UPDATE ON THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S WORK REGARDING OPERATING STANDARDS: EDUCATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL
NO ACTION REQUESTED AT THIS TIME
The State Board of Education’s Operating Standards Committee, chaired by Ron Rudduck, is expected to approve Rules 3301-35-01 through 15, also known as Operating Standards, at their meeting on November 10, 2014 starting at 1:45 PM.
The State Board of Education will receive a presentation about the proposed changes in Operating Standards on November 11, 2014, and consider a Resolution of Intent to Adopt the revised Operating Standards in December 2014. The final adoption of Operating Standards is scheduled for late winter or early spring in 2015.
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education has requested that Rule 3301-35-05 (A)(3) be changed, and the original language regarding Educational Service Personnel be restored.
The OAAE continues to work through the Operating Standards Committee process to secure our requested changes in the Rule.
OAAE message to the State Board of Education on November 6, 2014:
The OAAE recommends that the State Board of Education restore the original OAC Rule 3301-35-05 (A) (3) Faculty and Staff Focus, with some changes, and restore the current definition of Educational Service Personnel in Rule OAC 3301-35-01 (B) (13).
-Educational service personnel are educators with special expertise to support student learning, achievement, health, mental health, welfare, and career and college attainment. These educators often address the barriers that prevent students from succeeding, and help students achieve their personal education goals. Over the past year the Urban and Rural Renewal Committee has been discussing the reasons why students struggle in school and eventually drop out. This provision supports the educators who work in and beyond the classroom to keep students engaged and on track. This provision also supports the purpose of Operating Standards, “to assure that all students are provided a general education of high quality” and to create “the best learning conditions for meeting the personalized and individualized needs of each student.”
-The revised Rule 3301-35-05 (A) (3) does not provide an adequate incentive for school districts to employ educational service personnel without the ratios and the 5 of 8 categories, which should be restored. The original Rule was aligned to the school funding formula. School districts received additional funds for employing educational service personnel, and lost funds for not employing educational service personnel. The funding provision was removed years ago, but the best practice that it supports stayed in Operating Standards along with the ratios and the 5 of 8 categories to guide schools and districts.
-The OAAE recommends some changes in Rule 3301-35-05 to eliminate outdated references to laws, and also recommends that the number of educational service personnel employed by a school district and school be reported in each category on the local report card, so that the availability of educational service personnel in the schools is made public, and schools and districts are acknowledged for their efforts to provide a comprehensive education program. The data collected could also be used to update the ratios.
-The revised definition of educational service personnel in Rule 3301-35-01 (B) (13) now includes positions that are important, but might not require the employment of licensed teachers. The original purpose of the Rule 3301-35-05, to encourage school districts to employ educators with expertise to provide a comprehensive education program and services to support student learning, is weakened when so many other positions are included in the definition, such as transportation supervisor, resource officer, data coordinator, etc. The original definition should be restored.
-The OAAE believes that the purpose of Operating Standards is to ensure that all students have access to an “education of high quality” and to establish the best “conditions for learning” the arts and all subjects in Ohio’s schools. (These words are from Rule 3301-35-01 – Definitions.)
Operating Standards help to clarify, elaborate, and strengthen the law requiring that boards of education provide for the study of the fine arts and music (ORC 3313.60 (7)), and provide a context for high quality arts education programs in Ohio’s schools. Unlike other states, Ohio does not have separate rules, guidelines, or a framework to define high quality programs in the arts. Operating Standards provides that framework and ensure that students have access to the study of the arts taught by a credentialed teacher; sequential learning in the arts based on courses of study in the arts; sufficient opportunity for students to achieve locally developed learning and performance objectives in the arts; assessment in the arts; and access to intervention.
-The OAAE is pleased that the components that support the conditions for learning in the arts are still included in the revised version Operating Standards.
-Over the past 15 or so months, the OAAE has provided recommendations and comments to the Operating Standards Committee, and the committee has responded by accepting some of our recommendations. For example, the committee added to Rule 3301-35-06 (A) words that expanded the type of assessments to include “locally approved” assessments, rather than just state assessment.
-The OAAE continues to work with the committee on Rule 3301-35-05 (A)(3) Faculty and Staff Focus — Educational Service Personnel (ESP). Educational Service Personnel are credentialed educators with additional knowledge and skills to provide a complete curriculum and meet the educational, health, mental health, and career/college attainment needs of students. The original Rule requires a minimum of five full time equivalent educational service personnel be employed district-wide for each one thousand students in the regular student population. Educational service personnel shall be assigned to five of the eight following areas: counselor, library media specialist, school nurse, visiting teacher, social worker, and elementary art, music, and physical education.
-The OAAE believes that this Rule supports best practices and has requested that the original language be restored and the original definition of ESP be restored in Rule 3301-35-01 (B) (13). The current revision removes the ratios and categories, and also expands the definition of Educational Service Personnel to positions that might not require a licensed educator. The OAAE believes that the revised language does not adequately support the intent of the Rule to encourage schools/districts to employ ESP. In addition, the OAAE has requested that ESP be reported on the local report card, as a way to acknowledge schools/districts that provide comprehensive curriculum and services for students.
