129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate have scheduled committee hearings and sessions this week. The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, is expected to review amendments to Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, and report the bill. The Senate will then take action on it this week.
A team from the U.S. Department of Education(DOE) visited Governor Kasich and Ohio’s Race to the Top Team on June 3, 2011 to conduct an on-site review of Ohio’s $400 million Race to the Top grant program and assess the progress that is being made in Ohio schools and school districts implementing the grant program. The U.S. DOE team was led by Director Ann Whalen, Assistant Director Jim Butler, and Race to the Top Program Officer Rebecca Zazove. The team met with Ohio’s Interim Superintendent Stan Heffner, other ODE Race to the Top Team members, and Regional Coordinators Maggie Niedzwiecki, representing the Northeast Region, which includes the largest number of participating public and community schools in Ohio, and Scott Spears representing the Central Region. The team from the U.S. DOE will visit other Race to the Top states over the next few months, and will post on the US DOE website state-by-state reports and performance reviews regarding the RttT programs. More information is available.
The National Governor’s Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers released on June 2, 2011 the “Fiscal Survey of States”. According to the report, state budgets are recovering, “but have not returned to pre-recession levels of 2008”. General fund spending ($669 billion) is expected to be $19 billion lower than FY08. The report is available.
The Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Battelle for Kids will host the “Making Ohio Schools Work” conference on June 14-15, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio. The conference will include updates on Race to the Top; best practices and the latest research; information about Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System; and information about data decision-making, technology, assessments, and more. More information is available.
State Budget Update: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, accepted a substitute budget bill (HB153-Amstutz) that makes many changes in the budget approved by the House a few weeks ago. The Senate Finance Committee retained a provision in HB153 that eliminated the estate tax starting in 2013, but did not include two other contentious provisions: sentencing reform and a proposed increase in the contribution of public employees to the public pension system. The committee was accepting additional amendments through last Friday, and will meet this week to consider another omnibus amendment before voting on the bill.
Monetary changes added by the Senate raise the budget total to $55.7 billion for the biennium, and include an additional $115 million for K-12 education; an additional $100 million for local governments; $15 million more for the PASSPORT program; and up to $250,000 in each fiscal year to fund a shared services pilot project involving at least two Educational Service Centers.
School districts will receive $115 million more than allocated in the House version of the budget through two new provisions. One provision guarantees that each school district will receive the amount of state funds that they received in FY11 (minus federal stimulus funds). The other new provision awards an additional $17 per student to school districts rated “excellent” or “excellent with distinction” according to the local report card, affecting approximately 150 school districts.
According to the Legislative Service Commission analysis, the Senate Finance Committee proposed budget bill appropriates approximately $6.27 billion in FY12 and $6.31 billion in FY13 for state aid to schools. This amount is about $246.4 million (approximately $142 per pupil) lower in FY12 and $199.4 million (approximately $115 per pupil) lower in FY13 than estimated funding in FY11. Application of the charge-off valuation index results in higher wealth districts receiving larger per pupil reductions compared to FY11 than lower wealth districts.
The bill includes monetary changes in the following general revenue line items:
- 20051 Auxiliary Services: Increases this line item by $6.6 in FY12 and by $6.9 million in FY13 (This line item funds services provided to private schools.)
- 200532 Nonpublic Administrative Cost Reimbursement: Increases this line item by $3.6 million in FY12 and $3.6 million in FY13.
- 200550 Foundation Funding: Increases this line item by $65.5 million in FY12 and $49.6 million in FY13. Total for Foundation Funding would be $5.536 billion in FY12 and $5.610 billion in FY13.
The Senate Finance Committee removed several provisions in HB153 included in the Executive and the House versions of the budget bill regarding gifted education, community schools, teacher evaluation, compensation, and incentive programs, and Educational Service Centers. The following is a summary of some of the provisions removed from the Senate Finance Committee version of the budget bill:
Gifted Education R.C. 3314.08: Removes a provision that would allow a school principal or any other employee assigned to a school also to serve as a school district’s gifted education coordinator if qualified to do so.
