Arts on Line Education Update April 24, 2017


Springfield News-Sun: State Superintendent visits Dome, Springfield High School

“The Ohio state superintendent toured The Dome and Springfield High School on Tuesday and said the local school district is doing a good job giving students an opportunity to learn in a unique environment.

‘Wonderful things are happening here,’ State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said of The Dome. “We just spent some time talking to kids and you can tell they are excited and are engaged and they feel like it is making a difference.”  DeMaria, the leader of the Ohio Department of Education, came to Springfield because of a conversation between Springfield City Superintendent Bob Hill and State School Board President Tess Elshoff at a meeting in Columbus.”

Dayton Daily News: 5 things to know about how teachers are paid

“Dozens of local school districts are currently negotiating new contracts with their teachers unions, bringing discussions of teacher pay back to the forefront.  Each school district negotiates separately with its teachers to decide on a salary chart based on teachers’ education level and years of experience. That means two similar teachers can make dramatically different amounts of money depending on where they work.”

Youngstown Vindicator: CEO bringing back neighborhood schools concept

“Neighborhood schools are returning to Youngstown.  Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip is set to unveil his long-anticipated school reconfiguration plan today. He said a goal of bringing back neighborhood schools is to increase parental involvement.   ‘When we complain about parents not showing up and parental involvement, we have to consider that it’s really hard for them transportation wise when their kids’ schools are on the other side of the city,” Mohip said. “This is about getting the kids as close as possible to their schools.'”


Dayton Daily News: Retired Ohio teachers to lose cost of living increase

“Trustees for the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio voted 10-1 on Thursday to indefinitely suspend the cost of living allowance given to retired teachers.  Retirees will no longer get a 2 percent COLA bump on their pensions for the foreseeable future.  The fix, though, may not be enough to shore up the finances of the $72-billion fund. ‘Even if we take this action, it’s only a 50-50 shot that it works,’ said STRS trustee James McGreevy, who argued for broader, deeper changes. McGreevy was the only no vote.”


Cleveland Plain Dealer: Impact of poor grades for big online schools could be cut in charter school oversight ratings

“State Rep. Andrew Brenner wants to ease the blow to charter school overseers made by the poor grades of giant online schools.  Brenner, chairman of the House Education Committee, plans to propose amendments to the state budget bill next week adjusting how the state rewards and penalizes the organizations that start and oversee charter schools.  The biggest change: He wants to do away with a requirement that the academic performance of the multiple charter schools in each overseer’s portfolio of schools be weighted by the number of students in each school.” 




Ohio Legislators return from their two week spring break on Monday, April 24.




Tuesday, April 25

10:00 a.m., Room 122

House State & Local Government Committee

HB134: SCHOOL GRANTS  (Hambley, S., Kick, D.)

Summary: To allow community improvements board grants to a school district to be spent for permanent improvements outside the county so long as the improvements are within the school district.

1st Hearing – Sponsor

10:45 a.m., Finance Hearing Room

Senate Finance: Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee

Informal hearing on budget bill (HB49)


4:00 p.m., South Hearing Room

Senate Education Committee

SB8: SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY (Gardner, R., Terhar, L.)

3rd Hearing – Opponent & interested party


SB82: SCHOOL ABSENCES (Williams, S., Lehner, P.)

3rd Hearing – All testimony


SB 4: ACADEMIC YEAR (Manning, G.)

3rd Hearing – All testimony


SB85: SCHOOL CHOICE (Huffman, M.)

2nd Hearing – Proponent


Thursday, April 27

10:00 a.m., Finance Hearing Room

Senate Finance: Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee

Informal hearing on budget bill (HB49)




US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Van Wert City Schools Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Her support of private and charter schools has made DeVos a controversial pick for Education Secretary by the Trump administration.


Associated Press: Education secy, teachers union chief meet on school tour

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the head of a national teachers union sought to find common ground as they toured public schools in Ohio, but differences remained.  The school visit came just months after American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten fiercely opposed the nomination of DeVos, a longtime advocate of charter and private schools. In the past Weingarten has accused DeVos of feeling ‘antipathy for public schools.'”


Toledo Blade: DeVos, union chief amicable on visit to northwest Ohio

“Barely a hint of the biting rhetoric lobbed at U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos by teachers’ unions and other public school advocates surfaced Thursday as she toured Van Wert City Schools alongside an ardent critic.  President Trump’s cabinet pick, controversial among many public school educators for her charter school support, spent several amicable hours in this rural northwest Ohio district with Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers.”


Washington Post: Teachers union hosts DeVos on visit to public schools in rural Ohio

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an Ohio school district Thursday at the invitation of one of her chief critics, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who used the occasion to make a case for investment in public schools.  The two combatants in the nation’s education battles met for several hours, touring classrooms and hearing from teachers and students in Van Wert, a rural community of about 11,000 in northwestern Ohio. ”


More national news:

Washington Post: DeVos announces Education Department hires

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday announced the names of personnel who will serve in key leadership positions at the Education Department, a move that comes after she spent the first two months of her tenure operating with a skeletal beachhead team.  Serving as chief of staff is Josh Venable, who worked on former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign and for Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. DeVos served on the board of the foundation, which sought to export the Florida model of education restructuring to other parts of the country.”




Ohio State University: When it comes to reading, kindergarten is the new first grade

“A new nationwide study has found that children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had just 12 years earlier.  Researchers say this means that in general, children are better readers at a younger age, but the study also revealed where gaps remain – especially in more advanced reading skills.  The good news was that even low-achieving students saw gains in basic reading skills over this time period and actually narrowed the achievement gap with other young readers.”


University of Maryland: Arts Education and Positive Youth Development

“A new study from the University of Maryland indicates that adults who participated in music education in school in grades K-12 were more likely to attend a musical performance and play an instrument in later life. Education in other artistic disciplines, including theater, was also associated with participation in those disciplines later on in life.”

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