Dear Readers: The next issue of Arts on Line Education Update will be published in September 2011. A summary of Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget will be available sometime after July 4th. Of course, any breaking news about education issues will be posted immediately. Looking forward to the next school year!
129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate have scheduled hearings and committee meetings this week, and will be voting on the Biennial Budget bill, Sub. HB153 (Amstutz).
Update on HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget: The conference committee on Sub. HB 153, chaired by Representative Amstutz, cancelled meetings last week and on Saturday and Sunday, and is now scheduled to meet on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM to unveil the compromise between Senate and House versions of the budget bill. Lawmakers are expected to vote on Sub. HB153 on Wednesday to meet the June 30th deadline for the bill to be signed into law by Governor Kasich.
SBE to Select New Superintendent of Public Instruction: The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, will select a new Superintendent of Public Instruction at its July 2011 meeting (July 11 & 12, 2011). There are two remaining candidates after Bob Sommers, the Director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education, withdrew his name from consideration after legal counsel advised him that Ohio’s ethics laws would prevent him from working with his former boss, Governor Kasich, for a year. The two remaining candidates are former Illinois State Superintendent Robert Schiller and Superintendent Steve Dackin of the Reynoldsburg City Schools.
Legislative Schedule Released: House Speaker Bill Batchelder and Senate President Tom Niehaus released last week the legislative schedule for the next six months. “If needed” sessions have been scheduled for July 12 & 13: no sessions have been scheduled for August; some sessions and committee hearings have been scheduled for September; and “if needed” sessions have been scheduled for October. Lawmakers will return to business as usual after the November election with sessions and committee hearings scheduled in November and through December 14, 2011.
Update on SB5 Referendum: “We Are Ohio”, representing opponents of SB5 (Jones) Collective Bargaining Reform, announced last week that it had collected over 700,000 signatures on petitions to place a referendum to overturn SB5 on the November 2011 ballot. The group needs 231,149 valid signatures by June 30, 2011 to qualify for the ballot. The group plans to hold a parade and march to the Secretary of State’s office on June 29, 2011 to file the petitions. The Secretary of State then will then determine if there are enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Another issue that might be headed for the November ballot is a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect Ohioans from federal sanctions for not complying with certain provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The proposed amendment also prohibits government from barring the purchase or sale of health care or health care insurance. The amendment is backed by The Ohio Liberty Council.
HB188 (Batchelder) Constitutional Modernization Commission: The Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Senator Faber, reported out HB188 (Batchelder) Constitutional Modernization Commission on June 23, 2011. This bill establishes a 32-member constitutional modernization commission to study the Constitution of Ohio; promote an exchange of experiences and suggestions respecting desired changes in the Constitution; consider the problems pertaining to the amendment of the Constitution; and make recommendations from time to time to the general assembly for the amendment of the Constitution. The Senate Committee amended the bill to require the commission to transfer assets and records and disband if voters in
2012 decide to hold a constitutional convention.
Legislative Action: The House and Senate approved a number of bills (listed below) last week as lawmakers cleared their desks for the summer recess. The Republican-led House and Senate have tackled a number of contentious legislative issues over the past six months, including the state budget, concealed guns in bars, collective bargaining reform, pension reform, merit-pay for teachers, restrictions on abortions, sentencing reform, privatization of public assets, drilling/fracturing on state-owned land, election/voter revisions, gambling/VLTs, and more, including legislation to create JobsOhio.
One of the bills that has been delayed in the Senate is HB159 (Mecklenborg.Blessing) Voter Photo-ID. The bill would require in-person voters to show an Ohio driver’s license, a state identification card from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a U.S. military ID card, or a U.S. Passport as proof of identity in order to vote.
The Senate version would require voters without such a photo ID to cast a provisional ballot after providing their name, address, current date, date of birth, and either their full Social Security, driver’s license, or state identification card.
Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a statement last week expressing his opposition to the ID voter provision. The Senate is expected to take action on HB159 this week along with the budget bill.
The following is a summary of legislation approved by the House, Senate, and sent to Governor Kasich last week:
The Senate approved the following bills last week:
- HB194 (Mecklenborg/Blessing) Election Reform: The Senate amended and then approved the bill by a vote of 23-10 (party lines). The bill makes significant changes in Ohio’s election law regarding the administration of elections; initiative and referendum petitions; primary election moved to May; candidates; counting ballots; voter registration; voter data bases; purging voter databases; online voting; provisional ballots; absentee voting; election observers; election poll books; campaign finance changes; new political parties; etc. The bill now awaits the House to concur with the Senate changes.