- Payments for students with disabilities after the federal reporting deadline.
- Several provisions regarding the right of community schools to have access to school district real property.
- Provisions regarding for-profit corporations operating community schools.
- Provisions regarding the role and responsibilities of community school sponsors.
- A new definition for a community school operator, the authority of an operator, the roles and responsibilities of an operator, the rights of an operator concerning the renewal of contracts.
- The limits set for persons serving on a community school governing authority; the changes proposed for the compensation of those serving on a community school board; changes regarding who can replace members of a governing authority.
- Provisions regarding the establishment of community schools without sponsors and the requirement that community schools file with the Superintendent of Public Instruction a surety bond of $1 million. (R.C. 3314.029).
- The new authority of the State Board of Education to be a sponsor of community schools.
- Operator approval of a community school contract with a sponsor.
- Exemption of E-school students from immunization requirements.
- Exemption of community schools from state laws. (R.C. 3314.04 and 3314.03).
- Provisions regarding collective bargaining and reductions in force in a community school.
- Employment of community school personnel by an operator.
- Opening day deadlines for community schools.
- Provisions allowing a person age 22 to 29, who does not have a diploma, to enroll in a dropout prevention and recovery community school.
- Provisions to transfer $1 million each year to fund a dropout program for students 22-29.
Teacher/Principal Evaluation, Compensation, Employment, Incentive Program Removes…..
- Provisions regarding exempting excellent and effective school districts from requirements regarding teacher employment contracts, evaluations, compensation, and reduction in force.
- The teacher incentive program and fund.
- Teacher performance-based evaluations and compensation.
- Awarding tenure to a teacher and provisions regarding a teacher’s contract.
- Requiring that the Superintendent develop a framework for the evaluation of teachers.
- Requiring school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and ESCs to adopt a teacher evaluation policy based on the framework recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and that the evaluation be based at least 50 percent on three years of student academic growth.
- Requirements for principal’s evaluations.
- Requirements regarding termination of contract, layoffs, and definition of “good and just cause”.
Educational Service Centers: Removes provisions regarding the termination of ESC contracts and the election of new board members.
Fiscal Emergency School Districts: Removes provisions lengthening the amount of time that a district can reimburse the School District Solvency Assistance Fund.
GED: Removes provisions regarding the General Education Development program.
The Senate Finance Committee added several of its own provisions in the following areas:
- Specifies that FED Fund 3140 appropriation item 370601, Federal Support, be used by the Council for subsidies only, and not for its administrative costs, unless the Council is required to use funds for administrative costs under conditions of the federal grant. (Section 219.10)
- Restores current law that requires all students enrolled in an e-school to receive a computer.
- Requires the ODE to pay an additional subsidy of $17 per student to school districts rated excellent with distinction or excellent on the FY10 Local Report Card. This provision will affect 150 school districts.
- Repeals the moratorium on new internet- or computer-based community schools.
- Privatizes the Ohio Lottery.
- Creates hybrid schools that provide both remote and technology-based and classroom instruction.
- Prohibits sponsors from selling goods or services to a school that its sponsors.
- Clarifies qualifications for sponsors to sponsor more community schools.
- Permits an educational service center to sponsor a start-up community school in any challenged school district (rather than only in a challenged school district located in a county within the ESCs territory or in a contiguous county).
- Redefines a challenged school district as one in which the lowest five percent of districts are ranked according to the performance index score.
- Permits the establishment of a start-up community school in a school district that is not a challenged school district under certain conditions.
- Permits an organization composed of community school sponsors, to sponsor community schools.
- Repeals current law requiring that a sponsor have a representative within 50 miles of each school it sponsors. Requires the community school sponsor to meet monthly with the governing authority or treasurer of the school, and the SBE to define financial records.
- Clarifies provisions regarding the termination/renewal of contracts and appeal hearings before the State Board of Education.
- Grants civil immunity to sponsors for any action authorized by Community School Law.
- Exempts from taxation real property used by a school district, STEM school, community school, ESC, or nonpublic school, unless the property is leased or otherwise used with a view to profit.
