Arts on Line Education Update November 14, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
November 14, 2016
Joan Platz


This Week at the Statehouse:  The Ohio House will meet in session on November 16 and 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM, while the Ohio Senate has canceled its sessions.  Both the House and Senate will hold committee meetings this week.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, will meet on November 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM in hearing room 121.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-SB168 (LaRose) Student Violent Behavior:  Require the Education Management Information System to include information regarding persons at whom a student’s violent behavior that resulted in discipline was directed.

-HB426 (Antani) Career Colleges-Job Placement:  Requires the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to report and post job placement information.

-HB560 (Hambley) Community School Enrollment:  Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

-HB498 (Kunze) Expulsion-Threat of Violence:  With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.

The House Finance Committee, chaired by Representative Smith, will meet on November 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM in hearing room 131.  The committee will receive testimony on several bills, including the following bills related to education:

-HB346 (Brenner) Per-pupil State Funding, which would require that each city, local, and exempted village school district receive a per-pupil amount of state funding that is at least as much as the statewide per pupil amount paid for chartered nonpublic schools in Auxiliary Services funds and for administrative cost reimbursement.

-SB235 (Beagle-Coley) Increased Value-Property Tax, which would exempt from property tax the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned, until construction of new commercial or industrial facilities at the property commences.  The House Finance Committee will also receive testimony on this bill on November 16, 2016.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on November 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-HB383 (Hagan) 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.

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

-HB441 (McColley) Interscholastic Activities:  Permits a student enrolled in a nonpublic school to participate in interscholastic activities at a school district that is not the student’s resident district under certain circumstances, and prohibits a student who participates in the College Credit Plus program from being denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics solely due to participation in the program.

-HB85 (Ramos) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention:  Regarding age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.

-HB89 (Devitis) Medicaid School Program:  Regarding the Medicaid School Program.

-HB410 (Rezabek-Hayes) Truancy:  Regarding habitual and chronic truancy and compulsory school attendance.

House Leadership Team Announced: The Republican majority caucus elected on November 10, 2016 their leadership team for the 132st Ohio General Assembly.  Representative Cliff Rosenberger will continue to serve as House Speaker; Representative Kirk Schuring will serve as speaker pro tem; Representative Dorothy Pelanda will be the majority floor leader; Representative Sarah LaTourette will be assistant majority floor leader; Senator Tom Patton, who was elected to the House, will serve as majority whip; and Representative Rob McColley will be assistant majority whip.

Legislative Update:

The following bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Andrew Brenner:

-HB544 (Koehler-Landis) High School Civics Assessment:  Permits high school students to take a civics assessment instead of the American government end of-course examination.

-HB550 (Arndt) School Facilities-Technology Purchasing:  Requires the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security.

-HB560 (Hambley) Community School Enrollment:  Establishes policies to verify community school enrollments.

-HB570 (Hill) Interdistrict-Open Enrollment:  Regarding student enrollment in charter schools, STEM schools, and other districts through interdistrict open enrollment.

-HB571 (Duffey-Boggs) Career Information-Students:  Regarding the presentation of career information to students.

-SB247 (Brown-Lehner) School District-Summer Meals:  Requires school districts to allow alternative summer meal sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.


The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on November 14-15, 2016 at the Department of Education building, 25 South Front Street in Columbus.

On November 14, 2016, the State Board’s meeting will begin at 8:00 AM, when the Board will conduct a Chapter 119 Hearing on three proposed rules:

-OAC 3301-11-01 to -11 and -13: EdChoice Scholarship Program

-OAC 3301-24-08, -25, -26: Licensing & Education Programs

-OAC 3301-106-01: Community Learning Centers

The Executive Committee and Urban and Rural Renewal Committee will then meet, followed by the convening of the State Board’s business meeting, which will include the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The Board will then hold an executive session.

The Achievement and Capacity committees will convene following lunch.

The Achievement Committee will discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-61-07 and -10 Vocational Education, and discuss OAC Rule 3301-51-15:  Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students.

