Arts on Line Education Update April 11, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
April 11, 2016
Joan Platz



The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will receive on April 12, 2016, testimony on SB241 (LaRose) regarding the employment of teachers in fine arts, music, physical education, and school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, and library media specialists in public schools.  (The former five of eight rule.)

Watch for more details about advocacy work in support of SB241, and please take action when requested.  More details about SB241 are provided below.



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


The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on April 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-HB299 (Blessing III-Rezabek) Custodian-Autism Scholarship:  Permits the temporary, legal, or permanent custodian of a qualified child to apply for an Autism Scholarship.

-SB252 (Hite-Patton) Cardiac Arrest-Youth Activity:  With regard to sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletic activities.


Update on SB241 (LaRose):  The committee will also receive testimony from representative groups supporting SB241 (LaRose) Education Professionals-Employment.  This bill was introduced by Senator LaRose to address the State Board of Education’s decision in April of 2015 to change Rule 3301-35-05 (A)(4) and eliminate the teacher/pupil ratio requirements for elementary teachers of the fine arts and music, physical education, counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and library media specialists in Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools and School Districts.  The bill was introduced on November 10, 2015, and is co-sponsored by Senators Burke, Gardner, Uecker, Tavares, and Yuko.

SB241 would do the following:

  • Requires that school districts provide students in grades K-12 with an education that includes the fine arts, music, and physical education, and the comprehensive services of counselors, librarians or library media specialists, school nurses, and school social workers.
  • Aligns with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes language that supports a states’ obligation to support arts education programs in public schools, and includes the arts in its definition of a “well-rounded education.”  The new federal law also ensures that arts education programs and teachers are eligible to receive federal funds through provisions such as Title I, which supports disadvantaged students, and Title II, which supports teachers, and offers funding specifically for integrating arts into science, technology, engineering, and math, education (STEM). ESSA also gives states more flexibility in determining accountability measures and allocating resources to low-performing schools, and would permit the Ohio Department of Education to implement arts education programs as a strategy to turn-around low performing schools.
  • Specifically permits districts to employ education professionals in the following positions: counselor, librarian or library media specialist, school nurse, school social worker, and teachers of fine arts, music, and physical education.
  • Requires that the teachers employed in these positions hold Ohio teaching licenses in the appropriate subject areas and grade levels, or hold the appropriate content area or specialty certification or license required by the state board.
  • Requires the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to report on the state report card for the 2015-16 school year the number of licensed teachers employed in fine arts, music, physical education, and as counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and librarians/media specialists for each one thousand students.
  • Requires the ODE to recognize school districts that employ a minimum of five professional educators out of the seven categories per 1,000 students.  The intent of this provision is to provide an incentive for school districts to continue to provide comprehensive services and a complete curriculum for students, but give school districts flexibility in meeting this requirement.  School districts that were complying with former Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3301-35-05(A)(4) as of April 2015, should receive this recognition, unless they eliminated positions since April 2015.


The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Oelslager, will meet on April 13, 2016 at 2:30 or after session.  The committee will receive testimony on the capital appropriations bill, which is expected to be introduced this week.


The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, will meet on April 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM in hearing room 313.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-HB382 (Leland) Ohio Principals Month: Designates the month of October as “Ohio Principals Month.”

-HB438 (Patterson) Week Designation:  Designates the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving Day as “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.”

-HB383 (Hagan-McColley) Informed Student Document: Requires one-half unit of economic and financial literacy in the high school social studies curriculum, requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each state institution of higher education, requires the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

-HB160 (Devitis) Textbooks – Higher Education:  With regard to the selection, availability, and purchase of textbooks that are required for a course offered by any state institution of higher education.


Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission:  The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC) will meet on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The OCMC’s Education, Public Institutions, and Local Government Committee will meet at 9:30 AM in hearing room 017.  The agenda for this meeting wasn’t posted, but in January and February 2016 the committee received testimony about Article VI, Section 4 of the Ohio Constitution, which establishes a State Board of Education and authorizes the General Assembly to determine how it operates.  Testimony was presented supporting an all-appointed and an all-elected State Board of Education. The committee is expected to continue discussions about Article VI, Section 4 at this meeting.



Senate President Makes Changes in Committee Assignments: Senate President Keith Faber announced on April 4, 2016 the following changes in the Senate’s committee rosters:

-Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee:  Senator Frank LaRose will become chair replacing Senator Gayle Manning, who becomes vice chair.

-Senate State and Local Government Committee:  Senator Joe Uecker replaces Senator LaRose as chair

-Senate Finance Committee’s Corrections Subcommittee:  Senator Tom Patton will become chair replacing Senator Uecker.

-Senate Agriculture:  Senator Hackette will become vice chair, and Senator Uecker is appointed.  Senator Manning is removed.

-Senate Civil Justice:  Senator Hackett is appointed.

-Senate Criminal Justice:  Senator Hughes is appointed vice chair and Senator Hackett replaces Senator Obhof.

-Senate Education:  Senator LaRose is appointed to the committee replacing Senator Widener.

-Senate Finance:  Senator Hite is appointed and Senator LaRose is removed.

-Finance Education Subcommittee:  Senator Gardner is appointed and Senator Widener is removed.

-Finance Corrections Subcommittee:  Senator Patton is appointed chair replacing Senator Uecker, who is removed.

-Finance Workforce Subcommittee: Senator Hackett is appointed and Senator Widener is removed.

-Senate Government Oversight and Reform:  Senator Peterson is appointed and Senator Widener is removed.

-Senate Insurance:  Senators Hackett and Peterson are appointed, and Senator Manning is removed.

-Senate Medicaid:  Senator Uecker is appointed and Senator Widener is removed.

-Senate Rules and Reference:  Senator Obhoff is appointed vice chair and Senator Peterson is appointed.

-Senate State and Local Government:  Senator Uecker is appointed chair and Senator Hackett is appointed.  Senators LaRose and Peterson are removed.

-Senate Ways and Means:  Senators Bladerson, LaRose, and Hackett are appointed, and Senators Hite and Widener are removed.


State of the State Address: Governor John Kasich presented his sixth annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly and guests on April 7, 2016 at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta.

The governor presented an uplifting and positive review about Ohio’s recovery from the recession, and told the audience that the Ohio formula — “fiscal responsibility, common-sense regulations, and tax cuts” was a model for other states to follow.

He also reviewed a number of programs that his administration has championed saying that, “Over the past five years, we’ve improved opportunities for students in our classrooms and we are absolutely working to make college more affordable.  We’re taking on the scourge of addiction, streamlining state government, and continuing to chip away at taxes and regulations in ways that can continue our economic growth well into the future.”

In terms of future initiatives, the governor urged lawmakers to reform the way Congressional districts are decided, and end gerrymandering, and said that he would submit another tax reform package next year as part of the biennial budget.  In the meantime he will ask lawmakers to lower the income tax withholding tables to match the 6 percent tax cut last year.

The governor also surprisingly touched a little on arts education, recommending that STEM education programs should include the arts, because, “Any student who’s going to succeed later in life, including someone choosing a technical career, is going to need creative skills and know how to apply critical thinking.  Those skills are best developed by exposure to the arts.”

He went on to say, “Science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.  Arts community, did you ever think you’d see a conservative Republican ever say this? But we believe it.  Because these are all essential for success in these 21st Century careers.”

Governor Kasich also presented the Governor’s Courage Awards to Margo Hudson of Cleveland, Sherrif Larry Mincks of Washington County, Tony Dunn, Superintendent of Belpre City Schools, Kelli Allman of Belpre, and artist Wallace Peck of Columbus.  Mr. Peck is one of Ohio’s most recognized artists.  The governor noted that his works have been displayed in the Governor’s Residence and in exhibitions around the state.


