OAAE and CPE Host an Information Exchange about School Funding
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Coalition for Public Education are hosting a public Information Exchange about Ohio’s system for funding schools on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the St. Stephen’s Community House, 1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219. The purpose of the non-partisan Information Exchange is to increase financial and public support for traditional public schools by creating a network of well-informed citizens who are willing to contact legislators and policy-makers, and advocate for public schools and a fair and adequate school funding system in the next state budget. To accomplish this goal, the Information Exchange will,
- Inform the public about the current financial status of school districts; efforts to revise the state’s school funding system; and efforts to privatize education through vouchers, tuition tax credits, and formulas in which public funds “follow the child”.
- Provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions of school funding experts
- Provide an opportunity for small group discussion about the issues to enable the public to express their ideas about a fair state funding system for public schools. (These sessions will be taped in some cases, so that there is a record of the comments for use during next year’s budget debate.)
- Facilitate small group discussions so that participants can come to consensus on a message about how schools should be funded.
- Provide opportunities for the public to take action.
Representatives from the Coalition for Public Education, including the Ohio School Boards Association, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Education Association, the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy, and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, will facilitate the meeting.
Arts education advocates are encouraged to attend and participate in the Information Exchange and,
- Describe the impact of school district budget cuts on the students in schools/districts.
- What arts courses, programs, and grade levels have been cut in your school/district?
- How have these cuts affected sequential learning in the arts and student decisions about continuing education and careers in the arts?
Advocate for the following:
Ohio’s school funding system should provide sufficient financial support to ensure that all students have sequential, standards-based learning opportunities in the arts (defined as dance, drama theatre, music, visual art, and media arts) in grades K-12, so that by the end of 12th grade all students have
- experienced the fine arts: dance, drama/theater, music, and visual art
- studied at least one art form in depth
- graduated with at least one high school credit in the arts, and
- are prepared with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the arts or higher education in the arts, if that is their choice.
(These expectations are listed on p.2 of the Academic Content Standards for the Fine Arts, adopted by the State Board of Education in December 2003.)
The public is invited to attend this meeting, but space is limited. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 614.224.1060 to reserve your seat.
The Coalition for Public Education (CPE) was formed in 2001 to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s charter school statutes. (Ohio Congress of Parents Teachers, et. al. v State Board of Education, et. al.,) Since that time the CPE has promoted public education and public schools by recognizing innovative student programs in traditional public school districts during the OSBA Capital Conference, Student Achievement Fair; testifying before the State Board of Education and the Ohio General Assembly in support of legislation and rules to increase accountability for charter schools; and providing an analysis of charter school report card data each year.
Members of the CPE include the Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Education Association, the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and several local teachers’ unions.
129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate are not scheduled to meet this week. “If needed” sessions have been scheduled for September 11th and 12th.
•Pension Reform: Over the summer the House Health and Aging Retirement and Pensions Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Schuring, has been holding hearings on Senate Bills 340-343 and SB345 pertaining to pension system reform. These bills were approved by the Senate in May, 2012 and now the House is expected to take action on them in mid-September. The subcommittee will meet on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM in hearing room 121 to consider substitute bills. This meeting will be followed by a meeting of the full House Health and Aging Committee, chaired by Representative Wachtmann. The House and Senate are expected to consider these bills in mid September.
Pension Reform Bills
- SB340 (Niehaus) Ohio Police and Fire Pension Funding. Revises the law governing the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. A substitute bill is expected.
- SB341 (Niehaus) School Employees Retirement System. Revises the law governing the School Employees Retirement System. A substitute bill is expected.
- SB342 (Niehaus) State Teachers Retirement System. Revises the law governing the State Teachers Retirement System. A substitute bill is expected.
- SB343 (Niehaus) Public Employees Retirement System. Revises the law governing the Public Employees Retirement System. A substitute bill is expected.
- SB345 (Niehaus/Kearney) State Highway Patrol Retirement System. Revises the law governing the State Highway Patrol Retirement System. A substitute bill is expected.
•Court Decides Early Voting: The U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division ordered on August 31, 2012 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to restore in-person early voting on the weekend before the November 6, 2012 election. Judge Peter Economus issued the ruling, which was sought by President Obama’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Ohio Democratic Party. (Obama for America v. Husted)
Secretary Husted had eliminated early voting the weekend before the November election in an order issued to county boards of elections on August 15, 2012. The order was issued to establish uniform early voting schedules across Ohio, because some boards of elections were scheduling weekend voting, while others were not.
The ruling states that eliminating early voting violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiffs had presented evidence that approximately 93,000 Ohioans had voted on the weekend before the November 2008 election. The state is expected to appeal the ruling.
The ruling is available.
