Arts On Line Education Update 11/12/2012

SPECIAL REPORT: Election Recap

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected with a three percent lead in the popular vote (51 to 48 percent) and a 332 to 206 lead in electoral votes over GOP candidates former Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan.

The 113th U.S. Congress will meet on January 3, 2013 through January 3, 2015 and by all accounts will be the most diverse legislative body in the history of the United States. According to press reports, the next Congress will include the largest number of Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and twenty female Senators, including Mazie Hirono, the first Asian-American women to serve in the Senate. (The Hill’s Congress Blog by Representative Michael Honda)

Unofficial results show that Republicans will control at least 234 seats and Democrats 195 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Six races are still undecided. Democrats will control 53 seats, Republicans 45 seats, and Independents 2 seats in the U.S. Senate. The House will welcome up to 85 new members and the Senate twelve.

Ohio’s delegation to Washington, D.C. will include 16 members of the U.S. House, a decrease of two seats as a result of the 2010 Census, and two Senators, Sherrod Brown (D), re-elected on November 6, 2012, and Rob Portman (R). New House members from Ohio include Brad Wenstrup (R) (2nd House District); Joyce Beatty (D) (3rd House District); and David P. Joyce (R) (14th House District). Representatives to the U.S. House include the following twelve Republicans and four Democrats:

1st House District Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) RE-ELECTED
2nd House District Brad Wenstrup (R-Cincinnati) NEW. Replaces current Representative Jean Schmidt who lost in the primary election.
3rd House District Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) NEW. Newly formed district.
4th House District Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) RE-ELECTED
5th House District Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) RE-ELECTED
6th House District Bill Johnson (R-Poland) RE-ELECTED
7th House District Bob Gibbs (R-Lakeview) RE-ELECTED
8th House District John Boehner (R-West Chester) RE-ELECTED Unopposed
9th House District Marcie Kaptur (D-Toledo) RE-ELECTED. Split district with Representative John Kucinich (D), who lost in the primary election.
10th House District Mike Turner (R-Dayton) RE-ELECTED. Split district with Representative Steve Austria (R) who did not run for re-election.
11th House District Marcia Fudge (D-Cleveland) RE-ELECTED. Unopposed
12th House District Pat Tiberi (R-Galena) RE-ELECTED
13th House District Tim Ryan (D-Niles) RE-ELECTED
14th House District David P. Joyce (R-Russel Township) NEW. Replaces current Representative Steve LaTourette, who did not run.
15th House District Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) RE-ELECTED. Newly formed district.
16th House District Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Alliance) RE-ELECTED. Split district with Representative Betty Sutton (D) who lost in the election.

Ohio Results: According to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, 5 million of the 7.95 million registered voters in Ohio voted on November 6, 2012, including 1.78 million voters who took advantage of absentee and in-person early voting opportunities. At least three close races won’t be decided until provisional ballots are counted beginning November 17, 2012. The official count for the November 6, 2012 Election will not be announced by Secretary of State Husted until December 7, 2012.

Statewide Issues: Ohio voters defeated statewide ballot issues 1 & 2 by large margins. Issue 1, a proposed constitutional convention, was opposed by 68.3 percent of voters, and Issue 2, the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting and reapportionment, was opposed by almost 64 percent of voters.

School Funding Issues: The results for school funding issues were more encouraging. According to the unofficial results, voters approved 55 percent of school funding issues. There were 192 tax/bond issues, and 105 were approved. According to the Ohio School Boards Association, 122 of the issues were new school taxes, and 45 were approved. This is the highest number of new tax issues on the ballot in over a decade. Information about the school funding issues on the November ballot is available at the Ohio School Boards Association website.

Ohio Senate: Republicans will maintain control of both the Ohio House and Senate with large majorities. Eighteen of the 33 Senate Districts (mostly even-numbered districts) were open in this election, and six races were unopposed. Republican incumbents in thirteen districts were re-elected; two current House members, Representatives Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Joseph Uecher (R-Loveland), were elected to the Senate; and Democrats were re-elected in three incumbent races. Senate Republicans will maintain a 23-10 majority in the Ohio Senate.

