Arts On Line Education Update June 12, 2017


Details on the Senate’s version of HB49, the FY 18-19 budget bill, are to be released today, June 12, during an 11:00 a.m. news conference streamed on the Ohio Channel.  The substitute bill will then be the focus of this afternoon’s Senate Finance Committee session at 2:30 p.m. and is tentatively scheduled to go before the full Senate for a vote the week of June 19.    

Public testimony on the Senate’s substitute bill is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 (11:00 a.m.), Wednesday, June 14 (10:30 a.m.) and Thursday, June 15 (1:00 p.m. or after session). 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.


Columbus Dispatch: State tax take continues to fall, complicating Ohio budget outlook

“State tax collections continued to fall short of expectations in May, raising the specter that lawmakers may have to patch a bigger-than-anticipated hole as they craft the new two-year budget.  The Senate already needed to come up with more money and cuts to account for a shortfall estimated to be at least $800 million — about $170 million more than House-passed reductions. Tuesday’s numbers do not make its work any easier.”




Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) Recommendations for Revised ESSA Plan for Ohio

The OAAE and several other statewide stakeholder organizations believe that there are many opportunities for Ohio’s ESSA Plan to directly support arts education programs and a well-rounded education for Ohio’s students.  After providing recommendations about the February 2, 2017 draft consolidated plan, we had hoped that there would be more emphasis on a well-rounded education, including the arts, in the revised consolidated plan.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) approved in 1965 was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and above all, represented a commitment to support equal access to quality educational programs and a well-rounded curriculum for all children.  ESSA supports efforts to achieve this goal by providing states and local educational agency (LEAs) with federal leadership, resources, and policy support to make it possible for students to achieve more than standards in reading, math, and science.

Ohio’s February 2017 draft ESSA plan addressed support for a well-rounded education in Section 6:  Well-Rounded and Supportive Education for Students, on page 93, stating that Ohio will ensure that students have access to a well-rounded education through implementation of Ohio’s Learning Standards and model curriculumWhile the March 2017 revisions to the federal template for state plans eliminated the requirement that State Education Agencies describe strategies to support LEAs in providing “equitable access to a well-rounded education,” there are still requirements in the federal law that support student access to a well-rounded education, which could be emphasized in Ohio’s revised consolidated plan to guide and support districts and schools.

The OAAE has made specific recommendations to strengthen support for a well-rounded education in latest draft of Ohio’s consolidated plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.   Read the recommendations in our June 11, 2017 letter to the State Board of Education.

In response to stakeholder concern following the release of Ohio’s draft ESSA plan in February 2017, the Ohio Department of Education decided to hold off submitting a final plan to the federal government until September, allowing time for further review of stakeholder input. A revised timeline called for the State Board of Education to approve a final plan at their July meeting, and send it to Governor Kasich for comment by August 18. Ohio must submit its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act to the US Department of Education by September 18, 2017.


NEW REPORT – Education Commission of the States 

ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts This special report highlights the ways states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


EdWeek Market Brief:  Inside ESSA: What It Means for Arts Studies

“There’s been a lot written about the new flexibility afforded states and districts under the Every Student Succeeds Act. A new report suggests that added leeway may pay dividends for arts education, and it offers a de-facto guide to the sections of the federal statute that may benefit that area of the curriculum.  Arts education is an area that supporters say tends to get kicked around and neglected when budgets are tight, and when schools are focused on improving scores on high-stakes tests in core academic areas.”



House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Chair: Duffey

The committee heard testimony on the following:

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

Cursive handwriting was removed from state learning standards in 2010 when Common Core was introduced. This bill would add it back into the standards starting with the 2018-19 school year.  Opponents voiced concern that such mandates from the state are unnecessary.  In written testimony, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials wrote “we oppose state and federal mandates that require school districts to devote limited resources and time to such requirements. As such, we cannot support HB58.”

HB166 Reineke/Cupp & SubSB3 Beagle/Balderson 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

These bills would revise the laws governing the state’s workforce development system to better prepare Ohioans to enter in-demand jobs, as well as designate the first week of May as In-Demand Jobs Week.


House Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

The committee heard testimony on the following:

HB200 Koehler, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Both proponent and opponent testimony was given on HB200.  This bill would eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and instead create an income-based program available to students whose family income is at or below 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines.  Opposition testimony was presented by Scott DiMauro, Vice President of the Ohio Education Association (OEA).  DiMauro voiced concern on the expansion of voucher programs indicating it would “drain needed resources from the approximately 90% of students who attend Ohio’s local public schools”.  

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, Passed out of committee

This bill would allow students to substitute computer science courses for Algebra II in districts that have adopted the permissive standards, require educator qualifications regarding computer science, and create a competitive technology grant program for the 2018-2019 school year that includes e-schools.

HB325 Gavarone, Sponsor testimony

The goal of this legislation is to ensure the General Assembly has input in the state’s final education plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Sub SB8 Gardner/Terhar, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

As with its companion measure, HB37, this legislation requires 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.




Monday, June 12

8:00 a.m., Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus.

State Board of Education Meeting


Tuesday, June 13

8:00 a.m., Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus.

State Board of Education Meeting


11:00 a.m., Senate Finance Hearing Room

Senate Finance Committee Chair: Oelslager

HB49 Smith, R., 7th Hearing, Interested Party

Creates FY 2018-2019 operating budget


1:00 p.m., Room 121

House Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

HB235 Gavarone, 2nd Hearing, All Testimony

Regards procedures under Every Student Succeeds Act 

SubSB8 Gardner/Terhar, 2nd Hearing, All Testimony

Establish 1:1 School Facilities Option Program 

HB200 Koehler, 4th Hearing, Interested Party Testimony

Create Opportunity Scholarship Program 

HB181 Hood/Brinkman, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Address academic content standards and assessments


Wednesday, June 14

10:30 a.m., Senate Finance Hearing Room

Senate Finance Committee Chair: Oelslager

HB49 Smith, R., 8th Hearing, Interested Party

Creates FY 2018-2019 operating budget


Thursday, June 15

1:30 p.m., (or after session), Senate Finance Hearing Room

Senate Finance Committee Chair: Oelslager

HB49 Smith, R., 9th Hearing, Interested Party

Creates FY 2018-2019 operating budget




Dayton Daily News: School employees protest proposed benefit cuts today at statehouse

“School bus drivers, grounds keepers, secretaries and other retirees marched on the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, loudly protesting planned cuts to their public pensions.  A few hundred protesters organized by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees voiced opposition to pending bills that call for cuts to the cost of living adjustment given to retirees in the School Employees Retirement System. Pension officials say the changes are needed to shore up the system finances.”


Akron Beacon Journal: Concerned Akron council asks Trump, Congress and state legislators to have a little heart

“Akron City Council spent part of its legislative session Monday asking state and federal authorities to reconsider their own legislation.  In three separate resolutions, council asked President Donald Trump and Congress to go back to the drawing board on a federal budget proposal that threatens “the most vulnerable among us,” opposed the United States’ recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Control, and asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich not to force local parks to participate in oil and gas drilling operations.”

Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

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



About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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