The Capacity Committee will discuss OAC Rule 3301-91-01, 04, 07, 08, 09 Standards for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs; discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-24-18 to 21, Licensing & Education Programs & OAC Rule 3301-25-09 Educational Aid Permits; discuss OAC Rule 3301-102-02 to 05, 07, 08 Community Schools; and discuss OAC Rule 3301-40 to 07:  Rules on Nonpublic Schools Administrative Cost Reimbursement.

On November 15, 2016 the Standards and Graduation Committee will meet at 8:00 AM and discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-41-01: Standard for Issuing and Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence; discuss graduation requirements; and discuss the revised content standards for English language arts and math.

The State Board will then reconvene; recognize Dustin Weaver of Chillicothe High School, the 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year; receive public participation on agenda and non agenda items; and take action on the following resolutions:

1)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind and Amend Rule 3301-5-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code Regarding the Requirements for the Emergency Management Plan and Test.

2)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code Entitled Resident Educator License.

3)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-19 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative Resident Educator License for Teaching A Designated Subject in Grades Kindergarten to Twelve.

4)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-20 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative License for Teaching World Languages in Grades Pre Kindergarten to Twelve.

5)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-21 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative License for Intervention Specialist in Grades Kindergarten to Twelve.

6)  Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-24-22 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative Resident Educator License for Career Technical Workforce Development Programs.

7)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-25-09 of the Administrative Code Entitled Two-Year School Speech-Language Pathology Student Permit.

8)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind and Restate Rule 3301-41-01 of the Administrative Code, Certificate of High School Equivalence.

9)  Approve Resolution to File As No Change Rules 3301- 61-07 and 3301-61-10 of the Administrative Code Entitled Provisions for Non Public School Students.

10)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-91-01, 3301-91-04, 3301-91-07, 3301-91-08, 3301-91-09 of the Administrative Code Entitled Standards for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

17) Approve a Resolution to Clarify Intent of Student Suspensions for Ohio School Districts.

18) Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Dublin City School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending Haughland Learning Center in Columbus, Franklin County.

19)  Approve a Resolution to Grant Student’s Right to Participate in the College Credit Plus Program Pursuant to R.C. 3365.03(A)(1)(a).


Donald Trump won the presidential race with a projected 276 electoral votes, and on January 20, 2017 will become the 45th President of the United States.

According to unofficial results, 5.3 million Ohioans cast a ballot this year, which is less than in 2008, when 5.8 million Ohioans voted, and less than in 2012, when 5.6 million Ohioans voted.

115th U.S. Congress:  The membership of the U.S. Senate will include 51 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two independents.  The final breakdown of the Senate could change, however, because there is a run-off in the Louisiana Senate race. None of the candidates had won 50 percent of the votes, which was needed to declare a winner.

Not all races have been decided, but so far the U.S. House of Representatives will have 239 Republicans and 193 Democrats.

All of Ohio’s representatives to the U.S. House won re-election.  Republicans retained control of 12 of Ohio’s congressional seats, while Democrats retained control of 4 seats.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman also retained his seat in the U.S. Senate, defeating former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Governors:  Nationwide there were 12 governor races on November 8, 2016 ballot.  Republicans won in the states of Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, and Vermont, while Democrats won in Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia.  The race between Governor Pat McCorory (D) and Roy Cooper (R) in North Carolina is still too close to call, but Roy Cooper has a slight lead.


132st Ohio General Assembly:  Republicans will extend their majority by one in both the Ohio House (66 – 33) and the Ohio Senate (24-9) due to Republican wins in two districts currently held by Democrats.  In the House, Democrat Sarah Grace lost to Republican Jay Edwards in the 94th House District, which is currently held by Representative Debbie Phillips (D), and in the Ohio Senate, Senator Lou Gentile (D) lost to Frank Hoagland (R) in the 30th Senate District race.

Ohio House:  There will be 22 new members in the Ohio House, including four members who are currently serving in the Ohio Senate. They are Senators Tom Patton (R-7), Jim Hughes (R-24), Bill Seitz (R-30, and Keith Faber (R-84).