- Changes the qualifications for obtaining and holding an alternative resident educator license.
- Requires the Chancellor of the Board of Regents to annually report aggregate academic growth data for students assigned to graduates of teacher preparation programs teaching English language arts or mathematics in any grade four through eight in a public school.
- Adds, as a new eligibility category for Ed Choice Scholarships, students who attend a district-operated school that, for at least two of the three preceding years, ranked in the lowest 10 percent of all school buildings by performance index score.
- Creates a new Special Education Scholarship program for students in grades K-12.
- Specifies that achievement assessments administered in grades three through eight are not public records.
- Makes changes to the new high school graduation exams and end of course exams.
- Eliminates certain requirements in law regarding the organization of the Ohio Department of Education.
- Makes changes to the Governor’s Effective and Efficient School program.
- Makes changes regarding how an ESC governing board is elected.
- Makes changes in the eligibility requirements for students to participate in interscholastic sports.
- Exempts chartered nonpublic schools from credit flexibility.
- Permits local and exempted village school districts to contract with an independent agent for transportation, after meeting certain criteria.
- Makes several changes in how payments will be made to the new College-Preparatory Boarding School program.
- Adds ESCs as educational support organizations to be integrated into the regional shared service center system.
- Eliminates the School Employees Health Care Board.
- Makes changes in the calculations of the School Facilities Commission’s alternative equity list.
- Authorizes a single ballot question that combines a property tax for a fixed amount and an income tax.
AND, Senate Republicans are still working on provisions that might be included in an omnibus amendment this week regarding prevailing wage; the transfer of state liquor profits to newly created JobsOhio; teacher evaluations and compensation; and more.
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to report HB153 out of committee this week after the committee accepts additional amendments. The Ohio Senate will then consider the bill for approval. Once the Ohio Senate has approved its version of the budget bill, the Ohio House will have an opportunity to accept or reject the changes in the bill. If the changes are rejected, House and Senate leaders will appoint a conference committee to work-out the differences between the versions of the budget bills. The state’s budget needs to be signed into law by July 1, 2011.
This Week at the Statehouse
TUESDAY, June 7, 2011
House State Government and Elections Committee: The House State Government and Elections Committee, chaired by Representative Mecklenborg, will meet on June 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM in hearing room 116. The committee will receive testimony on HB188 (Batchelder) Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, which would establish the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, and make an appropriation. The committee will also receive testimony on HB224(Dovilla/Stinziano) Absent Voter’s Ballots, which would permit uniformed services and overseas voters to request ballot applications and absent voter’s ballots by electronic mail or internet delivery; Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot may be used as a voter registration form and absent voter’s ballot.
Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 2:30 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room, to consider amendments to HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011
Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet at 9:00 AM or at the call of the chair, in the Senate Finance Hearing Room, to consider amendments to HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.
House Education Committee: The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, will meet at 5:00 PM in hearing room 017. The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:
- HB233 (Letson/Huffman) Advertising Space on School Buses: Authorizes school districts to sell commercial advertising space on school buses.
- HB116 (Barnes) School Anti-Bullying Act: Enacts the School Day Security and Anti-Bullying Act to require age-appropriate instruction on and parental notification of public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
- HB157 (Schuring/Letson) Teacher Development on Dyslexia: Authorizes educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
Senate Finance Committee: The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, will meet on June 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM, or at the call of the chair, in the Senate Finance Hearing Room, or at the call of the chair, to consider amendments to HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget.
News from Washington, D.C.: Report Released About Private Education: The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, released on May 26, 2011 a new report entitled “Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2009-10 Private School Universe Survey” by Stephen P. Broughman Nancy L. Swaim Cassie A. Hryczaniuk. The report presents data on private schools in the United States with grades kindergarten through twelve, including information about school size, school level, religious orientation, association membership, geographic region, community type, and program emphasis. The following are some of the report’s findings:
- In the fall of 2009, there were 33,366 private elementary and secondary schools with 4,700,119 students and 437,414 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers in the United States.
