Arts On Line Update 06.13.2011

129th Ohio General Assembly:  The Ohio House and Senate have scheduled committee hearings and sessions this week.

Margaret K. Conditt took the oath of office on June 8, 2011 to become the representative for the 55th House District, replacing former Representative Bill Coley, who is now in the Senate representing the 4th Senate District.

State Budget Update:  The Ohio Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Widener, accepted an omnibus amendment and other amendments for Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget on June 7, 2011, and reported out the bill. The Ohio Senate then passed the bill after hours of debate on June 8, 2011.  The House received the bill later that evening and voted not to concur with the Senate amendments.  The Senate later insisted on its amendments, sending the bill to a conference committee to work-out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The House members of the conference committee will be Finance Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz (R), Finance Committee Vice Chairman John Carey (R), and Representative Vernon Sykes (D). Senate President Niehaus is expected to announce the Senate members of the conference committee this week. The budget needs to be approved by June 30, 2011, and is expected to be completed before the deadline.

House Education Committee Action:  The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, amended and reported out HB116 (Barnes) Bullying on June 8, 2011.  The bill enacts the School Day Security and Anti-Bullying Act, which would require age-appropriate instruction on, and parental notification of, public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

The committee also reported out HB157 (Schuring/Letson) Dyslexia Education. This bill would authorize educational service centers to provide teacher professional development about dyslexia.

House Passes HB188:  The Ohio House approved on June 8, 2011 by a 96-1 vote HB188 (Batchelder) the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Every twenty years Ohio voters are asked if the state should hold a constitutional convention. This question will be put to the voters in 2012. This bill establishes a Constitutional Modernization Commission, which will meet (before voters are asked to vote on a constitutional convention) to study the current provisions in the constitution, gather testimony from across the state about those provisions, and make recommendations about changes that could be made if a constitutional convention should be approved by the voters. The last constitutional convention was held in 1912.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced the appointment of Eric Gordon as CEO of the school district replacing interim CEO Peter Raskin.  Gordon is currently the Chief Academic Officer of the district. Former CEO Eugene Sanders retired in December 2010.

Update on State Budget Bill:  The Ohio Senate approved Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget after hours of debate on June 8, 2011 along party-lines (23 to 10).  The bill, which is close to 5000 pages, includes a tremendous number of policy changes compared to previous budget bills, including everything from tax reform to women’s health issues.

The Senate version eliminates the estate tax starting in 2013, but does not include other controversial provisions, such as sentencing reform; a proposed increase in the contribution of public employees to the public pension systems; and teacher evaluation/compensation issues related to SB5 (Jones) Collective Bargaining.

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; three million more for the Ohio Arts Council, 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’s 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:

  • Ohio Arts Council:  Increases GRF 370502 State Program Subsidies by $1 million in FY12 to $7.3 million, and $2 million in FY13 to $9.3 million. Total allocation for the Ohio Arts Council is $8.79 million in FY12 and $10.79 million in FY13.
  • 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 following is a summary of amendments that were approved on June 7, 2011 by the Senate Finance Committee and are included in the Senate approved version of the bill:

GENERAL PROVISIONS

  • Legislator Pay Cut: Applies a lower base pay for lawmakers of $57,550 (5 percent decrease) to those elected in the next legislative session and those who are appointed mid-term.  Permits current lawmakers to lower their salary and direct the difference to the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks.
  • Removes provisions regarding oil and natural gas drilling on state park land.
  • Requires the Department of Administrative Services to submit a state government reorganization plan to reduce the number of state agencies and increase government efficiencies.
  • Restricts abortions: Prohibits the use of political subdivision funds for paying the costs, premiums, or charges associated with a health care policy, contract, or plan that provides coverage, benefits, or services related to an abortion that is performed when the life of the mother is not in danger and the pregnancy was not the result of rape or incest. An exception is granted for municipal corporations and certain counties exercising local self-government powers.
  • Restricts abortions:  Prohibits the use of any institution, structure, equipment, or physical asset that is owned, leased, or controlled by the state or any political subdivision of the state, except for municipal corporations and certain counties exercising local self-government powers, for performing or inducing an abortion when the life of the mother would not be endangered and the pregnancy was not the result of rape or incest.
  • Prevailing wage: Makes a variety of substantial changes in prevailing wage laws, such as prohibits voluntary prevailing wage for public improvements undertaken by K-12 school districts.  Gradually increases the threshold at which public projects are subjected to prevailing wage requirements from $78,000 to $125,000 next year, $200,000 the year after, and $250,000 in the following year. The House version of the budget had increased the threshold to $3.5 million.
  • JobsOhio:  Removes the governor as a director and chairman of the board for JobsOhio and makes other changes.
  • Ohio Lottery:  Requires the Office of Budget and Management to compare and analyze alternatives in order to convert the lottery from a state-run entity to a commercially-run enterprise, and report back to the legislature by December 15, 2011.