-Unfortunately this Rule, while still supporting best practices, is an orphan rule, meaning that the law that authorized this Rule has been repealed. One of the goals of the Operating Standards Committee has been to eliminate these orphan rules in the standards. So, what the OAAE has been trying to do is establish the Rule as a best practice for a positive condition for learning. The Committee has agreed to keep ESP in Faculty and Staff Focus, rather than eliminating ESP all together, but in the revised standards there are no requirement (ratios and categories) for employing ESP in a school/district.
-The OAAE will continue to work through the Operating Standards Committee process and with the full State Board of Education on Rule 3301-35-05 (A)(3).
-NO ACTION IS REQUESTED AT THIS TIME, BUT THE OAAE REQUESTS THAT ARTS EDUCATION ADVOCATES RESPOND TO ACTION ALERTS WHEN REQUESTED.
1) Ohio News
- 130th General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will resume sessions and hearings this week, as lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the final weeks of the 130th General Assembly.
The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, will meet on November 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM in Hearing Room 121. The committee will receive testimony on HB303 (Hayes) Student Religious Expressions; HB304 (Hayes) Public School Facilities Access; Sub. HB228 (Brenner/Gonzales) Limit Hours of Testing; and Sub. HB343 (Stebelton) Educational Programs – Non High School Graduates/Graduation Assessments.
The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on November 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM in the North Hearing Room. The committee will consider the following bills:
-HB178 (Phillips) School Safety Drills: Amends laws regarding the requirements for school safety drills.
-HB113 (Antonio) High School Physical Education: Specifies that school districts and chartered nonpublic schools may excuse from high school physical education classes students who participate in a school-sponsored athletic club.
-HB367 (Driehaus/Sprague) Opioid Abuse Prevention Instruction – Schools: Requires the health curriculum of each school district to include instruction in prescription opioid abuse prevention.
-SB329 (Schiavoni) Community Schools – Auditing Requirements: Regarding audit and record-keeping requirements for community school sponsors and operators.
-SB241 (Sawyer) Straight A Program Governing Board: Modifies the membership of the Straight A Program Governing Board.
- House Committee Votes to Repeal Common Core Standards: The House Rules and Reference Committee, chaired by Representative Matt Huffman, approved on November 5, 2014 HB597 (Thompson/Huffman) Repeal/Replace the Common Core State Standards by a vote of 7 to 2, with all Republicans voting for the bill and two Democrats voting no. The bill would require the State Board of Education to develop new standards in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies by June 13, 2017, to be implemented in the 2018-19 school year, and prohibits the implementation of the Common Core State Standards or Ohio’s participation in the PARCC assessments. Until the new standards are developed, the State Board of Education is required to implement Massachusetts’ state standards as closely as possible.
Although the bill has the support of many House members, including House Speaker William Batchelder, the bill’s fate is uncertain in the full House, where it needs 50 votes, and in the Ohio Senate, where Senator Lehner, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, opposes the bill. Governor Kasich has also stated in the past that he supports the Common Core State Standards.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the bill is opposed by all major education organizations, university professors, and business groups, such as the Chamber of Commerce, and opposed by the Republican chair of the House Education Committee, Representative Gerald Stebelton.
The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials released a joint statement on November 5, 2014 saying that they are disappointed with the vote, because so many school officials and teachers had contacted committee members about their opposition to the bill.
See the OSBA web site at http://ealerts.ohioschoolboards.org/msgs/2243.html
The bill is supported by parents, educators and policy-makers, who oppose the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for a variety of reasons. In testimony before the House Rules and Reference Committee opponents raised the following concerns: there is no evidence that CCSS are better than previous standards; CCSS were not developed by classroom teachers and not properly vetted; CCSS are leading to a national curriculum; school districts and states are losing autonomy; CCSS are not developmentally appropriate; CCSS are not appropriate for students with special needs; there is too much testing and involvement of testing companies and international corporations in the implementation of the standards; students are becoming stressed-out about the increased emphasis on testing; schools do not have the capacity to implement online testing aligned to the standards; etc.
The Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math were initiated by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and were developed by a writing team that included members from Student Achievement Partners, Achieve, ACT, and the College Board. The architect of the CCSS, David Coleman, was the founder of Student Achievement Partners along with Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, and is now the president of the College Board. Development of the standards was funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Ohio State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010 and eventually joined the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) to develop and implement standardized assessments based on the CCSS.
See the members of the CCSS writing team at http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2009/col2-content/main-content-list/title_common-core-state-standards-development-work-group-and-feedback-group-announced.html
- House Education Committee Addresses Over-Testing: The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, accepted a substitute bill for HB228 (Brenner/Gonzales) that incorporates HB629 (Gonzales) Primary and Secondary Assessments. The intent of the original bill was to reform the state funding system for elementary and secondary education. The substitute bill limits the amount of time allotted for each statewide assessment prescribed in law to four hours per year beginning in 2015-16; delays statewide online testing to the 2016-17 school year; requires the ODE to study the impact of online assessments on student performance; provides flexibility for the administration of the kindergarten readiness assessment, including administering the assessment before school begins; allows districts to use evidence from the teacher residency summative assessment in the evaluation of resident teachers; and requires the Ohio Department of Education to estimate the cost of implementing a per pupil funding floor and assess the readiness of schools to administer tests online. The bill would not affect the third grade reading assessment, alternative assessments, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate assessments.