Other new House members are Scott Wiggam (R-1); Adam Miller (D-17); David Greenspan (R-16); Laura Lanese (R-23); Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-25); Brigid Kelly (D-31); Catherine Ingram (D-32); Thomas West (D-49); Candice Keller (R-53); Dick Stein (R-57); Scott Lipps (R-62); Glenn Holmes (D-63); Rick Carfagna (R-68); Darrell Kick (R-70); Larry Householder (R-72); Craig Riedel R-82); Wes Goodman (R-87); and Jay Edwards (R-94).

Who is leaving the Ohio House in December 2016?  The following lawmakers will be completing their terms in the Ohio House at the end of this session, and will not be returning:

Representative Ron Amstutz (R-1)

Representative Mike Dovilla (R-7)

Representative Nan Baker (R-16)

Representative Mike Curtin (D-17)

Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23)

Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-24) Elected to the Ohio Senate

Representative Kevin Boyce (D-25)

Representative Louis Terhar (R-30) Elected to the Ohio Senate District

Representative Denise Driehaus (D-31)

Representative Christine Byrant Kuhns (D-32)

Representative Stephen Slesnick (D-49)

Representative Terry Boose (R-57)

Representative Ron Maag (R-62)

Representative Sean O’Brian (D-63) Elected to the Ohio Senate

Representative Margaret Ruhl (R-68)

Representative Dave Hall (R-70)

Representative Bill Hayes (R-72)

Representative Jim Buchy (R-84)

Representative Debbie Phillips (D-94)

See the election results at

Ohio Senate:  The four-year terms of Ohio Senators are staggered, so that half of the Senate faces an election every two years. Elections were held in 16 of the 33 Ohio Senate Districts on November 8, 2016.

New faces in the Ohio Senate include Sean O’Brien (D-32), who moves from the House to the Senate; Frank Hoagland (R-30), who defeated current Senator Lou Gentile (D); Vernon Sykes (D-28), who formerly served in the Ohio House; Matt Dolan (R-24), who formerly served in the Ohio House; Stephanie Kunze (R-16), who currently serves in the Ohio House; Matt Huffman (R-12), who formerly served in the Ohio House; and Louis Terhar (R-8), who currently serves in the House.

Incumbents who were re-elected include Senators Randy Gardner (R-2), Bill Coley (R-4), Peggy Lehner (R-6), Bob Hackett (R-10), Joe Uecker (R-14), John Eklund (R-18), Troy Balderson (R-20), Larry Obhof (R-22), and Dave Burke (R-26).

Who is leaving the Ohio Senate in December 2016?  The following lawmakers will be completing their terms in the Ohio Senate at the end of this session, and will not be returning.

Senator Tom Patton (R-24) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Jim Hughes (R-16) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Bill Seitz (R-8) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Keith Faber (R-12) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Shannon Jones (R-7)

Senator Tom Sawyer (D-28)

Senator Capri Cafaro (D-32)

Senator Lou Gentile (D-30)

See the current members of the Ohio Senate at

See the election results at

Ohio Supreme Court: Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, ran unopposed for the office of Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

In races for the two other seats open on the Ohio Supreme Court, Pat DeWine (R) defeated Cynthia Rice (D), and, in a tight race, unofficial results show Pat Fischer (R) defeating John O’Donnell (D).

See the election results at

State Board of Education:  The State Board of Education includes 11 elected members and 8 members appointed by the governor.  The four-year terms are staggered, so that half of the board is elected every two years. Both elected and appointed members are limited to two terms.

The terms of five elected members of the current State Board of Education, Michael Collins (District 3), Mary Rose Oakar (District 11), Ann Jacobs (District 1), Roslyn Painter-Goffi (District 5), and Ron Rudduck (District 10), will end on December 31, 2016.

The following are the newly elected members:

District 1  Linda Haycock will replace Ann Jacobs

District 5: Lisa Woods defeated incumbent Roslyn Painter-Goffi

District 8: Nancy Hollister, retains the seat. The term ends on December 31, 2018.

District 6:  Antoinette Miranda, who is a psychology professor OSU, replaces Mike Collins.

District 9:  Stephanie Dodd, retains the seat. She ran unopposed.

