Arts On Line Education Update October 16, 2017

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 

House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

Proponent and opponent testimony on HB200 This bill would eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.  The proposed scholarship program would make vouchers available to all students with family incomes at or below 400% of the federal poverty level. 

The League of Women voters along with several school management organizations including the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials testified in opposition to the bill.  “Voucher programs lack the academic accountability of public schools,”  Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association, told the Committee.  “Further, voucher programs drain scarce resources that could be best utilized by Ohio’s public schools where the vast majority of Ohio’s students are educated. At a time when Ohio is experiencing scarce resources, further diversion of public funds to private education institutions is highly objectionable.”

Proponent Josh Brown from Citizens for Community Values defended HB200 saying “Ohio will take a significant step forward in offering all families something that only wealthy families currently have access to: a chance to go to the school of their own choosing.”  Nearly 15 other proponent testimonies were heard by the Committee, most of which were parents currently using Ohio’s voucher system.

Sponsor testimony on HB318 John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) testified on their bill designed to define certain qualifications and responsibilities for school resource officers.  Patterson told the committee “Should HB318 become law, SROs must complete a training program approved by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Commission as well as an additional 40 hours of training that includes instruction regarding skills, tactics, and strategies.”

Sponsor testimony on HB338 Timothy E. Ginter (R-Salem) testified that this bill would amend current law to include licensed chiropractors as medical professionals who are qualified to perform an annual physical exam for school bus drivers under Ohio Revised Code Section 3327.

Reported out of Committee: HB98 This bill addresses establishing minimum access standards for the presentation of career information to students in grades 9 through 12.

 

Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

Sponsor testimony on SB196 Bill sponsor Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) testified that this legislation would require a tiered disciplinary procedure for harassment, intimidation or bullying in school.  Williams outlined the approach in her written testimony:

The several steps to address bullying are as follows:

  1. Warning
  2. Peer Mediation
  3. Parent Meeting
  4. In school suspension
  5. Out of school suspension
  6. Third-degree Misdemeanor

The bill also would require annual student instruction about bullying prevention.  “While the threat of harsher penalties will not in itself deter people from bullying others; our hope is that the offender will weigh the costs and benefits of their behavior and will ultimately act in a way that maximizes acceptable behavior while minimizing emotional and physical pain against others,” Sen Williams told the Committee. “The goal of this legislation idea is prevention not punishment.”

Proponent testimony on HB170 Under the bill, the State Board of Education would create academic content standards and a model curriculum for computer science. The legislation adds computer science instruction as an option in lieu of certain elective, science and math subjects, including Algebra II as well as addresses educator qualifications for teaching computer science.

 

House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee

Sponsor testimony on HB342 This bill would permit local tax-related proposals to appear only on general and primary election ballots and not on an August special election ballot and also modifies the information conveyed in election notices and ballot language for property tax levies. 

 

House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee

The committee amended Substitute SB3 to be identical to Substitute HB166.  The bills designate the first full week in May as ‘In-Demand Jobs Week’ and specifies that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation will organize activities to raise awareness among educators, students and parents of jobs that are in demand.

 

Newly Introduced Legislation: SB216 – Bill Summary

Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) introduced the Public School Deregulation Act (SB216), which would make changes to testing, teacher evaluations, staffing policies, reporting requirements and more.  This bill, which was put together with the help of superintendents in Huffman’s district, would also allow teachers to teach outside of their licensed certification in particular cases and remove the 30 hour annual professional development requirement for teaching gifted children.

Dayton Daily News: School leaders, lawmaker seek to reduce state mandates

“School leaders in the area are pushing for more flexibility to reduce costly and cumbersome state mandates.  They cover everything from testing to truancy.  The drive to make changes is starting now with the help of a state lawmaker.  “What we’re trying to do is returning the management of the schools to the local level,” said State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, whose district includes Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties and parts of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties.” 

 

Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty

The task force heard presentations from educational leaders on the work being done to positively impact the students in the state’s dropout recovery and intervention schools.  Former state Rep. Jim Buchy, senior advisor at the Batchelder Co.; Todd Whiteman, superintendent of the dropout recovery Foxfire Schools; and Cris Gulacy-Worrel, vice president of national expansion for the Learn4Life dropout recovery schools all testified.

 

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Monday, October 16

8:30 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus

State Board of Education Meeting

 

Tuesday, October 17

8:30 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus

State Board of Education Meeting

 

Wednesday, October 18

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

Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

SB216 Huffman, 1st Hearing (pending referral)

Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing

 

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Bullying prevention – what can teachers and principals do?

“We all know that bullying among students can cause distractions and roadblocks to learning. Since October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, now is a great time for classroom teachers and principals to look at year-round strategies for preventing negative behaviors and enhancing the school environment. Check out this new webpage at education.ohio.gov, which highlights toolkits for related schoolwide activities and classroom lessons.”

Sandy Hook Promise to hold Say Something Week, Oct. 16-20

“Sandy Hook Promise, a national violence prevention program, is sponsoring its third annual ‘Say Something Week’, Oct. 16-20. The Say Something program teaches students in grades 6-12 how to look for warning signals and threats — especially in social media — from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others. The program encourages children to say something to a trusted adult to get help.”

 

 

NEWS AROUND OHIO

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio’s 100 top high schools ranked for 2017

“Which high school is the best in Ohio? That’s a complicated question in which a number of factors would have to be considered. But when it comes to pure test results released as part of the 2017 state school report cards, a high school outside of Dayton comes out No. 1 for the state’s Performance Index.  The Performance Index reported for public schools by the Ohio Department of Education is a measure of how highly students score on a series of tests.” 