EDUCATION

  • Exempts from taxation real property used by a school district, STEM school, community school, educational service center, or nonpublic school for primary or secondary educational purposes. Excludes from the exemption real property not used by the school for primary or secondary educational purposes.
  • Permits schools to charge fees for materials/equipment for certain workforce training programs, and allows students to keep related equipment.
  • Permits the establishment of start-up charter schools outside of challenged districts for students identified as gifted, under certain conditions.
  • Renames the special needs scholarship program after former State Representative Jon Peterson.
  • Requires the State Board of Education to adopt operating standards for e-schools based on standards developed by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
  • Allows new e-schools to open if the proposed new school has operated in another state and has performed at a level higher than academic watch.
  • Permits a joint vocational school district, in the same resolution, to commit the use of existing or new tax levies to finance the annual debt service on securities issued for both its state assisted classroom facilities project and locally-funded initiatives related to that project.
  • Requires the State Board of Education’s rules pertaining to professional career-technical teaching licenses to include requirements relating to life experience, professional certification, and practical ability.  Prohibits the State Board from requiring completion of a degree as a condition for the license.
  • Eliminates the requirement pertaining to the Cleveland Scholarship Program that either 10 percent or 25 percent of the scholarship be paid by a political subdivision, a private entity, or an individual.
  • Provides that a teacher, who has proof of passing a teacher exam within the past three years, is not required to take the test again for another three years.
  • Specifies that the teacher is not responsible for the cost of the exam.
  • Increases the amount of debt a special needs district may incur for permanent improvement, and changes the standard by which the state Superintendent certifies a special needs district to a demonstration that the district’s potential average growth in valuation during the next five years will be 1.5 percent rather than 3 percent as under current law.
  • Removes a provision that allows schools to develop and use their own end-of-course exams for interdisciplinary courses.
  • Adds community schools to the bill’s subsidy of $17 per student for schools rated “excellent” or “excellent with distinction.”
  • Extends certain notice and veto rights to a joint vocational school district that would forgo tax revenue as the result of a township, county, or municipal corporation tax increment financing property tax exemption.
  • Requires school districts to allow home-schooled students, who fulfill the same nonacademic and financial requirements as any other participants and specified academic requirements, to participate in extracurricular activities at the school district-operated school to which the student would otherwise be assigned.

This Week at the Statehouse
TUESDAY, June 14, 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 receive testimony on SCR11 Graduation Rate Changes, which would approve the Department of Education’s proposed graduation rate changes to the state accountability system for public schools.

The committee will also receive testimony on SB165 (Obhof/Grendell), which includes content on specified historical documents in the state academic standards and in the high school American history and government curriculum.

House State Government and Elections Committee The House State Government and Elections Committee, chaired by Representative Mecklenborg, will meet at 1:30 PM in hearing room 121. The committee will 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; and specifies that the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot may be used as a voter registration form and absent voter’s ballot; establishes emergency election procedures for such persons involved in armed conflicts, troop mobilizations, or other emergencies, and adds daughters-in-law and sons-in-law to the list of family members who may request an absent voter’s ballot on behalf of a uniformed services or overseas voter.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
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 a presentation from the State Board of Education and then receive testimony on the following bills:

  • HB208 (Stinziano/Antonio) School Anti-bullying policies:  Requires that school anti-bullying policies prohibit harassment, intimidation, or bullying that is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of a student.
  • HB191 (Hayes/Patmon) Minimum School Year: Establishes a minimum school year for school districts based on hours, rather than days, of instruction, and prohibits schools from being open for instruction prior to Labor Day or after Memorial Day, except in specified circumstances.
  • HB136 (Huffman) Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship Program:  Replaces the Educational Choice and the Cleveland scholarship program with the Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship Program, and establishes the Special Education Scholarship Program.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
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, and receive testimony on HB194 (Mecklenborg/Blessing) Election Law, which would revise the Election Law.