District 10: Nick Owens defeated Braydon Bevins to replace Ron Ruddick

District 11: Meryl Johnson, a retired teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District replaces Mary Rose Oakar.

See election results at

School Issues:  Ohio voters approved 115 (77 percent) of the 150 school tax issues on the ballot.  About 56 percent of new tax issues passed, and 96 percent of renewal tax issues passed.



According to unofficial election results, Republicans will keep control of the U.S. House and Senate.

The House Education and Workforce Committee will have a new chairman in the 115th Congress.  The current chair, Representative John Kline (R-MN), will retire at the end of his term in December 2016.   North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx (R) is likely to become the new chair, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) is likely to be the ranking minority member.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is expected to retain the chairmanship of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is expected to be the ranking minority member.

K-12 education was not a hot topic during the presidential campaign and few issues were debated.  It is likely, however, to assume that conservative education policies, that support less federal involvement in K-12 education, and more school choice, will be implemented during the Trump administration.

The next Congress will also continue to work on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Higher Education Act.

The following summary of president-elect Trump’s views about education policies is based on information prepared by Education Week from candidate statements and campaign documents:

Academic Standards:  The president-elect has called the “common core” a disaster.  The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, however, requires states to adopt academic content standards, but leaves it up to the states to decide the content of those standards.  Since states, and not the federal government, are responsible for setting state standards, no action is expected, unless the Trump administration wants to change the law.

College Access:  This is a topic that has been discussed by president-elect Trump.  He has proposed a 12.5 percent cap on the percentage of a person’s income used to pay back a student loan, and would support legislation to forgive loans for some students after 15 years, in certain cases. He also supports lessening the role of the federal government in giving out student loans, which he believes should be handled by banks.

Early Childhood Education:  President-elect Trump supports six weeks of paid maternity leave; allowing “earned income tax credit” to be used for private school tuition; deducting child care costs from taxes, in certain cases; providing federal support for “dependent-care” savings accounts; and creating tax deductions for employers who provide child care.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):  The controversial ESSA regulations proposed for “supplement not supplant”, which are still in development, could be changed by the new administration, since so many current Republican, and some Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate oppose the prescriptive requirements for spending.

School Choice:  President-elect Trump has proposed a plan to allocate $20 billion in federal funds to fund school choice programs for public and private schools. He also has said that competition among schools is the American way.

K-12 Costs:  The president-elect believes that the U.S, spends too much for education.

Teachers: The president-elect supports merit pay for teachers and opposes tenure.

U.S. Department of Education:  The role of the U.S. Department of Education in education policy is expected to be curtailed in the Trump administration.  The president-elect has pledged to streamline, or even eliminate, the U.S. Department of Education.

See “Trump Set to Shift Gears on Civil Rights, ESSA, Says a K-12 Transition-Team Leader,” by Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, November 9, 2016 at



Several states had significant education policy issues on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

In Massachusetts, a controversial referendum, Question 2, to increase the number of charter schools in the state was defeated.

Voters in Georgia defeated a constitutional amendment to create an “Opportunity School District” to take-over low performing schools, based on a model used in Louisiana and Tennessee.

California voters approved three education-related issues: to allow school districts to create multilingual education programs (Proposition 58); to authorize $9 billion in bonds for school/higher education construction projects (Proposition 51); and to extend the income tax on wealthy Californians to support schools and higher education (Proposition 55).

Voters in Oklahoma defeated a 1 percent sales tax increase for education.  The funds would have been used to expand early childhood education programs and increase teacher salaries.

In Oregon voters approved an issue to compel the state Legislature to fund dropout-prevention and career readiness programs in high schools.

An increase in Missouri’s state tobacco tax to fund early-childhood education was defeated.

The result in Maine of a ballot initiative to enact a 3 percent income tax surcharge on incomes over $200,000 to fund public education is still too close to call, but the voters were leaning toward approval.

Voters in Louisiana defeated a ballot initiative that would have allowed colleges and universities to determine tuition levels, rather than the legislature.

A state effort to raise funds through the sale of bonds to support a student loan program was defeated by voters in Alaska.