Columbus Dispatch: Performance grades for career-tech uncertain over ‘compilation error’

“Career-technical schools might be performing better or worse than the grades the state issued for them in mid-September.  Students were accidentally excluded from some calculations that made up the state report card, the Ohio Department of Education informed the schools in late September.  The impact should be minimal on most schools, said spokeswoman Brittany Halpin in an emailed statement.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

AP / US News & World Report: DeVos Touts School Choice, STEM for $4 Billion in Grants

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forth a new set of priorities for states, schools and universities competing for federal grant money.  The priorities include school choice, science and technology, special education and school safety.  The Education Department awards approximately $4 billion per year in new and continuation competitive grants across some 80 programs, the agency said Thursday. Education secretaries have historically used these competitions to push their priorities.”

 


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 (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Portrait of an Arts Advocate: Kevin D. Cordi

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Kevin D. Cordi
National Story/Storytelling Consultant

Kevin Cordi is based in Columbus, and served as The Ohio State University’s first Academic Storyteller-in-Residence, using stories to address issues of diversity, community, and equity. He is a teaching artist on the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Artists in Schools roster.

How did you participate in the arts as a child?

When I was young I would draw, often times when I was supposed to be listening. I would have mini-battles on the paper.  I had to create a story on every page.  Whether it was with images or words, a narrative was in my mind.  My parents raised me on stories of West Virginia.  When I joined the drama club as a teen, the program folded the next day. However, this did not stop me from being in the plays and having mini-story concerts every chance I could.

Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

While performing in Japan I shared a story where at the end I unexpectedly pour a drink down my shirt. I asked a little shy elementary student to provide me a glass of water and she gave me one equal to the size of a “Big Gulp” from Seven Eleven.  When I got to the part where the King said “always drink from the Great White Mug this side only,” the water rained down on me.  This shy one laughed until she almost burst.  I realized then that story crosses culture and laughter is good for all.

How do you practice creativity in your own life?

I examine the world as unfolding narratives. I look for the story.  Instead of being a tourist of the world, be a “story-ographer.”  This is someone who takes the time to see the narrative in front of them, behind them, and all around.  I am the person who, when checking in the hotel or paying the gas attendant, asks for the stories and often I am not disappointed.

Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.

I am aligning how narrative can address the issue of bullying behavior by using what I call Ensemble Storytelling. By using Ensemble Storytelling, educators and kids of all ages jump inside a fictional world, in this case the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I know that when students can use their rich imaginations and develop inquiry together using narrative, they can understand the real contexts that they are placed.

Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

My mother was raised in Clay County West Virginia and every day we traveled there by her telling stories to us. Even though us six kids only took a trip to WV once a year, we knew the place well because my mother was, and is, an amazing captivating storyteller. She is still the resident storyteller of our family and I would never want it any other way.  Art resides in all of us but a true artist will pass it on.

What project are you working on that might elevate the arts within local schools?

Every other year since 1995 I have placed stories and art work in a box that travels to a new place every three weeks. The StoryBox Project has collected many stories and served many roles. Two years ago I traveled to Qatar and both American students and students from the Middle East engaged in the project.  At the same time I worked with the former Children’s Poet, Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, (from Ohio) and we collected over 27 unfinished poems and asked kids all over America to finish them.  This year over 40 young adult authors, many from Ohio, have contributed unfinished stories with the intent that middle and high school students will complete them.  The launching site is in Columbus at the James Thurber Center.  This box of stories will go to Harlem New York, North Carolina, and Canada.  I already have numerous applications for more schools and we are seeking a publisher for these co-created students with author and what I like to call ‘soon to be published’ student writers.

Connect with Kevin at www.kevincordi.com.


Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you’d like to submit your information, or to learn more about this feature email akruse@oaae.net.

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Arts On Line Education Update October 10, 2017

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Senate Judiciary Committee: SB196 (Williams, S)

The committee heard sponsor testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 196 from Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland). This legislation would create the offense of aggravated bullying and make it a third-degree misdemeanor.  According to Sen. Williams, the purpose of this bill is not to criminalize individuals but to form a deterrent, ensuring the seriousness of bullying is understood and that the consequences are as serious.  “While the threat of harsher penalties will not in itself deter people from bullying others; our hope is that the offender will weigh the costs and benefits of their behavior and will ultimately act in a way that maximizes acceptable behavior while minimizing emotional and physical pain against others,” Williams testified.

Cincinnati Enquirer: School bullies could face criminal charges under Ohio bill

“School bullies who repeatedly torment their victims would face criminal charges under a new proposal from a Democratic lawmaker.  Bullying can lead to violence, retaliation and even suicide, said Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, who said she recently intervened when a relative was repeatedly bullied at school. One of the bullies was suspended only after threatening a teacher, she said.”

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Tuesday, October 10

4:00 p.m. Statehouse Room 121

House Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

HB318 Patterson, LaTourette, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Define qualifications and duties of school resource officers

HB338 Ginter, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

Regards school bus driver medical examinations

HB98 Duffey, Boggs, 4th Hearing, All Testimony

Address career information presentations to students

HB200 Koehler, 6th Hearing, All Testimony

Create Opportunity Scholarship Program

Wednesday, October 11

11:00 a.m. Statehouse Room 115

House Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey

HB66 Young, 3rd Hearing, Opponent Testimony

Require tenured faculty to teach minimum load

HB240 Barnes, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony

Require state higher ed to adopt sex offense policies

HB166 Reineke, Cupp, 6th Hearing, All Testimony

Revise workforce development laws 

Sub. SB3 Beagle, Balderson, 5th Hearing, All Testimony

Review workforce development laws

 3:15 p.m. Senate South Hearing Room

Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

SB197 Williams, 1st Hearing, Sponsor

Deter harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools 

HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 3rd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party

Address computer science curriculum

Thursday, October 12

1:00 p.m. Riffe Center, 31st Floor, North Room

Joint Education Oversight Committee

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Ohio Receives $35 Million Literacy Grant from U.S. Department of Education

“To build on ongoing work to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children, Ohio was awarded a $35 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.” 

