Arts on Line Education Update June 22, 2015

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
Joan Platz
June 22, 2015

1) Ohio News

  • 131st General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will hold hearings and sessions this week.

A conference committee on HB64 (Smith) Biennial Budget will continue to address the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state’s $71.3 billion budget for FY16-17.  The Senate members of the conference committee are Senators Scott Oelslager, Bill Coley, and Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood).  The House members of the conference committee are Representatives Ryan Smith, Kirk Schuring, and Denise Dreihaus.

The HB64 Conference Committee began meeting last week after the Senate approved Sub. HB64 on June 18, 2015, and the House failed to concur with the Senate changes in the bill.  The committee expects to meet on June 24, 2015, and could approve the budget bill then, which would give the House and Senate Thursday and Friday to vote on the measure.  That would give the governor a few days to review the bill before the deadline of June 30, 2015.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will also meet this week on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will consider SB130 (Gentile) Disability History and Awareness Month; SB61 (LaRose) Student Violent Behavior Information; HB28 (Anielski) Suicide Prevention-Higher Education; and HB70 (Driehaus/Brenner) School Restructuring.  A vote is possible on HB70.

  • Charter Schools File Lawsuits to Protest Closings:  The Akron Beacon Journal reports that two charter schools filed civil suits on June 16, 2015 in Franklin County challenging the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of School Sponsorship’s intent to close them. The schools are Imagine Cleveland Academy and the Imagine on Superior in Canton. The Office of School Sponsorship issued the schools on June 3, 2015 an “intent to close” notification.  The lawsuit asks the court to delay the notification and require the Office of School Sponsorship to give the schools more time to submit a corrective action plan.

See “NE Ohio Charter Schools Sue State”, by Doug Livingston, Beacon Journal, June 17, 2015 at http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/poorly-performing-charter-schools-sue-ohio-for-trying-to-shut-them-down-1.600849

  • State Board Member Resigns:  Robert Hagen from Youngstown announced last week that he will resign from the State Board of Education effective July 1, 2015.  Mr. Hagen is one of eleven elected members on the 19-member board.  He took office on January 1, 2015 and represents the 8th State Board District, which includes Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Stark, Vinton, and Washington counties. His term would have ended on December 31, 2018. Governor Kasich is expected to appoint a replacement, who can serve until the next general election.

See “Hagan resigns from state Board of Education” by Catherine Candisky, Columbus Dispatch, June 18, 2015 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/06/18/hagan-resignation.html

2)  More on Sub. HB64:  Last week the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Oelslager, approved on June 17, 2015 another omnibus amendment, additional amendments, and reported Sub. HB64 (Smith) Biennial Budget.  The Ohio Senate approved the measure on June 18, 2015 mainly along party lines by a vote of 23 to 10, after adding more amendments.  The House failed to concur with the Senate changes in the bill, setting up a conference committee, which began meeting last week.

On June 19, 2015 Tim Keen, director of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM), and Mark Flanders, Director of the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) updated the conference committee on the state’s finances and budget balance for this fiscal year.  According to the OBM the state is expected to end this fiscal year with a $1.15 billion surplus.  The revenue projections now show that the state will take in an additional $252 million in tax revenue in FY15, an additional $213 million in FY16, and an additional $180 million for FY17.  The state will also set aside $2 billion for the Budget Stabilization Fund – rainy day fund.

See “State-budget revenue estimated to increase through 2017” by Jim Siegel, Columbus Dispatch, June 19, 2015 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/06/19/0619-budget-revenue.html

House and Senate lawmakers will work this week in the conference committee to develop a compromise bill as the June 30, 2015 deadline to approve the state’s budget approaches.  Highlights of the Senate version of HB64 are included below, prepared from the LSC’s Budget in Detail and HB64 Comparison Document at http://www.lsc.ohio.gov/budget/mainbudget.htm

General Revenue Fund Total State – $34.95 billion in FY16 and $36.36 billion in FY17