The committee also accepted a substitute bill for HB343 (Stebelton) Educational Programs Non High School Graduates. The substitute bill removes language regarding options for adults to earn high school diplomas, and adds a slew of provisions to clean-up recent changes in law regarding assessments, standardized testing, requirements for nonpublic schools, reporting requirements, withdrawing students, the definition of a full-time equivalent student, and more. A summary of the analysis of the substitute bill is included below.
- Community Connectors Board Named: Governor Kasich signed an Executive Order on November 3, 2014 creating the advisory board for Ohio’s Community Connectors, a new mentorship program signed into law in June 2014 to provide students with access to role models to help them develop the skills they need to be successful in school and the workplace. The Community Connectors program provides $10 million from lottery profits to provide 3-to-1 matching grants to support mentorship programs. The advisory committee will help State Superintendent Richard Ross design and implement the program.
The advisory board includes Rev. Dr. Todd Davidson, Antioch Baptist Church, Cleveland; Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership; Jane Keller, CEO and president of Cincinnati Youth Collaborative; Bill Kitson, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland; Rich Nathan, senior pastor of the Vineyard Church of Columbus; Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio; and Cynthia Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
See the press release about the advisory board at http://communityconnectors.ohio.gov/News-and-Events/ArticleID/5/Kasich-Signs-Executive-Order-2014-05K-Creating-Advisory-Board-for-Ohios-New-School-Mentorship-Program
- OSU to Receive Investing in Innovation Grant: The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it expects to award 26 Investing in Innovation Grants worth $129 million. The Ohio State University (OSU) is one of the potential recipients of a $2.9 million development grant entitled “Improving Literacy Outcomes for Beginning Readers with Disabilities.” The purpose of the competitive grant program is to develop innovative approaches to improve student achievement and replicate effective strategies. The grantees must secure matching funds by December 10, 2014, and the final announcement of recipients will be made on December 31, 2014.
See “U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces Highest-Rated applications for Investing in Innovation 2014 Competition During Visit with High School Students in North Carolina”, U.S. DOE, November 6, 2014 at
2) National News:
- Speculation About the National Education Policy Agenda for the New Congress: Several articles in Education Week and other news outlets last week speculated on the future of national education policy, U.S. Department of Education initiatives, and the priorities for the last two years of President Obama’s administration as a result of the November 4, 2014.
Wins in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, and South Dakota will lead to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in the 114th Congress, which convenes on January 3, 2015. According to the articles, the Republican majority in the Senate (at least 52 seats) and the increased Republican majority in the House of Representatives (at least 243 seats) signal renewed action on several stalled bills, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also referred to at No Child Left Behind Act, and the Higher Education Act, and less emphasis on President Obama’s education priorities.
Most news organizations predict that Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee will take over the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP), now led by Senator Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of this year. Senator Patty Murray, Democrat from Washington, is likely to become the top Democrat on the committee. Both Senators Alexander and Murray have worked together on education legislation, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which passed the Senate in June 2014 and the Strengthening Education through Research Act, which passed in September 2014.
Representative John Kline is expected to remain chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, but the top Democrat on the committee, Representative George Miller, is retiring at the end of the year, and Democrat Representative Bobby Scott is expected to become the new ranking member. Representative Kline has already guided different versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the committee and the U.S. House, but now has a working partner in the U.S. Senate. According to Education Week, Senator Alexander introduced last year a rewrite of NCLB that is similar to Representative Kline’s proposal. Both versions provide states more flexibility while still requiring that students be tested in grades 3-8 and once in high school, and states report results for subgroups of students. But the proposals also reduce the federal role in K-12 policy by letting states develop their own accountability systems.
Several reporters note that the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate could increase opposition to U.S. Department of Education initiatives such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and the School Improvement Grant program. These competitive grant programs provided additional federal funds to states and school districts during the recession, but the initiatives came with federal mandates that some Republicans and state leaders believe inappropriately increased the role of the federal government in K-12 state policy decisions. The Obama administration’s efforts to expand early childhood eduction; increase the rigor of rules for teacher preparation programs; and increase the accountability of for-profit training programs might be put on the back burner, as Republicans pursue a different agenda, that includes more school choice (charters and vouchers), including a national voucher plan proposed by Senator Alexander.
At the state level the movement to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and limit standardized testing is likely to continue in states where opponents of the Common Core have been elected to state legislatures, governorships, and chief state school offices, including school officers elected in Georgia, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and maybe Arizona. According to the Baltimore Sun, Governor-elect Larry Hogan said that implementation of the Common Core standards has been a “complete disaster” and said it was time to “push the pause button”.
See “GOP Leaders in Congress Outline Education Priorities” by Lauren Camera, Education Week, November 7, 2014 at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/11/07/12election-congress.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1
See “Republicans Will Control Senate in the 114th Congress” by Lauren Camera, Education Week, November 4, 2014 at
See “GOP Wave to Sap Obama’s Clout on Education” by Alyson Klein, Education Week, November 6, 2014 at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/11/06/12election-overview.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-MOSTPOP
See “Brown, Hogan accuse each other of not telling the truth” by Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun, October 7, 2014.