Dayton Daily News: $35M federal grant to help poor, special needs Ohio students

“Ohio has been awarded a $35 million Striving Readers literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  ODE officials said about 95 percent of the $35 million award will be distributed directly to local schools or early childhood providers to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12.”

 

NEWS AROUND OHIO

Toledo Blade: ODOT funding supports Safe Routes to School program

“Toledo students will continue to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  ODOT on Tuesday awarded $710,000 to the YMCA of Greater Toledo’s Live Well program and to the city of Toledo.  Live Well will use its share of the funding — about $70,000 — to continue its Safe Routes to School programs, which aim to make travel to and from school more safe and sustainable for Toledo Public Schools students.” 

Ohio Public Radio: Teachers Union Urges Scrutiny Of ECOT Status Change

“The state’s largest teachers union is urging tough scrutiny on a change of status for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The union says it’s up to the education department to make sure the state isn’t duped by the online charter school.  The Ohio Education Association sent a letter to the state, asking it to make sure the ECOT meets all requirements before allowing it to become a dropout recovery school. “ 

Marion Star: Schools adjust to new attendance law

“A new state law designed to decriminalize truancy in Ohio and deal with the problem before it reaches the courts is presenting new challenges to Marion County schools since it went into effect April 6.  House Bill 410, which was passed by the General Assembly in December 2016, no longer allows schools to pass truancy problems to the court system for criminal punishment, nor can they suspend or expel students who fail to attend class.”

Lima News: Special-needs scholarship applications being accepted

“Applications are accepted year-round for Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program. The program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education, is available for students in grades K-12 who have a current Individualized Education Program.  Scholarships are worth up to $27,000 per year, depending on the child’s special-education category. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation or the student’s 22nd birthday, if he or she has not met graduation requirements.” 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Education Week: The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us

“Fifty years ago, a small group of scholars joined together to launch Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The philosopher Nelson Goodman christened the interdisciplinary team “Project Zero” to convey that while there was plenty of useful lore in education in the arts, there was little systematic knowledge. Through much of the 20th century, it’s fair to say that artistry had not been taken seriously in American social science.

Project Zero has drawn on several disciplines—pre-eminently developmental psychology and cognitive psychology—to elucidate the range of skills and understandings that were appreciated by artists and arts lovers but not by the broader public, including most educators.”

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Finding Our Voice: An Arts and Education Summit Professional Development Day

GCAAE“Join the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education for this exciting event where we will “Find Our Voice”! The morning session includes a keynote address by Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Manager from Americans for the Arts, followed by a lively panel discussion to take a deeper dive into the importance of arts education from a local perspective.

The afternoon will provide a number of Professional Development sessions for teachers including topics such as:

• Arts Integration/STEM2STEAM
• Social/Emotional Learning with the Arts
• Moving beyond the THINK System
• New STEAM resources from Americans for the Arts
• Intro to the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative
• Emerging Careers in the Arts

The day promises to have opportunities for you to interact with colleagues and share ideas along the way.

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-our-voice-an-arts-and-education-summit-professional-development-day-registration-37735910123

 

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:  http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1f361256-90b5-42f4-8ef4-e670726bbf63.pdf

Renew your OAAE membership: http://www.oaae.net/index.php/en/about-us/join-the-oaae-online

https://omeapdc.com/

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
http://www.oaae.net

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1b5630a4-43c0-4c81-baee-ad930f9b9173.pdf

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: ESC of Lorain County
Date: November 6, 2017
To register contact: http://www.esclc.org/

Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact: http://summitesc.org/events

 


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 (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Arts On Line Education Update October 2, 2017

RECAP: FY18-FY19 STATE OPERATING BUDGET (HB49)

Summary of OAAE report by Joan Platz (click here to read the full report.)

The Ohio General Assembly approved the FY18-FY19 state operating budget, Am. Sub. HB49 (R. Smith), on June 27, 2017 and Governor Kasich signed it into law on June 30, 2017.

A Look at the Numbers

The state’s biennial budget includes over $132 billion in overall spending, including $65 billion for the General Revenue Fund.

Ohio Arts Council: The approved biennial budget provides the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) with General Revenue Fund (GRF) appropriations of $14.653 million in FY18 and in FY19. This amount is a little less than the level of spending in FY17 of $14.935 million. Appropriations for the OAC All Funds account are unchanged at $16.453 million in both fiscal years.

 Ohio Department of Education: GRF appropriations for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) total $7.987 billion in FY18 and $8.117 billion in FY19. This amount is more than the level of ODE spending in FY17 of $7.873 billion.

Appropriations for the ODE’s All Funds account total $11.167 billion in FY18 and $11.319 billion in FY19. This amount is more than FY17 spending of $10.956 billion. The All Funds account includes $4.3 billion from the federal government; $2.78 billion in redistributed funds; and $2.22 billion in lottery profits.

