STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
March 12 & 13 Meeting Recap
Board Votes to Formally Oppose HB512
State Board members voted 11-4 for an emergency resolution objecting to HB512. The majority of the board felt this formal stand against legislation that would weaken the Board along with consolidate higher education, education and workforce agencies to create the Department of Learning and Achievement was necessary. Many Board members have also formally testified in opposition to HB512 during recent committee hearings.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: State school board opposes bill that would slash its power
“The state school board voted 11-4 Tuesday to oppose a plan to wipe out 80 percent of its power in a merger of the state departments of education, higher education and workforce transformation. The vote comes as the Ohio House considers House Bill 512, which calls for the merger in the name of better preparing students for the workforce.“
Accountability and Continuous Improvement Committee: Chronic Absenteeism on Ohio School Report Cards
The Accountability and Continuous Improvement Committee discussed the addition of Chronic Absenteeism to the Indicators Met measure within the Academic Achievement Component on Ohio School Report Cards. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason, which is approximately 18 days of school. Currently Ohio’s rate is 16.9 percent. Districts and schools will meet the indicator if they meet the established threshold or show improvement from the previous year in one of three different pathways.
School Year Goal for students meeting persistent attendance expectations
|School Year||Goal for students meeting persistent attendance expectations
Districts and schools will meet the indicator if they improve the number of students meeting attendance expectations by at least 1.1 percentage points from one year to the next – regardless of its prior year rate.
Districts and schools reduce their percent of chronically absent students by 3 percent. A formal resolution detailing the new indicator is expected to receive a committee vote in April. It would then come before the full board in May.
Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction: School Safety
Superintendent Paolo DeMaria discussed a ‘holistic’ approach to school safety and security that focused on four different elements: prevention, buildings / facilities, emergency management plans and practicing the emergency management plans. Paola stressed the importance of positive school climate and its role in prevention as well as discussed services available for students in mental health crisis. He also stressed construction and retro-fitting of secure doors and emergency radios through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. However, DeMaria reminded the Board that it is imperative that schools’ required safety plans are embraced by all staff and practiced regularly through drills.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following education bill last week:
Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB512 (Reineke) Restructure education agencies and their duties
The committee heard another wave of oppositional testimony last week against HB512 with only the Ohio Chamber of Commerce testifying in favor of the bill as an interested party. Opponents included State Board members Meryl Johnson and Lisa Woods, as well as many homeschool parents and education advocates.
Board member Woods said the legislation moves too quickly into a solution without an extensive discussion from all stakeholders. She also voiced concern that HB512 would create unchecked administrative power. “Letting one man or woman be in charge takes away the critical checks and balances,” Woods said. “The purpose of schools is to give our children a well-rounded education, to give them skills that will transcend any occupation. Education is not job training for jobs that are needed in Ohio now. That is short-sighted. Do not confuse education with workforce development. They are two very different disciplines.”
However, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Affairs Keith Lake told the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee that education and workforce development go hand in hand. “Better alignment of our education system to better prepare our workforce for both today and for the future is essential,” Lake said. “The bill would establish a clear pathway for the alignment between individuals and employers. This should result in Ohio’s education and talent development systems being more effective, agile and accountable.”
HB512 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.
Columbus Dispatch: Amid opposition, Chamber backs education merger bill
“The Ohio Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday jumped in to support a controversial bill giving the governor control over much of the Ohio Department of Education. Amid another lineup of largely home-school parents concerned about the consequences of turning over education rule-making and oversight to a governor’s appointee, a chamber leader testified it would make Ohio’s talent development more effective and accountable.”
Cincinnati Enquirer: Q&A: Ohio’s proposed merger of education, training agencies
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich has long pushed to take over Ohio’s education department, whose structure he sees as a hindrance to unified school policy. A bill moving swiftly through the state Legislature includes that takeover and more. The legislation would merge three state entities and place the new combined agency under the governor’s watch.”
Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Sponsor testimony on HB517 (Schaffer, Leland) To designate the month of October as “Ohio Principals Month.”
Bill sponsor Rep. Tim Schaffer indicated that there are more than 3,000 principals in the state of Ohio. “All are crucial leaders in ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education,” Schaffer said. “This legislation will recognize the essential role all elementary, middle, and high school principals play in the development of our youth.”
Opponent testimony on HB491 (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.
The Ohio Association of School Nurses president Joan Hlinomaz voiced concern on the bill’s lack of educational requirements for substitute nurses. “The Ohio Association of School Nurses requests the bachelor’s degree be required to be consistent with the minimum all other disciplines for this substitute license to pupil service personnel, as well to the position being provided a substitute,” Ms. Hlinomaz said.