- Sixty-eight percent of private schools, enrolling 80 percent of private school students and employing 72 percent of private school FTE teachers in 2009-10, had a religious orientation or purpose.
- Seventy-three percent of private school students in 2009-10 were White; 9 percent were Hispanic or Latino, regardless of race; 9 percent were Black or African American; 5 percent were Asian; 3 percent were of two or more races, and less than 1 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
- The average pupil/teacher ratio in 2009-10 was 10.7 across all private schools. The average pupil/teacher ratio differed by instructional level; it was lower in combined schools (9.4) than in elementary schools (11.7) or secondary schools (11.6). In 2009-10, there were 200,000 or more students enrolled in private schools in each of California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
According to the report there were 1,759 private schools in Ohio in 2009-10 with an enrollment of 222,218 students.
The report is available.
State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education (SBE), Debe Terhar president, will hold its June meeting on Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, 2011, at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, 2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus.
On Monday morning, June 6, 2011 the Executive Committee, chaired by President Terhar, will meet at 9:00 AM to discuss the superintendent’s search.
The Board will conduct its business meeting starting at 9:30 AM and immediately convene into executive session. Following the executive session, the Board will resume its business meeting; receive the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; and take action on seven personnel items and two resolutions, which are included below.
Following lunch at 1:00 PM the Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, and the Technology and Education Systems Committee, chaired by Dennis Shelton, will meet.
There will be a full board presentation at 2:30 PM by C. Todd Jones and Jeff Harden.
The Executive Committee will meet at 4:00 PM and immediately convene in executive session to discuss the State Superintendent search.
The Board will then adjourn.
On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 the Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 AM and immediately convene into executive session. The Board will adjourn from executive session.
The following are two resolutions to be considered by the State Board of Education on June 6, 2011.
#5 Approve a resolution of the Union Local School District Board of Education to sever the Union Local School District from the territory of the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center and Annex to the territory of the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center pursuant to Section 3311.059 of the Ohio Revised Code.
#9 Approve a resolution to amend Rules 3301-58-01 and 3301-58-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code regarding the value added progress dimension.
Futures of School Reform: Education Week recently concluded a seven-part series on the “Futures of School Reform”, organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The seventh commentary in the series, “Why attention will return to non-school factors,” by Jeffry R. Henig and S. Paul Reville, identifies the impact that socioeconomic factors, concentrations of poverty, and school residential mobility have on student achievement.
The authors, Jeffrey R. Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and S. Paul Reville the Massachusetts secretary of education, noted that many current education reform initiatives try to side-step socioeconomic issues, because they are sometimes used as an excuse for students not achieving.
However the authors write that, “Our vision of the future of education reform is simple: American schools won’t achieve their goal of “all students at proficiency” unless they attend to nonschool factors. Though the nation is now in partial denial about this, we project that this will change-not because of sudden prosperity and deep public-sector pockets, nor because of a broad shift in public sentiment that activates new moral commitments to the ideal of educating other people’s children, but as an outgrowth of the same hard-nosed, pragmatic, evidence-based orientation that for the moment is supporting the unlikely claim that schools can do it alone.”
State policy leaders must provide communities and schools with better support services (health care, social services) that address the out-of-school issues that students face if they expect to increase student achievement.
According to the authors, “Our scenario for the future of school reform will require a new conception of education as encompassing a broader idea of child development. Then we must invest in new data systems to drive performance management and research. Only then will we have the strategies and tools that can transform our dream of high achievement and educational equity into reality.”
The article is available.
The other commentaries in the series are available.
Not Out Yet, But “American Teacher” Having An Impact: The June 1, 2011 Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog by Valerie Strauss includes a review by Michael Alison Chandler of a new documentary “American Teacher” which will be released in the fall. (Answer Sheet Blog, “A movie that tells a real story of American teachers”, June 1, 2011.)
The documentary was produced by Dave Eggers and former teacher Nínive Clements Calegari, and is narrated by Matt Damon. It portrays the lives and challenges of five educators from different parts of the country, and shows how teaching is still considered a “traditionally female occupation” and an optional second income.
