Arts On Line Education Update June 5, 2017


The state of Ohio revenue results for the month of May are expected soon and many fear the Senate will have a larger budget shortfall than the anticipated $800 million.  The Senate is working to pass HB49, the state’s biennial budget, by the deadline of June 30.  

Toledo Blade: Senate Democrats seek public’s help on Ohio budget

“Lacking the votes to go it alone, Ohio Senate Democrats on Thursday held a forum hoping to enlist the public’s help in their uphill battle to influence the state’s next two-year budget.  Democrats plan to offer numerous amendments on such things as bolstering the fight against the state’s escalating addiction epidemic, removing a House amendment blocking Toledo from enforcing its new lead law, and increasing funding for schools and local governments.” 

Columbus Dispatch: Senate Eyes Changes to Medicaid, School Funding

“Among its budget changes, the Ohio Senate is not expected to force the Kasich administration to ask permission before spending any money on Medicaid expansion, and is looking to reduce the number of schools facing funding cuts.  About 350 districts face state funding reductions under the House-passed budget. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said a few weeks ago he hoped to ensure none of them faced cuts. He did not go that far today.”


Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee heard reports from each Senate Finance Subcommittee chair as well as continued to hear testimony on HB49. Primary and Secondary Education Finance Subcommittee Chair Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) testified that 121 witnesses appeared before the subcommittee with the majority voicing concern on the impact of the proposed budget for their school district.   A substitute bill is expected during the week of June 12.

Public testimony continues this week with two days left, Tuesday, June 6 (11:00 a.m.) and Wednesday, June 7 (11:00 a.m.).  Witnesses are asked to submit their testimony and completed witness slips to at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing; oral testimony will be limited to three minutes.




Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

The committee heard testimony on the following: 

HB176 Thompson, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Nearly 15 people testified in favor of HB176 which would reduce the number of exams, eliminate state teacher and principal evaluation systems, and allow individual school districts to set learning standards.

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 4th Hearing, All Testimony

Written testimony was submitted on HB170 which would develop optional academic content standards and curriculum for computer science, revise educator qualifications regarding computer science as well as create a competitive technology grant program for the 2018-2019 school year.  

HB154 Smith/Manning, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

This legislation would establish Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid program which would provide grants and loans to cover the cost of short-term programs leading to commercial driver’s licenses.

HB200 Koehler, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

The aim of this legislation is to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.


Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

The committee heard testimony on the following:

HB203 Sponsor testimony from Rep. John Barnes (D-Cleveland)

This bill would establish a youth summer jobs ‘pledging initiative’ to increase access to summer employment opportunities for high school and college youth in Ohio.

HB217 Sponsor testimony from Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) 

This bill will prohibit institutions of higher education from requiring prospective students to disclose disciplinary actions on their applications for admission.



Tuesday, June 6

4:00 p.m., Room 121

Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Address computer science curriculum 

SubSB8 Gardner/Terhar, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Establish 1:1 School Facilities Option Program 

HB200 Koehler, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Create Opportunity Scholarship Program


Wednesday, June 7

11:00 a.m., Room 115

Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

HB58 Brenner/Slaby, 4th Hearing, Opponent/Interested Party Testimony

Require instruction in cursive handwriting 

HB166 Reineke/Cupp, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Revise workforce development laws 

SubSB3 Beagle/Balderson, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Review workforce development laws




Chillicothe Gazette: City Schools Adjusting STEAM Plans

“More students will have access to the new Chillicothe City Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Innovation Academy during the next school year than originally thought.”


Columbus Dispatch: Kids’ Learning Doesn’t Have to Slide over Summer

“Summer is a time to try things that can’t happen in a classroom, and even better, warding off academic atrophy doesn’t have to cost much, if anything.”


AP/Columbus Dispatch: Ohio School District Fights High Chronic Absenteeism Rate

“An Ohio school district is fighting chronic absenteeism rates that see nearly one in four students missing multiple days of school a year. About 24 percent of students in Lorain city schools in northern Ohio are chronically absent, meaning students miss about 18 days a year.”


Columbus Dispatch: ACT Official Won’t Explain Ohio Students’ Test Snafu Due to “Security” 

“Hundreds of students in Reynoldsburg and several other Ohio school districts had their ACT scores invalidated, but state officials are urging the college-entrance-testing company to reconsider.”




ODE: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Draft Sections of Template

As draft sections of the Ohio ESSA plan are presented to the State Board for discussion, they will be posted to the ESSA page of the ODE website.  ODE is still welcoming comments on the drafts and can be submitted to  Final revisions of the Ohio ESSA plan will be presented to the State Board at its meeting July 10 and 11, 2017.


ODE: Remediation-Free Scores for “New” SAT Set

“Students who took College Board’s SAT after March 1, 2016, may use their scores to meet the college and career readiness pathway to graduation. A remediation-free score on the ACT or SAT is one option students may use to meet the test requirement for graduation. In March 2016, College Board administered a new SAT that uses a different test format, scoring model and score reports.”




President Trump recently released his full budget for FY 2018 which calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education.

AP: Trump Budget Cuts Aimed at Safety-Net Programs Worries Advocates for Minority Communities

“It would defund and cut at least 10 percent of key civil rights enforcement positions across the government, including positions at the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Legal Services Corporation, which helped more than 2 million low-income individuals with legal representation last year, advocates said.”


NPR: Why It’s So Hard to Know Whether School Choice Is Working

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a passionate proponent of expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and charter schools, and she has the clear backing of President Trump. But does the research justify her enthusiasm?  Experts say one single, overarching issue bedevils their efforts to study the impact of school choice programs. That is: It’s hard to disentangle the performance of a school from the selection of its students.”


USDOE: USDOE Launches New IDEA Website

“The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos directed the Department to expedite the development of a new, updated and more robust site specific to the IDEA after the Department’s Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 (Legacy) site experienced a prolonged outage in February due to technical issues.”


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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.


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