All Funds State –  $64.3 billion in FY16 and $65.7 billion in FY17

The Arts

  • Increases general revenue funds for the Ohio Arts Council by $2 million in FY16 and 17, bringing the total GRF budget for the Arts Council to $28.94 million.
  • Removes the two-year moratorium of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and the transition to a grant based program in FY18.   Instead, requires the Development Services Agency to issue a report to the four legislative leaders by December 31, 2015 with options to convert the program to a grant program.
  • Provides $50,000 per year for the Beck Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Provides $100,000 per year to fund the Cores+Connections Program at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
  • Provides $100,000 in funding per year for the Cleveland Children’s Museum.
  • Earmarks $200,000 per year to support the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Fellowship Program in collaboration with Cleveland State University.
  • Does not restore a House provision authorizing Stark County to levy a cigarette and alcoholic beverage tax in support of a regional arts and cultural district.

Tax Changes

  • Reduces taxes by $1.7 billion; reduces personal income taxes by 6.3 percent; eliminates income taxes on the first $250,000 of income for small businesses, and sets a flat tax rate of 3 percent for income over that level for small businesses.
  • Restores the Tax Expenditure Study Committee.
  • Increases the cigarette tax from $1.25 to $1.65 per pack.
  • Transfers the tangible personal property tax on electric generation facilities to transmission and distribution property. That change, according to a Legislative Service Commission synopsis, “Permits electric companies to recover from customers outside of a rate case the increased tax on transmission and distribution property and energy conversion equipment resulting from the amendment.”
  • Does not include an increase in the severance tax on the oil and gas industry.  A joint legislative committee will continue to work on the severance tax.