- Smarter Balanced Consortium Delays Cut Scores: Catherine Gewertz reports for Education Week that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium delayed approving a set of cut scores for the spring assessments at their meeting in Chicago on November 6, 2014. Panelists of educators, selected by member states, met in Dallas in October 2014 to review test items and establish levels of difficulty for each grade level and subject. The panelists proposed cut scores, which were then reviewed by a technical advisory committee and presented to representatives of member states in November. But after discussion and review the Consortium said that more time is needed before the cut scores are announced.
See “Smarter Balanced Delay Vote on Cut Scores” by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week, November 6, 2014 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/11/smarter_balanced_delays_vote_o.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3
3) State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar President, will meet on November 10-11, 2014 at the Columbus Convention Center during the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference.
On November 10, 2014 the State Board will hold a Chapter 119 Hearing in room D233-235 on three Administrative Code Rules: Rule 3301-05-01 Emergency Management Plan; Rule 3301-16-04 College and Work Ready Assessment System; and Rule 3301-45-01 to -08 High School Diploma Program – HB483.
The Achievement Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 9:30 AM in room D233-235. The committee will approve Rules 3301-62-02 through 05, -16, and 3301-68-01 Career Technical Education. The committee will also discuss Certificates of Accomplishment and early learning.
The Capacity Committee, chaired by Tom Gunlock, will meet at 9:30 AM in room D244-245 and consider the following:
-Rules 3301-19-02 & 03, School District Expenditure Flow Reports
-Rule 3301-56-01 School District and Building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification and Intervention
-Score setting for the resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)
-Rule 3301-24-10 Alternative Pathway to Professional Principal Licensure for the New Leaders for Ohio Schools Pilot Program
-Measures of Satisfactory Achievement and Progress to Ensure Accountability for Funding Pursuant to ORC 3317.40
-Rule 3301-102-08, Standards for Measuring Sponsor Compliance with Applicable Laws and Rules
-Rules 3301-24-23 Alternative Resident Educator License Renewal
-Rules 3301-24-25 Senior Professional Education License Renewal and Rule 3301-24-26 Lead Professional Education License Renewal
The Urban and Rural Renewal Committee, chaired by Dr. Smith, will meet at 9:30 AM in room D246. The committee will receive a presentation about the Community Connectors Grant and updates about the web page and the Rural Education Conference.
The Graduation Requirements Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 1:15 PM. The committee will receive an update on the Work Job Skills Assessment Recommendations and recommendations for substitute exams for the International Baccalaureate.
The Operating Standards Committee, chaired by Ron Rudduck, will meet at around 1:45 PM in room D233-235. The committee will approve the revised Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools, Rules 3301-35-01 through 15, and review a presentation about the standards that will be made to the full State Board.
The Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by Kathleen McGervey, will meet at about 3:00 PM in room D233-35, and approve the State Board of Education’s Proposed Budget for FY16-17.
On November 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Room C123-125, State Superintendent Richard Ross will make a presentation to the OSBA Capital Conference.
The State Board will convene its business meeting at 10:30 AM in room D233-35; receive public participation on agenda and non agenda items; receive a presentation about the revised Operating Standards; receive reports from other committees; and vote on the report and recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The State Board will take action on personnel items and the following resolutions:
#4 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-27-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code entitled Qualifications to Direct, Supervise, or Coach a Pupil Activity Program.
#5 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-51-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code entitled Admission, Transfer, Suspension, and Expulsion Standards for the Ohio State Schools for the Blind and the Deaf.
#7 Approve a Resolution of Intent to consider confirmation of the Columbus Grove Local School District’s determination of impractical transportation of certain students attending a private school.
#8 Approve a resolution to oppose the proposed transfer of school district territory from the River View Local School District, Coshocton County, to the North Fork Local School District, Licking County.
#23 Approve a Resolution to Amend Rules 3301-24-03 and 3301-24-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code entitled Teacher Education Programs and Resident Educator License.
#24 Approve a Resolution to Adopt the State Board of Education’s 2016-2017 Biennial Budget Request.
4) Recap of the November 4, 2014 Election:
U.S. House of Representatives: Voters re-elected on November 4, 2014 all members of Ohio’s delegation to the House of Representatives, which includes 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Ohio’s two Senators did not have to run for office this year. According to the unofficial results, Republican control will increase from 45 to at least 52 seats in the U.S. Senate, and from 234 to at least 243 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The following candidates were elected to represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives:
District 1: Steve Chabot (R) defeated Fred Kundrata (D)
District 2: Brad Wenstrup (R) defeated Marek Tyszkiewicz (D)
District 3: Joyce Beatty (D) defeated John Adams (R) and Ralph Applegate (WI)
District 4: Jim Jordan (R) defeated Janet Garrett (D)
District 5: Bob Latta (R) defeated Robert Fry (D) and Eric Eberly (L)
District 6: Bill Johnson (R) defeated Jennifer Garrison (D) and Dennis Lambert (G)
District 7: Bob Gibbs (R) ran unopposed.
