Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
October 19, 2015
131st Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio Senate and House will hold committee hearings this week, and the Ohio Senate will hold a session. The House and Senate education committees are not meeting this week.
Status of Federal Education Initiatives in Question: Alyson Klein writes for Education Week that the impending departure of Speaker of the House John A. Boehner and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan complicates the prospects for the Obama Administration and Congress to finalize K-12 initiatives over the next year and a half remaining in the 114th Congress. In addition to Speaker Boehner, Republicans are also losing Representative John Kline (R-MN), who has chaired the House Education and Workforce Development Committee for several years, and is the sponsor of one of the two bills being considered to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The outlook for reauthorizing ESEA and approving pending education regulations is also complicated by other controversial issues facing Congress this term, including raising the debt ceiling and approving allocations for FY16. Alyson Klein reports that the Obama administration is still pushing for increases in the Preschool Development grant (from $250 million to $750 million) and Investing in Innovation (from $120 million to $300 million) and continued funding for Striving Readers ($160 million). However, funding for these programs is not included in the budget allocations bills already approved by the House and Senate along party lines.
See “Leadership Issue Cloud Federal Ed. Policy Picture”, by Alyson Klein, Education Week October 14, 2015 at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/10/14/leadership-issues-could-cloud-federal-k-12-picture.html
See “Some Key Education Programs Alive in NCLB Rewrite, But Dead in the Budget,” by Alyson Klein, Education Week,” October 12, 2015 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/10/some_key_education_programs_al.html
Obama Administration Releases FY16 Priority Goals for Education: Shaun Donovan, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, released on October 8, 2015 the Obama Administration’s final set of Agency Priority Goals. The 92 goals represent the Administration’s commitment to make the federal government more efficient and improve conditions for Americans in housing, health care, homeland security, the environment, education, and more.
The Education Department’s FY16-17 Priority Goals include increasing enrollment in high-quality state preschool programs; student aid transparency; evidence-based decision making; equitable educational opportunities; college degree attainment; effective teachers and leaders; and support for college-career-ready standards and assessments.
Bill Would Increase Fiscal Oversight for D.C. Charter Schools: The District of Columbia (D.C.) is considering a bill that would allow the Public Charter School Board (PCSB) to access financial records and contracts of school management companies, and better define standards for fiscal management of charter schools to catch abuse. The bill, The Public Charter School Fiscal Transparency Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-0115), would tighten charter school compliance with financial rules, and revoke the charters of schools that do not comply.
According to the testimony of Soumya Bhat, an analyst with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, charter schools in D.C. serve over 44 percent of public school students, and cost $600 million a year. Although her organization supports the bill, she believes that it could be improved to require that charter schools show how resources are spent, including operating costs and capital costs. She also recommends that all publicly funded institutions “…should be subject to the same levels of scrutiny and oversight, particularly when it comes to public schools.”
See “Testimony of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance and Policy Analyst, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, At the Public Hearing on the Public Charter School Fiscal Transparency Amendment Act of 2015 October 14, 2015” at
See “D.C. Considers Crating More Fiscal Oversight for Charter Schools,” by Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 15, 2015 at
Charter Schools Spur Real Estate Investments: Peter Grant from the Wall Street Journal writes that as state and local governments funnel more public funds into charter school facilities, real estate investors are increasing investments in charter school development. Some real estate businesses are converting industrial spaces for charter schools or investing in building new facilities. According to the article “During the 2014-15 school year, 500 new public charter schools opened nationwide, for a total of more than 6,700 enrolling about 2.9 million students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.”
States are also allowing charter schools to take advantage of certain laws that help finance public schools, including tax exempt bonds, but there is a concern that some charter school real estate developers are more concerned about profits. Charter school proponents counter that the for-profit sector is needed, because resources from non profits and foundations is not enough to support the charter school demand.
See “Charter School Movement Grows–for Real Estate Investors” by Peter Grant, Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2015 at
STEM Education Act Becomes Law: President Obama signed into law on October 7, 2015 The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1020).
The law authorizes a number of grants to support STEM schools and research, and requires the National Science Foundation (NSF), to continue to award local grants to support research and development in the field of informal STEM education.
The law also amends the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002, which allows teachers who possess a bachelor’s degree in math and science to earn a NSF Master Teaching Fellowships. Currently the award is limited to those with a master’s degree.
See “STEM Education Act of 2015” at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1020
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HOLDS MEETING:
The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on October 19 & 20 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus.
