Arts on Line Education Update February 20, 2018

February 12 & 13 Meeting Recap 

Board increases ECOT’s debt
The Board voted unanimously to accept the report that affirmed the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) attendance audit on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).   The hearing officer’s audit found ECOT over-reported the number of full-time students in the 2016-17 school year and was then overpaid by the state. Monday’s vote by the Board to accept the report also added $19 million to ECOT’s original $60 million debt total it owes the state. Although ECOT shut down earlier this month, ODE officials stated they will be working with the Attorney General, among other avenues, to attempt to collect the debt.

During the meeting Superintendent Paolo DeMaria also updated board members on ODE’s efforts to assist the thousands of students left without a school after the ECOT closure. ODE staff members are available to provide details on the different education options former ECOT students have as well as to address record transfers issues, among other things. DeMaria indicated that, as of last week, an estimated 7,800 were enrolled in a school or in the process of doing so.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: State school board votes to recover $19 million from ECOT

“The state school board voted today, as expected, to recover $19.2 million from the ECOT online charter school for alleged overpayments to the school for the 2016-17 school year. The vote does not add any new money to the $80 million the controversial school has been widely reported to owe the state.”

District Report Card Review
Several external stakeholders will be asked to join the Board’s Accountability and Continuous Improvement committee to review the state report card. The stakeholder group will include a teacher, a local school board member, a principal, a parent, a career-technical education leader and a superintendent. Tess Elshoff, president of the board, announced the review during last week’s meeting and indicated the group will be asked to review the state report card and present both short- and long-term recommendations for improvement.

Class of 2018: Use of Graduation Options
The Board’s Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee heard the results of a survey aimed to gauge how districts are using the new diploma options for the class of 2018. ODE staff indicated that schools with a higher percentage of students at risk of not graduating on time are seeing the students take advantage of new diploma options created for this year’s class. The survey was sent to 156 schools across 45 districts and around half responded.





Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

HB438 ESC BOARDS (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 and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.

Two amendments were accepted by the committee. The first allows members of Educational Service Center (ESC) Boards to appoint members from the general public. The second amendment establishes local professional development committees for educators who aren’t employed but want to maintain licensure.

HB442 SCHOOL ATHLETICS (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.

Dan Dodd, executive director of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools, presented proponent testimony for HB442. He indicated that, unlike Ohio, surrounding states and other states in the Midwest allow students with F-1 visas to participate in sports. Dodd argued that by not allowing them to participate in sports, Ohio is discriminating against these students based on their national origin.

“To these parents and students, Ohio, and America, can open doors that may otherwise be closed to them in their home countries,” Mr. Dodd continued. “Imagine the hope and optimism that those students must feel when they get to their new school in Ohio, and the disappointment they must feel when they realize that they are to be treated as second-class students when it comes to sports. These students deserve better.”

HB477 SCHOOL OPERATIONS (Koehler) To eliminate various provisions and programs related to the Department of Education and the operation of primary and secondary schools.

After careful review of Chapter 33 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) found more than a dozen outdated and expired education laws that HB477 would eliminate.

In total, the bill would repeal 14 sections in Chapter 33 of the Ohio Revised Code and amend six others that would be impacted by the changes.In total, the bill would repeal 14 sections in Chapter 33 of the Ohio Revised Code and amend six others that would be impacted by the changes.

Examples of statutes that would be eliminated are:

1. 3301.21 (State action for education leadership fund) Reason: This is an expired law and federal funds for the program no longer exist.

2. 3301.25 (Secondary schools’ libraries to receive material regarding veterans) Reason: This expired law requires ODE to distributed VHS copies of a Veterans ceremony.

3. 3313.206 (McGruff House Symbol) Reason: This expired law no longer has federal funds associated with it and the program ended in 2012.


Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

HB110 APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS (Hagan, Dean) To create a subprogram of the College Credit Plus Program that permits students to participate in certified apprenticeship programs.

The committee accepted an amendment which would remove the funding in the bill.  Sponsoring Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) explained that there were concerns about state dollars going to private employers.

Chair Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) questioned how HB110 differs from current law as the state already has nearly 40 apprenticeship opportunities through the “ApprenticeOhio” program. He asked that the Legislative Service Commission  prepare a comparison between what is proposed in HB110 and current law.