District 8: John Boehner (R) defeated Tom Poetter (D) and James Condit (R)
District 9: Marcy Kapture (D) defeated Richard May (R) Cory Hoffman (WI) and George Skalsky (WI)
District 10: Mike Turner (R) defeated Robert Klepinger (D) and David Harlow (L)
District 11: Marcia Fudge (D) defeated Mark Zetzer (R)
District 12: Pat Tiberi (R) defeated David Tibbs (D) and Bob Hart (G)
District 13: Tim Ryan (D) defeated Thomas Pekarek (R) and David Pastorius (WI)
District 14: Dave Joyce (R) defeated Michael Wager (D) and David Macko (L)
District 15: Steve Stivers (R) defeated Scott Wharton (D)
District 16: Jim Renacci (R) defeated Pet Crossland (D)
Statewide Offices: In addition to re-electing Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Ohio voters also re-elected all Republican statewide office holders, including Jon Husted, Secretary of State; Mike DeWine, Attorney General; Josh Mandel, Treasurer; and Dave Yost, Auditor.
Judicial Races: Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French were re-elected to the Ohio Supreme Court and 33 new judges will be taking office next year. There were a total of 223 judicial races this year for the appeals courts, common pleas courts, and county courts. All judges in Ohio are elected to six-year terms. Information about the results of the judicial races is available at http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/bench/2014/judElectionResults_110514.asp#.VGAD8r4fPBE
State Board of Education: The State Board of Education includes 19 members: 11 members are elected and eight members are appointed. There were seven contested races on the State Board of Education this year, and four incumbents won re-election: Kathleen McGervey (District 2); A.J. Wagner (District 4); and Sarah Fowler (District 7); and Ron Rudduck (District 10). Pat Bruns, will replace Debe Terhar, who decided not to run in District 4; Roslyn Painter-Goffi defeated incumbent Brad Lamb in District 5; and Robert Hagen, who is currently in the Ohio House, will replace Debbie Cain, who is term limited, in District 8.
School Issues: Of the 162 school tax issues on the ballot this year, 65 percent were approved (105 out of 162). According to the Ohio School Boards Association the passage rate is similar to previous years, but voters approved replacement levies at a higher rate than issues asking for new money. The Ohio School Boards Association has a list of all the school levies at http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/special%20election%20results
What’s Next? According to reports by the Northeast Media Group and the Columbus Dispatch Republican lawmakers are eager to complete work on several bills before the end of 130th General Assembly, including the following:
-Legislation regarding the Common Core State Standards (HB597)
-Community learning process (HB460)
-Clean-up language about graduation requirements (HB343)
-Changes for zero tolerance policies in schools (SB167)
-A reduction in state testing (HB228 and HB629)
-Tax reforms including the Commercial Activity Tax, income tax, severance tax on fracking, and municipal income tax (HB5) -Regulation of traffic cameras
-Hand gun regulations (HB203 and SB338)
-Right to work laws
-The Heartbeat Bill (HB248)
-Reauthorizing the expansion of the Medicaid program
-Regulations for death penalty executions (HB640)
-Water pollution and algal blooms (HB490).
Some of the Republican education priorities mentioned for the 131st General include lowering the cost of higher education; freeing high performing K-12 schools from state requirements and mandates; and expanding early childhood education.
See “Death penalty changes among legislation to be passed in lame duck, Statehouse leaders say” by Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group, November 6, 2014 at
See “Post-ballot Ohio Legislature to Act Fast” by Jim Siegel & Randy Ludlow, Columbus Dispatch, November 9, 2014 at
5) Who’s New and Who’s Out in the Statehouse: According to the unofficial results of the November 4, 2014 General Election, Republicans will have a 65 to 34 majority over Democrats in the Ohio House, and a 23 to 10 majority in the Ohio Senate when the 131st Ohio General Assembly convenes in January 2015. There is at least one close race that might change by the official count. Incumbent House Representative Debbie Phillips is about 194 votes ahead of Yolan Dennis in the 94th House District race, with provisional ballots to be counted on November 21, 2014.
Update on the Election for the Ohio Senate: Only odd-numbered Senate districts were contested this year. Running unopposed were Senators Cliff Hite (R-1st Senate District (SD)); Shannon Jones (R-7th SD); Bob Peterson (R-17th SD), and Joe Schiavoni (D-33rd SD).
Senators Eric Kearney (D-9th SD), Shirley Smith (D-21st SD), and Tim Schaffer (R-31st SD) were term-limited, and Senator Nina Turner (D-25th SD) was unsuccessful in her bid to become Secretary of State. Winning those open seats are Cecil Thomas (D), who will replace Eric Kearney; Sandra Williams (D), who will replace Shirley Smith; Jay Hottinger (R), who will replace Tim Schaffer; and Kenny Yuko (D), who will replace Nina Turner.
Incumbents who won in the Senate include Kevin Bacon (R-3rd SD); Bill Beagle (R-5th SD); Edna Brown (D-11th SD); Gayle Manning (R-13th SD); Charleta Tavares (D-15th SD); Kris Jordan (R-19th SD), Mike Skindell (D-23rd SD), Frank LaRose (R-27th SD); and Scott Oelslager (R-29th SD).
