Arts On Line Education Update June 19, 2017

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Monday, June 19, 2017



The Ohio Senate released its budget proposal last week as Substitute House Bill 49.  While addressing a state revenue shortfall of close to $1 billion, the proposal adds $154 million in FY18 and $117 million in FY19 for school funding.  However, in last week’s Senate Finance Committee hearing, Barbara Shaner of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials warned that significant cuts in student transportation still exists.  “This is the largest GRF cut in the entire budget and this is for a line item that was woefully underfunded to begin with,” she stated.

The substitute bill also contains many provisions including the elimination of the fourth and sixth grade social studies state assessment and the Resident Educator Program as well the removal of the provision permitting schools to use a paper format for state assessments.  A full Senate vote on SubHB49 is expected Wednesday, June 21, after which the bill will go to a conference committee of the House and Senate to work out the differences. 

The summary of Substitute HB49 can be reviewed here.


Associated Press: Senate budget closes $1B gap, adds $6M for opioid crisis

“Senate Republicans in Ohio said Monday that their version of the state budget closes a projected $1 billion gap while preserving essential services and pumping more money into fighting the opioid crisis.

Senate President Larry Obhof said the Senate was proud it “found a way to do more with less,” while acknowledging the causes of Ohio’s lagging revenues are still a bit of a mystery.” 

Cincinnati Enquirer: Would your school lose or gain money under Senate GOP plan?

“Fewer school districts would lose money under Senate Republicans’ plan compared with Gov. John Kasich’s initial proposal.  Of the 610 school districts in Ohio, 238 would gain money, 210 would receive the same amount and 162 would lose money over two years, compared with current 2017 funding. Under the Senate plan, schools statewide would receive 1 percent more each year.” 

Columbus Dispatch: Most Franklin County Districts See Less Money under Senate Budget

“Senate Republicans directed a little more money toward Ohio’s opioid crisis, and their first round of state budget changes left most Franklin County school districts with less money than the House-passed budget.  Anticipating a larger revenue shortfall when new estimates are released in two weeks, Senate leaders say the revised two-year budget that takes effect July 1 is crafted to close a projected $1 billion revenue gap — $200 million more than the hole Gov. John Kasich’s budget office suggested in April that lawmakers should close.”

Columbus Dispatch: GOP Drops Kasich-Requested Funds for Local Innovation

“Programs that Gov. John Kasich has advocated in recent years to spark innovation and shared services among communities and schools would die under the state Senate’s proposed budget changes.  Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said the changes proposed this week were not pain-free as Republicans crafted a two-year budget designed to cover a potential $1 billion shortfall in tax revenue.”



June 12 & 13

Proposed Assessment Structure Changes

State Superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, presented his recommendations for modifying Ohio’s Assessment Structure to the State Board of Education last week.  DeMaria’s recommendations are as follows:

  1. Eliminate the fourth grade social studies assessment
  2. Eliminate the English Language Arts I high school end-of-course assessment
  3. Eliminate the American Government high school end-of-course assessment
  4. Eliminate the requirement to have a nationally recognized jobs skills assessment component as part of the industry-recognized credential based diploma option (currently WorkKeys)

Changes in law would need to be made by the Ohio General Assembly to enact any assessment recommendations. 


Cleveland Plain Dealer: No more art, music and gym tests just to grade teachers? How Ohio could change testing under new proposal

“Large amounts of standardized testing that Ohio’s students grind through each year would be cut if legislators allow a few changes proposed by State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria.  The largest change would come by adjusting Ohio’s teacher evaluations, which have forced districts to test students in subjects like art, music, gym, and elementary school science and social studies, just to see how much they learn under a teacher in a school year.”

Dayton Daily News: Change School Tests Again, Says Ohio State Superintendent

“Ohio schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria recommended a reduction in student testing at both the state and school level Monday, but did not go as far as his advisory committee had suggested.

