OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Sponsor testimony on HB512 EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement
Rep. Bill Reineke gave sponsor testimony on new legislation that 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 (ODE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to create the “Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement.” Also as part of the new bill, the State Board of Education, which is required under the Ohio constitution, would find its responsibilities and authority significantly reduced, as would the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“HB512 creates an integrated, coherent system where our education, training, and retraining programs operate in tandem with each other and where the right hand knows what the left hand is doing to maximize operational efficiencies and put Ohio on course to benefit from the emerging 21st century Knowledge Economy,” Reineke testified.
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. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s bill analysis can be accessed here.
Opponents say this measure strips away local control, following the trend of recent legislation is to remove public input from Ohio education policy. Senator Joe Schiavoni (D – Youngstown) sees similarities to the bill in 2015 that led to the Youngstown City School District takeover by the state.
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
Committee Chair Andrew Brenner announced last week that the House Education and Career Readiness Committee will soon be discussing ways school safety could be enhanced in Ohio.
Over the next few weeks, the committee will hear testimony on best practices for safety protocol from experts in various fields including law enforcement, education, and mental health.
“What happened in Florida and so many other schools could happen again in Ohio. As chairman of the education committee, my concern is protecting our students, teachers, employees and families when they are in our school buildings during the day or in afterschool activities,” Brenner said in a written statement. “We are going to examine how we can better address mental and behavioral health within our school systems, identify potential threats before they happen instead of letting them slip through the cracks, and work together for buy-in on solutions that the experts believe will make a difference to protect everyone involved in education in Ohio.”
Last week the committee heard testimony on the following bills:
All testimony on HB108 FINANCIAL LITERACY (Hagan, McColley) 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, to require the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to entitle the act the “Informed Student Document Act.”
Tom Walsh, vice president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, provided interested party testimony focused on the Informed Student Document aspects of the bill. He said the creation of an Informed Student Document would go a long way toward helping students understand the risks and costs of higher education, ultimately reducing the current student debt crisis. “While there is no silver bullet to addressing the rising costs of higher education, we strongly believe in the old adage that knowledge is power,” Walsh added.
Sponsor testimony on HB491 EDUCATION LICENSE (Edwards) To require the State Board of Education to issue a substitute license to specified pupil services personnel.
Under this bill, eight types of licensed professionals would be eligible for a substitute license including school nurses, social workers and speech and language pathologists. Currently, these professionals must obtain a Pupil Services License in addition to their occupational license.
“House Bill 491 is legislation that will help cut down the unnecessary burden of dual licensing for certain licensed related service personnel and their ability to work in our schools as a short and long-term substitute,” sponsoring Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) said.
Reported out HB438 ESC ANNEXATION (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.
HB438 was reported favorably out of the committee with a unanimous vote of 18-0 to approve the motion.
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Proponent testimony on SubHB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments.
This proposed measure would take the onus of verifying residency of community school students from public schools and would instead require charter schools to keep track of the home districts in which their students reside. HB1 changes the obligation from the public schools to community schools on the foundation that each school should only be responsible for verifying the residency of the students they serve.
Thomas Ash, Director of Governmental relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) offered proponent testimony for the bill and also spoke on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO). “We feel that this version of the bill appropriately assigns the responsibility for the monitoring of students’ residences to the entity that ultimately is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the community school,” Ash said.
Also testifying in support of the bill was Matthew Dotson with the Ohio Education Association.
“These improvements to the residency verification process for charter students will better ensure that school districts are not paying for students who do not live in their districts,” Dotson said.
Up for vote at the next hearing SB82 SCHOOL ABSENCES (Williams, Lehner) 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.
Witnesses did not testify. Lehner indicated the bill would be amended and voted on at the next hearing.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, February 27
1:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Chair: Blessing
- HB512 (Reineke) To establish the Department of Learning and Achievement 2nd Hearing, Proponent testimony
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
- HB502 & HB503 (Anielski) Train public school educators about youth suicide 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
- HB318 (Patterson, LaTourette) Define qualifications and duties of school resource officers 3rd Hearing, All Testimony
- HB428 (Ginter, LaTourette) Enact Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018 3rd Hearing, Opponent Testimony
- HB491 (Edwards) Issue substitute license to pupil services personnel 2nd Hearing, All Testimony
- HB360 (Greenspan) Enact Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act 4th Hearing
Wednesday, February 28
3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner
- SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing 6th Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party
OAAE is on record with concerns about provisions in SB216. Here are links to our original analysis of the bill and earlier testimony to the Senate Education Committee. We continue to track this bill as it is currently being amended.
- SB241 (Terhar, Thomas) Establish accredited nonpublic schools 1st Hearing, Sponsor
- SB82 (Williams, Lehner) Call parents if student absent from school without excuse 7th Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party
- HB66 (Young) Require tenured faculty to teach minimum load 2nd Hearing, Proponent
- HB21 (Hambley) Verify community school enrollments 3rd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party
- HB98 (Duffey, Boggs) Address career information presentations to students 3rd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“Ohio’s teachers make a deep and profound impact on the lives of their students. The countless ways in which teachers make a difference form the foundation for a lifetime of learning and exploring. It’s time to celebrate the individuals and teams who create, motivate and inspire our students. Join us in delivering a standing ovation to a remarkable educator in your life by spotlighting someone you appreciate in the #OhioLovesTeachers campaign on Twitter and Instagram.”
“The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan. Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan. Register now to attend a local meeting near you.”
National Art Education Association Conference: Ohio Educator to be Honored
Ohio art educator, Dr. Robin Vande Zande, will be honored as a Tripple Award Winner during the upcoming National Art Education Association’s annual conference. Dr. Vande Zande is a professor of art education at Kent State University and focuses her research on design education for PreK-12 grade students. She will be honored with the following awards: Western Region Higher Education Art Educator, National Higher Education Art Educator, and the Distinguished Fellow of NAEA. Congratualtions Dr. Vande Zande!
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio students join nationwide protests
“At least 300 Upper Arlington High School students streamed out the front doors of the school at lunchtime Wednesday, a week after 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, were shot and killed by a former student, and 15 others were injured.”
Columbus Dispatch: Questions remain on how education merger helps students prepare for jobs
“As House Republicans kicked off hearings Tuesday for a bill aimed at dismantling much of the Ohio Department of Education, questions remain about the exact problems it seeks to address.
Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, laid out a litany of goals and statistics highlighting the need to improve an education system where just 43 percent of working-age adults in Ohio have post-secondary degrees, but an estimated 64 percent of Ohio jobs will need such degrees by 2020.”
The College Board: AP Programs Result – Class of 2017
“The 2017 AP Program Results show that, with the class of 2017, more U.S. students than ever before took an AP Exam in high school and more earned a qualifying score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Research consistently shows that when compared to their matched peers, students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically:
- Earn higher GPAs in college
- Perform as well as or better in subsequent college courses in the exam discipline than non-AP students who took the corresponding introductory college course.
- Take more college coursework in the discipline
- Are more likely to graduate college in 4 years
- Have higher graduation rates”
National Center for Education Statistics: Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States
“This report provides a comprehensive overview of high school dropouts and completers in the United States. It draws on a wide variety of data sources to examine high school dropout and completion rates for 2014, as well as data on long-term trends. The report describes the characteristics of high school dropouts and completers, including race/ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, disability status, recency of immigration, and outcomes in the labor force.”
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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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.