Primary and Secondary Education

  • Allocates $7.58 billion in FY16 and $7.88 billion in FY17 to the Ohio Department of Education through the General Revenue Fund.
  • Allocates $10.71 billion in FY16 and $11.09 billion in FY17 to the Ohio Department of Education for All Funds.
  • Allocates $6.42 billion in FY16 and $6.67 billion in FY17 for Foundation Funding 200550
  • Restores, with modifications, the current school funding formula rather than adopting the House formula.
  • Pays supplemental foundation aid to guarantee districts do not receive less funding in each fiscal year than their combined funding from state foundation aid and tangible personal property fixed rate operating reimbursements for FY15, but excludes career-technical education funds from the calculation of the supplement in FY17, and moves the funds outside of the guarantee and cap in the main school funding formula in FY17. Requires the Director of Budget and Management to transfer $12 million cash each fiscal year from the GRF to the School District TPP Supplement Fund (Fund 5RE0).  Appropriates $48.0 million in FY16 and $78.0 million in FY17 in DPF Fund 5RE0 line item 200697, School District TPP Supplement, for the payments.
  • Increases per pupil payments to ESCs to $35. Increases funding for ESCs to $40.25 million in FY16 and $41.4 million in FY17.
  • Provides a transportation supplement for low density school districts.
  • Provides a technology supplement equal to the transportation supplement percentage based on district density.
  • Provides a graduation bonus equal to a district’s four-year graduation rate times 5 percent of the formula amount ($295 in FY16 and $300 in FY17) times the number of graduates.
  • Provides a third grade reading bonus equal to a district’s third grade reading proficiency rate times 15 percent of the formula amount ($885 in FY16 and $900 in FY17) times the number of students scoring proficient or higher times the district’s state share index.
  • Exempts capacity aid, the transportation supplement, the technology supplement, the graduation bonus, and the third grade reading bonus from the cap in both FY16 and FY17, and career-technical education and career-technical education associated services funds from the cap in FY17, and adjusts the cap base in FY17 by removing career-technical education and career-technical education associated services funds for FY16.
  • Modifies the tiered zero-tolerance policies for violent and disruptive student behavior.
  • Prohibits schools from altering a student’s record during the transfer of that record to another educational institution.
  • Removes a provision requiring the Department of Education, in conjunction with an association of education service centers, and an association that advocated for gifted children, to conduct a feasibility analysis for the establishment of 16 regional community schools for gifted children.
  • Restores Career Counseling provisions proposed in the Governor’s Executive Budget.
  • Eliminates the School Joint Transportation Task Force.
  • Clarifies that the increased school lunch match dollars provided in the substitute bill for the Children’s Hunger Alliance may also be used to increase access to the school breakfast program.
  • Permits school districts, ESCs, and community schools to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the construction, improvement or acquisition of playgrounds, parking lots, athletic facilities and safety enhancements.
  • Extends the expiration of a provision of current law that temporarily permits a school district to offer highest priority to purchase an athletic field to the current leaseholder from December 31, 2015, to December 31, 2017.
  • Transfers the tangible personal property tax assessed on electric generation facilities to the tangible personal property assessed on transmission and distribution; school districts that have received TPP tax from generation facilities will be held harmless; tax commissioner will determine the amount of the transferred tax that holds the school districts harmless. According to the Legislative Services Commission, this provision might increase electricity bills for customers.
  • Establishes a five-year parental engagement pilot program with DECA Prep and an institution of higher education and earmarks up to $100,000/year.
  • Specifies that a person who has completed the final year of instruction at home and has successfully fulfilled the high school curriculum applicable to that person may be granted a high school diploma by the person’s parent, guardian, or other person having charge or care of a child.
  • Provides $50,000 in each fiscal year for a school-based adaptive sports pilot program.
  • Reduces the per pupil amount provided for facilities to community schools and STEM schools to $12.50 for e-schools, and $150 for all other community schools and STEM schools.
  • Requires that in order for community schools to qualify for a grant for classroom facilities projects that applicants must certify that they will supply at least 50 percent of the cost of the project and the School Facilities Construction Commission must include in the rules for administration of the grants provision for ownership of a facility in the event a community school closes.
  • Allows a community school operator, within 60 days of the effective date of the provision, to exclude from membership in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) and the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) all individuals that meet certain requirements.  This provision would reduce community school operators’ costs related to retirement contributions for certain employees. Currently, employers must contribute 14 percent of an employee’s payroll into STRS or SERS.
  • Permits community schools to provide a written guarantee of payment for audits conducted by the auditor of state in lieu of the surety bond or cash payment guarantee currently required by law.
  • Provides community schools, and STEM schools with performance bonus payments. The payments are paid directly by the state.
  • Modifies the graduation requirements for students attending chartered non-public schools.
  • Increases the maximum amount of the EdChoice scholarship for elementary school students to $4,650 and for high school students to $6,000.
  • Increases the maximum amount of a scholarship awarded under the Autism Scholarship Program to $27,000 (from $20,000 under current law) and increases the maximum amount of a scholarship awarded under the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to $27,000 (from $20,000 under current law).
  • Removes the limitation on the number of Cleveland pilot project scholarships that may be awarded to students who were already enrolled in a nonpublic school when the students applied for the scholarship. (The current limit is 50 percent of all Cleveland Pilot Program scholarships awarded.)
  • Revises the alternative teacher evaluation and principal evaluation frameworks as follows:

-Decreases the student academic growth measure to account for 35 percent of an evaluation instead of 42.5 percent to 50 percent;

-Requires the teacher performance measure to account for 50 percent of an evaluation, instead of 42.5 percent to 50 percent;

-Specifies that the remaining 15 percent of each evaluation be one or a combination of student surveys, teacher self- evaluations, peer reviews, student portfolios, and any other component determined appropriate by the district or school rather than only one the options listed.

-Permits, instead of requires, each district or school to use instruments approved by ODE for the remaining 15 percent of each evaluation.

-Replaces the House provision with a provision that prohibits districts and schools from using value-added ratings from the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years for evaluations or employment decisions unless the district or school collectively agrees with its teachers or principals to use them. Repeals the current law provision related to the 2014- 2015 school year. Requires ODE to request a waiver for the federal No Child Left Behind Act to account for this prohibition.

-Requires that evaluations be based solely on performance if a value-added rating applies and no other measure of student academic growth is available.

  • Implements recommendations from the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing:

-Requires state elementary and secondary achievement assessments be shortened and offered once each year in the second half of the school year, but unlike HB74 (Brenner) does not set a specific number of hours for testing.

-Requires that in addition to online administration of tests that schools continue to have the option to administer paper formats of the test free of charge.

-Requires test results to be returned within 45 days or by June 30 each year, whichever is sooner, with an exception for third grade reading tests which must be returned no later than June 15.