- SB171 (Gillmor) Enact Recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee to eliminate certain state agencies, commissions, and councils. One of the councils included on the list to be eliminated is the School Funding Advisory Council, which is also eliminated in the Budget Bill, Sub. HB 153 (Amstutz).
- SCR11 (Lehner) Graduation Rates: The bill approves an Ohio Department of Education plan regarding the calculation of graduation rates. The change in determining graduation rates is required by federal regulations issued in 2008.
The Ohio House approved the following bills last week:
- HB116 (Barnes) Notification of Policies Regarding Bullying. The House approved the bill on June 21, 2011. It enacts the School Day Security and Anti-Bullying Act and requires age-appropriate instruction on, and parental notification of, public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
- HB157 (Schuring-Letson), Dyslexia Detection and Education for Teachers: The House approved the bill on June 22, 2011. The bill authorizes educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia.
The following bills have been presented to Governor Kasich to sign into law:
- HB86 (Blessing/Heard) Criminal Sentencing Revisions, which revises and clarifies the guidelines for the sentencing of certain crimes and offenses.
- HB133 (Adams) Oil and Gas Leasing/Drilling on State Land, which creates the Oil and Gas Leasing Board and establishes a procedure by which the Board may enter into leases for oil and gas production on land owned by a state agency to provide funding for operating costs for the agency.
This Week at the Statehouse
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011
Conference Committee on Sub. HB153 (Amstutz) Biennial Budget, chaired by Representative Amstutz, at 10:00 AM in hearing room 313.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
Senate Education: 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 SB165 (Obhof/Grendell) State Academic Standards, which would include content on specified historical documents in the state academic standards and in the high school American history and government curriculum.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
Ohio Retirement Study Council: The Ohio Retirement Study Council will meet at 8:30 AM in Hearing Room 114 to address the following: an RFP on independent review of pension issues; investment performance review; HPRS fiduciary audit.
News from Washington, D.C.
USDOE Regional Advisory Committee Seeks Comments: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed in May 2011 ten regional advisory committees (RACs) to advise the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) about educational needs of regions as it establishes priorities for its comprehensive technical assistance centers. Each RAC is conducting an educational needs assessment and will submit a report to the Secretary.
The Midwest RAC, which includes Ohio, is seeking comments and recommendations on the region’s educational needs, and how those needs would be most effectively addressed. Read more about RAC or submit comments.
House Committee Continues Work on ESEA: The U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Representative John Kline, approved on June 22, 2011 the “Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 2218)”. The legislation would facilitate the development and expansion of charter schools.
This is the second in a series of education reform bills that the committee has approved to address issues included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). ESEA is past its re-authorization date, but lawmakers have not been able to come to consensus on a variety of controversial issues. While the House is addressing the re-authorization through a series of bills, the U.S. Senate is still working on comprehensive legislation to re-authorize ESEA.
H.R. 2218 would increase access to charter schools by providing federal grants to states through the federal Charter School Program to replicate or expand successful charter schools. Currently federal law only provides grants to states to support new charter schools. The bill includes $300 million for charter grants and charter facilities. The bill would also create guidelines to monitor charter school quality, and provide additional facilities support for charter schools.
A summary of the bill is available.
News from the ODE:
RttT Grants To Be Announced: Governor Kasich and State Board President Debbie Terhar will announce the school districts and community schools that will receive Race to the Top Innovation Awards on Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Ohio Department of Education First Floor Lobby, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, at 10:00 AM. The recipients will share $17 million in grants to implement one of the following innovation models: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID); STEM supported by the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN); New Tech; Asia Society International Studies School Network (ISSN); and Early College – The Ohio Early College High School Network.
Ohio Innovative and Learning Environments Conference: The Ohio Innovative and Learning Environments Conference will be held on August 1-5, 2011 at the Hilliard Bradley High School, 2800 Walker Road, Hilliard, OH.
The conference is co-sponsored by the ODE, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Hilliard City Schools, and the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio.