In reaction to the speech, Hannah News reported that GOP lawmakers praised Governor John Kasich’s leadership, but both Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger were hesitant about giving-up the legislature’s authority to redraw Congressional Districts, and first want to see how using the process lawmakers adopted for redrawing state districts works-out.  The lawmakers also noted that they need more time to consider the governor’s tax proposal.

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni responded by saying that to make the improvements that the governor proposed in the State of the State, such as fighting drug addiction, hiring more school counselors, or adding the arts to the school curriculum, will take more state funding, which the state doesn’t have because of the tax cuts.

House Democratic Minority Leader Fred Strahorn said that cutting taxes further will just put more pressure on local government budgets, and hasn’t made a difference in job creation.

See Hannah News Service, April 6, 2016 at


Bills Introduced

-SB309 (LaRose) School Bus Operator-Report:  Requires a school bus operator who files a report alleging that a vehicle passed the school bus while stopped to include in the report a description of the operator of the vehicle if possible, rather than requiring a description of the operator in all circumstances.



The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on April 11-12, 2016 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street, Columbus.

On April 11, 2016 committees will meet throughout the morning starting at 8:30 AM.  The Achievement and Capacity committees will meet first.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, will consider proposed Rule 3301-16-07, End-of-Course Exams in Science; Rule 3301-51-15, Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Children, and receive an update on assessments.

The Capacity Committee, chaired by Dr. Frank Pettigrew, will consider Rules 3301-102, Community School Rules, and discuss the Definition of ‘Consistently High Performing Teacher’.

When those meetings adjourn, the Accountability Committee and the Urban & Rural Renewal Committee will meet.

The Accountability Committee, chaired by Melanie Bolender, will consider the Educational Service Personnel Measure and the Career Tech Report Card.

The Urban and Renewal Committee, chaired by Mary Rose Oakar, will receive a presentation about chronic absenteeism and a debriefing about the Switzerland of Ohio school district.

The Work Group on SBOE’s Professional Development will meet following the Urban and Renewal Committee meeting.  The committee will finalize language for the changes in the Board’s Policy Manual related to professional development; discuss a board retreat; and discuss other changes in the policy manual.

The State Board will convene following lunch at 1:00 PM, at which time there will be an Adult Diploma Program Graduate Presentation.  The full board will review written reports and items for vote; receive the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and Community School Reform; and convene in executive session.

The Academic Distress Commission Work Group will meet following the executive session to finalize its recommendations.

On April 12, 2016 the Standards & Graduation Requirements Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 8:00 AM to receive an update about the five year review of Ohio’s content standards for math and English language arts.

The State Board will then reconvene and receive committee reports, a presentation about the Ohio Teacher of the Year; a presentation about Gifted Standards; public participation on agenda and non-agenda items; vote on the Report and Recommendations of the Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction; consider Old Business and New Business, and adjourn.

The April 2016 Report and Recommendations of the Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction

4) Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-16-06 of the Administrative Code entitled Retaking of End-of-Course Examinations.

5) Approve a Resolution of Intent to adopt Rule 3301-16-07 of the Administrative Code entitled End-of-Course Examination in Science.

7)  Approve a Resolution of Intent to Refer the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District’s Determination of Impractical to Transport Certain Students Attending the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio to a Hearing Officer.

8)  Approve a Resolution of Intent to Refer to a Hearing Officer the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District’s Determination of Impractical to Transport Certain Students Attending the Miami Valley Christian Academy, the Seven Hills School, the Springer School and Center, St. Ursula Villa School, and Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Hamilton County.

9)  Approve a Resolution of Intent to Refer to a Hearing Officer the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District’s Determination of Impractical to Transport Certain Students Attending St. Columban School in Loveland, Clermont County, Ohio.

10)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind Chapter 3301-12 of the Administrative Code Entitled State Superintendent Spending Orders.