Ohio House: Although three House races are too close to call, Republicans have at least 58 seats and Democrats 38 seats, compared to the current 59-40 majority for Republicans. A decision in the three contested races in the 5th, 7th, and 98th House districts will not be available until after provisional ballots are counted beginning November 17, 2012. The official count for the November 6, 2012 Election will not be announced by Secretary of State Husted until December 7, 2012.

Ohio Supreme Court: Three seats were also open on the Ohio Supreme Court. Two incumbents, Justices Yvette McGee Brown and Robert Cupp, were replaced by Judge Sharon Kennedy and William O’Neill, respectively. Justice Terrence O’Donnell was re-elected.

State Board of Education: Five incumbents and two new members of the State Board of Education were elected on November 6, 2012.

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. Currently there is one at-large vacant seat on the State Board as a result of the resignation of Dennis Shelton in September 2012.

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. The following members of the State Board were elected/re-elected on November 6, 2012:

2013 State Board of Education

District 1: Ann Jacobs (Lima) RE-ELECTED
District 5: Bryan Williams (Fairlawn) NEW DISTRICT. RE-ELECTED. Bryan Williams, who currently represents the 7th State Board of Education District, will represent a newly configured District 5. The current representative, Rob Hovis, is term-limited.
District 6: Michael Collins (Westerville) NEW DISTRICT. RE-ELECTED. Kristen McKinley (Columbus) currently represents the 6th State Board of Education district, but was defeated in a close election by Michael Collins in a re-configured 6th district. Mike Collins currently represents the 9th State Board of Education District, which has also been re-configured.
District 7: Sarah Fowler NEW
District 9: Stephanie Dodd NEW
District 10: Jeff Hardin (Milford) RE-ELECTED
District 11: Mary Rose Oakar (Cleveland) RE-ELECTED

Appointed at-large State 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); and Joe Farmer (Baltimore). All will be completing their first term on the State Board, and can be reappointed by the governor.

Ohio News

129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate have scheduled several sessions and committee meetings this week as lawmakers return to Columbus to complete the business of the 129th Ohio General Assembly, which ends on December 31, 2012. On committee agendas so far are SB130 (Hughes) Puppy Mills; HB555 (Stebelton) rating system for schools/districts; HB601 (Grossman) municipal income tax; SB510 (Amstutz) MBR-Financial Institutions; HB125 (Wachtmann) Heartbeat Bill; HB298 (Roegner-Rosenberger) family planning grants; and more. Legislation regarding election reform, severance taxes on oil and gas production, and other tax reforms are also expected to be considered even if no action is taken in this session. The debate about some of these issues in the lame-duck session will set the stage for further action when the 130th Ohio General Assembly begins in January 2013.

OSBA Conference: The Ohio School Boards Association will hold its annual Capital Conference and Trade Show on November 11-14, 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The convention will present over 150 workshops, nationally known speakers, and the annual Student Achievement Fair, which highlights innovative education programs in Ohio’s traditional public schools. The conference is expected to attract more than 10,000 public school leaders, educators, and students. More information is available.

College and Career Readiness: Governor Kasich and business leaders announced last week a new college and career readiness initiative in central Ohio called the Road to Readiness. The initiative provides high school students with opportunities to learn about the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career by networking with local employers. Participating in the initiative with the governor’s office are the Columbus Partnership, the Columbus City Schools, Columbus State Community College, Ohio State University, financial institutions, health organizations, and several major employers in Ohio. The initiative is based on a high school internship program started by Nationwide Insurance.