•Lawsuit Filed Concerning Voter Registration Lists: Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton president, and True the Vote filed a lawsuit on August 30, 2012 alleging that Secretary of State Jon Husted has not maintained accurate voter registration lists, which could lead to voting fraud on Election Day. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division.
•Lawsuit Filed Regarding a Referendum on HB194: Fair Elections Ohio filed a lawsuit on August 24, 2012 alleging that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ohio Ballot Board denied their due process and first amendment rights by failing to place a referendum on HB194 (Blessing-Mecklenborg) on the November 6, 2012 ballot. The lawsuit is being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division. (Fair Elections Ohio v. Husted.)
HB194 was signed into law on July 1, 2011 and made significant changes in Ohio’s laws regarding voting, including restrictions on early in-person voting. Opponents of the law were able to collect enough signatures to place a referendum to repeal it on the November 6, 2012 ballot. Lawmakers responded by passing HB295 (Coley), which repealed HB194, but provisions restricting early in-person voting, were also included in another part of the Ohio Revised Code in another law, HB294 (Dovilla-Stinziano), which was not repealed or changed.
According to Secretary Husted, a referendum on HB194 is not necessary, because the law has been repealed, and the state will incur additional costs to add it to the November ballot.
The lawsuit is available.
•Ruling Issued Regarding Provisional Ballots: The U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division ordered on August 27, 2012 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to issue a directive requiring boards of elections to count provisional ballots that are miscast due to poll worker error or technical mistakes.
The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley in response to separate lawsuits filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). (Service Employees International Union v. Husted and Northesat Ohio Coalition of the Homeless v. Husted)
The decision is available.
•State ex rel Voters First Ohio v. Husted: A coalition of organizations supporting State Issue 2 on the November 6, 2012 ballot filed a complaint on August 23, 2012 in the Ohio Supreme Court requesting that the language adopted by the Ohio Ballot Board for Issue 2 be declared invalid. (State ex rel Voters First v. Ohio Ballot Board). State Issue 2 is a ballot initiative that proposes a constitutional amendment to change legislative redistricting in Ohio. The lawsuit orders the Ohio Ballot Board to reconvene and write new language that properly describes the ballot initiative. Information about the lawsuit is available.
Candidates for the State Board of Education: Article 6.04 of the Ohio Constitution calls for a State Board of Education and, aside from selecting a Superintendent, authorizes lawmakers to determine the structure, powers, and duties of the State Board.
The current membership of the State Board includes eleven members who are elected through nonpartisan races, and eight members appointed by the governor with the consent of the Ohio Senate. The governor can also appoint members to vacant seats.
The terms of elected and appointed members are four years, and are staggered so that half of the State Board is elected or appointed every two years. Members are limited to serving two terms.
The elected members represent districts comprised of three Ohio Senate Districts, and, due to reapportionment this year, these districts have changed. Unfortunately, information about candidates for the State Board of Education is often difficult to find. Candidates are listed on the web sites of county boards of elections, but you have to know which of the 88 boards of elections correspond to the new State Board of Education districts. To determine if your State Board representative has changed, consult your county board of elections and the list of candidates for the November 6, 2012 ballot. A list of county board of elections websites is available.
The following is a summary of the candidates for the State Board of Education on November 6, 2012 ballot by the newly created State Board districts with a link to a county board of elections website where contact information is available for the candidates. More information about current members of the State Board of Education is available.
District 1: Current State Board of Education member Ann Jacobs (Lima) will face appointed State Board member Stanley Jackson (Marion). (Information from the Allen County Board of Elections.)
District 5: Current State Board of Education member Bryan Williams (Fairlawn) will face Marianne Gasiecki and Rich Javorek in a newly configured District 5. Currently Mr. Williams represents the 7th State Board District and term-limited Rob Hovis represents District 5. (Information from the Summit County Board of Elections. )
District 6: Current State Board of Education members Kristen McKinley (Columbus) and Michael Collins (Westerville) will face each other due to the re-configuration of their State Board districts. Also on the ballot is John Stacy. (Information from the Franklin County Board of Elections.)
District 7: Current State Board member Bryan Williams is now in District 5 due to the new configuration of his district. Four new candidates are competing for the District 7 seat: James J. Collum, Sarah Fowler, John R. Sans, and W. Roak Zeller. (Information from the Ashtabua County Board of Elections.)
District 9: Stephanie Dodd and Philip Gerth will be candidates for a re-configured District 9. Michael Collins is the current representative for District 9. (Information from the Franklin County Board of Elections.)
District 10: Current State Board of Education member Jeff Hardin (Milford) will face former House Representative Todd Book. (Information from the Clermont County Board of Elections.)
District 11: Current State Board of Education member Mary Rose Oakar (Cleveland) will face Beverly Goldstein. (Information from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.)
