OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Opponent testimony on HB176 (Thompson): This legislation would make changes to standards, assessments, model curricula, teacher evaluations and graduation requirements. The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) was one of nine different organizations who testified in opposition of HB176. Under the bill, the State Board of Education would be required to adopt English and math standards that were in place in Massachusetts prior to 2010. “Changing the standards will not do anything to move the needle, at least not in a positive direction. All it will do is create another distraction that will keep us from focusing on meeting the needs of our students,” Melissa Cropper, President of OFT told the committee.
Other opponents echoed the same sentiment and reminded the committee of the time and money spent by districts to implement the most recent standard changes. “Suggesting that we should now walk back all of that work and instead begin the process of implementing a completely new set of standards that were developed with no input from Ohio educators, parents and community members is not in the best interest of Ohio’s students, ” Char Shryock, Director of Curriculum for Bay Village City Schools, explained.
Sponsor testimony on HB224 (Ingram): This bill would allow districts to re-serve time- and temperature-controlled food items to students if the items are unused and returned unopened and undamaged in the original packaging. Bill sponsor Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) said the bill would allow districts across the state to save food that currently has to be thrown out.
Sponsor testimony on HB360 (Greenspan): Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) provided sponsor testimony on the legislation that would enact the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act. This bill addresses school discipline, bullying and hazing policies at public schools and would “provide a standard general protocol for addressing acts of bullying and hazing while continuing to respect the concept of local control,” Greenspan testified. He continued to explain that he chose to remove law enforcement action that could be taken against an individual engaged in the act of bullying but that individuals could still seek charges against bullies if they cause physical harm.
House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bill last week:
Interested party testimony on HB312: This legislation focuses on the use of credit cards and debit cards by political subdivisions.
Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee
The committee passed HB8. This bill would prohibit disclosing information about minors who are involved in school bus accidents.
Passed by the House
The House passed SB3 by a vote of 91-0. This legislation designates the first week of May as In-Demand Jobs Week and is now headed to the Governor for signature.
House Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty
The House Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty met Thursday to hear presentations from the Ohio Department of Education, Groundwork Ohio and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others. The presentations focused on the importance of mentorship in student development and the impact that the state’s pre-K education efforts are having on the Ohio’s children.
Susan Tave Zelman, Executive Director in the Office of the Superintendent at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), talked about how at-risk students who have mentors are 52 percent less likely than their peers to skip a day of school, 37 percent less likely to skip a class, and 55 percent more likely to enroll in college.
Zelman said the ODE Community Connectors program, which was founded in 2014, targets school districts with a student body that is at least 40 percent economically disadvantaged or with a graduation rate below 92 percent. “The … community connectors are based on numerous academic studies that demonstrate that mentoring is essential for at-risk students. Mentors connect with young people to foster personal growth and social opportunity. However, one in three at-risk students grow up without mentoring,” she said.
On Thursday, November 9, the Taskforce will hear presentations from Mary Ronan, former Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent, and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers on wrap-around services in schools. Chair Bob Cupp plans to hold a “wrap-up” meeting to hear from task force members on their perspectives on what works to improve schools the following Thursday, November 16.
OHIO EDUCATION & PUBLIC POLICY
Three different Ohio-based organizations released reports this week addressing early childhood education and its importance to the state moving forward.
This report assessed the state of early learning in Ohio. Among its recommendations were to fast-track significant state investment to take proven programs to scale, pursue quality programs, and strengthen leadership to sustain effective cross-agency decision making.
The brief included policy options to enhance early learning in the state, such as: increasing the number of children served by high-quality child care, preschool, and pre-K; encouraging community-based partnerships; supporting ongoing training and technical assistance; and more.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed to advancing quality early care and education, Groundwork Ohio released its manual intended to serve as a resource for Ohio gubernatorial candidates. The manual provides a collection of high-level research and news media reports that tell a story supporting a case for increased investment in early childhood education.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“In opening remarks to conference attendees, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria launched the SuccessBound initiative that brings together Ohio’s strong business and education partnerships to engage and inspire students about career opportunities.”