His specific proposals to change state testing, rolled out in a presentation to the state board of education, are not immediate, as they would require legislators to approve changes in Ohio law.” 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: State superintendent proposes cuts in Ohio’s state tests

“State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has recommended significant cuts in state-required testing of students, slashing mandated tests closer to just federal requirements. The recommendations, proposed to the state school board this morning, would end some tests that affect state graduation requirements and state report cards for schools and districts.”


Board Votes to Recover ECOT Funds

The Board voted 14-1 to accept a hearing officer’s report that concluded the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) had inflated attendance numbers and owed the state $60 million.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: State school board votes to recover $60 million from ECOT online school

“The state school board voted today to order the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s largest charter school, to repay $60 million to the state.  The 14-1 vote comes nine months after an attendance review by the Ohio Department of Education found that the school was paid for 9,000 more students last school year than the school could document.”

Columbus Dispatch: ECOT ordered to repay $60 million for inflating attendance

“Republicans and Democrats, school-choice proponents and opponents, appointees of Gov. John Kasich and those elected independently agreed Monday: Online school giant ECOT must repay $60 million in state aid for grossly inflating its attendance figures.”



SB151 (Senator Site) and companion bill HB242 (Representative Carfagna): to permit SERS to grant reduced cost-of-living adjustments


Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee Chair: Hottinger

Senator Sites gave sponsor testimony on a bill that would allow the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) to grant reduced cost-of-living adjustments.  Sites testified that with this piece of legislation the “pension fund will be in a much better position to withstand another market downturn like that of 2008, protecting the long-term health of the System”.


House Aging and Long Term Care Committee Chair: Arndt

The House Aging and Long Term Care Committee heard opponent testimony on the companion bill of SB151, HB242.   Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Becky Williams testified that because members in the SERS pension fund are the lowest-paid of the five public pensions, averaging about $24,000 per year, they depend on the annual cost of living increase to survive.  “A cost-of-living adjustment freeze for retirees authorized by the SERS Board could mean having to choose between food on the table, refilling a prescription or keeping the lights on for our retirees”, Williams wrote in her testimony.


Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s public-employee pensions face cutbacks

“Collectively, Ohio’s five public pension funds have $192 billion in assets and last year paid out more than $15 billion in pension benefits and $1.1 billion in health-care benefits. They are not required by law to provide health insurance, but all five do. Whether they will in the future is uncertain.”




Tuesday, June 20

3:00 p.m., Room 121

House Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner

HB220 Leland, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Regards use of funds by community and nonpublic schools


SubSB8 Gardner/Terhar, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Establish 1:1 School Facilities Option Program


HB154 Smith, R./Manning, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Establish Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program


HB235 Gavarone, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Regards procedures under Every Student Succeeds Act


HB200 Koehler, 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Create Opportunity Scholarship Program


HB21 Hambley, 2nd Hearing, All Testimony

Verify community school enrollments


HB181 Hood/Brinkman, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Address academic content standards and assessments


Wednesday, June 21

11:00 a.m., Room 115

House Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

HB58 Brenner/Slaby, 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Require instruction in cursive handwriting


HB166 Reineke/Cupp, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Revise workforce development laws


SubSB3 Beagle/Balderson, 3rd Hearing, All Testimony

Review workforce development laws


HB240 Barnes, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Require state higher ed to adopt sex offense policies



Brookings: How Is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction?

“This paper uses new state-representative teacher survey data to characterize the degree of standards implementation across three states—Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas. It investigates teachers’ perceptions of the extent to which the policy environment supports them to implement the standards. A great deal of variation in perceptions of policy was found, with Ohio teachers perceiving policy to be less supportive than Kentucky or Texas teachers.”



US News & World Report: Education Budget Hearing Exposes Chasm between GOP and Trump

“When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified before a Senate appropriations subcommittee Tuesday regarding the president’s budget proposal, her remarks that private schools must follow federal law if they receive federal funding received the lion’s share of attention.  But the hearing, during which nearly every GOP members criticized aspects of the spending plan, also exposed just how far apart the Trump administration’s education agenda is with that of Republicans in Congress, perhaps foreshadowing how likely – or not – the White House is to achieve any of its policy priorities.”

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