News from Washington, D.C.: Ready to Learn Act Introduced:  Senator Patty Murray introduced on June 9, 2011 the Ready to Learn Act.  The bill would create a federal fund offering competitive matching grants for high-quality state pre-kindergarten programs. This legislation would also support governors who want to build on pre-existing early childhood systems including schools, child care entities, Head Start programs, or other community providers of pre-kindergarten programs. The Ready to Learn Act is co-sponsored by Senator Al Franken.

Senate Hearing on Early Childhood Education:  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (Chair Senator Harkins), Subcommittee on Children and Families (Chaired by Barbara Mikulski) held hearings on June 9, 2011 on quality early education and care. One of the witnesses, Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been engaged in a series of interagency efforts with the U.S. Department of Education to improve the quality of early childhood education and improve results. Information about the hearing is available.

More Legislation on ECE Introduced:  Senators Bob Casey and Barbara Mikulski introduced on June 9, 2011 the “Starting Early, Starting Right Act” (S.1155) and the “Prepare All Kids Act” (S.1156).

The “Prepare All Kids Act” would assist states in providing at least one year of high quality pre-kindergarten to children with a focus on children from low income families and children with special needs.

The “Starting Early, Starting Right Act” would reverse chronic under funding of child care, improve the quality, and increase the availability of child care to children in low-income and working class families.  The bill would give states resources to offer child care assistance to children who are currently on waiting lists, and help states meet the needs of under-served children.

More information about these bills is available.

Teacher Quality Report Released:  The U.S. Department of Education and the Asia Society released on June 6, 2011 a report entitled “Improving Teacher Quality Around the World: the International Summit on the Teaching Profession” written by Asia Society Senior Advisory for Education Vivien Stewart.

The report summarizes the “lessons shared” about how to strengthen the teaching profession during a two-day summit held in New York City in March 2011.  Participants of the summit included education ministers, teachers, and union leaders from countries/regions with high-performing education systems.  The summit was organized by the U.S. Department of Education in coordination with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education International (EI) and U.S.-based organizations – National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Asia Society, and WNET.

According to the report, consistency in teacher quality has become and important goal for every education system.  The following are some of the key findings of the summit:

  • Contrary to what is often assumed, a high-quality teaching force is not due simply to a traditional cultural respect for teachers; it is a result of deliberate policy choices that are carefully implemented over time.
  • Reform efforts must be comprehensive and involve the whole education system.  A high quality teacher cannot be successful in a dysfunctional school environment.
  • High-performing systems build their human resource systems by putting the energy up front in attracting, training, and supporting good teachers, rather than on the back end of reducing attrition and firing weak teachers.
  • Making teaching an attractive profession means supporting continuous learning; developing career structures to give new roles to master teachers; and engaging strong teachers as active agents in school reform, not just as implementers of plans designed by others.
  • Designing fair and effective teacher-evaluation systems is complicated and controversial. The summit participants raised the following issues that need to be addressed when developing a teacher evaluation system: the balance between teacher and school evaluations -the definition of “quality,” and what criteria will be used -the need for evaluator training -ways to protect teachers from discrimination -whether and how evaluations should be tied to compensation -the dangers of distorting an education system by relying on narrow measures of effectiveness -the importance of seeing teacher evaluation within the broader context of what makes a successful education system.

The report notes, “Overall, participants recognized that top-down government policy alone will not create improvements at scale, and that it is necessary to build professional capacity for continuous improvement in schools. Doing so involves increasing respect for teachers, developing teachers’ professional skills and work environments, and strengthening the trust between the government, teachers, and the public. However, these things cannot be instantly legislated; they must be worked on over time.”

Conveners and participants agreed that a second summit should be convened in 2012.

The report is available.

State Board of Education Meets: The State Board of Education (SBE), Debe Terhar president, met on 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, discussed the superintendent’s search and the process that would be used to interview and narrow the number of candidates for superintendent on June 6th and June 7th. A second round of interviews will be conducted on June 15, 2011. A vote to narrow the candidates further will be held on July 12, 2011 by the full Board. The Board has announced previously its intent to hire a new superintendent by August 2011.