Ohio School Districts: Estimated total funding for school districts increases from $8.003 billion in FY17 to $8.075 billion in FY18 and to $8.165 billion in FY19. The change in total state funding among school districts between FY17 and FY18 is $76.8 million (0.9 percent), and $86 million (1.1 percent) between FY18 and FY19.

One of the major expenses for school districts is the cost of transportation. State funding for transportation was cut from $592.3 million in FY17 to $546 million in FY18 (-7.69 percent) and reduced again to $527 million in FY19 (-3.59 percent). The budget also modifies the pupil transportation formula by decreasing the minimum state share applied to a district’s calculated transportation cost from 50 percent in FY17 to 37.5 percent in FY18 and 25 percent in FY19.

Policy Changes

The following are a few of the major education policies included in HB49:  

  • Maintains the structure of the existing school funding formula and the nine aid categories used in the existing formula: the core opportunity grant, targeted assistance, K-3 literacy funding, economically disadvantaged aid, limited English proficiency funding, gifted funding, transportation aid, special education aid, and career-technical education funding.
  • Specifies a formula amount of $6,010 in FY18 and $6,020 in FY19. The House had increased the formula amount to $6,020 in both years. Generally maintains FY17 amounts for the categorical payments.
  • Elimination of statewide fourth and sixth grade social studies end-of-year assessments, but requires each school district to teach and assess social studies in at least the fourth and sixth grades. In addition, school districts no longer have to provide prevention/intervention services to students who score below the proficient level in social studies.
  • Establishes an OhioMeansJobs readiness seal for students to earn on their diplomas as well as appropriates up to $450,000 each year for the Teach for America program. 

 

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 

Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week: 

  • Proponent testimony on HB170 Under the bill, the State Board of Education would create academic content standards and a model curriculum for computer science. The legislation adds computer science instruction as an option in lieu of certain elective, science and math subjects, including Algebra II as well as addresses educator qualifications for teaching computer science.
  • Proponent testimony on SB105 This legislation would designate the month of October as Ohio Principals Month.  Sponsor Senator Charleta B. Tavares indicated the measure “will honor the service of all elementary, middle, and high school principals and will recognize the importance of school leadership in ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education.”
  • Proponent testimony on SB39 In an effort to bring increased accountability to community and online schools, SB39 would require regular reporting on student participation as well as notification to parents when students are not participating.

 

House Task Force on Education and Poverty (Chair: Cupp)

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty heard presentations on Ohio’s economically disadvantaged students from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Education Policy Institute consultant Howard Fleeter.  According to the Department of Education data from last school year, more than half of Ohio students were considered economically disadvantaged and were less likely to score proficient on state exams.   However there are Ohio schools that have both a high concentration of disadvantaged students and are among the highest performers in the state, but there is no one-size-fits-all formula to model. “As public policy makers, we so much crave that magic bullet,” DeMaria said. “We have to understand that that does not work because every organization, every one of those 3,200 (school buildings) has a different underlying dynamic, both in terms of the community in which they exist, the students they serve, the teachers that have been assembled, the leadership that they have, their history and what have you. That doesn’t mean that there are some that can’t succeed and others than can, but it means that in every case, there are going to be different things that are likely to work.”

The House Task Force on Education and Poverty was created in March of 2017 to examine the issue of poverty and education and to generate information for use by members of the General Assembly in their deliberations on education policy.

 

NEWLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION

SB197 BULLYING (Williams, S.)

To require a tiered disciplinary procedure for harassment, intimidation, or bullying in school; to require annual student instruction about preventing such acts; and to create the offense of aggravated bullying as a third-degree misdemeanor.

HB360 BULLYING (Greenspan, D.)

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. 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: School bullies would face mandatory suspensions under two bills in Ohio legislature

“Schools need to stop ignoring bullying and take real action to stop it, say two local state legislators who have proposed separate new laws to curb the bad behavior.  State Sen. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, and State Rep. Dave Greenspan, a Westlake Republican, have different approaches to their bills. But both say they have had relatives bullied at schools and seen schools do little to stop it or punish the bullies.”

 

 

NEWS AROUND OHIO

Columbus Dispatch: Future Ohio schools will be flexible and personal, education leaders say

“Schools of the future might not look like The Jetsons, but they will be different, said two local education leaders on Wednesday. Ideally, those institutions will be more flexible and personalized to the children’s needs, and they will work more closely with businesses and the community.  State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and Annalies Corbin, president of the Columbus-based nonprofit PAST Foundation, talked about where education is headed at a lunch hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Associated Press: Trump Directs Ed Secretary to Prioritize Computer Science

“President Donald Trump directed his education secretary to prioritize science and technology education and spend at least $200 million annually on competitive grants so schools can broaden access to computer science education in particular.”

New York Times: Tech Firms Add $300 Million to Trump Administration’s Computer Science Push

“Many of the country’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce, on Tuesday pledged a total of $300 million for computer science education, part of a partnership with the Trump administration meant to prepare students for careers in technology.”

 


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 (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Arts Advocacy: How Does It Work and What Can I Do?

OAAE’s Executive Director Tim Katz will be taking part in a panel discussion at the Beck Center for the Arts‘ annual meeting on Monday, September 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Arts Advocacy: How Does It Work and What Can I Do?

Beck Center 2

Join us for an empowering discussion about public support for the arts and arts advocacy with national, statewide and local experts, including:

  • Tim Katz, Executive Director, Ohio Alliance for Art Education
  • Elisabeth Dorman, State and Local Government Affairs Manager, Americans for the Arts
  • Bill Behrendt, Executive Director, Ohio Citizens for the Arts
  • Jennifer Coleman, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, The George Gund Foundation
  • Discussion will be moderated by Joseph P. Gibbons, Partner with Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, Board President, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Reception to follow. 