“The success of our students is fundamental to our future as a society. When we can connect education to real careers for students, they’re more engaged in their learning,” said DeMaria. “Together, we can help students find their paths and passions while building a future workforce for businesses.”
“Many students are unaware of the different career-focused opportunities available to them. The SuccessBound initiative will address this knowledge gap and help nurture a strong and qualified talent pipeline in Ohio by strengthening the relationship between schools, businesses and communities. Click here to see SuccessBound in action and watch videos of real SuccessBound partners in Ohio.
- Take active roles in planning their future by exploring career interests early and consider how they align their interests to careers;
- Consider what education and training is needed to reach their goals;
- Respond to financial concerns by earning free college credits in high school and follow a pathway that allows them to work in a related field while continuing their education; and
- Dedicate themselves to long-term goals and commit to continuous, lifelong learning.
- Research and respond to the economic needs of their communities;
- Provide education pathways that give students the skills they need for in-demand jobs and for a remediation-free college experience;
- Encourage work-based learning experiences and internships and offer rich, engaging learning experiences to students; and
- Encourage students to plan for their future careers and take stock of what skills and resources they need for those careers.
- Collaborate with schools to develop the local workforce;
- Invest in schools to create educational pathways and provide work-based learning experiences that prepare students for jobs that are available now; and
- Communicate openly with schools about what skills students need to have when they graduate.”
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, October 31
3:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Chair: Brenner
HB338 (Ginter, T.) 2nd Hearing-Proponent
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
HB318 (Patterson, J., LaTourette, S.) 2nd Hearing-Proponent
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
HB360 (Greenspan, D.) 2nd Hearing-Proponent
NEWS AROUND OHIO
“Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a partnership with the NRA to bring their National School Shield Security Assessor Training program to schools in Ohio. The first training was held on Oct. 24 and 25th in Wellston. School personnel, school resource officers, and law enforcement officers representing more than 20 Ohio school districts committed to attend.”
Seeking High School Arts Advocates for Arts Day 2018
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in Ohio’s annual Arts Day and Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio. Several Ohio high schools will be chosen to send a team of students to Columbus to serve as student advocates. The students will participate in a range of activities highlighting the importance of the arts and arts education. This is a valuable opportunity for the students to participate in the public policy process in a meaningful way.
Arts Day 2018 takes place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Columbus. To apply, submit a brief statement expressing your school’s interest and what you hope to achieve by participating in the student advocates program. The statement must be submitted by December 15, 2017.
Chance to Dance
Momentum-Excellence at the Speed of Dance invites dance instructors and educators from across the state to take part in one or all of a series of workshops designed to support inclusive dance instruction. The workshops are open to all educators, with the workshop content focusing on dance/ movement.
These workshops are presented in collaboration with VSA Ohio and Ohio Dance. The workshops are free of charge to participants, thanks to funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
The full-day workshops take place at varying locations in Columbus. Visit the website for full details.
Autism/ Sensory Sensitivities
Date: November 13, 2017
Presenter: Andrew Palermo, Founder of Creatively Abled
Date: January 12, 2018
Presenters: Mary Verdi Fletcher, Founder and Sara Lawrence Sucato, Touring Manager, Dancing Wheels
Date: January 22, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Seham, Director of Dance Education, National Dance Institute
Scientific Thought in Motion
The Mansfield team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for teachers on Thursday, November 9. The free workshop will guide teachers through the translation of basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form.
Location: Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield
Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration and program details
Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is giving OAAE members the opportunity to attend their 2018 Professional Development Conference at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to learn from the wide variety of clinics that will be presented during the conference.
Use the attached flyer to register for OMEA’s conference: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1f361256-90b5-42f4-8ef4-e670726bbf63.pdf
Renew your OAAE membership: http://www.oaae.net/index.php/en/about-us/join-the-oaae-online
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
- Deconstruction of standards
- Aligning assessments with standards
- Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
- Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
- Sharing with & learning from colleagues
- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1b5630a4-43c0-4c81-baee-ad930f9b9173.pdf
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.
Upcoming public sessions hosted by Educational Service Centers:
Host: ESC of Lorain County
Date: November 6, 2017
To register contact: http://www.esclc.org/
Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact: http://summitesc.org/events
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The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).
This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.