The Board then held its business meeting and immediately convened into executive session. Following the executive session, the Board resumed its business meeting and received the report of the Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction, Stan Heffner. The report included a proposed plan to reorganize the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and an intent resolution for the State Board to consider regarding the proposed reorganization.

According to Superintendent Heffner, the ODE has 118 fewer employees than in the past, and now must prioritize its work and streamline its operations.  The reorganization plan is based on successfully implementing Ohio’s Race to the Top plan, which embodies the “core mission” of the State Board, but also takes into consideration fulfilling current and proposed statutory responsibilities assigned to the ODE.

The proposed reorganization consolidates the current “five centers”, overseen by associate superintendents, into two division: the Division of Learning and the Division of Accountability and Quality Schools.  There would also be four centers (two reporting to each of the new divisions) led by executive directors rather than associate superintendents. The Center for Curriculum and Assessment and the Center for the Teaching Profession would report to the Division of Learning, and the Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement and the Center for Student Support and Education Options would report to the Division of Accountability and Quality Schools.

Following the discussion about the reorganization the Board proceeded with its business meeting and took action on seven personnel items and resolutions included below.

The Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, and the Technology and Education Systems Committee, chaired by Dennis Shelton, met following lunch.

The Legislative and Budget Committee received a report from Kelly Weir, ODE Director of the Office of Budget and Planning, about the status of several amendments that the ODE had requested to be included in Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget. The Technology and Education Systems Committee received a presentation from KnowledgeWorks about alternative forms of learning currently available to students across the nation.

Following the committee meetings, the full Board reconvened and received a presentation from Kelly Weir about the changes made to Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee.

The Executive Committee then convened in an executive session to proceed with interviewing candidates for the position of State Superintendent for Public Instruction.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 the Executive Committee met at 9:00 AM and immediately convened into executive session.  The Executive Committee later announced that it had narrowed the Superintendent’s search to the following candidates:

-Bob Sommers, Director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education -Robert Schiller, former Illinois state superintendent -Larry Sullivan of Educational Support Services in Eugene School District 4J, OR; -Stacia Smith, Superintendent of the Clark County Educational Service Center; -Steve Dackin, Superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools; and Superintendent -Art Stellar, Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools in Morgantown, NC.

The number of candidates will be further narrowed to three by the full board at the July 12 meeting.

The State Board of Education took the following actions on June 6, 2011:

#5 Approved 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 Approved a resolution to amend Rules 3301-58-01 and 3301-58-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code regarding the value added progress dimension.

#10 Approved a resolution of intent to reorganize the Ohio Department of Education.

#11 Approved a resolution to appoint Michael Sawyers Interim Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction beginning June 18, 2011.

#12 Approved a resolution commending Marilyn Troyer for her outstanding service to the schools and the citizens of Ohio.

Gradation Rate Increases:  Education Week and the Editorial Project in Education (EPE) Research Center released on June 7, 2011 “Diplomas Count 2011, “Beyond High School, Before Baccalaureate — Meaningful Alternatives to a Four-Year Degree.”  The annual report includes the following information:

  • A new analysis from the EPE Research Center that examines a set of 50 “sub-baccalaureate” occupations, in which most workers have some postsecondary education but less than a four-year degree.
  • A comprehensive analysis of public high school graduation rates, using the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method.
  • Identifies the 25 school systems that collectively account for one-fifth of the nation’s non-graduates.

According to the report the national high school graduation rate is 71.7 percent for the class of 2008, which is the most recent data available. This is the highest rate since the 1980s, and an increase after two consecutive years of decline. This rate means that “efforts to combat the nation’s dropout crisis are starting to produce results”, but researchers also noted the “extraordinary concentrated nature of the nation’s dropout crisis”, and a projected 1.2 million students from this year’s high school class, who will fail to graduate.

The increase in the graduation rate occurred across all demographic groups, but the overall rates remain lower for Latinos (58 percent), African-Americans (57 percent), and Native Americans (54 percent).  Suburban students graduate at a consistently higher rate (76) compared to urban students (64 percent).

The 2011 edition also found a 44 percentage-point gap between the highest-performing states, which include New Jersey (86.9 percent), North Dakota (80.2), Vermont (82.7), and Wisconsin (81.3), and the lowest states, which include the District of Columbia (43 percent), Georgia (58.8 percent), Louisiana (59.6 percent), Nevada (44.3 percent), New Mexico (57.1 percent), and South Carolina (58.6 percent).