 

To attend email RSVP@BeckCenter.org and include “Annual Meeting” in the subject line. You can also RSVP by calling Erin Corwin at 216.521.2540 x30.
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Arts On Line Education Update September 25, 2017

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

September Meeting Highlights
September 18 & 19

Ohio Department of Education Strategic Plan

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria presented the Board with an update on the development of the ODE strategic plan.  He began by discussing the State Board Priorities:

  1. Meeting the learning needs and aspirations of all STUDENTS
  2. Ensuring excellent EDUCATORS (teachers and leaders) who know how to meet the learning needs and aspirations of all students
  3. Fostering engaging, supportive SCHOOLS that maximize student learning.
  4. Maintaining an EDUCATION SYSTEM that supports students, teachers, and families.

DeMaria also outlined a plan to quickly wrap up the strategic planning process by launching workgroups that will meet three times over the next 4 weeks.  He stated the purpose of the Workgroups is to review data, research evidence-based practices to identify strategies within their focus areas, and inform goal development.  The groups will be comprised of approximately 25 participants with a mix of educators, external experts and stakeholders as well as members of the State Board and Legislature.

The Workgroups and their schedules follow:

Standards, Assessments & Accountability

September 20, 4:30-7:00PM

October 5, 4:30 -7:00PM

October 19, 4:30-7:00PM

Early Learning & Literacy

September 25, 4:00-6:30PM

October 10, 4:00-6:30PM

October 23, 4:00-6:30PM

Excellent Educators & Instructional Practices

September 28, 4:30-7:00PM

October 9, 4:30-7:00PM

October 23, 4:30-7:00PM

Student Supports & School Climate and Culture

September 21, 4:30-7:00PM

October 5, 4:30 -7:00PM

October 19, 4:30 -7:00PM

High School Success & Postsecondary Connections

September 25, 4:00-6:30PM

October 10, 4:00-6:30PM

October 23, 4:00-6:30PM

 

DeMaria’s presentation on the ODE strategic plan can be viewed here.

2016-2017 Report Cards

The State Board of Education heard an overview of the Ohio Schools’ 2016-17 report cards from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and Chris Woolard, senior executive director for Accountability and Continuous Improvement for ODE.  They indicated the report cards showed statewide performance increases among some lagging achievement grades. Because of the new standards Ohio’s educational system is still rolling out, DeMaria warned the board from making broad assumptions based on the report card results.

State Impact Ohio: Ohio House, Senate Leaders Differ on A-F Grades

“Days after state report cards grading school districts were released, parents, educators, and even state Board of Education members are still trying to figure out just what those grades mean.  Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and employees of the state Department of Education drilled down into what each of the 11 graded measures stand for and how the department came up with each letter grade during the state Board of Education meeting Monday.”

Statehouse News Bureau: Lawmakers Mulling Changes To State School Report Cards

“The report cards show how schools are doing in areas such as test scores, elementary school literacy, progress, graduation rates, and preparedness for what comes after high school.  This time, traditional public schools saw a slight improvement overall in the performance index, which measures individual student achievement.” 

State Impact Ohio: Low Grades on State Report Cards Mean Challenges for Urban School Districts 

“If David James could pick just one word to describe the Akron City School District, it’s  “growing.”  “We’re growing academically,” he said. “There are a lot of things we’re putting into place, really trying to change the face of education and how we engage our kids. So, we’re in an exciting period of growth.”  James made the assessment of the school district he leads just hours after the Ohio Department of Education released the 2016-2017 academic year report cards for the state’s 608 school districts.” 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Even Experts Disagree on What State Report Cards Mean

“The congratulations started flowing Friday for schools and districts that earned high scores and grades on state report cards. So did the bashing of schools whose “inexcusable” scores made some decide their district had “gone in the dumper.” But are those reactions valid? Do these grades really mean anything?”

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 27

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

SB39 Schiavoni, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Address
Regarding community school operations
SB105 Tavares, 2nd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party*
To designate Ohio Principals Month
HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 2nd Hearing, Proponent
Address computer science curriculum

Governor’s Appointments: Stephanie Davidson, Ph.D. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission John (Jack) Hershey – Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission

Thursday, September 28
10:30 a.m. Verne Riffe Center, 31st Floor West Room BC
Education and Poverty Task Force Chair: Cupp

 

LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT

House Bill 235 was passed by the House with a vote of 81-9. This bill outlines procedures for the General Assembly’s approval or disapproval of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.  Although the state’s ESSA plan has already been submitted to the federal government for review, this bill includes a provision that would prohibit the Department of Education from putting the plan into effect if the legislature disapproves of components through a concurrent resolution.

Delaware Gazette: Bill would give Ohio lawmakers ‘additional oversight’ over education

“The Ohio House has passed legislation that would give the legislature additional oversight regarding the state’s education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

House Bill 235, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, requires the Ohio Department of Education to submit a written copy of the state plan required by ESSA to each member of the House and Senate education committees. This plan must be submitted no later than 30 days before it is implemented.”

