STATUS UPDATE: PROPOSED STATE OPERATING BUDGET (HB49)
The House Finance Committee accepted a substitute version of HB49 late last week, considerably altering Governor Kasich’s original executive budget. The committee is scheduled to meet this week and will consider an omnibus amendment and report the bill out of committee. The substitute bill will then be sent to the full House for a vote, and if approved, moved on to the Senate. The state operating budget (HB49) must be signed into law by July 1, 2017.
News Clips on the State Budget:
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio House makes 325 changes to Kasich’s budget bill: See what’s in and out
“Boozy ice cream, drug prevention taught in driver’s ed and a new mileage reimbursement for state lawmakers were among the additions made Tuesday to Ohio’s next two-year operating budget.”
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio House plan funnels more cash to schools
“In addition to more money to battle the drug epidemic and fund schools, Ohio House Republicans are proposing hundreds of amendments to the budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich, including ones that would expand racino gambling, lower property-tax bills for farmers and soften charter-sponsor evaluations. As is traditional, the two-year state budget bill also is crammed full of various law changes designed to fix problems, reward friends and alter spending.”
Marion Star: Ohio teachers won’t have to job shadow at businesses
“Ohio teachers won’t face a requirement to job shadow with businesses in order to renew their teacher’s licenses. Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday axed Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to require the “externships” – essentially, a high-level job shadow – as part of the state’s two-year spending plan. With opposition to the idea strong among both parties in the Legislature, the proposal almost certainly will not reappear.”
Cincinnati Enquirer: See if your school would lose money under GOP plan
“Nearly half of all Ohio schools still would lose money next year under a plan proposed Tuesday by House Republicans, who decided to sign onto Gov. John Kasich’s plan to send less money to schools with shrinking populations. House Republicans tweaked Kasich’s plan so that fewer schools would see declines in money from the state. Nevertheless, their decision to cut state money to some Ohio schools is remarkable, given their reluctance in recent years to send less money to any district. But with a slow-growing economy, state income tax revenue is tight, so lawmakers had less to spend.”
Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner, heard testimony on two education-related bills on Tuesday, April 25.
SB34 (Manning, G.): Requires the school year for public and charter schools to start after Labor Day
Proponents for SB34 included several tourism-driven businesses. The common theme of their testimony was that a delay in starting school is beneficial to Ohio’s economy. Lee Alexakos, vice president of community relations for Cedar Fair, also indicated that there are benefits to students as well. “This legislation would allow for more real life work experience to better prepare our Ohio workforce. Studies show that students who work during high school summer months later in life have higher hourly wages, better annually earnings, and are more consistently employed,” she said.
SB85 (Huffman, M.): Creates one income-based voucher program
Testimony of proponents continued with Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Mr. Aldis feels that SB85 would make a number of changes that should significantly improve Ohio’s private school choice efforts. “ If this legislation were to be adopted, Ohio would have simpler, easier to use system, serving students most in need, and funded in a more straightforward manner that would minimize its impact on communities around the state,” he said. However his testimony, along with the others, was met with skepticism from members of the committee, including Lehner. The Chair raised concerns on the funding source for the bill as well as if it could be implemented fairly to all students.
NEWLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION
SB133: STUDENT BEHAVIOR (LaRose, F.)
Summary: To require the Education Management Information System to include information regarding persons at whom a student’s violent behavior that resulted in discipline was directed and to require the Department of Education to submit a one-time report to the General Assembly regarding that information.
SB140: WORKFORCE PROGRAMS (Schiavoni, J.)
Summary: To create the Public-Private Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to develop, enhance, and promote educational programs to address regional workforce needs; to create the Sector Partnership Grant Program for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to identify and provide grants to industry partnerships; to support programs that improve access to workforce training opportunities for students; to support economic development and revitalization programs; and to make an appropriation.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, May 2
4:30 p.m., Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Committee (Chr. Brenner, A.)
HB47: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (Boccieri, J.)
Summary: To enact the “Students to Soldiers Support Act (S3A)” regarding the participation of students who are serving in the uniformed services in extracurricular activities at public and nonpublic schools and public and private colleges.
HB154: COMMERCIAL DRIVER STUDENTS (Smith, R., Manning, N.)
Summary: To establish the Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid program and to make an appropriation.
HB170: COMPUTER SCIENCE (Carfagna, R., Duffey, M.)
Summary: With regard to academic content standards and curriculum requirements for computer science
–1st Hearing-Sponsor & proponent (Pending referral)
Wednesday, May 3
11:00 a.m. Room 115
House Higher Education & Workforce Development (Chr. Duffey, M)
HB58: CURSIVE HANDWRITING (Brenner, A., Slaby, M.)
Summary: To require instruction in cursive handwriting
–3rd Hearing-All testimony
HB66: TENURED FACULTY (Young, R.)