Opponent 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.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association testified against the bill citing inequity for Ohio student athletes and the potential for the recruitment of foreign students on an F-1 visa.
Amended and Reported Out of Committee – HB360 (Greenspan) To enact the “Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act” with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and public colleges.
HB360 was amended to exclude private schools and then reported out by a 10 to 7 vote with Rep. Hood the only Republican to vote against the bill. The measure would create a ‘due process’ for exploring and responding to bullying claims. It also expands the definition of who may be a victim of bullying to include administrators, employees, faculty members, teachers, consultants and volunteers.
Senate Finance Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following education bill last week:
Proponent and Interested testimony on SB246 (Lehner, Manning) To enact the “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, to prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades pre- kindergarten through three, to require each public school to implement a positive behavior intervention and supports framework in accordance with state standards, and to make an appropriation.
Proponents of the bill testified in favor of the increased training and awareness of students who have experienced trauma, many of whom act out in school. “I have personally witnessed many children who have experienced trauma that affects their abilities to function in a classroom setting,” said Vanessa Shrontz, master teacher at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at Ohio State University. “I have Masters’ degrees in both Applied Developmental Psychology and in Social Work. Even with almost a decade of experience working with children and families in traumatic situations, the need for additional training and collaboration with other experts, is needed and would be welcomed in my teaching practice.”
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Proponent testimony on SB241 To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools.
The committee held its second hearing on SB241 and Dan Dodd, executive director of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools testified in favor of the bill.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, March 20
1:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
- HB477 (Koehler) To eliminate various provisions and programs related to the Department of Education and the operation of primary and secondary schools. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB491 (Edwards) To require the State Board of Education to issue a substitute license to specified pupil services personnel. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB377 (Hagan, Ramos) With respect to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB540 (Gavarone, Manning) With regard to teacher evaluations. 1st Hearing-Sponsor
- HB502 & HB503 (Anielski) With regard to educator in-service training on youth suicide awareness and prevention in public schools. 2nd Hearing-Proponent
2:30 p.m. Finance Hearing Room
Senate Finance Committee Chair: Oelslager
- SB246 (Lehner, Manning) To enact the “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, to prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades pre- kindergarten through three, to require each public school to implement a positive behavior intervention and supports framework in accordance with state standards, and to make an appropriation. 3rd Hearing-All testimony
Wednesday, March 21
9:30 a.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 114
Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Chair: Blessing
- HB512 (Reineke) Restructure education agencies and their duties 5th Hearing, Possible Substitution
1:30 p.m. Ohio Statehouse
1:30 p.m. Ohio Statehouse
MARCHING WITH THE ARTS
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) reminds art educators to celebrate the arts during the month of March!
March highlights four arts areas in our schools through Dance in Our Schools, Music in Our Schools, Theatre in Our Schools, and Youth Art Month. Each unique content area encourages month-long events aimed to highlight the significance of each arts area in our schools and communities.
The visual and performing arts help to educate all of our students both through the building of students’ social and emotional skills, as well as academic skills and techniques of the artforms. We celebrate the arts and honor the efforts of those who continue to inspire, create, perform, and enhance our lives through the arts.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the annual celebrations. How are you celebrating the arts in your school community? Participate in the poll!
Associated Press: Hundreds of Ohio students rally at Statehouse on gun policy
“A high school student whose cousin was killed in the Parkland school shooting was among hundreds of Ohio students to descend on the Statehouse during a national day of activism around gun policy.”
Columbus Dispatch: From Kasich to Kucinich, politicians praise student walkouts
“From John Kasich to Dennis Kucinich, Ohio officials are praising student walkouts that mark one month since the Florida school shooting that took 17 lives. On CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” Kasich said, “I am very, very pleased that young people continue to speak out so politicians can’t go and hide because that’s what they tend to do. It makes me feel so good we are beginning to see, increasingly, an age of activism.”
Toledo Blade: Area students participate in National School Walkout
“During a silent protest at Whitmer High School, 17-year-old Caitlin Collins let a yellow sign held overhead speak for her. “Sorry For The Inconvenience, We’re Trying To Change The World,” the sign read.”
Module One: Program Development – Teaching Artist Preparedness
- Arts Integration
- Youth Development
- Behavior Management
- Curricular Connections
- Outcomes & Indicators
- Strategies & Activities
Director of Programs
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Resident Teaching Artist of Photography/Visual Arts
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Executive & Artistic Director
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.
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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.