco, PlayhouseSquare (Cleveland);
  • Arts Education, Michael Lippert (Dayton);
  • Arts Patron, Mary Wolfe (Perrysburg);
  • Business Support of the Arts, Freund, Freeze & Arnold (Dayton);
  • Community Development & Participation, Lancaster Festival (Lancaster);
  • Individual Artist, James Friedman, photographer (Columbus);
  • Irma Lazarus Award, Dr. Wayne Lawson (Columbus)

Citizens in Ohio are encouraged to participate in Arts Day in their communities by recognizing outstanding individuals who support the arts and celebrating the cultural, educational, economic, and spiritual value of the arts.

For more information or to learn how to participate, please contact Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation at 614/221-4064.

The OHIO ARTS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (OARS 2011) will be held May 21 from 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Ft. Hayes Educational Center Shot Tower (same place as last year) in Columbus, Ohio for Ohio Higher Education and Pre-K-12 Arts Faculty and (under)graduate students.  This is an event hosted by The Ohio State University Department of Art Education in co-sponsorship with the Ohio Art Education Association Higher Education Division (with research grant funds secured from the OSU College  of the and Humanities).  Invitations to this FREE event are being circulated to Oho Arts Education leaders, pre-K-12 arts educators and arts education professionals from across the state (including all Higher Education Arts Education Leaders). This event is open to ALL faculty and students enrolled in arts education and arts management programs at colleges and universities across the state of Ohio, and school arts educators across disciplines.

Talk to any of the fifty faculty and students who participated in the day last year, and you’ll get a sense of the excitement generated by the exchange of ideas at OARS. This is a safe space to introduce your MA or Ph.D. research, your projects recently finished, underway, or even those still in the idea development stage. For classroom arts teachers and education program directors at museums and non-profits, this is a great an opportunity to identify research that might be of greatest benefit to the state of arts  in Ohio and across the field of education, and an opportunity to learn what work’s been completed over the past year.

to register for the event contact Jim Sanders or Barnett Fellow graduate assistant Li Shao.
Dr. James H. Sanders III

Tentative OARS 2011 Schedule:

OARS onsite registration and check-in will begin at 9:00 AM in the Shot Tower of the Ft. Hayes Educational Center – 5:46 Jack Gibbs Dr. Columbus, OH 43215 — with pastries and coffee one can take into the welcoming address, acknowledgements and introductions form 9:30  – 10:30 a.m.

Participants will then break out into AM concurrent sessions – from 10:30 – 12:00 PM after which we’ll share lunch and feedback in round-table discussions (topics to be announced on-site) between 12:15 – 1:15 PM (participants can pick up their lunches in the 15 minutes between am sessions and lunch/discussions).

The first PM concurrent session will be held from 1:30-2:30 pm. followed by a short snack break and closing remarks from 2:45 – 3:00 which will then be followed by a second PM set of concurrent sessions from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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