Ohio’s graduation rate is 74.3 percent, which is slightly above the national average.

The report is available.

View an interactive map of graduation trends in states.

Bills Introduced

  • SB183 (Tavares) Community School Closure Exemption: Exempts from closure certain community schools that enroll students receiving behavioral health services.
  • HB255 (Gonzales) School Breakfast Programs: Requires school districts and community schools to establish school breakfast programs in academic emergency buildings and makes other changes regarding school breakfast programs.

FYI ARTS
Coalition to Develop National Standards for the Arts: A coalition of organizations has formed the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) to lead the revision of standards for the arts at the national level.  The coalition governing organizations include the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), The College Board, MENC: The National Association for Music Education (MENC), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and State Education Agency for Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).

The coalition came together through the efforts of the SEADAE starting in May 2010 and finalized the coalition and its mission in February 2011 at a meeting at The College Board in New York City.

The current National Standards for Arts Education, released in 1994, have been adopted or adapted by forty-nine state departments of education, and have become the benchmark document by which K-12 arts learning is measured in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. A recent SEADAE survey of arts education directors in forty-three state departments of education indicated that nineteen states were planning to revise their arts standards in the next two years, and are willing to postpone that process until the new national arts education standards are complete so as to inform their efforts.

NCCAS plans to complete its work and release new, national voluntary arts education standards in the fall, 2012. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. The next generation of voluntary arts education standards will build on the foundation created by the 1994 document, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum. The standards will also help classroom educators better implement and assess standards-based arts instruction in their schools.

NCCAS will make the creation of the new arts standards an inclusive process, with input from a broad range of arts educators and decision-makers. An NCCAS committee has begun work on a report that will summarize the current status of arts education in America; the status of arts education standards in the states; the context of arts education in a well-rounded education; and an analysis of the needs for the next generation of arts standards. The report will be made public in late summer or early fall. NCCAS’s current timeline includes the creation of discipline writing teams in November, 2011, which will be followed by a six-month period of writing, review, and revision draft work.

The revised standards will be grounded in arts education best practice drawn from the United States and abroad, as well as a comprehensive review of developmental research. The College Board is currently gathering and organizing data, including international standards research; preparing a child development and the arts literature review; preparing a 21st-century skills gap analysis; and reviewing college-level arts standards.  This work is expected to be completed by mid summer.

To take full advantage of today’s digital information tools, the new arts standards will exist in an online “evergreen” format, allowing for periodic, scheduled reviews and updates, and wiki-environments where student work, lesson plans, and new research can be posted to support standards-based teaching and learning.

More information is available.

Arts Position Available:  The Lima City Schools is seeking candidates for a full time teaching position in Drama – grades 5 through 8 at Liberty Arts Magnet School, K-8, a new arts magnet school in Lima. Ohio applicants must have a K-12 teaching certificate. A letter of interest and resume should be sent to:

Sally Windle, Director of Arts and Magnet Programs Lima City Schools
515 S. Calumet Avenue
Lima, Ohio  45804
swindle@limacityschools.org

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Ohio Schools Win National Award:  The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and its student honorary division, the International Thespian Society (ITS), announced on June 7, 2011 the presentation of the “Outstanding School Awards” to four schools, including two schools in Ohio:  Thespian troupe 6300 at Centennial High School (Columbus City Schools) and Thespian troupe 5440 at Dublin Scioto High School. The awards will be presented at Thespian Festival 2011, taking place June 20-25, 2011 on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Outstanding School Award is presented annually to up to twelve schools whose work exemplifies and promotes high standards of quality in educational theatre. According to EdTA Executive Director Michael J. Peitz, “Theatre provides essential skills that are valuable to everyone. It takes into account all fields of study, from using math and science to build theatre sets, to literary analysis of scripts. Great theatre programs, like those found at Centennial and Dublin Scioto, build their foundations on this philosophy and make theatre a vital and necessary part of educating the whole child.”

In addition to Centennial and Dublin Scioto High Schools, 2011 Outstanding School Award recipients include Thespian troupe 1783 at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon and Thespian troupe 3090 at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana.

More information is available.

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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, The John F. Kennedy Center, 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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