The new faces in the Senate for the 131st General Assembly include Cecil Thomas, Sandra Williams, Jay Hottinger, and Kenny Yuko, but only Cecil Thomas has not served in the General Assembly before. Sandra Williams and Jay Hottinger currently serve in the Ohio House, and Kenny Yuko formerly served in the Ohio House.
Update on the Election for the Ohio House: Several well-known lawmakers, who have served in the Statehouse for years, will be leaving at the end of December 2014. These include Representatives Matt Huffman; former House Speaker Armond Budish; Barbara Boyd; Mike Foley; John Patrick Carney; Tracey Maxwell Heard; Dale Mallory; Vern Sykes; Robert Hagen; Tom Letson; current House Speaker William Batchelder; Matt Lynch; Chairman of the House Education Committee Gerald Stebelton; Ross McGregor; Richard Adams; Lynn Wachtmann; John Adams; Rex Damschroder; Connie Pillich; Matt Lundy; and Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern, who recently announced his resignation as party chair.
There were 15 unopposed candidates for the Ohio House this election: Representatives Ron Amstutz (R-1st HD); Mike Dovilla (R-7th HD); Stephanie Howse (D-11th HD); John Barnes (D-12th HD); Alicia Reece (D-33rd HD); Barbara Sears (R-47th HD); Kirk Schuring (R-48th HD); Dan Ramos (D-56th HD); Michelle LaPore Hagen (D-58th HD); Bob Hackett (R-74th HD); Tony Burkley (R-82nd HD); Jim Buchy (R-84th HD); Nino Vitale (R-85th HD); Cliff Rosenberger (R-94th HD); and Gary Scherer (R-92nd HD).
Out of 99 districts in the Ohio House, voters returned 70 incumbents to office on November 4, 2014. Of the 29 districts that will have new representatives in 2015, there are five districts that switched from being Democrat to Republican.
New Representatives in the Ohio House
-Ohio House District 4: Robert Cupp (R) replaces Matt Huffman (R), who is term limited. Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Cupp also served 16 years in the Ohio Senate.
-Ohio House District 8: Kent Smith (D) replaces Armond Budish (D), who is term limited and was elected Cuyahoga County Executive.
-Ohio House District 9: Janine Boyd (D) replaces her mom, Barbara Boyd (D), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 11: Stephanie Howse (D) replaces Sandra Williams (D), who is term limited, and was elected to the Ohio Senate.
-Ohio House District 14: Martin Sweeney (D) replaces Mike Foley (D), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 22: David Leland (D) replaces John Patrick Carney (D), who ran unsuccessfully for State Auditor.
-Ohio House District 26: Hearcel Craig (D) replaces Tracy Maxwell Heard (D), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 27: Tom Brinkman (R) replaces Peter Stautberg (R), who was defeated in the primary.
-Ohio House District 32: Christie Bryant (D) replaces Dale Mallory (D), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 34: Emilia Sykes (D) replaces her dad Vern Sykes (D), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 35: Greta Johnson (D) replaces Zack Milkovich (D), who was defeated in the primary.
-Ohio House District 42: Niraj Antani (R). The district was represented by Terry Blair, who passed away in June.
-Ohio House District 54: Paul Zeltwanger (R) replaces Peter Beck (R), who was defeated in the primary.
-Ohio House District 58: Michele LaPore Hagen (D) replaces her husband Robert Hagen (D), who is term limited and was elected to the State Board of Education.
-Ohio House District 64: Michael O’Brien (D) replaces Tom Letson (D), who is term limited and ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio Supreme Court.
-Ohio House District 69: Steve Hambley (R) replaces House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R), who is term-limited.
-Ohio House District 71: Scott Ryan (R) replaces Jay Hottinger (R), who is term limited, and was elected to the Ohio Senate.
-Ohio House District 76: Sarah LaTourette (R), daughter of former Congressman Steve LaTourette, replaces Matt Lynch (R), who was defeated in the primary.
-Ohio House District 77: Former Senator Tim Schaffer (R) replaces Gerald Stebelton (R), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 79: Kyle Koehler (R) replaces Ross McGregor (R), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 80: Steve Huffman (R) replaces Richard Adams (R), who retired.
-Ohio House District 81: Rob McColley (R) replaces Lynn Wachtmann (R), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 85: Nino Vitale (R) replaces John Adams (R), who is term limited.
-Ohio House District 88: William Reineke (R) replaces Rex Damschroder (R), who was kept off the primary ballot for technical reasons.
Districts that switched from Democrat to Republican:
-Ohio House District 5: Tim Ginter (R) defeated Nick Barborak (D).
-Ohio House District 28: Jonathan Dever (R) replaces Connie Pillich (D). Representative Pillich ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer.
-Ohio House District 43: Jeffery Rezabek (R) defeated Roland Winburn (D).
-Ohio House District 55: Nathan Manning (R) replaces Matt Lundy (D). Representative Lundy is term-limited, and was elected to the Lorain County Commission.
-Ohio House District 89: Steven Kraus (R) defeated Chris Redfern (D).
6) Substitute Bill HB343 – A Clean-up Bill: The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, met on November 5, 2014 and accepted a substitute bill for HB343 (Stebelton).