Promoting Public Education: Strong Schools Strong Communities is a new nonpartisan coalition that supports local citizen advocacy for quality schools and robust communities. Currently the coalition includes education organizations such as the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Ohio Coalition of Equity and Advocacy, the Alliance for High Quality Education, the Parent Teacher Association, and the Council of Rural and Appalachian Schools. Organizations that support public education are urged to join. The purpose of the coalition is to create a mechanism for advocates of public education to work together at the community level to understand, to appreciate, and to support our public schools. More information about the initiative will be announced at the Ohio School Boards Association annual Capital Conference and Trade Show on November 12, 2012. More information is available.

This Week at the Statehouse

The Ohio House and Senate will hold a joint meeting on November 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the House Chambers to present the Military Medal of Distinction to the families of fallen service members.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Gerald Stebelton, will meet in hearing room 313 on November 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM; November 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM; and November 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

The committee will take-up action on HB555 (Stebelton), which currently is a place-holder for revamping Ohio’s system for rating schools/districts based on academic performance; attendance; graduation rates; etc. A substitute bill will be introduced to implement a new A-F rating system for schools/districts in order to comply with Ohio’s request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The A-F rating system was originally included in SB316 (Lehner), but was held back for more discussion when SB316 was approved in June 2012. Other items that could be added to the bill through an omnibus amendment include recommendations from State Auditor David Yost regarding school/district attendance data reports. The Ohio Department of Education also has a number of legislative changes that it hopes to have approved by lawmakers this year.

The committee will also consider HB519 (Patmon) School Metal Detectors Requirement; HB397 (Antonio) High School Physical Education; and HB462 (Pelanda) Withholding grades or credits-abused child.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on November 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM in hearing room 110. The committee will receive testimony on HB543 (Anielski) Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

Recap of State Issues on the November Ballot: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks education issues on the November 2012 ballot by state and topic on its web site. This year voters in several states considered referendums and initiatives on a variety of education related topics, such as increasing taxes to support schools, charter schools, teacher evaluation, tenure, merit pay, vouchers, and more. The following is a recap of some of the status of education issues on the November 2012 ballot:

Arizona: DEFEATED. Proposition 204 The Quality Education and Jobs Act, would renew a one-cent sales tax (created as a temporary tax by Prop. 100 in 2010), and provide dedicated funding for students of all ages, and prevent legislators from cutting K-12 funding.

California:
APPROVED. Proposition 30 is an initiative that would increase the personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years; increase the sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years; and allocate temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges.

DEFEATED. Proposition 38 is an initiative that would increase personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using a sliding scale, and would end after twelve years. During the first four years, 60 percent of revenues would be allocated to K-12 schools, 30 percent to the state debt, and 10 percent to early childhood programs. Thereafter, 85 percent of revenues would be allocated to K-12 schools, and 15 percent to early childhood programs. The initiative would provide K-12 funds on a school-specific, per-pupil basis, subject to local control, audits, and public input, and would prohibit the state from directing or using new funds.

Florida: DEFEATED. Amendment 8, also known as the Florida Religious Freedom Amendment, is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that would remove the following language from the Florida Constitution: “No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

The above language would be replaced with the following language: “No individual or entity may be discriminated against or barred from receiving funding on the basis of religious identity or belief.”

Georgia: APPROVED. Amendment 1 authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the creation of public state charter schools, which would operate under the terms of charters between the State Board of Education and charter petitioners, while preserving the authority of local boards of education to establish local charter schools. The amendment would also prohibit the incurrence of bonded indebtedness or the levy of school taxes for the support of special schools without approval of the local board of education and the voters in the affected school system; would authorize the expenditure of state funds for special schools; and would prohibit the deduction of certain state funds from local school districts as a direct result or consequence of the enrollment of students in the state charter schools. The Georgia General Assembly already approved this law, and now is seeking approval from voters to implement it. (2012 HB 797, Act No. 766.)

Idaho:
DEFEATED. Proposition 1 is a referendum on S1108, which limits negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards and ends the practice of renewable contracts.

DEFEATED. Proposition 2 is a referendum on S1110, which provides teacher performance pay based on state-mandates test scores, student performance, hard to fill positions, and leadership.