Even after the amendment to remove funding was accepted, Bryan Williams, who represents the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, said HB110 was still relevant. He testified that it extends what is already available to students on the college path with College Credit Plus: the ability to gain higher education and skills at no cost to them.





HB512 EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement

Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Dist. 88) introduced HB512 which he identifies as an effort to better align Ohio’s public education system with the state’s workforce needs. The new legislation would significantly alter education policy and governance by creating a new cabinet level agency. This would be done by combining the functions of the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to create the “Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement.” The State Board of Education, which is required under the Ohio constitution, would find its responsibilities and authority significantly reduced under this bill, as would the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The reasoning behind the bill is that the new merged department would be more efficient, though it is unclear how those efficiencies will be achieved. The bill co-sponsors have suggested the combined agency would be more responsive to workforce needs in Ohio without yet detailing exactly how. In a written release, Reineke said that “by forming a unified, cohesive department to oversee all education and workforce development policy, Ohio will be more fluid and flexible in preparing the state’s 1.7 million students to succeed both educationally and professionally, as well as to meet the workforce needs of the rapidly changing 21st century economy.” The Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger (R- Dist. 91) has indicated that this bill is a priority.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio would merge its school, university and workforce systems into one under new bill
“Leaders of the Ohio House hope to combine the state’s school, university and workforce development systems into a single new Department of Learning and Achievement in the name of better aligning efforts to prepare students for jobs and college. A bill to merge the state departments of Education, Higher Education and Workforce Transformation, was announced this morning, though the text has not been released. It is sponsored by Rep. Bill Reineke, a Tiffin Republican, and has the support of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.”

Columbus Dispatch: House GOP plan would merge state education departments
“A proposal to combine three state agencies into one department and give the governor more direct power over the implementation of education policy will be a primary focus of House Republicans over the next three months. New legislation would join the Department of Education, Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into one cabinet-level agency under the governor’s control.”





Tuesday, February 20

1:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121

Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Chair: Blessing

  • HB512 EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement 1st Hearing, Sponsor testimony 

4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121

Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

  • HB438 (Hambley, Kick) Address composition of educational service centers 4th Hearing, All Testimony *PV
  • HB477 (Koehler) Eliminate general and primary and secondary school provisions 2nd Hearing, All Testimony
  • HB491 (Edwards) Issue substitute license to pupil services personnel 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
  • HB108 (Hagan, McColley) Include financial literacy in high school curriculum 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Wednesday, February 21

3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate South Hearing Room

Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

  • HB66 (Young) Require tenured faculty to teach minimum load 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony 
  • SB82 (Williams, Lehner) Call parents if student absent from school without excuse 6th Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party Testimony
  • HB21 Hambley, Verify community school enrollments 2nd Hearing, Proponent testimony





ODE: Apply now for leadership training for STEM school leaders
“The Innovative Leaders Institute, a year-long training and mentoring experience, connects participants to a national network of innovative school leaders and is one of the few specialized programs in which leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM school principals.

Those interested must apply as two-person school teams consisting of a principal or assistant principal and another building-level leader. The Ohio STEM Learning Network offers the programming. The application is available here. Find details here on the institute and results of an independent study of the program’s impact. The deadline for submitting applications is March 12. Direct questions to Stephanie Johnson.”

ODE: College Credit Plus Process for 2018-2019 Has Begun
“Students intending to participate in the fourth year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can now begin the notification process for the 2018-2019 school year.  Public high school students may notify their principal of their interest to participate and must declare their intent to participate by April 1, 2018.”





Columbus Dispatch: Many Ohio kids experience early childhood trauma
“A new report based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found that Ohio is among five states with the highest share of children — as many as one in seven — who had faced three or more of the potential trauma measures known to researchers as adverse childhood experiences. Economic hardship, neighborhood violence, split-up parents and substance abuse. Any one of those conditions can make for problems that follow a kid through childhood and beyond.”





Trump Administration Releases Budget Proposal for FY 2019
Fiscal 2019 budget proposals were released recently from the Trump administration and includes a 5.3 percent ($3.6B) cut to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) from current spending levels. Two major cuts included in the latest proposal are the elimination of Title II teacher grants and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The administration also is seeking $1 billion in grants for states for private and public school choice programs called Opportunity Grants and $500 million in federal charter school funding.

USDOE: President’s FY 2019 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education Overview





PD logoArts 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:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe 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 AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio 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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