Appointed Board members completing terms on December 31, 2012 include Angel Thi Bennett (East Cleveland); Dannie Greene (Gallipolis); Stanley Jackson (Marion); and C. Todd Jones (New Albany). All of these members are currently serving first terms, so they could be reappointed by Governor Kasich. Three were appointed by Governor Kasich and one, Dannie Greene, was appointed by Governor Strickland.
Elected Board members remaining on the State Board in 2013 and completing their terms on December 31, 2014 include Kathleen A. McGervey District 2 (Avon); Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr. District 3 (Dayton); Debe Terhar District 4 (Cincinnati); and Deborah Cain District 8 (Uniontown), who will be completing her second term and will be term limited.
Appointed Board members remaining on the State Board in 2013 and completing terms on December 31, 2014 include Tom Gunlock (Centerville); Tess Elshoff (New Knoxville); Joe Farmer (Baltmore); and Dennis Shelton (Delaware). All will be completing their first term on the State Board, and can be reappointed by the governor.
News from the ODE:
•NEW! ODE Information on Student Growth Measures and Student Learning Objectives: Several new items have been added to the Ohio Department of Education’s website regarding Student Growth Measures (SGMs) and Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).
Student growth measures (SGMs) provide a way to determine how much academic progress students are making by measuring growth between two points in time. This can be accomplished by rigorous assessments that are comparable across classrooms. However, for most courses, including those in the arts, standardized assessments are not available. When this is the case, local education agencies should establish a process to create student learning objectives (SLOs) to measure student progress. SLOs demonstrate a teacher’s impact on student learning within a given interval of instruction. Several educational service centers (Stark, Portage, Allen, North Central, and Muskingum) have been working over the summer with teams of teachers to develop sample SLOs for the arts. This information will be shared when available.
The ODE has updated its website (8/30/12) with the following information about student growth measures and student learning objectives:
- Student Growth Measures for Teacher Evaluation (NEW! 8/14/2012)
- Student Growth Measures for Principal Evaluation (NEW! 8/14/2012)
- ODE Approved List of Assessments (Updated 05/30/2012)
- Student Learning Objectives Guidebook (NEW! 8/30/2012)
Introduction to SLOs (NEW! 8/30/2012)
Sample Template for Analysis of Student Data (NEW! 8/30/2012)
Guidance on Selecting Assessments for SLOs (NEW! 8/30/2012)
Student Learning Objective (SLO) Template for creating SLOs
Student Learning Objective (SLO) Template Checklist for writing and approving SLOs
Sample SLOs (NEW! 8/30/2012)
- Steps for Designing a Local Student Growth Measures Plan
- Additional Information on Student Growth Measures (NEW! 8/14/2012)
Access the information.
•Associate Superintendent Zelei to Resign: ODE Associate Superintendent William Zelei announced his resignation effective at the end of September. Mr. Zelei currently heads the ODE Division of Accountability and Quality Schools. He has accepted a job as executive director of the Ohio Schools Council.
- SB367 (Gentile) Higher Education Support-Veterans: Enhance support and services for veterans at state institutions of higher education and to require each institution to develop a policy for awarding academic credit to veterans for training received while in the military.
- HB581 (Lundy) Authorizes a sales tax holiday to purchase back-to-school supplies.
How will your school/district celebrate Arts in Education Week, September 9-15, 2012? Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor have issued a Proclamation declaring the week of September 9-15, 2012 Arts in Education Week. The Proclamation encourages support for the arts as a core academic subject and as an essential component of a complete and balanced education for all students.
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is pleased to announce that supporting the Proclamation are all the major education and arts education organizations in Ohio, including the State Board of Education, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Music Education Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Art Education Association, the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding, OhioDance, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Educational Service Center Association, the Ohio Educational Theatre Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Ohio School Boards Association, and the Ohio School Psychologists Association.
Some of the ways to promote Arts in Education Week include
•Write a letter to the editor for the local newspaper highlighting the significant impact arts education has on students and your community.
• Present at a board of education meeting, and highlight the contributions that arts education programs have made to students, the school district, and the community. Present a copy of the Proclamation to your local board of education and request that they endorse it.
•Ask businesses in your community to display the Proclamation in their windows or information bulletin boards, and encourage them to support the arts in schools.
•Encourage teachers and school administrators to incorporate Arts in Education Week in school activities the week of September 9th. For example, request that an announcement about Arts in Education Week be made prior to the marching band’s halftime show at the football game, and request that information about Arts in Education Week be included on the school/district website, in school announcements, in school newsletters, and on information boards.
•Write to elected officials (school board members, city council, Ohio House and Senate members, etc.) requesting that they support an adequate, fair, and stable school funding system that includes sufficient resources to provide quality arts education programs for all students.