-Postpones consequences as a result of testing for schools, students, and teachers for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

-Allows schools to administer in the have the choice in the 2015-16 school year paper-and-pencil tests, not just online ones.

-Requires test vendors to provide the state with exam results within 45 days or by June 30 each year, whichever is sooner. Third-grade reading tests, which determine if students can advance to fourth grade or not, must be returned no later than June 15.

-Removes a provision the House passed that all state tests be “nationally normed, standardized assessments.”

-Allows the State Board of Education to continue to administer the PARCC assessments, unlike HB74, which prohibits the state from using assessments developed by “multi-state consortia”.

Higher Education

-Adds $130 million for state universities, but freezes tuition increases for two years, and requires state universities to develop plans to reduce overall costs by five percent.

-Prohibits state universities from requiring students to live in on-campus student housing if they live within 25 miles of the campus, instead of 40 miles.

-Provides $250,000 per year for Ohio State University to host the annual Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games.

-Ensures that by December 1, 2018 any associate degree may be transferred from one state institution of higher education to another and applied to an equivalent bachelor’s degree program at that institution without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers.

-Addresses requirements for boards of trustees of state institutions of higher education to act following submission of a report by the Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education’s report.

-Allocates $120,000 per year to the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s statewide campus safety and mental health programs, including suicide prevention.

-Provides $125,000 in each fiscal year for the Ohio ProStart school restaurant program in Career Tech Ed Enhancement program.

-Adds $100,000 each year to the Appalachian New Economy Partnership to promote economic development in Appalachia through private-public technology partnerships among Ohio’s campuses, private industries, local governments, and school districts within the region.

-Removes language that would have required the Ohio College Opportunity Grant program to spend its entire allocation every year, and lets the newly-created OCOG Reserve Fund smooth out year-to-year student support.

-Harmonizes two factors: significant additional resources being provided through SSI this fiscal biennium, and a fair system for the allocation of resources through a performance-based formula in conjunction with institutions that participate in an undergraduate tuition guarantee program.

3)  ABJ Analysis of the School Funding Plans:  Doug Livingston at the Akron Beacon Journal compared the school funding plans proposed by Governor Kasich in the Executive Budget, the House, and Senate versions of Sub. HB64 (Smith), and found that under the plans state aid projections take “large swings for the wealthiest suburban schools, and the poorest rural and urban schools.”  Here is a breakdown of the percent in funding change for schools districts, based on their typography, in the three versions of the proposed budget:

-Rural high poverty school districts do best under the House and Senate plans, in which the increase in the percent of state aid is 8 percent and 9.5 percent respectively.  Under the governor’s plan these districts would receive a one percent increase.

-Rural average poverty school districts also do better under the House and Senate plans with increases of 8 percent and 9.8 percent respectively.  They lose 1 percent of funding under the governor’s plan.

-Small towns with low poverty school districts do a little better under the House and Senate plans, which increase funding by 4 percent and 4.4 percent respectively.  The governor increases funding for theses school districts by 1 percent.

-Small town high poverty school districts receive increases in all three plans.  The percent increase in the governor’s plan is 7; under the House plan 8 percent; and under the Senate plan 6.5 percent.

-Suburban low poverty schools do best under the governor’s plan with a 5 percent increase, compared to a 3 percent increase under the House plan, and a 4.1 percent increase under the Senate plan.

-Suburban wealthier school districts would receive a 3.9 percent increase under the Senate plan; a 3 percent decrease under the governor’s plan; and no increase under the House plan.

-Urban high poverty districts do well under all the plans.  The governor’s plan is most generous, with an increase of 11 percent followed by the House with an increase of 9 percent; and the Senate with an increase of 8.7 percent.

-Urban very high poverty also do better under the governor’s plan, with an increase of 8 percent.  The House plan provides an increase of 6 percent, while the Senate provides the lowest increase of 4.8 percent.

According to the article, the three education organizations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio School Boards Association, and Ohio Association of School Business Officials favor the House school funding plan.  Even though the Senate plan drives more state aid to poor rural school districts, it does so through supplemental funding for transportation and technology.  School officials are concerned that these supplemental funds will not be continued in future budgets. The Senate plan also provides less funding for urban school districts, and more funding for wealthier suburban school districts.