 

NEWS AROUND OHIO

eSchool News: Putting the “A” in STEAM Education This School Year

“As more students head back to school, we will continue to hear about how educators can successfully incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education into curriculums from as early as Kindergarten. Whether it’s providing students with hands-on robotics tools where they can learn to code, program and design on their own, or using more in-class devices like Google Chromebooks that familiarize students with technology and problem-solving skills, there are many ways to integrate STEM into the classroom. “

Columbus Dispatch: Sherrod Brown pitches federal money for school construction

“Ohio has spent billions on school buildings over the past 20 years, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and local school officials say it hasn’t been enough. Between state funding caps, diversions to charter schools and other issues, the Columbus City School District has scores of buildings in need of renovation, they said.” 

Toledo Blade: ODE submits federal education plan

The Ohio Department of Education sent its plan to meet federal education requirements off to the U.S. Department of Education on Friday after delaying the submission by months to consider feedback from educators and community members.  The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act in 2015 and gives states and local districts more flexibility, requires states to show how they would use federal funds to improve student achievement and hold districts accountable. 

Columbus Dispatch: Years after DeRolph, some gained and some lost

The Ohio Supreme Court gave Ohio lawmakers a 1998 deadline to fix the state’s unconstitutional school-funding system. Since then, the state has poured tax money into operating public education — about $1.4 billion more last year than in 1998, adjusted for inflation.  Even as Ohio’s public school enrollment has dropped by about 140,000 students, the total doled out by the state increased almost 23 percent in real terms, a response to the high court’s finding that Ohio’s funding formula was arbitrary and in no way connected to what it cost to educate a student.


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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 23, 2017

National News

FY18 Appropriations and More: The U.S. House and Senate returned to Washington D.C. in early September and surprisingly passed legislation (H.R. 601), that included $15.3 billion for Harvey relief; extended the national debt limit; and funded government agencies through December 8, 2017. President Trump signed the resolution into law on September 8, 2017.

H.R.601 continues current FY17 funding levels for federal agencies and departments, and avoids a government shut-down on October 1, 2017, the beginning of the new fiscal year.

H.R.601 also gives Congress more time to continue to work on several appropriation measures that have been moving through Senate committees, and H.R. 3354, a House resolution that combines 12 appropriations measures. The House approved H.R. 3354 on September 14, 2017.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Roy Blunt, and the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senator Richard Shelby approved S1771 on September 7, 2017. This bill includes FY18 appropriations of $164.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

The Senate committees ignored the spending cuts ($27 billion) proposed in the Trump administration’s appropriations package, and even added $3 billion more than FY17 levels. The bill also makes program changes that will save approximately $800 million.

The House approved on September 13, 2017 the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (HR3354), a resolution that consolidates 8 of the 12 House appropriations measures with HR3219, which includes the four remaining appropriations resolutions. The consolidated resolution includes appropriations for the departments of the Interior, which funds the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education, and Related Agencies, which includes libraries and museums.

Both the House and Senate appropriation measures curb the Trump administrations efforts to expand school choice programs. While the Senate increases spending for charter schools to $367 million, which is less than the Trump request, the Senate bill also requires Congressional approval before the

U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) is allowed to use federal funds to support vouchers or school choice.

The House appropriations resolution (H.R. 3354) maintains current levels of spending for school choice programs, but provides no support for the Trump administration’s proposal to allow Title I federal dollars for education to “follow” students to their school of choice.

The full Senate is not expected to accept H.R.3354, which means that the House and Senate will need to go to a conference committee to resolve the differences in the appropriations measures. As mentioned above lawmakers have given themselves some extra time to approve final FY18 appropriations, by agreeing on a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 8, 2017.

A comparison of some of the appropriation levels in S.1771, H.R. 3354, and in the plan proposed by President Trump’s administration is included in the appendix.

See “Trump School Choice Proposals, K-12 Cuts Again Rebuffed by Senators,” by Alyson Klein, Education Week, September 7, 2017.

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) submitted its ESSA plan on September 15, 2017, and will now wait for the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) to review and respond to it.

The U.S. DOE has been reviewing the sixteen states’ ESSA plans submitted in April, and has approved the plans for Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont. Massachusetts, Michigan, and Colorado still need to be approved.

Ohio is among the 33 states that submitted plans in September 2017.

According to Alyson Klein at Education Week, the U.S. DOE required Louisiana and Delaware to change the way that achievement in science was factored into their accountability systems, but overall most state plans were approved, even though the U.S. DOE noted some objections to them.

The U.S. DOE also approved some state plans that certain education advocates believe could have been more comprehensive. Arizona’s plan, for example, gives a lower weight to reading and math scores of students who have recently enrolled in a school, causing some advocates to fear that these students will not receive the attention they need to achieve at higher levels.

And some state plans were approved even though they are not complete. Illinois’ plan, for example, includes components that are still being developed. States also don’t have to identify schools that need improvement until after the 2017-18 school year. More on Ohio’s ESSA plan below.

See “ESSA: Four Takeaways on the First State Plans to Win Approval,” by Alyson Klein, Education Week, September 12, 2017.

 

Ohio News

132nd Ohio General Assembly
The Ohio General Assembly returned to Columbus in September 2017 to resume this legislative session, which ends on December 31, 2018.

One of the first actions of the House of Representatives was to approve George Lang as the representative of the 52nd House District on September 13, 2017. Representative Lang replaces Representative Margy Conditt (R-Hamilton), who resigned to spend more time with her family.

Lawmakers are expected to take up action this fall on bills that focus on redistricting, abortion, guns, taxes, Medicaid, the state budget, and more. Currently over 350 bills have been introduced in the House and close to 200 in the Senate. Among those introduced are over 80 education-related bills, including bills that would change how schools are funded; how charter schools are evaluated; and what students need to learn.