•Invite artists in your community to speak to students about being college and career ready in the arts.
Americans for the Arts will be celebrating Arts in Education Week by hosting a blog salon on ARTSblog. This is a biannual event about arts education topics, and this fall’s theme is the intersection of the arts and the new Common Core State Standards. The blog salon will feature a collection of posts by arts and education leaders, such as Yong Zhao, Richard Kessler, and Amy Johnson. Follow the salon by using the arts education tag on ARTSblog.
Let the OAAE know how you celebrate Arts in Education Week so that we can share your ideas!
View a copy of the Arts in Education Week Proclamation.
Online Nominations for Governor’s Awards for the Arts: The Ohio Arts Council is now accepting online nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The annual awards are given to Ohio individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the arts statewide, regionally and nationally. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM and the deadline for support letters is Friday, October 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM.
View the complete press release.
For more information, please contact Karine Aswad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614/728-4445
Imagine Art Exhibit Coming to the Franklin County Courthouse: IMAGINE is an exhibition, coordinated by Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE)’s Community Arts Education program (formerly administered by the Greater Columbus Arts Council), of artists ages 5-21 who use recycled, upcycled, or repurposed materials in a display of three-dimensional and kinetic sculptures and installations that invite viewers to let the mind wander and the soul wonder.
The young artists showcased in this exhibit are participants in OAAE’s initiative, Art in the House. Through this program, OAAE and partners TRANSIT ARTS and the Columbus Federation of Settlements connect local artists, arts and cultural organizations and independent arts education programs into a comprehensive network of accessible opportunities for students in grades K-12. Special focus is placed on the needs of children during out-of-school hours, such as afternoons, evenings, weekends, and during the summer.
For over 15 years Franklin County has assisted the Community Arts Education programs, including Art in the House and TRANSIT ARTS as well as Artists-in-Schools and the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts small grant program, with ongoing support. In 2008 Franklin County received the National Association of Counties (NACo) National Award for County Arts Leadership.
Franklin County’s vibrant and thriving arts community, including public art exhibitions like IMAGINE, make it an appealing destination with visitors spending $7.2 billion in Central Ohio annually and our tourism industry supporting 60,000 jobs.
Opening Wednesday, October 24 and running through Friday, November 16, IMAGINE will be on display in the Franklin County Government Complex pavilion, on the southwest corner of High and Mound Streets. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
A special opening reception featuring the artists and their families will be held on Wednesday, October 24 from 4:30-6:30 PM with catering by Freedom a la Cart with financial support from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
This exhibit is made possible through the generosity and donations of money, resources, materials, and time, by the Franklin County Commissioners, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Rumpke Recycling, American Electric Power Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Arts Council, TRANSIT ARTS, the Columbus Federation of Settlements, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Freedom a la Cart by doma, and the Franklin County Municipal Court / CATCH program.
More STEM to STEAM: An August 22, 2012 blog in Scientific American entitled “From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand in Hand” by Steve Ross Pomeroy, states that science and the arts complement each other and provide ways for students to express creativity and innovation.
According to the author, arts education programs have suffered in many schools due to cutbacks, the narrowing of the curriculum, and the increased focus on testing. As a result, “Young Americans are being educated out of creativity.”
The author cites reports and research that shows how the arts strengthen student learning, creativity, and cognitive development, and examples of efforts to add the arts to STEM instruction.
The article is available.
Schools that Work, Arts Integration: Edutopia’s “Schools That Work” series recently focused on Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland to demonstrate how arts integration can transform a failing school into a positive learning environment. (How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning” by Mariko Nobori, Edutopia, August, 2012.)
According to the article, Bates Middle School enrolls 715 students in grades 6-8. Its diverse student population includes 46 percent of students on free or reduced-price lunch; 7 percent English language learners; 34 percent African American students; 20 percent Latino students; and 10 percent of students with special needs.
Bates adopted an arts-integrated strategy in 2009 as its “whole-school improvement plan” along with Positive Behavorial Interventions, and Supports and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The school also received a four-year SAILSS grant (Supporting Arts Integration for Student Success) from the U.S. Department of Education.
The article describes the research that supports arts integration as a strategy to transform schools, and also stresses the importance of high-quality professional development so that classroom teachers and arts teachers can work together to merge arts concepts with other content areas.
Some of the successes at Bates since implementing arts integration school-wide include a 23 percent drop in referrals and suspensions; an increase in the percent of students proficient or advanced in math and reading; an increase in student comprehension and retention of knowledge; an increase in collaboration among teachers, students, parents, and community; more differentiated instruction; more opportunities for students to take risks and explore their creativity; and increased opportunities for all students to have access to arts learning.
The article is available.