The State Board of Education includes eleven elected and eight “at-large” members appointed by the governor. The members serve terms of four years, and are limited to two terms.
The State Board’s newest member is Dr. Frank E. Pettigrew, Jr. He replaces Dr. Mark Smith, who resigned in September. Dr. Pettigrew was appointed in September by Governor Kasich to complete Dr. Smith’s “at-large” term, which expires on December 31, 2016. Dr. Pettigrew is the former provost and dean of the college of education at Ashland University, and has also worked at Kent State University, the University of Idaho, and Northwestern University.
Governor Kasich has yet to announce a replacement for Robert Hagen, who resigned from the Board as representative of the 8th State Board District in July 2015.
State Board Schedule for October 19, 2015: The following committees will meet starting at 8:30 AM:
•The Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will discuss revisions to Rule 3301-41-01, Standards for Issuing an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma, and receive updates on several other topics. The committee does not list on its agenda a review of “Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students” Rule 3301-51-15. The committee received in September a new draft of the standards, which is still under the “five year review process.” The draft was prepared by the Ohio Department of Education staff.
•The Capacity Committee, chaired by Melanie Bolender, will review the following several bills for passage:
-Rule 3301-30-01, Ohio Department of Youth Services’ Schools
-Rule 3301-53-01, Minimum Standards for Chartering County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Education Programs
-Rule 3301-53-03, Excess Cost Charges for County Boards of Developmental Disabilities for Special Education Programs
-Rule 3301-55-01, Minimum Standards for Chartering Special Education Programs in State Developmental Centers and Hospitals of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
-Rule 3301-24-03, Teacher Education Programs
-Rule 3301-27-07, Provisional License Renewal
-Standards-Based Framework for the Evaluation of Teachers
-Standards-Based Framework for the Evaluation of Principals
The following committees will meet starting at 9:30 AM:
•The Urban and Rural Renewal Committee, chaired by Mary Rose Oakar will discuss the process and criteria for selecting best practices for its website.
•The Accountability Committee will review Rule 3301-56-01 School Improvement; Prepared for Success; ESC rules for high performance; and receive a presentation from the Ohio School Boards Association.
State Board of Education Meeting on October 20, 2015: The State Board of Education will convene its business meeting at 8:30 AM on October 20, 2015. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Dick Ross, will brief the State Board on the components of Sub. HB 2 (Dovilla-Roegner); the implementation of the Youngstown Plan (HB70); the federal charter school grant; the work of a panel to develop evaluations for sponsors of charter schools; the third grade reading guarantee; and the state report card’s K-3 literacy measure.
The State Board will take action on the following resolutions at their business meeting on October 20, 2015:
#5. Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-30-01 of the Administrative Code, Ohio Department of Youth Services Schools (Volume 2, page 15)
#6. Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-53-01 of the Administrative Code, Minimum Standards for Chartering County Boards of Development Disabilities Special Education Schools; Rule 3301-53-03 Excess Cost Charges for County Boards of Development Disabilities for Special Education Programs; and Rule 3301- 55-01, Minimum Standards for Chartering Special Education Programs in State Developmental Centers and Hospitals of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Volume 2, page 18.)
#7. Approve a Resolution to Refile the Proposed Rescission and Adoption of Rule 3301-56-01 of the Administrative Code Regarding School District and Building Improvement, Support, and Intervention. (Volume 2, page 33)
#8. Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-24-05 of the Administrative Code, Licensure and to Amend Rule 3301-24-14 Licensure and Supplemental Teaching License. (Volume 2, page 36)
#9. Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-24-11 of the Administrative Code, Alternative Principal License; to Amend Rule 3301-24-16 Senior Professional Educator License, and to Amend 3301-24-17 Lead Professional Educator License. (Volume 2, page 55).
#16. Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending Blessed Sacrament School, Licking County, Ohio (Volume 4, page 4)
#17. Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending Granville Christian Academy, Licking County, Ohio. (Volume 4, page 22.)
#18. Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending St. Francis De Sales School, Licking County, Ohio. (Volume 4, page 23)
#19. Approve a Resolution to Adopt Ohio Standards for Counselors. (Volume 4, page 24)
New Resources for Voters: Secretary of State Jon Husted announced on October 16, 2015 some new resources to prepare Ohio voters for Election Day on November 3, 2015, and find election information in a one-stop location.