See “Local decisions reflect larger national debates — and, in some cases, could influence policy beyond their states’ borders,” by Poger Riddell, Education Dive, November 3, 2016 at


Report Details Investigation of Cyber Schools:  Education Week released on November 3, 2016 the results of an eight-month investigation of online charter schools (cyber schools) in the United States.

According to the report, there are about 200 cyber charter schools in 26 states and they serve 200,000 students.  The schools are publicly funded, but privately operated, mainly by for-profit companies.  The Virginia-based K-12 is the largest online charter school network, with 70 online schools.

Investigative reporters for Education Week examined hundreds of media stories and audits over the past 15 years about online charter schools, and found widespread misuse of public funds, nepotism, and a lack of transparency and accountability to the public.   Online schools also have a poor track record for improving student achievement, and report a high number of dropouts, low graduation rates, high student to teacher ratios, and a lack of qualified personnel.

According to the report, cyber schools are “…based on an educational model that doesn’t work for most kids.  Many cyber operators have cashed in anyway, expanding aggressively, often with the help of their boards.  Rather than pump the brakes, cyber authorizers have frequently gone along for the ride.  And state lawmakers have repeatedly looked the other way, usually at the urging of lobbyists who fight tooth and nail against even modest attempts to improve oversight or limit growth.”

The report concludes that school officials and state officials are to blame, and the lack of transparency makes it difficult to hold cyber schools accountable.

For example, at one Colorado online school network called GOAL, 45.8 percent of students did not log-on and use any learning software the week of April 4, 2016.  Only 0.1 percent of students used online software for 20 hours that week, although students are urged to “dedicate at least 25-30 hours each week” to coursework. Still the school collected $28.3 million in public funds to operate.

According to the report, GOAL school officials responded saying that the low number of students who are engaged in online learning is due to the “high risk factors” in their daily lives, including parenting, drug abuse, health issues, jobs, etc.

The report found that the students who succeed in online charter schools are motivated, and often seek these schools because they were held-back by the pace of the curriculum or bullied in traditional public school setting.

However, the report also notes that, “The problem is that such student success stories are the exception, not the rule.”

The full report includes the following articles:

-A Virtual Mess:  Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School

-Outsized Influence:  Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States

-Cyber Charters:  Widespread Reports of Trouble

-Tracking Attendance in Online Schools

-Problems With For-Profit Management of PA Cybers

-Cyber Charters vs. ‘Multi-District Online Schools’

-Online Charters Cause Rift Among Supporters of School Choice

-Connections Education:  A Defense of Cyber Charters

See” Rewarding Failure:  An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry,” by Benjamin Herold and Arianna Prothero, and Education Week Staff, Education Week, November 3, 2016 at


Students Create a Human Rights Garden: According to an article in the Portsmouth Daily Times students, teachers, and artists are coming together in the Portsmouth City School District to create a Human Rights Garden funded by the Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio Initiative.

The concept for the project was created by April Deacon, an art teacher in the school district.  Students are working with visiting artists Kevin Lyles and Welsh artist Bryan Thomas to create a permanent outdoor sculpture and plant garden on Applegate Green in Portsmouth.  The sculpture garden will be based upon the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is one of several multi-phase projects that the Portsmouth City School District is undertaking to engage students with hands-on learning experiences.  Future plans include a student-created outdoor physical fitness area, a vegetable garden, gazebos, and an outdoor exhibition space for displaying art.

After studying human rights issues and selecting human rights themes for the garden, seventh grade students are working with visiting artist Kevin Lyles to create paper castings of the sculptures that will eventually be featured in the garden, while high students in the Three-Dimensional Art course are working on the preliminary designs for three large-scale bronze, aluminum, and stone sculptures.  Students will also design and build benches for the garden, and will work with educators and designers from the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus to select plans for the garden. Visiting Welsh artist, Bryan Thomas, is helping students create molds for sculptures that will serve as paving stones or decorative pieces for the benches.

The Human Rights Garden is scheduled to be completed in May of 2017.

See “Students at Portsmouth begin the sculpting process for the Human Rights Garden,” by Ciara Conley, Portsmouth Daily Times, November 11, 2016 at

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