See “Budget plans for education could go one of three ways” by Doug Livingston, Akron Beacon Journal, June 21, 2015 at

http://akronbeaconjournal.oh.newsmemory.com/?token=81aaf34981c1d16981abb3e9a94e7061_5586ba6b_21aa&selDate=20150621&goTo=A01&artid=art_1.xml

4)  National News 

  • House to Move on Appropriations Bill – Arts in Education Program Eliminated: The House Appropriations Committee released on June 16, 2015 the draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill.  The bill is scheduled for a full committee mark-up on June 24, 2015.

The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and other related agencies.

According to an article in Education Week, the bill funds the Department of Education at $64.4 billion, which is $2.8 billion below the FY15 level and $6.4 billion below the President Obama’s budget request.  The following programs are not included in the bill:

-School Improvement state grants – $505.7 million

-Striving Readers – $160 million

-Preschool development grants – $250 million

-Math and science partnership – $152.7 million

-Safe and drug-free schools and communities – $70 million

-Carol M. White Physical Education Program – $47 million

-Investing in Innovation – $120 million

-Teacher incentive fund grants – $230 million

-Transition to teaching – $13.7 million

-School leadership – $16.3 million

-Magnet schools assistance – $91.6 million

-Advanced Placement – $28.4 million

-Ready to learn television – $25.7 million

-Innovative approaches to literacy – $24.7 million

-Full service community schools – $10 million

-Javits Gifted and Talented – $10 million

-Arts in Education – $25 million

-Teacher quality partnership – $40.5 million

The bill includes the following appropriations:

-Maintains FY15 levels for Title I at $14.5 billion.

-Maintains FY15 levels for Promise Neighborhoods at $57 billion.

-Maintains FY15 levels for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights at $100 million.

-Includes $737 million for English Language Acquisition grants, a $3 million decrease from FY15 levels.

-Increases funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by more than $500 million over FY15 levels to $12 billion.

-Increases grant support for new charter schools by $22 million to $275 million.

-Increases Impact Aid by $10 million above FY15 to $1.3 billion.  Impact Aid provides funds to schools that lose local revenue, because of exemptions on federal property taxes, or because the schools enroll large numbers of students as a result of a federal facility.

-Includes $144 million for American Indian education, an increase of $20 million over FY15.

-Increases Head Start by $192 million to $8.8 billion. $150 million of that increase will go to Early Head Start.

-Increases the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,915, funded by a combination of discretionary and mandatory funds.

See “House GOP Aims to Cut Education Funding, Including Obama Priorities” by Lauren Camera, Education Week, June 16, 2015 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/06/house_gop_moves_to_cut_educati.html

See the bill at http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2016-laborhhs-subcommitteedraft.pdf

  • New Resources Available for Information About Charter Schools: The Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda announced on May 7, 2015 a new resource to find information about charter schools called “Charter Schools in Perspective”.  The new series provides an analysis of current research on charter schools, including student achievement and finances; suggests important questions for policy makers and journalists to ask; and offers discussion materials to inform voters and help communities conduct dialogues on education issues. The Spencer Foundation and Public Agenda are both nonpartisan organizations.

See http://www.in-perspective.org/pages/about-this-project

5) Study on OTES and OPES Released: The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) released on June 16, 2015 a report about Ohio’s new teacher and principal evaluation systems, entitled Ohio’s Student Growth Measures (SGM) Policy and Practice. The report was prepared by Marsha Lewis, Anirudh Ruhil, and Margaret Hutzel from the Ohio University with assistance from other team members, including Suzanne Franco and Jill Lindsey from Wright State University, and Lauren Porter from The Ohio State University.

The report examines the implementation of three kinds of student growth measures (SGMs) as part of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) for the pilot year (2012-13) and the first implementation year (2013-14). The three types of SGMs are value added ratings based on Ohio Achievement Assessments; value added ratings based on vendor assessments approved by the Ohio Department of Education; and ratings based on locally developed student learning objectives (SLOs).