House and Senate leaders have also stated that they will revisit Governor Kasich’s vetoes of provisions in Am. Sub. HB49 – Operating Budget, which was signed into law on June 30, 2017. (See the separate report on HB49.)

According to several Ohio newspapers, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, has been surveying House Republicans to see if he has enough votes to override the veto of the provision that would have frozen enrollment in Medicaid.

In the mean time, Senate President Larry Obholf is holding back final Senate approval of SB8 (Gardner, Terhar), a bill to support schools that want to update their infrastructure to support technology. The Ohio House recently approved the bill with amendments, but Senator Obhof said that it might be used as a vehicle to address some budget issues related to Governor Kasich’s vetoes, instead of trying to override the governor’s vetoes.

One of the issues that might be included in SB8 is a replacement of managed care organizations sales tax (MCO). This tax provided local governments with $207 million in funds. The federal government told the state last year that local governments could no longer collect the tax, leaving a revenue gap for cities, townships, county governments, etc. to fill. The legislature provided a remedy in HB49, but Governor Kasich vetoed that provision.

Another vetoed provision that might be considered for an override or compromise is the phase-out of Tangible Personal Property Tax (TTP tax) and Utility Tax reimbursements for some school districts.

Governor Kasich said in his veto message that he is prepared to negotiate a way to help certain school districts that have struggled to replace the lost revenue from the TPP tax.

The General Assembly can take action to override the governor’s vetoes until the end of this legislative session, which is December 31, 2018.

See “Ohio House again weighs override of Kasich veto protecting Medicaid expansion,” by Julie Carr, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 9, 2017.

 

Congressional Redistricting Reform: Leaders in the Ohio House and Senate are discussing a plan to pass a constitutional amendment that would reform the way the state establishes districts for members of Congress. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Senate President Larry Obhof, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, and House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn met in mid September to discuss how the state draws its congressional districts and work-out a compromise.

Ohio’s current congressional map, which was signed into law in 2011, creates, as a result of gerrymandering, a situation in which Republicans control 12 of the 16 congressional districts, even though the state is evenly split between Democratic and Republican voters.

Pressure on lawmakers to pass a redistricting bill is mounting, now that some statewide organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Common Cause, are joining together to collect signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot. The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition needs to collect 309,521 to qualify for the November 2018 ballot, and has already collected over 100,000 signatures. The proposal would create a bipartisan seven-member panel to oversee the redistricting process.

See “Are Ohio lawmakers truly serious about revamping congressional redistricting?” by Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch, September 10, 2017.

 

Education Policies: The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, has been considering bills about the computer science curriculum (HB170 Cargagna, Duffey); student rights (SB172 Yuko); and the use of student seclusion in public schools (SB104 Tavares).

The House Education and Career Readiness Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, has been reviewing bills about career information for students, (HB98 Duffey, Boggs); community school enrollment verification (HB21 Hambley); and informing students about the cost of higher education (HB108 C. Hagan, McColley).

A status of some selected education-related House and Senate bills is included in the appendix.
There are also two legislative committees that have been meeting to examine education-related issues.

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty, chaired by Representative Bob Cupp, met for the first time on July 27, 2017.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announced the creation of the task force in March 2017. The goal of the task force is to inform legislative and state policy decisions about practicable and effective strategies to close the student achievement gap for disadvantaged students.

Members of the Task Force include:

  • Rep. Darrell Kick
  • Rep. Janine Boyd
  • Dr. Bob Mengerink (superintendent, Cuyahoga County ESC)
  • Anthony Knickerbocker (career and technical education director, Lancaster City Schools)
  • John Stack (president and owner, Cambridge Education Group)
  • Karen Boch (superintendent, Wellston School District)
  • Dr. Thomas Maridada II (CEO, BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools)
  • Hannah Powell (executive director, KIPP Columbus)

The Joint Education Oversight Committee, also chaired by Representative Cupp, was established by the 131st Ohio General Assembly through HB64 to review educational policy issues and programs in schools and state institutions of higher education.

The members include Representatives Bob Cupp, Vern Sykes, Andrew Brenner, Teresa Fedor, John Patterson, and Ryan Smith, and Senators Cliff Hite, Matt Huffman, Peggy Lehner, and Sandra Williams.

So far the committee has received presentations about school transportation, teacher preparation programs, Ohio’s ESSA plan, building world-class education systems, and more. Tim Katz presented testimony in March 2017 about the OAAE’s recommendations for ESSA.

The JEOC’s executive director is Lauren Monowar-Jones.
Ohio’s ESSA Plan: The Ohio Department of Education submitted to the U.S. DOE Ohio’s ESSA plan on September 15, 2017.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Paulo DeMaria changed the Ohio Department of Education’s original timeline for submitting Ohio’s ESSA plan to the U.S. DOE in April, 2017 after stakeholders protested that the plan did not reflect what was said at the public outreach meetings. Among the several components of the plan that stakeholders questioned, was the continued emphasis on testing as a basis for Ohio’s accountability system, the lack of accountability measures that better reflect the whole school experience, and a lack of vision and goals for Ohio’s education system.

The delay provided another opportunity for education advocates to make more recommendations to revise the ESSA plan. The OAAE, for example, recommended that the plan correct the state graduation requirements, which had omitted the arts requirement, and insert support for a “well-rounded education” in several parts of the plan. Most of OAAE’s recommendations were included.