The original bill provided options for adults to earn high school diplomas, but a similar provision was included in HB483, the mid-biennium review, and was signed into law. The new law allows an individual who is age 22 and above and has not received a high school diploma or equivalence certificate to enroll for up to two cumulative school years in a program to earn a diploma operated by a city, local, or exempted village school district; a community school that operates a dropout prevention and recovery program; a joint vocational school district that operates an adult education program; or a community college, university branch, technical college, or state community college.
The substitute bill addresses a variety of issues that the Ohio Department of Education, administrators, teachers, and lawmakers have identified over the past months as HB487 and HB483 have been implemented. The following is a summary of some of the proposals included in HB343, and is based on an analysis prepared by the Legislative Service Commission:
Education for Older Students (R.C. 3314.38, 3317.23, 3317.24, and 3345.86.)
-Removes original language about options for adults to earn a high school diploma.
-Requires school districts, charter schools, and postsecondary institutions that enroll individuals who are at least 22 years old to annually report to the ODE specific information about each of those individuals, including coursework completed and subject area graduation tests passed during the previous school year.
College and Career Readiness Assessment
- Section 3301.0712(B)(1) Eliminates the requirement that the nationally standardized assessment, required for students in public and nonpublic schools, that measures college and career readiness must “include components in English, mathematics, science, and social studies.”
Science End of Course Exams
- Section 3301.0712(B)(2) and (4)(a) Adds an end of course exam in biology as an alternative to the current required physical science end-of-course examination.
- Section 3301.0712(B)(8)(a) Requires the ODE to make available to school districts and schools end-of-course examinations in both physical science and biology until the 2016-2017 school year.
- Section 3301.0712(B)(8)(b) Permits the State Board of Education to choose to provide one or both of the end-of-course examinations in physical science and biology beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
End-of-course examination exemption for chartered nonpublic schools
- Section 3313.612(D) and (G) Exempts chartered nonpublic schools from administering the seven required end-of-course examinations. In current law chartered nonpublic schools were exempt after October 1, 2015, only if the General Assembly did not enact different requirements. Under the exemption, a chartered nonpublic school may forego administering all of the end-of-course examinations if the school publishes the results of the required nationally standardized assessment that measures college and career readiness.
Reporting of data for students with disabilities
- Section 3302.035(A)(3) to (5) Requires the ODE to report the following for students with disabilities:
-The six-, seven-, and eight-year adjusted cohort graduation rates (in addition to the four- and five-year rates already required under current law);
-Annual measurable objectives regarding closing achievement gaps
-Data regarding disciplinary actions taken by the district or school against students with disabilities compared with those taken against students who do not have disabilities.
- Section 3302.035(B) Requires the ODE to calculate and report on its website the state averages for all the following for students with disabilities:
-Value-added progress dimension score, performance index score, four- to eight-year adjusted cohort graduation rates, AMO, and disciplinary action data
-Value-added progress dimension score disaggregated by grade level and subject area
-Performance index score disaggregated for each category of disability.
Teach for America educator licensing
- Section 3319.227(E)(1) Requires a participant in the Teach for America program in Ohio to successfully complete that program in order to continue to possess a resident educator license.
- Section 3319.227(E)(2) Requires the board of education of a school district to notify in writing the State Board of Education in the event that a participant in the Teach for America program assigned to that school district resigns or is otherwise removed from the program.
Student attendance reporting
- Section 3317.034(C)(3) and 3321.13(B)(5)(c) Removes a current school funding formula provision stating that a student’s enrollment is considered to cease when the student has 105 continuous hours of unexcused absences, and instead specifies in the student truancy law that a district superintendent must withdraw a student from school if the student has at least 265 continuous hours of unexcused absences.
- Section 3317.034(E) Specifies that a student in any of grades 9-12 is considered a full-time equivalent student if the student is enrolled in at least five units of instruction per school year.
- Section 3321.13 and 3321.13(C) Changes the requirements in the notification that a district superintendent must send to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles regarding a student’s withdrawal, habitual absence, suspension, or expulsion from school. The new requirements are the student’s grade level, number of unexcused absences, and name of the child’s parent or guardian.
Consequences for student truancy
- Section 3321.13(B)(5)(a) Requires that a school district notify a student’s parent or guardian in writing that the student may be a chronic truant if a student has at least 60 cumulative hours of unexcused absences; if the student accumulates at least 105 hours of unexcused absences, the school district must file a complaint jointly against the child and the child’s parent or guardian in the juvenile court of the county in which the student resides.
- Section 3321.13(B)(5)(b) Requires, for a student who has at least 105 cumulative hours of unexcused absences, that a district take “appropriate action” regarding the reporting of student truancy within ten days of the student accumulating 105 hours of unexcused absences. Under current law, the district might require the student’s parent or guardian to attend parental involvement or parent education programs, or file a complaint against the child and the child’s parent or guardian that the child is an unruly or delinquent child depending on the student’s truancy status.
- Section 3321.13(B)(5)(c) Requires a district superintendent to withdraw a student from school who has at least 265 continuous hours of unexcused absences.
- Section 3321.13(B)(5)(d) Requires the ODE to track and record the number of students to whom the unexcused absence conditions described above applies.