DEFEATED. Proposition 3 is a referendum on S1184, which amends school district funding, and requires provisions for computing devices and online courses for high school graduation.

Maryland: APPROVED. The DREAM Act, which would provide in-state tuition rates for unauthorized immigrants who graduate from a high school in the state.

Michigan: DEFEATED. Emergency Manager Law, a provision that would allow state-appointed emergency managers to terminate public employee contracts and collective bargaining agreements.

Missouri: DEFEATED. Proposition B is an initiative to amend Missouri law to create the Health and Education Trust Fund with the proceeds of a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The fund would be used to reduce and prevent tobacco use and support elementary, secondary, college, and university public schools.

New Mexico: APPROVED. Question B is a referendum on a law that authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to make capital expenditures for academics, public schools, tribal and public library resources acquisitions and construction, and provides for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on, and expenses incurred, in connection with the issuance of the bonds.

Oregon: APPROVED. Measure 85 is a constitutional amendment to allocate corporate income/excise tax “kicker” refunds to additionally fund K-12 public education.

South Dakota:
DEFEATED. Initiated Measure 15 would increase state general sales and use taxes (from 4 percent to 5 percent) for additional K-12 public education and medicaid funding. The additional funding cannot replace or reduce state funding levels set for fiscal year 2012 relating to existing Medicaid and K-12 public education programs, including state aid to education.

DEFEATED. Referendum on Law 16 to support an education reform act that establishes a teacher scholarship program; creates a program for math and science teacher bonuses; creates a program for teacher merit bonuses; mandates a uniform teacher and principal evaluation system; and eliminates state requirements for teacher tenure.

Washington: UNDECIDED. Initiative 1240 would allow a newly-created state commission or approved local school boards to authorize certain nonreligious, nonprofit organizations to operate public charter schools, limited to forty schools over five years. Public charter schools would receive standard per-student public school funding and be open to all students without tuition. Public charter schools would be subject to teacher certification requirements, government oversight, and performance reporting requirements, but would be exempt from certain state laws and school district policies.

More information about these initiatives is available.

State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, will meet on November 11, 2012 through Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in Columbus. The State Board’s Executive Committee, Debe Terhar chair, will meet on November 11, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Columbus at 4:00 PM to discuss the Superintendent’s search with Ray & Associates. The State Board will then meet at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, where the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) is holding its annual Capital Conference.

Meeting on Monday, November 12, 2012
State Board members will attend the Opening Remarks by Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers at the OSBA Capital Conference at 9:00 AM. The State Board’s Executive Committee will discuss at 10:30 AM the Superintendent’s search, holiday dinner, and discuss and approve Rule 3301-4-01, Notice of Meetings. (Room D233-235)

The State Board will receive an update on the Race to the Top initiative at 10:45 AM. (Room D233-235) Following lunch at 1:00 PM the Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will discuss FY14-15 budget recommendations in addition to those approved by the State Board at their September 2012 meeting and submitted to the Office of Budget and Management in October 2012. Board members are considering additional funding in four areas: Third Grade Guarantee; technical infrastructure investment; early childhood education; and the Ohio Young Farmers Program. The committee will also review a list of Ohio Department of Education (ODE) proposed legislative changes.

At 2:00 PM State Board of Education members will participate in breakout sessions at the OSBA Conference focusing on urban, rural, and suburban districts.

The State Board of Education’s Achievement Committee, Capacity Committee, and Committee on Urban Education Committee will meet at 3:30 PM.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Angela Thai Bennett, will continue a discussion about draft recommendations for the state’s restraint and seclusion policy; receive a presentation about “remediation-free” standards recently adopted by the Ohio Board of Regents; and receive an update about the Alternative Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.

