Arts On Line Education Update September 18, 2017


Schools can soon apply for STEAM designation
“The Ohio General Assembly recently passed legislation to designate STEAM schools in Ohio, which are STEM schools that also emphasize the arts. The Department will update the application for STEM designation to reflect this change and will make it available in late November. More information will be available on the Department of Education website later this fall. For questions or more information, contact Holly Lavender at (614) 387-0539.”

Ohio Submits its ESSA State Plan to U.S. Department of Education
“The Ohio Department of Education today submitted the state’s plan, as approved by the State Board of Education, to the U.S. Department of Education for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ohio’s ESSA plan specifies, to the federal government, key aspects of Ohio’s education policy framework and reflects engagement with parents, students, educators, and business and community leaders, as well as the governor and General Assembly.”

For a full review of Ohio’s plan click here.

2017 Ohio School Report Cards Released
“The Ohio Department of Education has released the annual Ohio School Report Cards. The grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other schools, can be found at Districts and schools were graded on six components for the 2016-2017 school year. The components are Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools received A-F grades on each of the six components and most of the individual measures. There are no new measures on the 2016-2017 report cards. More information about the components can be found here.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Grades rise slightly on Ohio’s 2017 state report cards in year three of Common Core standards
“Grades for Ohio’s school districts rose slightly on the 2017 state report cards released Thursday morning, but grades are still far lower than a few years ago — by design. Ohio’s shift to new multi-state Common Core learning standards and higher expectations of students brought plummeting grades and dramatic swings in results in 2015 and 2016, the first two years of the transition. The A and B grades that used to dominate report cards turned to C’s and D’s.”

September is National Suicide Prevention Month
“The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is collaborating with other state and local agencies, organizations and individuals to save lives. Information and resources about Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Plan is available here. K-12 professionals — school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists and administrators — at public elementary, middle and high schools now must take safety and violence prevention training.”



House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard proponent and opponent testimony on HB21, the bill which addresses the verification of community school enrollment and puts the onus on charter schools to determine residency. Proponent Matthew Dotson, with the Ohio Education Association’s Government Relations Division, supported the bill because of challenges school districts face in attempting to verify student residency. Ron Adler, president of the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education, opposed the measure saying “HB21 will add another burdensome requirement of submitting residency records to ODE monthly. This new mandate would create a major financial burden and divert funds for educating urban students to superfluous record keeping.”

The Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council gave proponent testimony on HB98. This bill addresses the presentation of career information to students and supporters feel it will help in recruiting the next generation’s skilled labor workforce.

The committee heard opponent testimony on HB108, which would require one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy within the high school curriculum. The executive director of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools testified in opposition of the bill voicing concern about adding additional mandates.

Reps. John A. Boccieri (D-Poland) and Jeffrey S. Rezabek (R-Clayton) offered sponsor testimony on HB246. This bill would require the Ohio School Facilities Commission to provide funding to certain county boards of developmental disabilities for classroom facilities projects.

Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC)
The JEOC heard presentations on successful initiatives focused on addressing social-emotional development to improve outcome for students who have experienced trauma. The PAX Good Behavior Game, the Neurosequential Model in Education and the Mayerson Academy’s Thriving Learning Communities curriculum were discussed with the committee.



SB191 SCHOOL BREAKFAST (Schiavoni, J.)
To establish the ‘Breakfast After The Bell Program’ for public schools.



Monday, September 18

8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education
State Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, September 19

8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education
State Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, September 20

11:00 a.m. Ohio Statehouse, Room 115
Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

HB217 Brenner, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Prohibit college applications asking about disciplinary actions

HB203 Barnes, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Increase access to youth summer job opportunities

HB166 Reineke/Cupp, 5th Hearing, All Testimony
Revise workforce development laws

3:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse, South Hearing Room
Education Committee Chair: Lehner

SB172 Yuko, 1st Hearing, Sponsor
Establish Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 1st Hearing, Sponsor
Address computer science curriculum

SB104 Tavares, 1st Hearing, Sponsor
Prohibit use of seclusion on school pupils

SB105 Tavares, 1st Hearing, Sponsor
Designate Ohio Principals Month



EdWeek: House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out
“The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve an education funding bill that would cut about $2.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education, a roughly 3.5 percent reduction from the agency’s current budget of $68.4 billion. The House bill funding the department for fiscal year 2018 would eliminate $2 billion in Title II funding for teacher training and class size reduction, and cut $100 million from current spending on after-school aid. The legislation, which was approved by a 211-198 vote, keeps Title I funding for disadvantaged students flat at about $15.4 billion, and also includes a $200 million increase for special education.”

US News and World Report: DeVos Asks the Education Establishment to ‘Rethink’ Schools
“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slammed the established “education system” Tuesday, kicking off a “Rethink School” tour to highlight innovative ways educators are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education. “It’s time to rethink school,” DeVos said to students at the Woods Learning Center in Casper, Wyoming, Tuesday morning, where she began the weeklong tour.”


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

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (, Ohio Art Education Association (, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance (, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (

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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