Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
September 14, 2015
131st Ohio General Assembly: Lawmakers are back in Columbus this week. The House and Senate have scheduled a few committee meetings, but the House and Senate education committees will not be meeting this week.
No news so far about when the House and Senate will call a conference committee together to address HB2 (Dovilla/Roegner) Charter School Reform. HB2 makes several changes in Ohio’s charter school laws to increase transparency and accountability. The bill was approved by the House, and later amended by the Senate in June 2015, but the House took no action at that time to concur with Senate changes in the bill.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
September 2015 State Board of Education Meeting: The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on September 14 – 15, 2015 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH.
The State Board will hold a 119 hearing on September 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM on changes in the following proposed Ohio Administrative Code rules:
-Rule 3301-24-05 Licensure
-Rule 3301-24-11 Alternative Principal License
-Rule 3301-24-14 Supplemental Teaching License
-Rules 3301-24-16-17 Senior & Lead Prof. Ed. License
-Rules 3301-28-01. -03,-06,-08,-10, Local Report Card
The following State Board of Education committees will also meet on September 14, 2015:
- Achievement and Graduation Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones: The Achievement Committee will meet at 8:45 AM, and receive information about proposed new options for the honors diploma, and approve new testing options for students who entered high school before July 1, 2014 and are required to pass the Ohio Graduation Tests. The State Board was directed to identify new testing options through HB64 (Smith) Biennial Budget, and will consider approval on September 15, 2015 of Resolution 4 regarding Rule 3301-16-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code entitled Additional Assessment Options for Students Required to Pass the Ohio Graduation Tests.
The committee will also approve performance levels (five ranges of scores) on state assessments for 2014-15 for grades 3-8 in English language arts and math; for grades 5 & 8 in science; for grades 4 & 6 in social studies; and for various tests at the high school level. The State Board will consider approval of the performance levels on September 15, 2015 in order for the Ohio Department of Education to generate report cards from the data. (See Resolution 26 below.)
The committee also discussed in July 2015 revising Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students, Rule 3301-51-15.
If you can remember back to 2013, the Achievement Committee approved the proposed operating standards for gifted education on November 11, 2013, and the State Board was to take action on that draft in December 2013. A final decision on the draft gifted standards was delayed, however, while the Ohio Ethics Commission investigated a conflict of interest complaint filed against State Board member C. Todd Jones, the chair of the Achievement Committee. The complaint alleged that Mr. Jones lobbied on behalf of the organization that he works for, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.
The Ohio Ethics Commission issued a ruling of “no findings” on April 28, 2015, which Mr. Jones shared with the Achievement Committee. According to the minutes of the Achievement Committee for July 2015, Chairman Jones then told the committee that a new draft of the proposed standards for gifted education would be available at the September 2015 committee meeting. It was not clear what had happened to the November 2013 draft approved by the committee.
- Accountability Committee chaired by Tom Gunlock: The committee will meet at 10:45 AM, and receive updates regarding industry credentials, and approve updated report card components.
- Urban & Rural Renewal Committee chaired by Mary Rose Oakar: The new Academic Distress Commission model, enacted in HB70 (Brenner-Driehaus), is on the agenda for discussion at the State Board’s Urban and Rural Renewal Committee meeting at 10:45 AM. The Youngstown Board of Education and others have filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the new commission.
- Capacity Committee chaired by Melanie Bolender: The Capacity Committee will meet following the State Board of Education’s Executive Session on September 14, 2015. The committee will approve several rules as part of the five year rule review process; approve new guidelines for school counselors; and discuss guidelines for Ohio’s Credit Flexibility Plan.
The committee will also approve a revision of the “Purpose and Definition” section of Operating Standards for Ohio Schools (Rule 3301-35-01), in order to be in compliance with HB64 (Smith) Biennial Budget, which extended credit flexibility to students in seventh and eighth grades. (See Resolution 7 below.)
- Academic Distress Commission Work Group. The work group is chaired by Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, and includes Roslyn Painter-Goffi and A.J. Wagner: The work group will meet at 8:00 AM on September 15, 2015, and receive an overview of HB70 (Brenner/Driehaus); receive an update on current academic distress commissions; receive an update about lowest performing schools and districts; and receive a report about wrap-around services for schools.
Information about the State Board of Education’s schedule is available at
The State Board will consider the following resolutions during their business meeting on September 15, 2015:
#4 Resolution of Intent to Adopt Rule 3301-16-05 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Additional Assessment Options for Students Required to Pass the Ohio Graduation Tests.”
#5 Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-12 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Alternative Superintendent License”, and to Amend Rule 3301-24-13 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Alternative Administrative Specialist License and Relinquishment of License or Teaching Field.”
#6 Resolution to Re-file Rules 3301-28-08, 3301-28-09, and 3301-28-10 of the Administrative Code Regarding the Calculation of Report Card Components and Overall Report Card Grades.