11)  Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-28-06 of the Administrative Code Entitled Value-Added Progress Dimension.

12)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind Chapter 3301-44 of the Administrative Code Entitled Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.

13) Approve a Resolution to Rescind Rule 3301-92-01 of the Administrative Code Entitled, Textbooks and Instruction Materials.

14) Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-92-02 of the Administrative Code Entitled, Capital Improvement and Maintenance Fund.

15)  Approve a Resolution to Adopt Rule 3301-105-01, Funding for Educational Service Centers.

24) Approve a Resolution to Adopt the Standards-Based Ohio School Counselor Evaluation System (OSCES) Framework as Required by Revised Code 3319.113.



ESSA Implementation Update: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), an organization of state superintendents and top state education officials, met last week to discuss the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King told CCSSO attendees that ESSA provides states an opportunity to think differently about “educational excellence.” States should build new and broader school accountability systems, but still maintain a focus on equity.  Dr. King also encouraged states to involve stakeholders in developing their state ESSA plans, so that parents, teachers, and community leaders are part of the decisionmaking.

In response to questions about testing, Dr. King once again said that some states and communities have over-emphasized testing, which has led to a narrowing of the curriculum, and the opt-out movement.  Assessments should be useful and not duplicative.

Superintendents were also told that they should rethink how they handle federal funds under ESSA.  School districts have more flexibility to use Title I funds for low income students for instruction in subjects other than math and reading to support a “well-rounded education.”  School districts will also be able to apply for waivers from states to use Title I money on a schoolwide basis, even if less than 40 percent of students in a given school are designated as low-income.

See “State Leaders Hear How to Rethink Their Use of Federal Funding Under ESSA” by Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, April 5, 2016 at

See “Education Secretary Urges State Chiefs to Seize ESSA’s ‘Opportunity’” by Daarel Burnette II, Education Week, April 4, 2016 at


Justices Support Legislative Districts Based on Total Population: The U.S. Supreme Court issued on April 3, 2016 a decision in the Texas case Evenwel v. Abbott, finding that legislative districts should be based on total population, not just eligible voters.  The case was filed by an organization called Project on Fair Representation, which alleged that the right of voters had been diluted because nonvoters, including those under 18 and noncitizens, were counted when drawing legislative districts.  The Supreme Court’s decision was unanimous, although Justices Thomas and Alito declined to join the opinion, which was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Drawing legislative districts based on voting population rather than total population would have shifted power away from urban areas, and away from areas with high concentrations of immigrants and people who are young.


Free School Climate Surveys Are Available: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on March 31, 2016 the availability of ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) and a web-based platform to process the data.  These tools will enable states, local districts, and schools to collect reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real time.  Surveys have been developed for middle and high school students, instructional staff, non-instructional staff, and parents/guardians.  The platform processes data and provides user-friendly reports in real time.  ED will not have access to the data, which can be stored locally.

ED will also conduct a nationally-representative sample survey of schools in 2017 to create school climate benchmark scores, which will be added to the platform’s reporting functionality to enable comparisons between local and national scores.

According to ED, “Measuring school climate is critical to school climate improvement initiatives because high quality school climate data allow you to understand the perceptions of the students, staff, and parents in your school or district; monitor progress; make data-driven decisions; involve stakeholders; and adapt to shifting needs related to school climate.”




Lawsuit Filed Over Purging Voter Registration Lists: The ACLU of Ohio and Demos filed on April 6, 2016 a federal complaint challenging Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for removing voters who had not voted in past elections from voter registration lists.  The groups allege that this action violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.  The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division on behalf of the Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. (NEOCH).  (Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless vs. Jon Husted)

State officials have been removing the names of registered voters if they miss voting in three successive federal elections or in the intervening local elections, a practice that the state calls “Supplemental Process.”  The groups say that removing voters for not voting disenfranchises people who are already marginalized, including the homeless and voters who move often because of low incomes.  According to Ohio APRI Institute, in 2015 Ohio purged 40,000 voters in Cuyahoga County alone.  The lawsuit is asking the court to require the disenfranchised voters to be reinstated.



