Arts On Line Education Update November 27, 2017


School Funding Workgroup Created

The School Funding Workgroup was convened as a ‘volunteer’ group of legislators and educators chaired by Representatives Robert Cupp and John Patterson.  The stated purpose of the Workgroup is to conduct a thorough review of the state’s method for determining its education resource investment and distribution among the state’s school districts and other education entities, and to provide recommendations for their improvement and modernization.

The Workgroup will meet the third Wednesday of each month and is currently divided into seven subgroups:

  1. Minimum per pupil investment-State share/charge off
  2. Special & Gifted education
  3. Poverty & Pre-K education
  4. ESC’s , Career Tech, STEM
  5. Open enrollment, charter schools, vouchers
  6. Transportation
  7. Technology




ODE: Licensure rule changes provide certain educators and their employers with more flexibility

“The State Board of Education has approved several Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule changes that now affect educators seeking supplemental, short-term substitute and alternative resident educator licenses. Another rule change will assist educators who have worked at schools out of state when they wish to renew their Ohio professional educator licenses. 

The rule changes reflect the following:

  • Supplemental license course requirement removed.
  • “Short-term” definition for substitute licenses expanded.
  • Out-of-state teachers can renew their Ohio professional licenses more easily.
  • Alternative resident educator license reflects Senate Bill 3. The rules now reflect changes made in state law through Senate Bill 3, effective March 2017 by first removing the content area coursework requirements for the initial alternative resident educator license. Additionally, those pursuing the alternative career-technical workforce development license must complete a university-approved performance-based assessment rather than the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). OAC 3301-24-19 and 3301-24-22
  • Pupil activity permit requirements updated. In accordance with Ohio Senate Bill 252 (Lindsay’s Law), the rules now reflect the annual sudden cardiac arrest training requirement for pupil activity permit holders. Additional amendments include clarification of who is required to hold a pupil activity permit. OAC 3301-27-01
  • Twelve-hour and 40-hour temporary teaching permit qualifications reflect state law changes. Individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree or significant work experience in the subject area they will teach now qualify for a 12-hour or 40-hour temporary teaching permit. OAC 3301-23-41″



Summary of SB216: The Ohio Public School Deregulation Act
by OAAE Consultant Joan Platz

Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) introduced SB216 on October 10, 2017, the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act. The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner, is now holding hearings on the bill. According to Senator Huffman, the bill was developed based on the recommendations from several school superintendents in his 12th Senate District (Lima), and from other superintendents around the state. A working group from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) also contributed to the bill.

These superintendents identified state mandates in law that added to school district costs, or were inefficient or ineffective. The bill’s intent is to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control, improve efficiency, and reduce costs, while still supporting improved student achievement.

One of the bill’s provisions, for example, changes state law to revise Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) based on the recommendations of the Educator Standards Board and the State Board of Education. The Ohio Education Association is also working on a bill with Senator Peggy Lehner to revise OTES.  But relaxing other mandates, such as the requirement that teachers be certified in the subjects that they are teaching, could lower the quality and effectiveness of classroom instruction, which could lower student achievement.

The bill makes changes in the following areas of law:

  • Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
    • Student academic growth
    • Additional features of OTES
    • Frequency of evaluations
    • Professional growth plans
    • Formal observations of teachers
    • Alternative framework – repealed
  • Educator license grade bands
  • Teacher employment for any subject area or grade level
  • Educational aide permits and educational paraprofessional licenses
    • Individuals required to hold a permit or license
  • Nonteaching employee contracts
  • Educator licenses for substitute teaching
  • Professional development for certain gifted services providers
  • State achievement assessments
    • Paper and online administration of certain state assessments
    • Analysis and assistance
  • Kindergarten readiness diagnostic assessment eliminated
    • Effect on the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee
  • College Credit Plus
    • Comparable course delivery
    • Textbooks
    • Study on results and cost-effectiveness
    • Background on CCP
  • Excessively absent students
    • Background on student attendance
  • Special education preschool staffing
  • Reading improvement plans
  • Reporting of student performance
  • School mandate reports

Continue reading on our website.



The legislature was not in session during the week of Thanksgiving, however the following is a status recap of select education-related legislation provided by OAAE Consultant Joan Platz.

House Bills

HB58 (Brenner, Slaby) Cursive Handwriting Instruction:  To require instruction in cursive handwriting.

Status: Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee – Reported out.

HB102 (Brenner) School Funding Reform:  To replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; among many other measures.