The conference will provide educators with opportunities to learn about global perspectives on teaching and learning from internationally known educators from Finland, South Australia, and New Zealand. Conference participants will interact with practitioners from countries that have participated in OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Ohio is the only state participating in the OECD Innovative Learning Environments initiative, and is emphasizing innovation in its Race to the Top (RttT) programs.
- William Kist, associate professor at Kent State University, who works locally and internationally to broaden educators’ conceptions of literacy to include new media. He will present strategies and guidance derived from his book, The Socially Networked Classroom.
- Ian Jukes, an international consultant, speaker, author and education reformer, who will present “Living on the Future Edge and Teaching for Tomorrow”.
- Andy Hargreaves, Boston College professor, who will discuss high-performing education organizations, innovation, and the connection between teacher development and effectiveness.
- Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor at the University of London who is well-known internationally for his formative assessment work, and will share thoughts on improving student achievement.
- Sara Kajder and Will Richardson, who specialize in using innovative Web tools for learning – and will address digital literacy and the changing classroom.
The conference cost for all participants (including teachers who receive stipends) is $30 per day or $99 for the entire week. Contact hours or Ashland University graduate credit options are available.
More information is available.
Critical Challenges Facing Teaching and Learning: The New Media Consortium (NMC) released on May 17, 2011 its third report entitled “The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition”.
Since 2002 the NMC Horizon Project has identified and described emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe. The report is produced by the NMC in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with support from HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation.
Each year the report introduces critical challenges that are currently impacting teaching, learning, and creativity, and six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use in the educational community within the next five years.
The report this year identified the following critical challenges that will affect K-12 education:
- The importance of digital media literacy as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
- Competition to traditional models of schools as a result of economic pressures and new models of education.
- The inability of current technologies or practices to support the demand for personalized learning.
- The fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment — aka “the system.”
- Integrating activities that take place outside of the classroom, but are related to learning and education, into the learning metrics.
The report also identified the following six emerging technologies:
- Cloud Computing, including cloud-based applications, services, and tools.
- Mobiles, such as smartphones, tablets, etc. that enable ubiquitous access to information, social networks, tools for learning and productivity, and applications.
- Game-based Learning, single-player or small group, which has demonstrated its effectiveness to integrate the curriculum; engage learners; and foster collaboration among learners.
- Open Content, which is a growing movement to make available the course content of schools/universities and education organizations to the public.
- Learning analytics, which is the study of student engagement, performance, and progress in practice, in order to revise curricula, teaching, and assessment.
- Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), which refers to approaches to learning that a student selects to meet learning styles and pace of learning.
The timing of the release of report at end of the school year couldn’t be better, as educators reflect about the past school year and prepare for the next school year. The report raises questions about the role that emerging technologies will have in instruction in the future, and how the “critical challenges” identified in the report can be addressed in Ohio’s schools.
The report is available.
Policy Brief on Title 1 Funding for High Schools: The Alliance for Excellent Education released on June 23, 2011 a policy brief entitled “Title I and High Schools: Addressing the Needs of Disadvantaged Students at All Grade Levels” by Wayne Riddle. Title 1-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) authorizes federal aid to schools for the education of disadvantaged children through grants, and is the largest federal program of aid to elementary and secondary schools. The purpose of Title -1 A funds is to supplement state and local funding to provide educational and related services to students to meet state achievement standards.
The report examines the low participation rates in the Title 1-A program for middle and high schools based on two factors: schools are allowed to focus funds at a particular grade level and have generally used Title 1-A funds to support programs in elementary schools, and fewer disadvantaged students in high school are identified, because so many high school students do not choose to participate in the free and reduced-price lunch programs even when eligible.
According to the report there are over 1,300 high schools that have a percentage of students from low-income families at or above 50 percent, but are not eligible for Title 1-A, including 219 high schools in Ohio.
According to the report, the following policy options could increase participation of high schools in the Title 1-A programs:
- require use of feeder pattern projections when calculating the percentage of students from low-income families for high (and middle) schools
- clarify the Title I-A eligibility threshold for schools
- reduce the priority low-income student rate threshold for high schools, and possibly lower the threshold for middle schools as well
- establish a set-aside for high schools within Title I
- require LEAs to use a share of their Title I-A funds in high schools that is proportional to the share of the LEA’s total students from low-income families who are enrolled in high schools
- prohibit LEAs from selecting the grade levels to serve after providing grants to all schools at 75 percent or above.