The new “MyOhioVote.com/VoterToolkit” can be used to check voter registration status, find polling locations, view sample ballots, and track absentee ballots by accessing data bases at county boards of elections. The website also includes information to inform voters about key statewide issues.
Youngstown Takeover Can Proceed: Judge Jenifer French, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, denied on October 13, 2015 a preliminary injunction to block implementation of Sub. HB70 (Brenner-Driehaus), which became law in June 2015 and takes effect on October 14, 2015.
The law was challenged in August by the Youngstown Board of Education, Youngstown Education Association, and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit Youngstown City School District Board of Education v. State of Ohio. The lawsuit alleges that lawmakers violated constitutional provisions requiring that bills receive three readings in each chamber; violated Article VI Section 3 concerning voter determination of boards of education for city school districts; and violated federal and state equal protection rights of voters.
HB70 includes a plan developed by business and community leaders, with the assistance of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross, to revamp Youngstown City schools. The plan allows an academic distress commission to select a CEO to operate the school in lieu of the elected board of education.
Development of the “school takeover plan” was kept secret from the public and the State Board of Education, until added to HB70 in the Senate. Lawmakers then approved the bill in both chambers in one day, along party lines.
The plaintiffs immediately appealed the Common Pleas Court decision to the 10th District Court of Appeals to block implementation of the law.
Meanwhile, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) say they will introduce legislation this week that modifies the Youngstown School plan outlined in HB70. The legislation would require community involvement in the plan, and limit the powers of the CEO.
According to Hannah News Service, the Democratic caucus also plans to launch a tour of schools in Ohio called the “Columbus to the Classroom: Doing our homework on Ohio school.”
See “Youngstown School Board plans appeal of judge’s ruling,” by Denise Dick, Vindy.mobi, October 14, 2015 at
See “Democratic Lawmakers Tout Own Youngstown Plan, Launch Education Tour”, Hannah News Service, October 16, 2015 at
Ohio Awarded Gifted and Talented Grant: The U.S. Department of Education announced on October 9, 2015 that 11 states, including Ohio, will share a total of $4 million in grants through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program. The Ohio Department of Education will receive $323,088.
The grants will be used to increase the number of underserved students in gifted and talented programs, including students who are economically disadvantaged, limited in English proficiency, or have a disability. The grants can also be used to support demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and scientifically-based research to enhance the services provided to gifted and talented K-12 students. According to the press release, “The new grants will allow these states to take models that have proven effective on a small scale and expand the programs to multiple schools or districts.”
See “U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4 Million to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs,” U.S. Department of Education, October 9, 2015 at
Arts Website Launched in Summit County: ArtsNow launched on October 16, 2015 a new website to promote access to the arts, cultural events, artists, and venues in Summit County. The website, http://www.SummitLive365.com, is one of the first initiatives of ArtsNow, a new nonprofit organization directed by Nicole Mullet.
See “Website one-stop shop for arts”, by Betty Lin Fisher, Akron Beacon Journal, October 15, 2015 at
Tax to Support the Arts on Cuyahoga County Ballot: Voters in Cuyahoga County will decide on the November 3, 2015 ballot Issue 8, a renewal of a penny-and-a-half sales tax on cigarette sales to support local arts organizations for the next 10 years. The sales tax for the arts was first approved in 2006, but expires on January 21, 2017. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture was created to distribute the revenue from the sales tax, which has provided $125 million to 300 arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. The sales tax currently raises $15 million a year.
See “Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Levy Extension to Appear on the November 3, 2015 Ballot as Issue 8”, Cuyahoga County Council, September 23, 2015 at
Maryland Schools Embrace Arts Integration: An article in The Washington Post highlights Maryland schools that are incorporating the arts into classroom learning to improve academic achievement, creativity, and motivation. Fifteen schools in Prince George’s County in Maryland piloted an arts-integration program last year under the direction of Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. The program expanded to 41 schools this year, as educators found that integrating the arts helped make the content more meaningful for students, and promoted deeper learning. The arts integration program aligns the arts, including dance, drama/theater, music, and visual art, with math, science, language arts, and social studies classes. Superintendent Maxwell believes that the arts are a way to turn-around the schools in Prince George’s County, which is among the lowest-performing districts in Maryland. Arts integration is also being implemented in schools in Anne Arundel, Frederick, Washington, and Wicomico counties, and in Baltimore.
See “More schools are working to integrate the arts into classroom learning,” by Donna St. George, The Washington Post, October 14, 2015 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 theOhio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).