Status: House Finance Committee

HB108 (Hagan, McColley) Informed Student Document:  To require one-half unit of financial literacy in the high school curriculum, to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, among other measures.

Status: House Education & Career Readiness Committee

HB170 (Carfagna, Duffey) Computer Science Education:  To require academic content standards and curriculum requirements for computer science; to revise educator qualifications regarding computer science; and to authorize public schools to establish computer science and technology funds.

Status: (Passed by House) Senate Education Committee – Reported out as amended

HB200 (Koehler) Opportunity Scholarship Program:  To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Status: House Education & Career Readiness Committee

HB21 (Hambley) Community School Enrollment Verification:  Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

Status:  House Education & Career Readiness Committee

HB235 (Gavarone) Legislative Approval of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan.

Status:  Approved by the House.  Senate Education Committee

Senate Bills

SB8 (Gardner, Terhar) School Infrastructure and Technology:  To require 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.

Status: (Passed by Senate) Passed by House as amended on Floor, Vote 97-0; Senate refused to concur with House amendments. Conference Committee

SB39 (Schiavoni) Community School Operations:  Regarding community school operator contracts, the operation of Internet- and computer-based community schools, and performance metrics for blended learning schools.

Status: Senate Education Committee

SB82 (Williams, Lehner) School Absences-Parental Notification:  To require a public school to place a telephone call within one hour of the start of the school day to a parent whose child is absent without legitimate excuse.

Status: Senate Education Committee

SB85 (Huffman) Opportunity Scholarship Program Creation: To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Status: Senate Education Committee

SB175 (Schiavoni) Recovered Funds-School Audit Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.

Status: Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee

SB216 (Huffman) Public School Deregulation Act: Regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.

Status: Senate Education Committee



Tuesday, November 28
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
Education and Career Readiness: Chair: Brenner

Presentation by State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on Science, Social Studies, and Financial Literacy Revised Standards
HB21 (Hambley) 5th Hearing, All Testimony
Verify community school enrollments
HB200 (Koehler) 8th Hearing, All Testimony
Create Opportunity Scholarship Program

Wednesday, November 29
3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

Presentation from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on Ohio’s revised standards




PBS: Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

“The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.  Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needs to be fixed.”




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The application for the Ohio Arts Council’s newest arts learning program, TeachArtsOhio, is now open. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.

TeachArtsOhio’s goal is to expand learning opportunities through the arts and increase academic achievement across the state.

Through TeachArtsOhio, the Ohio Arts Council will provide funding to support professional teaching artists to teach in schools and classrooms for up to the full 2018-19 school year at no cost to the school district. 100 percent of the artist fees are paid for using Ohio Arts Council funds, alleviating financial burdens from school and district budgets. No cash match is required.

Teaching artists will work with school faculty and staff to bring their education communities together with teaching artists to share engaging, personal, high-quality arts learning experiences.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning staff welcomes the opportunity to attend meetings or events in your area to share information about the new TeachArtsOhio program and answer any questions.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018. For more information about the program and how to apply, visit


Creative Ohio: Healthy Communities

There’s still time to register for Creative Ohio: Healthy Communities on December 4! The event features presentations on:

  • How to Build Quality Proposals & Healthy Fund Development
  • Healthy Schools
  • Art Therapy for Substance Abuse
  • Columbus Culture Walks & Public Health
  • Advocacy
  • Transit Arts
  • Public Art Working with Municipalities
  • Healthy Creative Place-making in our Downtowns
  • Capital Appropriations

Artists-in-Schools member Robert Post and Dr. E. Gorden Gee are the featured keynote speakers. Register online.





Sing Me A Story

The Wooster team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for PK-1 teachers on Wednesday, November 29. Deborah Sunya Moore, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, will present “Sing Me A Story” from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Educational Service Center. Participants will be led through several lesson plans that explore elements of music within the text of a book such as steady beat and musical forms such as echo, call & response, and verse-chorus. Email Debbie Stoler at Tri-County ESC to register. The event flyer is available online.

Location: Tri-County ESC, Wooster
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Chance to Dance

monentum-excellenceMomentum-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

Physical Disabilities
Date: January 12, 2018
Presenters: Mary Verdi Fletcher, Founder and Sara Lawrence Sucato, Touring Manager, Dancing Wheels

Visual Disabilities
Date: January 22, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Seham, Director of Dance Education, National Dance Institute

Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference

OMEA_logoThe 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:

Renew your OAAE membership:


Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

PD logoHigh-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
staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues

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: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact:

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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