The policy brief is available.
ASCD Examines School Vouchers: The Summer 2011 issue of ASCD’s Policy Priorities information brief provides an overview of voucher programs in the U.S. and policy implications related to accountability, transparency, and student achievement. The policy brief is entitled “Taking Stock of Private School Vouchers: Reviewing Two Decades of Private School Vouchers” by Dan Laitsch, an assistant professor and director of the Centre of the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, B.C. Canada. This article describes the history of voucher programs in the U.S.; types of public support for private schools (tax credits, scholarships, and combinations); legal issues; and evaluations and research about voucher programs.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have voucher programs or voucher-like tax credits for individuals or corporations, and interest in such programs appears to be growing at both the state and federal levels. The FY11 budget, just passed by Congress, provides $2 million to reinstate and expand the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which offers low-income families in the District vouchers for their children to attend private schools.
Reports on the effectiveness of voucher programs to improve student achievement are inconclusive, but evidence suggests that vouchers can contribute to segregation along religious, economic, and ethnic lines, and increase regulation for the private schools. According to the author, “As policymakers look to improve education in the coming years, further efforts to privatize the K-12 education system through expanding voucher and tax credit programs seem to be misdirected.”
The policy brief is available.
Leadership for Arts Education: The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) recently published a guide entitled “What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education.” The guide is directed at school principals who often decide the level of arts present within a school. The guide offers the following three actions and low cost strategies that school principals can take to better support arts education:
- Establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning: articulate clear goals, identify the arts in the budget, explore multiple approaches, make arts learning visible, and engage parents.
- Create an arts rich learning environment: bring the arts into daily instruction, provide art-based professional development, support a school-wide arts learning community, incorporate the arts into staffing and hiring decisions, involve the local arts community.
- Rethink the use of time and resources: reallocate resources, tap Title 1 and Title II funds, adjust schedules and re-purpose space, use after-school time, build community resources.
The guide is available.
Guide Focuses on Engaging Students: The National Guild for Community Arts Education recently released a guide entitled “Engaging Adolescents; Building Youth Participation in the Arts” by Ellen Hirszy as part of their Engaging Adolescents Initiative (EAI). The guide “….outlines a holistic approach that integrates arts learning with principles of youth development. It is designed to help staff and faculty develop new programs and services for teens, or to rethink and strengthen programs they already offer.” It answers questions about what do adolescents want? what do they need? and how to sustain adolescent involvement in the arts?
The guide defines engagement and explain its benefits for both teens and arts organizations; describes adolescent development and how to connect with teens; describes how to create the conditions for deeper youth engagement; and provides nine strategies for developing successful programs.
The guide also includes profiles of eight programs that are in varying stages of implementing the practices and concepts included in the guide.
The guide is available.
Grants for Arts Education Available; The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education supports teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.
The Foundation was created and initially funded in 1995 by the P. Buckley Moss Society, an organization of over 15,000 members worldwide. The Society’s local chapters raise funds to support charitable projects within their communities. The goals of the Foundation are to provide a forum for sharing innovative methods about how to use the arts in teaching, and disseminating these methods nationally and internationally; to furnish published materials that provide teaching strategies and activities incorporating the arts into the classroom curriculum; to develop collaborative relationships with arts and education-based organizations; to recognize teachers who effectively use the arts in their classroom programs to teach children who learn differently; and to develop and conduct art education programs for pre-school children to introduce the arts into their early educational experience.
The maximum grant award is $1,000. New or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming are eligible. The deadline for submitting a grant is September 30, 2011. For more information please visit http://www.mossfoundation.org/
Blog Provides Steps to Integrate the Arts: The Edutopia Blog by Mariko Nobori (Schools that Work: Integrating Art and Politics to Improve High School Student Engagement, June 22, 2011) describes a collaboration between AP Government teacher Dayna Laur and art teacher Katlyn Wolfgang at Central York High School, York Pennsylvania.
The teachers created an integrated-studies project in which their students collaborated to create sculptures based on public-policy issues.
The blog includes an interview with the teachers, who describe how they structured the project so that students would achieve the academic objectives for art and government; strategies used to support students as they collaborated; how technology was used to integrate concepts and support student collaboration; and how to create authentic experiences for students to see the connections among the disciplines and learn in new and exciting ways. The blog is available.