See http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA
Ohio’s Strategic Education Plan: As Ohio’s ESSA plan was being developed, it became apparent that the federal ESSA template, which was aligned to federal rules and laws, and even Ohio’s laws, were preventing any real substantive education reforms from being proposed in the plan. An article by Patrick O’Donnell in The Plain Dealer by Patrick O’Donnell described the revised ESSA plan as including, “few changes that anyone will directly notice in classrooms.”

In response to stakeholder calls for less testing and more comprehensive reforms, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced in March 2017 the creation of a test advisory committee to review state mandated testing, and a framework for developing a new strategic plan for Ohio’s schools.

The recommendations of the test advisory panel led Superintendent DeMaria to recommend in June 2017 eliminating the 4th and 6th grade social studies state tests. This provision was included in Am. Sub. HB49 (R. Smith) Biennial Budget, and is now in law.

But some of the panel’s other recommendations to reduce the number of graduation tests, including American History, Government, and those used to evaluate teachers, including locally developed tests at the elementary level in the arts, social studies, and science, will have to wait until the legislature changes current law. Locally developed tests used to evaluate teachers, for example, “make-up nearly 80 percent of the more than 200 hours of standardized tests students have to take over their 12 years of school.” (Patrick O’Donnell quoting Superintendent DeMaria at the June 2017 State Board of Education meeting.)

Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education is being developed by six workgroups, coordinated by an Oversight Team and Stakeholder Advisory Group that reports to the Superintendent’s Steering Committee. The six workgroups are focusing on the following areas:

  • Early learning and literacy (preparing our youngest children for success in school);
  • Standards, assessments and accountability (measuring what students know and are able to do and evaluating schools);
  • Excellent educators and instructional practices (excellent teachers, teaching and school management);
  • Student supports and school climate and culture (supporting students and offering a comfortable environment that maximizes their learning);
  • High school success and postsecondary connections (clear academic expectations and smooth transitions to higher education and work).

 

See “Halt Ohio’s ESSA plan until state testing is cut, 150 angry educators, officials tell state,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, February 23, 2017.

See “No more art, music, and gym tests just to grade teachers? How Ohio could change testing under new proposal,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, June 13, 2017.

State school board approves bare bones ESSA plan with a few adjustments,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, July 12, 2017.

 

Report Cards: The Ohio Department of Education released on September 7, 2017 the 2016-17 state report cards for Ohio’s 609 schools districts, schools, charter schools, career-technical districts, and dropout prevention and recovery schools.

The report cards for most traditional and charter schools are based on six categories: Achievement, Progress, Graduation Rate, Prepared for Success, K-3 Literacy and Gap Closing.

The 2016-17 report cards are the last report cards to be released that do not include an overall A-F grade for schools. This is also the last state report card issued under a legislative “safe harbor provision” that protects schools from some consequences of low grades.

According to a presentation made to the State Board of Education on September 18, 2017 by Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, overall, Ohio’s schools scores are improving and proficiency rates are increasing compared to 2015 and 2016, the first two years of the transition to the new Ohio standards. Scores increased in every subject area compared to 2016, and in every grade, except for fifth grade math and eighth grade history. Also of note, more students are passing at higher levels of proficiency.

In addition all subgroups improved in English language arts and math; the graduation rate continues to improve; and more students are prepared for success.

On a sobering note, the report card also includes information about chronic student absenteeism, which is an unfortunate problem facing Ohio’s schools. Ohio’s overall rate is 16.4 percent, but increases to 27 percent for African-American students and 30 percent for seniors. Economically disadvantaged students are 2.5 times more likely to be chronically absent compared to non-disadvantaged students.

The following is a summary of some of the report card results:

  • The Performance Index score increased to 84.1 from 81.6 last year. Proficiency rates for all students increased on all but two tests – fifth grade math and high school American history.
  • More than half of school districts earned and A (129 districts) or a B (200 plus) on the Progress component, which measures how students do compared to their own past performance on math and English tests in grades four through eight. About 50 districts earned a C grade, which equates to average academic growth.
  • About half of school districts earned a D on the Achievement component, which shows how many students score at, above, or below proficiency on state tests. About 200 school districts earned a C; 13 earned an A; more than 50 earned a B; and 19 earned an F.
  • Fewer charter schools scored above average for Progress than in previous years, and more charter schools scored lower on the Achievement component. Two charter schools earned an A on the Achievement component, and four earned a B. On the Progress component, about a quarter of charter schools scored in the A or B range, while about 50 showed average growth with a grade of C. Some charter schools are not rated on various measures and components for state report cards, because they do not enroll students at all grade levels, or enroll a small number of students or subset of students.
  • Ohio’s Urban 8 group of big city schools – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – earned mostly grades of D and F on the report card components, accept for the graduation rate component, in which more than half earned an A and over 80 percent earning at least a B.

The state’s report card website includes explanations of how each measure and component is calculated.

 

Appendix A

Comparison of FY18 Appropriations for the U.S. Department of Education and Other Agencies Proposed by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee; the U.S. House of Representative; and the Trump Administration

Information about some of the appropriation levels was not available for some of the programs. This document will be updated when the information is available.

 

 

Appendix B: Status of Selected Education-Related Bills

 

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; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another
Status: House Finance Committee

-HB108 (C. 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, 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”
Status: House Education & Career Readiness Committee

-HB124 (Brenner, Carfagna) Vocational School Tax Levy: To authorize a joint vocational school district to submit the question of a renewal tax levy to voters who did not have an opportunity to vote on the levy at an election held in November of 2015 because the levy was only placed on the ballot in one of several counties in which the district has territory
Status: Signed by Governor – Effective immediately

-HB200 (Koehler, K) 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 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.

-SB39 (Joe 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

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