The Capacity Committee, chaired by Tom Gunlock, will consider the following items:

  • Rule 3301-23-44, Temporary and Substitute Licenses
  • Rule 3301-24-09, Performance Based Licensure for Administrators
  • Rules 3301-102-01 to -07, Community School Sponsorship Rules
  • Expenditure Standards pursuant to ORC 3302.20
  • The panel of experts to evaluate the teacher licensure standards of identified states pursuant to ORC 3319.228
  • Standards for Waivers of the Operating Standards pursuant to ORC 3301.07(O)
  • Proposed By-laws of the SEED School of Cincinnati Board of Trustees
  • Amending the SEED Foundation College-Preparatory Boarding School Operator Contract

The Committee on Urban Education, chaired by Joe Farmer, will discuss their work plan.

The State Board will then recess.

Meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The State Board of Education’s business meeting will begin at 8:30 AM. The Board will immediately convene an executive session. The Board will reconvene in public session around 9:15 AM. At that time the State Board will consider written reports; receive the report of the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michael Sawyers; receive public participation on agenda items; vote on the Report and Recommendations of the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction; consider old business and new business; receive public participation on non-agenda items; and adjourn.

The following is a summary of the resolutions that the State Board of Education will consider at their November 13, 2012 meeting:

#14. Resolution concerning early childhood education. “Resolved, that to the extent the Governor and the General Assembly choose to make additional resources for K-12 education, such additional revenue be prioritized to fund the expansion of Early Childhood Education, but that no funding for this area be added to the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recommended biennial budget requests.”

#15. Resolution concerning technical infrastructure investments. “Resolved, that the $500,000 for school district video conferencing be assumed within the $10 million placeholder for Technical Infrastructure Investments.”

#16. Resolution concerning the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. “Resolved, that to the extent the Governor and the General Assembly choose to make additional resources for K-12 education, such additional revenue be prioritized to provide additional funding for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, but that no funding for this area be added to the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recommended biennial budget requests.”

#17. Resolution concerning the Ohio Young Farmers Program. “Resolved, that additional funding is not recommended to be added to the October 1, 2012 Budget Book Scenario submitted to OBM for the Ohio Young Farmers program.”

#18. Resolution to adopt an amendment to the operator contract with the SEED Foundation.

Report Focuses on Student Mobility: Community Research Partners (CRP) and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released on November 9, 2012 a report entitled Student Nomads: Mobility in Ohio’s Schools. The report is based on a study of over 6 million student records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Education Management Information System (EMIS) from October 2009 to May 2011, to gauge the mobility of students across Ohio’s 3,500 plus traditional, charter, and e-schools. The report also focuses on student mobility in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo and Ohio’s major e-schools.

Researchers developed two indicators to describe student mobility in this study. Stability rate means the percentage of a school’s students who stayed in a school from October 2009 to May 2011. The Churn rate means the number of student admits plus withdrawals relative to the enrollment size of a school, over a single school year (October 2010 to May 2011).

Using these indicators, researchers found, “…that the prevalence of student mobility is considerably greater than most of us appreciate or fully understand. Student mobility verges on the epidemic in inner-city schools; but, it is also common in suburbs and rural schools.”

According to the report 44 school districts in central Ohio exchanged 18,877 students over two school years and 20,345 students between public districts and charter schools. Columbus City Schools alone exchanged about 1,600 students with the Electron Classroom of Tomorrow.

The researchers also observed a correlation between student achievement and mobility. “CRP found that frequent school movers face a general downward trend in average test scores and passage rates. For example, Figure 2 depicts the impact of moves for 3rd and 8th graders in Columbus City Schools on both reading and mathematics tests. All lines trend downward.”

Three characteristics of students were identified that significantly affected student achievement: multiple moves, economically disadvantaged, and African-American.

The report also notes that many students in Ohio are moving from a lower rated school to a higher rated school. “Of the 5,473 students over two years who exited Columbus City Schools (CCS) for another district, 52 percent moved to a school with a performance rating at least two ratings higher than their CCS school of origin. The percentages where similar for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo and it shows us that many kids across the state are moving to a better situation when they change schools.”

