Arts On Line Education Update May 22, 2017



Passed by the Senate

SB8 passed the Senate unanimously last week.  This bill requires the School Facilities Commission to create a program to assist districts in purchasing technology, including improvements in security measures. The day before, the Senate Education committee adopted a substitute bill for SB8 to ensure joint vocational school districts would have access to assistance in purchasing technology, as well expand the scope of the program to allow a broader range of school projects to be considered.


Passed by the House

The House passed HB124 by a vote of 89-2.  The legislation provides a fix for the Delaware Area Career Center levy that was placed on the ballot in only one of the counties in which the district has territory.  The joint vocational school district may now submit the question of a tax levy renewal to voters in the other counties who did not have an opportunity to vote on the levy in November of 2015.


House Government & Accountability Oversight Committee

The committee heard proponent testimony on HB87 which calls for funds from community schools to be returned to the state as a result of an audit finding against the community school.  Mark H. Curtis, president of the Twinsburg City Schools Board of Education testified that “Our district only receives $1,280.95 in foundation funding per student. However, approximately $6,583.97 is deducted for each student attending a charter school. This disparity places our district in a position of having to raise additional tax dollars to make up for those lost to charter schools.”


House Education and Career Readiness Committee

The committee heard testimony on the following:

HB170 – Proponent testimony on HB170. This bill calls for developing optional academic content standards and curriculum for computer science. It also would address educator qualifications for computer science and create a competitive technology grant program for the 2018-2019 school year.

HB176 – Sponsor testimony from Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta).  This legislation would make changes to school assessments and curricula as well as teacher evaluations.

HB200 – Sponsor testimony from Rep. J. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield). This legislation is identical to SB85, and eliminates the EdChoice Scholarship Program and the Cleveland Scholarship Program to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.


House State and Local Government Committee

HB134 – Passed out of committee.   The bill was amended to narrow the focus to only Medina County and allows the school district to spend county improvement board grant funds on permanent improvements outside of the county so long as the improvements are within the school district.


Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee

The committee heard sponsor testimony on SB3 from Sen. Bill Beagle.   The legislation would revise the laws governing the state’s workforce development system, programs that may be offered by primary and secondary schools, certificates of qualification for employment, and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, as well as designate the first week of May as In-Demand Jobs Week.


Senate Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education

The subcommittee continued to hear testimony from concerned districts and on the potential negative impact the state’s budget bill, HB49, may have on their schools.


Newly Introduced Legislation:

HB233 FIREARMS (Rep. Becker) To enact the “Decriminalization Effort For Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND)” to provide an opportunity for a concealed handgun licensee or qualified military member to avoid guilt for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited place if the person leaves upon request, and to penalize as disorderly conduct failing to leave upon request or returning with a firearm. 

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio bill would decriminalize carrying concealed handguns in schools, other gun-free zones “Concealed handgun permit holders caught carrying on school grounds and other gun-free sites would no longer be subject to prison time under a bill introduced in the Ohio House.  Rep. John Becker, a Clermont County Republican, sponsored a bill decriminalizing the violation. Under House Bill 233, a concealed handgun license holder, with a concealed firearm, discovered in a gun-free zone must leave upon request.”


HB217 COLLEGE APPLICATIONS-DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (Rep. Andrew Brenner) To prohibit institutions of higher education from requiring students to disclose disciplinary actions on their applications for admission.


HB220 NONPUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDS (Rep. David Leland) With regard to the use of funds by community schools and nonpublic schools.


HB224 RE-SERVING SCHOOL LUNCH ITEMS (Rep. Catherine Ingram) To permit districts and schools to re-serve time- and temperature-controlled food items to students if items are unused and returned unopened, undamaged, and in the original packaging.



Tuesday, May 23

4:00 p.m., Room 121

Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

HB37 Arndt, Improve school safety and technology infrastructure

2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony


HB181 Hood/Brinkman, Address academic content standards and assessments

1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony


HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, Address computer science curriculum

3rd Hearing, All Testimony


Wednesday, May 24

2:30 p.m. (or after session), North Hearing Room

Finance -Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Chair: Hite

HB49 Smith, R., Creates FY 2018-2019 operating budget

8th Hearing, All Testimony


Thursday, May 25

10:00 a.m., North Hearing Room

Finance -Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Chair: Hite

HB49 Smith, R., Creates FY 2018-2019 operating budget

9th Hearing, All Testimony





ODE: Seeking districts to participate in truancy pilot program

“As part of House Bill 410, the Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council is seeking districts who are interested in taking part in a pilot program addressing truancy. Each school district will develop a multidisciplinary truancy team for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years that addresses attendance barriers for each child referred to the team.”



Columbus Dispatch: The Daily Briefing: Senate looking beyond $800 million budget hole

“Senate President Larry Obhof said his chamber has the $800 million hole in mind as it crafts the new two-year budget, but members are anticipating that figure could go higher when new, official tax revenue estimates come in June.”


Cleveland Plain Dealer: Akron to create arts-focused high school programs with KSU

“Kent State University and the Akron Public Schools will create a College and Career Academy in the district’s 10 high schools that focuses on fashion, arts, architecture and design.  The partnership was announced Tuesday at a ceremony naming the district as a Ford Next Generation Learning community.”


Columbus Dispatch: Nonprofit exposes middle-schoolers to music making process

“No sooner had Columbus-area musician Nick D’Andrea asked five middle-schoolers to jot down better descriptions and metaphors for feeling hurt than Saba Bekuretsion and Hannah Moody penned these lyrics.  The words were exactly what D’Andrea was looking for from the students at Berwick Alternative K-8 School in Columbus City Schools.”


Cleveland Plain Dealer: Chronic absenteeism a growing concern in Ohio schools

“If your child misses school for a doctor’s appointment, it’s no big deal, right?  Miss another when family visits from out of town? It happens.  Just have a crazy morning and miss the bus? No big deal. She’ll make it tomorrow.  But it all adds up more than parents realize.”


Youngstown Vindicator: ODOT plow gets eye-popping paint, thanks to students

“When Mahoning County drivers are battling snowstorms next winter, the plow on one particular Ohio Department of Transportation truck may pop out at them.  A group of Canfield art students spent the last two weeks decorating a plow with a painting inspired by renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.”




U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces All Spring State ESSA Plan Submissions Complete, Ready for Peer Review

“Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that all state plans submitted for the spring deadline by 16 states and the District of Columbia under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were found to be complete and ready for peer review.”





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 or 614-728-2239.



Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Art Education – November 7

Save the date November 7 for the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Art Education’s Professional Development Day.  More details will be released in a couple months, for additional information please email

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