- Section 3321.13(B)(5)(d) Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to consider, on a case-by-case basis, a reduction in state operating payments to a school district that fails to comply with the bill’s provisions regarding student truancy.
7) Research Identifies Risk Factors for Chronic Absenteeism: The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement released on November 6, 2014 a new report that identifies 18 “risk factors” that are associated with chronic absenteeism in schools and communities in New York City. According to the report, absenteeism is a better indicator of the depths of poverty than traditional measures, such as the number of children eligible for free lunch.
Schools with chronic absenteeism are those in which students miss 10 percent or more of classes, or almost a month of school for five consecutive years. These schools also report the lowest pass rates on achievement tests aligned to New York State’s Common Core learning standards.
The researchers found that “…similar rates of family poverty can feel very different in a school, depending on what kind of challenges students face within their families and on the streets. That helps explain why we found schools with very similar demographic profiles that posted significantly divergent track records in reducing chronic absenteeism. We also found that determined school leadership can make a big difference in reducing absenteeism. When principals made reducing chronic absenteeism a major priority, relatively minor investments of resources not only typically increased attendance, they also markedly improved student academic performance.”
This study is based on previous research conducted by the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania about identifying and serving truly disadvantaged schools.
Researchers in New York examined risk-factors found in previous research and then matched up school zones with census tracts, and analyzed responses from the 2007-2010 American Community Survey, internal data from the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, publicly available data from the Department for Homeless Service and the NYC Housing Authority, and data from the city and state education departments on students, teachers and school climate.
The researchers identified the following 18 variables as strong predictors of both Common Core test scores and chronic absenteeism:
-Students eligible for free lunch
-Students living in temporary housing
-Students eligible for welfare benefits from Human Resources Administration
-Special education students
-Black or Hispanic students
-Safety scores on the Learning Environment Survey
-Engagement score on the Learning Environment Survey
-Involvement with the Administration for Children’s Services (2010)
-Adult education levels (2010)
-Professional employment (2010)
-Male unemployment (2010)
-Presence of public housing in a school’s catchment (2011)
-Presence of a homeless shelter in a school’s catchment (2011)
Using data based on these variables, the researchers were able to calculate a school’s “total risk load”. After examining the results the researchers determined that schools with chronic absenteeism are also struggling with the deepest types of poverty and have not been able to get a handle on the student-or family-related issues that keep students from attending school regularly.
The report includes recommendations for identifying and serving schools and communities with chronic absenteeism, including an effort by New York City Mayor DeBlasio to extend the community schools initiative to the lowest performing schools.
See “A Better Picture of Poverty: What Chronic Absenteeism and Risk Load Reveal about NYC’s Lowest-Income Elementary Schools”, by Kim Nauer, Nicole Mader, Gail Robinson, and Tom Jacobs, The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement, November 6, 2014 at
1) Watercolors Featured in New Riffe Exhibition: The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus will feature a new exhibition, “100 Years of Ohio Watercolor” on January 29, 2015 through April 12, 2014. The exhibition, which spans 1915-2015, was produced by the Southern Ohio Museum (SOM) in Portsmouth and curated by SOM Artistic Director Charlotte Gordon. It features more than 45 Ohio watercolor artists, including August Biehle, Emerson Burkhardt, Alice Schille, Clarence Carter, Earl Jack, David Terry, and Cody Heichel. The exhibition is presented by the OAC’s Riffe Gallery with media support from CD102.5, CityScene, Ohio Channel, WOSU, Ohio Magazine and WCBE 90.5 FM. The exhibition will kick off the Ohio Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary celebration!!
For more information http://www.oac.state.oh.us/riffe/
2) Arts Education’s Impact on the Workforce: Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, writes in an article for the Huffington Post that “…to prepare, protect and equip today’s workforce and that of the future, we must ensure that arts education remains a priority in our schools and in our lives.”
According to the article, there are many examples in research about the positive effects of an education in the arts on the modern workforce. Researchers have found that students who are exposed to the arts have a higher graduation rate, and college students with lower incomes are more likely to complete college if they have participated in the arts. Those employed in the creative industries, including engineers, artists, and scientists, were more likely to hold on to their jobs during the 2008-2010 recession, according to a study in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. And, researchers in Michigan have found that participating in the arts as a hobby, such as painting or playing in a band, “is a better predictor for career success in any discipline than IQ, standardized test scores, or grades”.
Business leaders are looking for employees who are creative according to the “Ready to Innovate” report by Americans for the Arts and the Conference Board and the IBM 2010 Global CEO Study. Creative individuals, like those who have participated in arts education programs, are more flexible, adapt to technology, respond quickly to changing customer preferences, and can communicate.
Mr. Lynch writes that “arts education has the power to transform societies for the better” and recommends that parents and community members use a “toolbox” developed by Americans for the Arts to engage local schools in advocating for arts education programs.
He writes, “to ensure a flexible, innovative and employable workforce, we need creative, curious citizens who have been educated in the arts.”
See “Arts Education Transforms” by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO Americans for the Arts, Huffington Post, October 26, 2014 at
This update is written weekly by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The purpose of the update is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities. The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).