Summary: To require permanently tenured state university or college faculty members to teach at least three credit hours of undergraduate courses per semester
–First Hearing-Sponsor-Possible substitute
HB110: APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS (Hagan, C., Dean, B.)
Summary: To create a subprogram of the College Credit Plus Program that permits students to participate in certified apprenticeship programs.
Thursday, May 4
10:00 a.m., Senate Finance Hearing Room
Senate Finance: Primary & Secondary Education Sub. (Chr. Hite, C.,)
Budget: Invited budget testimony from Legislative Service Commission, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of School Business Officials and Ohio School Boards Association
NEWS AROUND OHIO
Cleveland Plain Dealer: No high school graduation fix comes from Ohio House
“Any fixes to the state’s high school graduation requirements probably won’t come out of the Ohio House, after none made it into in the mass of changes to the state’s budget bill today. A special panel and the state school board had called on the legislature earlier this month to create new ways for the class of 2018, this year’s high school juniors, to graduate that do not rely on scores on state tests.”
Dayton Daily News: Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools
“The state has launched a Purple Star Award to recognize military-friendly schools in Ohio, school and military leaders say. In an announcement Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, officials pointed to the challenges children in military families face as many transfer to multiple schools during a parent’s career in uniform and deal with fitting in to a new culture or a parent deployed to a war zone. “I think what we’re seeing is that military students have specific needs, different needs than other students,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: ECOT case stalls recovery of millions paid to other online schools
“Ohio’s attempts to recover about $20 million in state tax funding from eight online charter schools has stalled for more than six months while a much larger battle over more than $60 million from e-school giant ECOT lingers in appeals court. The year-long fight between the Ohio Department of Education and ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, has also delayed the state legislature from sorting out how to avoid e-school funding controversies in the future.”
Associated Press: Ohio auditor begins 1st school district efficiency review
“Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says his office is conducting its first review of a school district’s potential to save money by sharing services. The Republican auditor said recently that Bellaire Local School District in Belmont County will kick off a series of voluntary shared services feasibility studies around the state.
The reviews were made available under government efficiency bill passed last year. The legislation also set up a grant fund to cover the costs of the audits.”
On April 26 President Trump issued an Executive Order for an evaluation of all federal education statutes to ensure the government is not interfering in with states’ and local districts’ control of education.
“President Trump issued a sweeping review of federal education policies on an executive order to pinpoint areas where the government may be overstepping in shaping operations of local school systems.”
Associated Press: Trump Order Seeks to Limit Federal Role in K-12 Education
“Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year – 300 days – to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from her department, if necessary. A report will be returned to the White House and eventually made public, officials said.”
Other national news:
“American teenagers are not excelling in the arts, and President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts will likely make matters worse, experts say. The most recent results of a wide-ranging national educational assessment known as the Nation’s Report Card left significant room for improvement in the visual arts and music, the National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday. Students scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300, dipping very slightly from 2008, when the test was last administered.”
“For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music. And in many ways, the numbers aren’t great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders.”
New York Times: US Students Need More Exposure to Arts and Music, Test Shows
“When it comes to music and visual arts, American teenagers could use some help. The National Center for Education Statistics reported Tuesday that in 2016, American eighth graders scored an average 147 in music and 149 in visual arts on a scale of 300. Some 8,800 eighth graders from public and private schools across the country took part in the test, which was part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card.”
Education Week: In MN and U.S., Teacher-Powered Schools Take Root
“At Impact Academy, one of a growing number of teacher-powered schools across the country, teachers’ fingerprints are all over the purple walls, even though they can’t really be seen. That’s because the school’s layout, its mission, the style of learning—everything is decided by the teachers themselves. For longtime teacher Julene Oxton, the fingerprint analogy may even be literal: With family members, she tore down a classroom wall to make way for a different kind of learning environment.”
“It’s a little-known scientific fact: Before they were famous, 100% of artists were kids. And, like most kids, they doodled, sculpted, finger-painted, and followed their wildest impulses without shame, second-guessing, or self-consciousness. Of course, they soon grew up and started taking artmaking more seriously—perhaps even referring to it by the rarified euphemism of ‘a practice.'”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
OHIO: The Start of it All – July 27 – October 14, 2017
The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, located in downtown Columbus, presents OHIO: The Start of it All, July 27 – October 14, 2017. Curated by Dan Chudzinski of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, the exhibition consists of 60 original children’s book illustrations based on people, places, inventions, and more related to the great state of Ohio. Exhibition tours will be available beginning in early August through the run of the exhibition. For more information, contact OAC Riffe Gallery Director Mary Gray at email@example.com or 614-728-2239.
Chuck Richards, “Garden Hose” from “Jungle Gym Gitters”, 2004, colored pencil, courtesy of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Collection
Judy Schachner, “Dewey Bob” from “Dewey Bob”, 2016, mixed media, courtesy of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Collection
Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Art Education – November 7
Save November 7, 2017 for the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Art Education’s Professional Development Day. More details will be released in a couple months. For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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