According to the report, 556 school districts with grades K-7 had a stability rating over 80 percent and 382 school districts with grades 8-11 had a stability rating over 80 percent. For grades K-7, six districts had a stability rate of less than 70 percent; for grades 8-11 five districts had a stability rate of less than 70 percent. Canton, Akron, and Springfield had stability rates over 81 percent in grades K-7 and high levels of economically disadvantaged students.

Eighty charter schools had a stability rate below 40 percent; 95 had a stability rate between 40-59 percent; 82 had a rate of 60-79 percent; and 15 had a rate greater than 80 percent.

No e-schools had stability rates higher than 59 percent. Twenty e-schools had a stability rate below 40 percent; and six had a stability rate of between 40 – 59 percent.

The churn rates (the number of admissions and withdrawals during a school year as a percent of enrollment) for most school districts with grades K-8 (523) was less than 14 percent. Eight school districts with grades K-8 had a churn rate over 25 percent. The churn rates for districts with grades 9-12 is higher. Fifteen districts with grades 9-12 had a churn rate over 25 percent and 142 had churn rates between 10-14 percent.

Sixty charter schools had a churn rate over 100 percent; 25 between 60-99 percent; 29 between 40-59 percent; 76 between 20-39 percent; and 122 below 20 percent.

For e-schools, 20 had a churn rate over 100 percent; four between 60-99 percent; and two between 40-59 percent.

Although the report does not include recommendations, the Fordham Institute intends to continue research and work in this area, and urges policy makers to begin discussions about how to address the mobility of Ohio’s students.

The Ohio Statewide Mobility Project is supported by the Fordham Institute, the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, the Nord Family Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, KnowledgeWorks, KidsOhio.org, American Federation of Teachers/Ohio Federation of Teachers, School Choice Ohio, United Way of Central Ohio, United Way of Greater Toledo, and the Columbus Foundation.

The report is available.

FYI ARTS

OSU Arts District Support Endowment Fund: The Ohio State Board of Trustees met on November 9, 2012 and agreed to establish four endowed funds using revenue from the leasing of the school’s parking operations. One of the funds, OSU Arts District Support Endowment Fund, includes $50 million to support the arts. The funds will be used to maintain, renovate, and improve the physical conditions of current academic buildings and facilities in the Arts District and construct new ones to support the visual and performing arts; and supplement University and State support for arts programming that encourages integration within and across the arts on campus, and programming that builds stronger connections between the arts on campus and arts in the community.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved a $483 million long-term lease and concession agreement for the university’s parking operations with QIC Global Infrastructure and its operating partner LAZ Parking in June 2012. The $483 million upfront payment will provide $3.1 billion in investment earnings, which will be used to support the arts endowment and will also be used to hire more faculty, support eminent scholars, offer more student scholarships, and fund the university’s bus services. Information is available.

Election Recap – ARTS: Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, issued a statement on November 8, 2012 congratulating President Barack Obama and all national, state, and local elected leaders.

The statement urges President Obama to maintain arts education in every classroom; allocate a larger budget for the arts; and protect charitable giving incentives “that are the lifeblood of the nonprofit arts sector.”

The statement also notes that while Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) won re-election and Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) will continue to chair the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, several valuable members of the Congressional Arts Caucus will not be part of the 113th Congress.

Americans for the Arts welcomes new members of the U.S. House and Senate to join the Arts Caucus and work to ensure that the arts continue to be supported through this challenging time. Key to the financial stability of the nation is finding a solution to avoid “automatic sequestration”, which would reduce federal spending by 8-10 percent across the board, and find ways to reduce the debt in a fair and balanced manner.

In anticipation of the work that must be done to support funding for the arts at the national level, Americans for the Arts Action Fund recommends that arts advocates do the following:

  • Join Americans for the Arts Action Fund Government Affairs staff for more complete election impact analysis on a November 16 webinar at 2 p.m. ET. Register online here. (Free for Americans for the Arts Members, $35.00 for nonmembers.)
  • Read Bob Lynch’s post-election blog post, “The Arts Aren’t Red or Blue,” on the Huffington Post.
  • Send a letter of congratulations to each elected leader representing your community (federal, state, and local levels) and identify yourself or your organization as a resource on arts policy issues. Review additional post-election to do list items on our blog posting.
  • Ask all freshman members of Congress to begin thinking about joining the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus or Senate Cultural Caucus.
  • Save the dates of April 8-9, 2013 to come to Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
  • Become an official member of Americans for the Arts Action Fund, it’s free and it helps you stay connected to all the latest political breaking news impacting the arts.

