STATUS UPDATE: PROPOSED STATE OPERATING BUDGET (HB49)
In anticipation of the full Senate chamber vote at the end of June, the Senate Finance Committee released its final hearing schedule for the state’s FY 18-19 budget bill, HB49. The budget must be finalized by Friday, June 30.
- Subcommittee reports: Tuesday, May 30 (2:30 p.m.)
- Public Testimony:
- Wednesday, May 31 (2:30 p.m.)
- Thursday, June 1 (11:00 a.m.)
- Tuesday, June 6 (11:00 a.m.)
- Wednesday, June 7 (11:00 a.m.)
Witnesses are asked to submit their testimony and completed witness slips to Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing. Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.
Senate Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education
On the subcommittee’s last day of testimony for HB49 David Meuse, representing Ohio Citizens for the Arts, was one of many interested parties who testified. Meuse, the past chairman of the board for The Columbus Foundation and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA,) discussed how arts funding generates economic benefits and how the arts strengthen education. He shared that “We know this from a recent research study conducted by the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University, which shows that the creative industries support nearly 231,000 jobs and contribute almost $32 billion to the state’s economy.”
Senate Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education
The subcommittee heard testimony from nearly 60 different interested parties regarding HB49 over a two day period. Among those testifying was a group of teachers voicing their support of language to eliminate the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) program. The teachers said that while the program was well-meaning, it took too much time away from their students and required excessive paperwork and preparation.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Headed to the Governor for Signature
SB9: This legislation establishes a tax holiday for August 4 – 6.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio lawmakers approve 2017 August sales tax holiday
“Ohio consumers will again get a back-to-school sales tax break on clothing, school supplies and instructional materials in August.”
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following:
HB181:– Sponsor testimony from Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Thomas E. Brinkman Jr. (R-Mt. Lookout). This bill would eliminate Ohio learning standards and related tests as well as teacher and principal evaluations.
HB37: The committee accepted a substitute version. The Legislative Services Commission (LSC) analysis can be viewed here. This legislation would require 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.
HB170: Proponent testimony and a substitute bill was accepted. 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. The LSC analysis on the change can be viewed here.
Newly Introduced Legislation
ON THE CALENDAR
Wednesday, May 31
11:00 a.m., Room 115
Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey
HB203 Barnes, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
Increase access to youth summer job opportunities
HB217 Brenner, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
Prohibit college applications asking about disciplinary actions
1:00 p.m., Room 121
Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner
HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 4th Hearing, All Testimony
Address Computer Science Curriculum
HB176 Thompson, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Address school assessments and curricula and teacher evaluations
HB200 Koehler, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Create Opportunity Scholarship Program
HB154 Smith/Manning, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Establish Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program
HB220 Leland, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
Regards use of funds by community and non-public schools
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“Again this summer, the Summer Food Service Program is providing children with free, healthy meals, and we need your help spreading the word to families and students. It’s easy to participate and no sign up is required. Simply call (866) 3-HUNGRY, visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat or download the free Ohio Department of Education mobile app for iPhone and Android and check back regularly to find meal times and locations.”
NEWS AROUND OHIO
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio schools might regain paper option for standardized tests
“After one year of requiring students to take their state standardized tests on a computer, Ohio’s legislators could give the state’s schools the choice to go back to paper and pencil. The version of the state budget that the House passed on May 2 says that schools may administer the tests on paper, online or by using a combination of the two. The budget still must go through the Senate and to Gov. John Kasich for approval by June 30.”
Columbus Dispatch: State auditor urges steep cuts in Delaware schools
“The state auditor has sent a troubling forecast to the Delaware school district, urging it to cut jobs and extracurricular programs and overhaul its health-care benefits. And even after that, the district would face more than a $1 million deficit without new revenue. The district could cut nearly $4.6 million from its $54 million budget, based on a performance audit released Thursday by Auditor Dave Yost.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Don’t penalize us for failing schools, charter overseers say, if management is good
“Failing grades at charter schools shouldn’t bring automatic penalties, Ohio’s charter oversight organizations say, so long as schools have good oversight otherwise. Leaders of Ohio’s nationally-ridiculed charter school community continued a campaign to limit repercussions for the lagging academic performance of charters before a state Senate sub-committee last week.”
Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Budget cuts bleed schools
“Twenty years after the Ohio Supreme Court found that Ohio’s school funding was inadequate — violating the state constitutional mandate to provide a “thorough and efficient” education — lawmakers might make things even worse. There is fear of the Senate chopping or even zeroing out an anticipated increase in the so-called “funding cap.” That’s an arbitrary limit the state sets on how much a district’s total state funding can grow, regardless of how many additional students it is serving.”
Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Open the shades on charter spending
“No function of state government is more important than its constitutional obligation to “secure a thorough and efficient system of common schools throughout the state.” Education is the bedrock of democracy. That is why the Ohio Constitution, since 1851, has obligated the state to provide an education to each of its citizens. How thoroughly and how efficiently the state fulfills this mandate should concern every Ohioan, every year, every generation.”
President Trump released his full budget last week for FY2018. While the final version will likely look much different once it makes its way through Congress, Trump’s proposal calls for an increase in spending for school choice and school vouchers with a reduction in funds for special education grants and teacher development. Overall, the budget outlines a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education.
“Education advocates say President Donald Trump’s budget contradicts his campaign pledge to make college more affordable with its proposed elimination of subsidized student loans and cuts in other programs that help students pay tuition. The 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, slashes funding for the Education Department by 13.5 percent.”
“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised Monday evening that President Trump would propose “the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation’s history,” but she offered no details about the administration’s plans. Speaking in Indianapolis before a friendly audience of school voucher proponents, she instead laid out a moral case to dramatically transform American education — and improve young people’s prospects — by expanding school choice.”
“President Donald Trump’s team released its first full budget proposal on Tuesday, and while lawmakers are likely to dismiss most of it — as they traditionally do with most White House wish lists — the document provides fresh insight into the administration’s priorities. While the overall proposed spending is about on par with last year, at $4.1 trillion for 2018, the budget is notable for the knife it takes to domestic programs focused on science and research, the arts and, most notably, social welfare programs.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: New Trump budget zeroes out Great Lakes Restoration: See what it means for Ohio
“From eliminating the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to cutting food stamps, the budget proposal that President Donald Trump unveiled on Tuesday contains something to upset nearly everyone.”
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