Straight A Fund: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced on April 6, 2016 that the application period for the Fiscal Year 2017 Straight A Fund grant program will open April 22 through May 6, 2016.

Ohio’s biennial education budget allocated $15 million for FY17 to support the Straight A Fund, an initiative to help Ohio schools transform Ohio’s education system through innovation, increased efficiency and effectiveness, and increase academic achievement.

Individual applicants can apply for grants up to $1 million dollars and consortia can apply for grants up to $15 million dollars.

The grant application and more information can be found on the ODE’s website at


Education Oversight Panel Meets: The Joint Education Oversight Committee, chaired by Senator Cliff Hite, met for the first time on April 5,  2016.  Members include Senators Bob Cupp, Peggy Lehner, Randy Gardner, Tom Sawyer, Sandra Williams and Representatives Andrew Brenner, Ryan Smith, John Patterson, and Teresa Fedor.

The committee discussed some of issues that it would like to address, including the school funding formula; the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) formula; poverty and its effect on achievement gaps among students; charter school oversight; school transportation; early childhood education; pay-to-play fees; and local flexibility and other components of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The committee also expects to hire an executive director over the next few weeks.

See “Oversight Panel’s Goals Run Gamut of Education Issues; Out-of-Town Hearings on Table” Hannah News, April 5, 2016 at



Are Choice Policies Leading to More Segregated Schools?:  Researchers at the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, released on March 31, 2016 a policy brief examining some of the research about the effects of choice policies on school re-segregation.  The brief reports that, “While some choice school enrollments are genuinely integrated, the overall body of the research literature documents an unsettling degree of segregation—particularly in charter schools—by race and ethnicity, as well as by poverty, special needs, and English-learner status.”

At the national level seventy percent of charter school students who are African American attend schools that enroll 90-100 percent of students from under-represented minority backgrounds.

A similar pattern is found for students based on eligibility for free or reduced lunch. “Seventy percent of EMO-managed charter schools studied were found to be very segregated by high income or low income.”

And, students learning English and those with disabilities are also under-represented in charter schools.  Charter schools operated by Education Management Operators (EMOs) enrolled 4.4 percent of students learning English compared to 11 percent enrollment in traditional public schools.

Charter schools also enrolled 8 percent of students with disabilities compared to 11 percent in traditional public schools, although some charter schools serve specific populations of students with disabilities, selectively segregating themselves.

The researchers make the following recommendations:

-”The expansion or renewal of charter schools and other forms of school choice should be contingent on law and policies that result in equal opportunities for all.

-Current choice laws and policies must be realigned to ensure diversity via choice policies that include constraints on stratification caused by unlimited choice. Instead, choice policies should be the result of deliberate policy choices grounded in our larger societal goals for our schools, including the valuing of diverse communities and integration of socioeconomic levels, race, and language.

-For all choice plans, viable choices must be available, practical and convenient for a community’s least advantaged families.

-Municipalities must assure socioeconomic and racial diversity in their housing plans and codes.”

The brief concludes that there are outstanding and substandard choice schools, but charter schools were “marketed to policymakers as a breakthrough strategy for innovation and for high achievement.”  But, as a group, they have “neither proven to be innovative hotbeds 31 nor delivered on high achievement.32”

According to a survey of the literature, researchers Dennis Epple, Richard Romano, and Ron W. Zimmer recently concluded, “‘Taken as a whole, the evidence suggests that, accounting for differences in population served, charter schools are not, on average, producing student achievement gains any better than TPSs [traditional public schools].”33 CREDO’s massive work in this area finds some statistically significant differences but not meaningful effect sizes.34 Most troubling is the side effect of contributing to and advancing the resegregation of schools and society. This raises the specter of separate and unequal educational opportunities and is not compatible with the goals of a democratic society.’”