The full statement is available.

Study Links Student Achievement and the Arts: The West Virginia Department of Education released in August 2012 a study entitled A Cohort Study of Arts Participation and Academic Performance by Andy Whisman and Nate Hixson. The purpose of the study is to “assess the associations between participation in arts instruction and academic performance, specifically mathematics and reading/language arts proficiency, among a cohort of West Virginia public high school students” to determine if arts participation is correlated with improved academic outcomes.

Researchers studied the test results of 14,653 high school students who stayed at grade level from 2007 through 2010. Overall 37 percent of the students were economically disadvantaged and 11 percent were students with disabilities. Arts participation was defined as the total number of arts-related credits earned in all disciplines in grades 9 through 12. Student achievement was measured by students scoring at or above the national average composite score on the ACT PLAN and scoring proficient (mastery or above) in mathematics and reading/language arts on the WESTEST 2.

The researchers found the following:

  • Students who earned 2 or more arts credits during high school were about 1.3 and 1.6 times more likely to score at proficient levels for mathematics and reading/language arts, respectively.
  • Students who earned 2 or more arts credits also were about 1.5 times more likely to have scored at or above the national average composite score on the ACT PLAN.
  • Significant associations between arts participation and reading/language arts proficiency held across subgroups of students with and without disabilities and/or economic disadvantage.
  • Significant associations between arts participation and mathematics was observed only for students with neither low family income nor disabilities, and students with low family income.
  • The odds of scoring at proficient levels in reading/language arts among students with disabilities and students with both disabilities and low family income indicated that while few of these students reach proficiency they were up to twice as likely to do so if they exceeded the minimum number of arts credits required for graduation, which is one credit.
  • While few students reached Above Mastery and Distinguished status, their odds of doing so increased if they earned additional arts credits.
  • The odds of achieving Mastery in mathematics were only modestly improved, 1.3 times greater, when students earned 2 or more arts credits and 1.5 times greater for achieving Distinguished, but were slightly higher for reading/language, rising from about 1.4 times for Mastery to 2.0 times for Distinguished.

The report is available.

Measuring the Impact of the Creative Sector: The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is working with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to develop an “Arts and Culture Production Satellite Account” (ACPSA) to identify and calculate the arts and culture sector’s contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This effort will enable the creative sector of the American economy to be measured on a macroeconomic level. The ACPSA will collect detailed information on a select group of arts and cultural goods, services, and industries — both commercial and not-for-profit — that are currently reflected in the GDP. Preliminary estimates on annual outputs (such as revenue and expenses), direct and indirect employment, compensation, and value-added contributions through labor and capital, will be released by the BEA and the NEA in 2013. The final estimates will be published by the BEA in 2014 in The Survey of Current Business, a key publication for leaders in economics and policy.

Role of Parents in Arts Education: Americans for the Arts will host a webinar on November 15, 2012 entitled Understanding Parents’ Role in Arts Education at 3:00 PM EST. Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education, will present. Narric Rome, Senior Director of Federal Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts and Kristen Engebretsen, Arts Education Program Coordinator, Americans for the Arts will moderate.

The program will focus on the parent’s role as a local advocate for arts education, and how parents can promote a better environment for arts education among school board members and educators through activities such as voting, public outreach, volunteerism, fund-raising, and donations. Participants will learn how to involve parents in programs.

This webinar is one of a seven part series to publicize a new Americans for the Arts toolkit entitled The Arts Education Field Guide, which is designed to clarify the complex web of citizens, policy-makers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education.

Information is available.

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