#7 Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-35-01 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Purpose and Definitions”. This provision revises the definition of “credit flexibility”, due to a change in law (HB64-Smith Biennial Budget) that allows seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the program.
#8 Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-102-12 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Standards for Awarding an Overall Report Card Designation to Dropout Prevention and Recovery Community Schools.”
#22 Resolution to Rescind Rule 3301-56-01 of the Administrative Code Entitled “School District and Building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Intervention” and to Adopt Proposed New Rule 3301-56-01 Entitled “School District and Building Improvement, Support, and Intervention.”
#23 Resolution Amending Report Card Timeline for Career Technical Planning Districts Pursuant to R.C. 3301.033
#24 Resolution to Adopt Adjusted Qualifying Scores for Two Ohio Assessments for Educators Licensing Exams.
#25 Resolution to Establish Workkeys Job Skills Assessment Scores.
#26 Resolution to Adopt Performance Levels.
#27 Resolution Regarding Student’s Right to Participate in the College Credit Plus Program Pursuant to R.C. 3365.03(A)(1)(A) – Cedar Cliff Local School District.
Media Finally Catching On About How Charter Schools are Funded: Advocates for public schools are finally making some headway in the media about how charter schools are funded and the impact on local school district budgets.
A September 9, 2015 article in The Columbus Dispatch by Jim Siegel describes the legislative imposed system for funding charter schools as a deduction from state and local school district funds, and finally admits that. “For most districts, this [system] subtracts more state money per pupil than a district actually gets.”
The result is, “When a student living in the Columbus district attends a charter school, the state subtracts nearly $7,800 on average from the district’s state funding. But the state is giving Columbus only an average of about $3,900 in basic aid per pupil, requiring additional local tax money to make up the difference.”
To offset the charter school deduction, the Dispatch reports that Columbus City Schools uses $69 million in local property tax, which is the equivalent of 7.6 mills. Innovation Ohio reports that $290 million in local tax revenue is needed statewide to offset the losses to school districts due to the charter school deduction.
School districts, state organizations representing public schools, and school funding experts, including Stephen Dyer at Innovation Ohio and Howard Fleeter at the Education Policy Institute, have raised concerns for years about the lack of transparency and the financial impact of the charter school funding scheme on local school districts. Governor Strickland proposed direct funding for charter schools back in 2009, and direct funding was also recommended by the 2010 Ohio School Funding Advisory Council.
The Dispatch article also reports that state lawmakers are aware of the problem, and are considering other ways to fund charter schools. Senator Peggy Lehner, the Republican chair of the Senate Education Committee, will begin discussions in October about legislation that she will introduce to fund charter schools directly.
See “Are local school taxes subsidizing Ohio charters?” by Jim Siegel, September 9, 2015 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/09/09/ohios-charter-schools-essentially-get-local-property-tax-money.html
See “Debate Over. Local Taxpayers Subsidize Charters. Now What?” by Stephen Dyer, Innovation Ohio, September 9, 2015 at
Special Education Annual Ratings: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently notified school districts about their annual Special Education Ratings for 2015. Schools can receive one of four ratings: meets requirements; needs assistance; needs intervention; or needs substantial intervention. Ohio receives an annual rating from the U.S. Department of Education based on the same four categories.
School districts have been rated in the past on how well they complied with Special Education rules and procedures, but starting in 2017 the ratings also will include measures of results for students with disabilities. This year’s report includes each district’s actual rating base on procedural compliance only, and a projected rating, which is a combination of two scores, procedural compliance and students’ results.
Schools are currently reviewing their Special Education Ratings reports. The ODE will publish the results once the reports have been confirmed by the school districts.
New Tools Update High School Graduation Requirements: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is providing information about recent changes in high school graduation requirements for students entering ninth grade before and after July 1, 2014.
Along with meeting credit requirements, students in the classes of 2018 and beyond can demonstrate their readiness for graduation and college or careers by accumulating points on state tests, earning college readiness scores on national college admissions tests, or earning industry certifications and work-readiness scores on the WorkKeys assessment.
Students who entered ninth grade before 2014 will also have new options to meet graduation requirements. Those options are being considered by the State Board of Education this week.
See Graduation Requirements 2014-2017 at
See Questions and Answers for Graduation Requirements at
See Graduation Requirements 2018 – Beyond at
Congressman John Kline (R-MN) to Retire: House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman, Representative John Kline (R-MN), announced on September 3, 2015 that he will not seek re-election in 2016. Representative Kline is sponsor of The Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which was narrowly approved by the House in July, and would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – No Child Left Behind Act. He reported that he intends to devote the remainder of his term to passage of ESEA and the Higher Education Act. Some of the names surfacing to replace Representative Kline as chair of the House Education Committee include Representatives Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
See “GOP chairman John Kline to retire”, by Cristina Marcos, The Hill, September 3, 2015 at http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/252659-gop-chairman-john-kline-to-retire
Education Issues on Congress’ Agenda: Congress returned to Washington, D.C. last week with a full agenda, including several education issues in addition to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA),
According to ASCD’s Capitol Connection, coming up for consideration are proposed laws about student privacy, child nutrition, access to higher education, and the big issue — federal appropriations for primary and secondary education for FY16, which begins October 1, 2015.