The educators in the film work long hours, some work two jobs, and one teacher eventually leaves the profession to make more money to support his family.
The stories about these teachers are contrasted by the way teachers are treated and paid in high achieving countries such as Finland, Singapore, and South Korea. Information is presented about salary levels, attrition rates, and the obstacles that teachers must overcome to help students learn.
The review is available.
Separate and Unequal Education Systems: The June 2, 2011 Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog by Valerie Strauss includes an article by Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina Chapple Hill, entitled “Are we creating dual school systems with charters, vouchers.”
According to McDiarmid, efforts by some policy-makers to promote school choice through charter schools (semi-private) and vouchers (private schools) has created two school systems: one that benefits students who have informed adult support in their lives (charters and private schools), and the other that includes many students without that adult support (traditional public schools). The two school systems are separate and unequal not based on race, as in the 1954 Supreme Court decision, but on the social circumstances that arise when students have caretakers who have “…the time, knowledge, and initiative to navigate the system of charter schools and vouchers.”
The author then opines that this dual education system undermines the central purpose of a free, public education system to promote democracy, because it segregates and prevents students from a range of socioeconomic environments to learn and work together. It also weakens support (resources and human capital) for the traditional public schools that must educate the hardest to educate students.
The article is available.
- SB177 (Turner) Federal School Improvement Grant Moneys: Requires public high schools that receive federal school improvement grant moneys to establish student advisory committees.
- SB178 (Seitz) Public Records Retention: Limits the forfeiture amount and attorney’s fees a person may recover for the unlawful destruction or disposal of a record of a public office and establishes a four-year statute of limitations for commencement of a civil action for relief.
AIA Residency Opportunity Available: VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, is pleased to invite applications from all Ohio public schools to participate in the arts residency program, Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts (AIA).
Funded by the Ohio Department of Education, AIA provides arts education opportunities to classrooms inclusive of students with and without disabilities. The purpose is to provide meaningful and effective learning experiences in and through the arts. Teaching artists will work with educators to integrate the arts into other subject areas to enhance teaching and learning.
To be considered for this creative (and free) learning opportunity during the 2011-2012 school year, please contact:
Application Deadlines: August 1, September 1, October 1 *accepted residencies are notified within six (6) weeks of application. Please share this opportunity with other interested parties.
Arnold Aprill Free Workshop: The Muse Machine and the Ohio Arts Council, in partnership with Victoria Theatre, will host a free workshop led by Arnold Aprill entitled “Artists and Teachers: Creating Meaningful Arts-Integrated Curriculum Units”.
The workshop will be held July 9, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Metropolitan Arts Center, 2nd floor; 126 North Main Street, Downtown Dayton, Ohio.
Arnold Aprill is the founder of the Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE), a program that integrates dance, drama, and the visual arts into classroom instruction to produce “themed units of study”.
To register, please contact email@example.com
For more information please contact
126 N. Main St.
Dayton, OH 45402-1766
phone 937-222-MUSE (6873)
Educational Theatre Association Launches EdTV: The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has launched EdTV, a collection of video and audio files, most of which were produced by EdTA. The site features theater makeup how-tos; videos from Thespian Festivals; video diaries from the EdTA student leaders; and more. “Video is an important medium for online communication, so we wanted to create a resource where educational, inspirational, and artistic theater videos could be shared with our membership,” says EdTA Webmaster Jim Talkington.
More information is available.
Employment Opportunity: Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Northeast Ohio is seeking an Education Manager to lead the educational components that focus on earned revenue programming for schools and other community organizations. The Education Manager, a key position in the Young Audiences Education Department, assists with artist recruitment, program development, teacher professional development, and education marketing efforts. The position requires a bachelor’s degree, minimum of two years experience in arts/education field, strong communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects/activities simultaneously.
For information please contact:
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director
Young Audiences- Arts for Learning – Northeast Ohio
13110 Shaker Square, C203
Cleveland, OH 44120