OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Proponent & Interested Party on HB224 (Ingram) To permit districts and schools to re-serve time- and temperature-controlled food items to students if items are unused and returned unopened, undamaged, and in the original packaging.
Currently, the Department of Health requires any food remaining on sharing tables at the end of the day to be discarded, even if proper procedures are in place to safely store the food and keep it at proper temperatures.
Rachel Tilford, food service director of Little Miami Schools and legislative chairperson for the School Nutrition Association of Ohio, said allowing food-sharing tables can benefit students who are food insecure. Having to throw that food away results in about $3,000 of waste annually in her district of 5,000 students alone, Ms. Tilford said.
Jessica Shelly, food service director for Cincinnati Public Schools, submitted written testimony in support of the bill. She said the waste of milk, string cheese and yogurt equates to an estimated $500,000 in products each year.
Sponsor testimony on HB438 (Hambley, Kick) To permit the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards and to permit a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center (ESC) and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.
Co-sponsors, Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) and Rep. Darrell Kick (R-Loudonville) said in written testimony “ESCs have proven to be a cost-effective tool for school districts. In fact, they have shown an average 35 percent cost savings, yielding $65 million in savings for the state annually. I think we can agree that when a publicly funded entity shows this efficiency, we should leverage these institutions as much as possible.”
HB438’s intent is to increase member schools’ participation in ESC governance, and return choice to school districts whose hands were tied under previous law changes.The measure allows the governing board of any single county ESC to add appointed members who represent client school districts of the service center that are not otherwise represented on the board. It also permits a local school district to sever its territory from one ESC and annex that territory to an adjacent ESC under certain conditions.
Sponsor testimony on HB442 (Antani) To authorize any student from a country or province outside the United States who attends an elementary or secondary school in Ohio and holds an F-1 visa to participate in interscholastic athletics at that school on the same basis as Ohio residents.
Bill sponsors are concerned that those students who come to America on F-1 visas are not given the chance for a ‘complete high school experience’ because they are currently not allowed to play sports. “The Ohio High School Athletic Association and its members – around 85 percent of which are public high schools, paid for by taxpayers – arbitrarily decided several years ago that some international students, like exchange students who are here for a year on a J-1 visa, may play sports, but others, who may be here for four years on an F-1 visa, may not participate unless they meet specific criteria that are not applicable to the vast majority of students who receive an F-1 visa,” said sponsor Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg).
House Higher Education and Workforce Committee
The committee accepted a substitute version of a measure (HB58) requiring schools to teach cursive handwriting.
In its original form, HB58 would have required schools to teach cursive in grades K-5, with the Department of Education assisting schools with incorporating it into their existing curricula.
Updated language makes following the model curriculum permissive. Rep. Brenner said ODE would notify all school districts of the available model curriculum, which teachers can choose to incorporate into existing language arts lessons. HB58 now also spells out that the curriculum must be developed by December 31 and adopted by the board no later than March 31, 2019.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, January 29
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
- HCR11 (Gavarone) Approve plan for implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act 3rd Hearing, All Testimony
- HB438 (Hambley/Kick) Address composition of educational service centers 2nd Hearing, Proponent/Interested Party Testimony
- HB428 (Ginter/LaTourette) Enact Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
- HB377 (Hagan/Ramos) Require age-appropriate sexual abuse and violence instruction 3rd Hearing, Opponent/Interested Party Testimony
Wednesday, January 31
11:00 a.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 115
House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Chair: Duffey
- HB58 (Brenner/Slaby) Require instruction in cursive handwriting 7th Hearing, All Testimony
3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner
- Presentation Cradle-to-Career Educational Attainment
- SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing 5th Hearing
Cleveland Plain Dealer ECOT Students Rushing to Other e-Schools But Trickling Back to Districts
“Students from the just-closed ECOT online charter school have started to land in school districts and other charters, but the numbers remain low and it’s too early to tell how well the process is working. There’s a clear trend so far, however. ECOT students are rushing to other online charters and trickling to districts.”
Columbus Dispatch: Judge Approves Interim Master to Oversee ECOT’s Closure
“Online schools have seen a much greater level of enrollment than Columbus City Schools. Marie Hanna, the superintendent for the for-profit Ohio Connections Academy, said that from last Friday through Thursday, the school received 1,200 new applicants. And, as of Monday, more than 800 students enrolled and nearly 2,000 began the enrollment process at the for-profit Ohio Virtual Academy.”
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council released its updated Curriculum Module to support educators’ efforts to create, adapt, adopt or modify curriculum. This module focuses on enhancing effective practices and addresses the core question of what skills and concepts students need to master. Check out this free learning resource.”
“The National Commission’s Interim Report, “How Learning Happens: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” captures the Commission’s key takeaways and lessons learned to date, raises the questions we’re continuing to ponder, and ends with an invitation for a broad array of stakeholders to engage with the Commission in 2018. Drawing on diverse voices from across the Commission, this report is a milestone in our collective effort to engage communities nationwide in supporting students’ comprehensive development.”
District Administration: Report: Parents value engagement, but say schools fall short
“Parents rate family and community engagement as the most important driver of satisfaction with their child’s school—but districts frequently fail to offer them a voice in the education system, according to a recent study from Rice University.
Of 7,200 public school parents surveyed, only 34 percent said they were “very satisfied” with family and community engagement, while 43 percent expressed satisfaction with their schools overall.”
“Parents named school safety and teacher quality as the next most important drivers of satisfaction. Extracurriculars came in last place.”
STEAM Poetry: Teaching Science through Metaphor
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 grades 4-12 teachers of all content areas on Wednesday, January 31.
Mimi Herman, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, will present “STEAM Poetry: Teaching Science through Metaphor” from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Educational Service Center. Participants will discover how various concepts and techniques explore the transformation of science into poetry.
Location: Tri-County ESC, 741 Winkler Dr. Wooster, OH
Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Register by emailing email@example.com
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 staff contact:
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
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: summitesc.org/events
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