Student Privacy: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) first passed in 1974 to protect students’ personal information. Over the years the law has become outdated as new technology has made it possible to collect more and more data about students, which is often passed on to third parties, and the number of data breaches has increased. Both the White House and members of Congress are proposing changes to FERPA, and five bills have been introduced:
–The Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157) sponsored by Representatives Todd Rokita, John Kline, and Bobby Scott.
–The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 (H.R. 2092) sponsored by Representatives Luke Messner and Jared Polis
–The Safeguarding American Families for Exposure by Keeping Information and Data Secure Act (S. 1788) sponsored by Senators Steve Daines and Richard Blumenthal.
–The Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2015 (S. 1322) sponsored by Senators Edward Markey, Orrin Hatch, and Mark Kirk.
–The Student Privacy Protection Act (S.1341) sponsored by Senator David Vitter.
Child Nutrition: Congress is also considering reauthorizing The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was enacted in 2010, and expires on September 30, 2015. The law sets new nutrition standards in schools, and provides more than 20 million students with access to free or reduced-priced meals. Discussion about the law is scheduled in the Senate in September.
Higher Education: Institutions of higher education have continued to operate under the Higher Education Act (HEA), which expired in 2013. Several lawmakers support reauthorizing a revised version of the law, including Senators Lamar Alexander (TN-R) and Patty Murray (WA-D). Key issues in the law include accountability, accreditation, affordability and financial aid, and campus safety.
Federal Funding for Primary and Secondary Education: The House and Senate are still working on appropriations for FY16, which begins on October 1, 2015. The House and Senate committees have already approved bills that cut federal funding for education, which President Obama opposes. The House proposal would cut funding by $2.8 billion and the Senate by $1.7 billion by eliminating several education programs, including Arts in Education. As in the past, the Obama Administration and Congress are expected to avoid a government shut-down by approving a temporary extension of FY15 appropriations, until a deal can be reached to fund the government for the next fiscal year.
The U.S. Department of Education also has on its agenda for the fall a new report about the School Improve Grant program; new rules for Teacher Preparation Programs; and another report about the Race to the Top Grant Program.
See “Beyond ESEA”, Capitol Connection Newsletter, ASCD September 9, 2015 at
- Later School Start Time Recommended: Researchers at Oxford, Harvard, and the University of Nebraska reported in the July issue of Learning, Media and Technology that teens need more sleep, and schools should start no earlier than 10:00 AM!!
The scientists reported that sleep patterns affect health, learning, and memory, and teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep and later wake and sleep times. Current school schedules, some starting as early as 7:00 AM, disrupt the biological clocks of teenagers, and lead to unrecoverable sleep loss. The American Academy of Pediatrics made a similar recommendation in 2014.
See “Synchronizing education to adolescent biology: ‘let teens sleep, start school later” by Paul Kelley*, Steven W. Lockley, Russell G. Foster & Jonathan Kelley, Learning, Media and Technology, July 27, 2015 at
ESEA Reauthorization and Arts Education: We are not sure when a conference committee will be appointed in Congress to work-out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), but arts education advocates should be ready to support the Senate version of ESEA when it happens.
The bipartisan Senate bill, entitled the Every Child Achieves Act, is sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). It includes several provisions that support arts education, and retains the arts as a core academic subject. The House version of ESEA, entitled the Student Success Act, barely passed the House, and had no support from Democrats. It also does not retain the arts as a core academic subject.
To learn more about these bills, see
AFTA Accepting Nominations: Americans for the Arts is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Public Leadership in the Arts award for State Arts Leadership. The award will be presented to an outstanding state legislator who has made notable contributions in support of the arts community. Nominations must be submitted by October 30, 2015, and can be completed at
Save the Date! The National Arts Action Summit and 2016 Arts Advocacy Day will take place on March 7–8, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Registration will begin in November 2015.
Arts Advocacy Day brings cultural and civic organizations and grassroots advocates from across the country to Washington, D.C. to talk to policy makers about the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.
For more details see
New Webinars about Arts Education Available: Americans for the Arts will release a series of webinars entitled Arts Education- What You Need to Know starting at 3:00 PM EDT on Monday, September 14, 2015 through Friday, September 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM EDT. The 20 minute webinars are part of National Arts Education Week activities and will provide arts education advocates the latest news and initiatives supporting arts education. The webinars will be released each day at 3:00 PM EDT to view on-demand.
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 theOhio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).