See “Do Choice Policies Segregate Schools?” by Willaim J. Mathis and Kevin G. Welner, National Eduation Policy Center, March 31, 2016 at

See “Charter Schools: A Survey of Research on Their Characteristics and Effectiveness” by Dennis Epple, Richard Romano, and Ron W. Zimmer, National Bureau of Economic Researcher, June 2015 at


Many Students Not Prepared for College-Careers: According to a new report from The Education Trust, despite the rhetoric about preparing high school students for college and careers, “there remains a giant gulf between that rhetoric and the reality of today’s high school graduates.”

Researchers examined course-taking patterns and GPAs from the High School Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative study of students from 2009-2013, and found that few students had completed a foundational academic or technical skills curriculum to prepare them for college and careers.

The study found that most high schools are prioritizing credit accrual rather than helping students prepare for college and careers.

-8 percent of high school graduates complete a full college-and career-preparatory curriculum.

-31 percent of high school graduates complete a college-ready curriculum

-13 percent of high school graduates complete a career-ready curriculum

-47 percent complete no cohesive curriculum

Similar findings were reported when the data was examined by the race of the student.  But, when reported by socio-economic status (SES), the study found that 53 percent of students with low SES status completed no cohesive curriculum compared to 44 percent of students with high SES.

Other findings:

-Among students who missed only one requirement to receive a college ready curriculum, math and foreign language were the courses that posed the greatest barriers followed by science.

-70 percent of students who started algebra I in ninth grade and 75 percent of students who started geometry in ninth grade eventually reached at least algebra II.

-Some students (26 percent) who did not complete a career-ready curriculum, had completed enough CTE credits to earn a career-ready designation, but those credits were across different career fields.

-54 percent of students who did not complete a college or career-ready curriculum lost credits due to withdrawing or failing at least one course, compared to 20 percent of students who completed a college and career ready curriculum.

The report concludes that, “College and career readiness is still a new expectation that will require significant change to school structures, culture, and instruction to prepare students for postsecondary study aligned with their interests. We highlight school- and district based levers for practitioners to consider in order to maximize postsecondary readiness among students.”

See “ Meandering Toward Graduation”, by Marni Bromberg an Christina Theokas, The Education Trust, April 5, 2016 at



Ohio’s POL Winner Moves on to National Contest:  Congratulations to Thomas Ellison, the winner of Ohio’s 11th annual Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals on March 19, 2016.  Ellison is a senior at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, and won not only a $300 prize, but $500 for the purchase of poetry books for his school’s library.

Ellison recited the poems “The Delta” by Bruce Bond, “Translations from English” by George Starbuck, and “The Affliction of Richard” by Robert Bridges for his win, and was judged based on voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, accuracy, and overall performance.

He will represent Ohio at the national championships on May 2-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., and could earn up to $20,000 for the top prize.

This year more than 9000 students from 60 schools in Ohio participated in POL competitions.  Also receiving recognitions in this year’s competition are first runner-up Noah Martin, a sophomore at Westerville Central High School, and second-runner-up Briana McGee, a sophomore at Springfield High School.

Previous Ohio champions include Jackson Hille, who was the nation’s first POL winner in 2006; Lake Wilburn, who was the 2014 national runner-up; Sarah Binau, who finished among the top nine national finalists in 2015; Mido Aly, who was among the top five national finalists in 2009; and Taribo Osuobeni, who received an honorable mention in 2013.

See “Dayton Student Wins 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Finals, Advances to Nationals in Washington D.C.” Ohio Arts Council, March 23, 2016 at

Follow along on Twitter with @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts and use #POL16 in related posts. For more information on the event, webcast, or viewing parties, visit or call 202-682-5606.

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 (, Ohio Art Education Association(, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance(, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (


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