Researchers analyzed data from the Electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System and the results of interviews and surveys with teachers and principals to prepare this report.  They found that approximately 77 percent of Ohio’s School districts, over 200 community schools, and some Joint Vocational Schools and Educational Service Centers implemented OTES in 2013-14. Approximately 6 percent of teachers participating in OTES were teachers with value added data in all subjects and grade levels taught; approximately 14 percent were teachers with some value added data for areas taught; approximately 14 percent were teachers with value added data from vendor generated assessments; and most teachers, 66 percent, developed student learning objectives for the OTES evaluation.

As to the results, the report notes, “The new systems that Ohio and other Race to the Top states have started to implement—systems that include measures of student academic growth–have resulted in more discernment/variability in the ratings of teachers and principals than has been the case thus far.”

The report found that .4 percent of teachers were rated “ineffective”; 6 percent “developing”; 69.7 percent “skilled”; and 23.9 percent “accomplished”.

-While few teachers were rated “ineffective”, there was more variability in teacher ratings than in the past.  There was also a higher percentage of teachers rated as “ineffective” or “developing” in Ohio’s largest eight urban districts.   High poverty districts, both urban and rural, showed higher percentages of teachers rated as “ineffective” or “developing” than other districts.

-Teachers who participated in the 13 pilot districts for this study expressed concern about “fairness” regarding the use of a variety of student growth measures in teacher evaluations, and raised questions about how value added is calculated. The concern was expressed “….partly because of the difference in the types of Student Growth Measures (e.g. Value-Added based on a State assessment vs. SLOs where the teacher develops the assessment), partly because they feel none of the measures accurately assess a teacher’s instructional impact, and also because of their perceived lack of control over so many external factors that influence a student’s performance on the assessment.”

-Teachers who teach grades and subjects with no available value added data, referred to as Category C Teachers, received higher Student Growth Measure ratings than teachers with value added scores based on state or vendor assessments.

The report recommends that SLOs better align with the rigor of other student growth measures, and that policy makers support continuing research to answer questions raised by the study. The researchers ask, “For example, do the new systems foster unintended consequences such as reduced collaboration among teachers or demoralizing the teaching workforce, or do they provide data that focuses teachers’ efforts to improve student achievement.”

The report is available at https://www.ohio.edu/voinovichschool/news_info/publications/docs/upload/OERC_FR_SGM_FR-2015-06-03-FINAL.pdf

6)  Bills Introduced

  • HJR4 (Smith/Curtin) Anti-Monopoly Constitutional Amendment:  Proposing to amend Sections 1a, 1b, and 1e of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to prohibit an initiated constitutional amendment that would grant a monopoly or a special economic interest, privilege, benefit, right, or license to any person or entity and to modify the procedure to propose a law or a constitutional amendment by initiative petition.

FYI ARTS

  • New Arts Campaign In Columbus: A new five-year campaign recently began in Central Ohio to promote arts events, venues, and artists, and advocate for a greater role for the arts in communities.  The Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign is supported by a number of arts organizations, community organizations, and local businesses.  The campaign’s website includes videos created by WOSU-TV featuring the Jazz Arts Group, artist Laura Alexander, and Shadowbox Live actress Amy Lay.

See columbusmakesart.com.

  • New Nonprofit Arts Organization Forms in Akron:  The Akron Beacon Journal reports that a new nonprofit arts advocacy organization in Summit County called ArtsNow has been formed and will begin services on July 1, 2015.  ArtsNow’s executive director is Nicole Mullet. She told the Journal that a study commissioned by the GAR Foundation and the James L. Knight Foundation made several recommendations to strengthen local arts organizations and their finances.  ArtsNow will be in a position to implement those recommendations, including building a website showcasing arts and cultural happenings in the county and building relationships between the arts community and the business community.  ArtsNow is funded by grants from five foundations.

See “New group to bolster area arts, culture,” by Katie Byard, Akron Beacon Journal, June 19, 2015 at http://akronbeaconjournal.oh.newsmemory.com/?token=6d81bdb34d569d36261a61d3a412f1de_55841c27_21aa&selDate=20150619&goTo=A01&artid=art_3.xml


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).

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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, The John F. Kennedy Center, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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