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May 21, 2018

Ohio Senate Passes Bill that Seeks Changes to Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions for Ohio’s Youngest Learners

Senate Bill (SB) 246, sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), passed the Ohio Senate on May 16, 2018. The bill seeks to limit certain out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for children in pre-kindergarten through the 3rd grade. Under the legislation, out-of-school suspensions and expulsions would continue to be permitted for violent behavior and to protect the health and safety of others. The bill would also still permit emergency removal of disruptive students when necessary.

Additionally, the bill requires school districts to implement an intervention to encourage positive behavior and to support a framework that seeks to “improve the school climate for the purpose of improving academic and social outcomes and increasing the learning for all students.” SB 246 appropriates $2 million for competitive grants to assist schools in the implementation and allows for a three-year phase-in of the bill’s requirements.

OEA supports this legislation. The bill aligns with OEA Legislative Policy passed at the December 2016 OEA Representative Assembly regarding out-of-school suspensions and expulsions of children who are nine years old and younger. A wide variety of research has concluded that more exclusionary approaches to school discipline often fail to improve individual student behavior. Such approaches can also lead to a series of adverse consequences later in life, including academic failure and incarceration.

 

Voucher Bill Scheduled for a Possible Committee Vote

House Bill 200, sponsored by Representative Kyle Koehler (R- Springfield), would greatly expand private school vouchers in the state. The bill would replace the EdChoice and Cleveland voucher programs with a new statewide voucher called the “Opportunity Scholarship.” OEA opposes the creation or expansion of voucher programs that drain resources from students in public schools to provide private school tuition to selected students. Therefore, OEA strongly opposes HB 200.

HB 200 calls for a greatly expanded voucher program based on family income. The bill would increase the threshold for eligibility of the current program to 300% of poverty ($73,800 for a family of four) and expand the program to all grades.

HB 200 is scheduled for a hearing and possible vote in House Education Committee on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Urge your legislators to oppose HB 200 and prioritize providing resources to the students in our traditional public schools; the choice of 90% of Ohio families.  Use the OEA Action Center to take action by writing your legislator to support HB 572 by clicking here.

 

HB 540 – OEA Supported OTES Reform Bill Scheduled for a Possible Committee Vote

HB 540 (R-Gavarone/R-Manning) was scheduled for a possible vote in the Ohio House Education Committee on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. HB 540 would implement the OTES reforms recommended by the teacher-majority Educator Standards Board. These reforms would restructure teacher evaluations so they are teacher-driven and student-focused. The bill eliminates the stand-alone 50% student growth measure evaluation factor.

The OEA strongly supports HB 540, which is sponsored by Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Rep. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville). In a prior House Education Committee hearing, OEA members Jeanne Cerniglia and Jonathan Juravich testified in support of HB 540. Jonathan is an art educator with Olentangy Local Schools at Liberty Tree Elementary. He is also the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Jeanne is a middle school math teacher in Southeast Local Schools (Wayne County), as well as a member of the Educator Standards Board (ESB) that recommended the OTES reforms that appear in HB 540. Use the OEA Action Center to take action by writing your legislator to support HB 540 by clicking here.

 

HB 87 – Local School Districts Stand to Recover Funds Lost to Troubled Charter Schools

OEA Government Relations delivered proponent testimony in support of HB 87 (R-Roegner) in the Ohio Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. This was the bill’s second hearing in the Senate. HB 87 is scheduled for a third committee hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2018.

The Ohio House passed HB 87 by a vote of 94-2 on March 7, 2018. OEA worked with Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and the bill’s bi-partisan co-sponsors to secure overwhelming support for this important charter school financial accountability bill. HB 87 requires any public funds that are reclaimed by the state based on a finding of recovery against a charter school for fraudulently over-reporting enrollment to be returned to the school districts from which the funds were initially deducted. Ohio law is currently silent on where the state should send these recovered funds.

 

HB 21 – Stronger Residency Verification for Charter Students will Protect Districts from Erroneous Per-Pupil Deductions

OEA supported HB 21 (R-Hambley) is scheduled for a possible vote in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. OEA Government Relations delivered proponent testimony on HB 21 in a prior committee hearing. HB 21 will establish stronger charter student residency verification requirements, which will better ensure that per-pupil deductions are sourced from the district in which a student actually lives (as opposed to a district a charter school erroneously claims a student lives in). The Ohio House passed HB 21 by a vote of 94-0.

 

HB 591 – OEA Supports School Report Card Reforms

HB 591 (R-Duffey) will receive its second hearing in the Ohio House Education Committee on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. OEA strongly supports HB 591, which creates a new state report card system to assess student performance and other measures for school districts, individual district buildings, charter schools, STEM schools, and college-preparatory boarding schools beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Importantly, HB 591 would end the use of arbitrary letter grades on report cards. Instead, seven benchmark performance measures would be used to show how districts and schools compare to others. Districts and schools would also have an opportunity to showcase their strengths by voluntarily including other information on report cards, such as unique enrichment and program offerings. Use the OEA Action Center to take action by writing your legislator to support HB 591 by clicking here.

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OEA Legislative Watch Archive

OEA Legislative Watch is the association’s newsletter covering the legislation and policies that affect public education employees.

2018

May 21, 2018
•  Ohio SB 246 — Changes to Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions for Ohio’s Youngest Learners — Passes
•  HB 200 — Vouchers —  Scheduled for a Possible Committee Vote
•  HB 54 — OEA Supported OTES Reform — Scheduled for a Possible Committee Vote
•  HB 87 – Local School Districts Stand to Recover Funds Lost to Troubled Charter Schools
•  HB 21 – Stronger Residency Verification for Charter Students will Protect Districts from Erroneous Per-Pupil Deductions
•  HB 591 – OEA Supports School Report Card Reforms

 

 

 

April 23, 2018
OEA Supports Bill to Fix OPERS Service Credit for County Board Employees; HB 540: OEA Members Testify in Support of OTES Reform Legislation; HB 591: OEA Supports School Report Card Reforms

March 26, 2018
House Bill 540 – OTES Reform Bill Receives Sponsor Testimony from Rep. Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Rep. Manning (R-North Ridgeville); Senate Bill 216 Passed by Ohio Senate; Heads to Houses for Further Consideration

March 12, 2018
Senate Bill 246 Seeks Changes to Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions for Ohio’s Youngest Learners; OEA Testifies in Opposition to Education Consolidation Bill; SB 216 – OTES Reform Long-Sought by OEA Passes Senate Education Committee; HB 98 – Senate Education Committee Passes Bill to Provide Students More Information About Careers in the Skilled Trades; Other Education Amendments Included; Local School Districts Stand to Recover Money Lost to Troubled Charter Schools with the House Passage of HB 87

March 2, 2018
Kasich Administration Voices Support for Education Consolidation; Senate Bill 216 – Public School “Deregulation Act” Continues to Receive Hearings; School District Report Card Reform Discussions Unfold

February 16, 2018
Legislation Introduced to Consolidate Education Departments

February 9, 2018
OEA Supports Teacher Evaluation Reforms in Senate Bill 240; OEA Opposes Senate Bill 216 – Public School “Deregulation”, Ohio General Assembly Passes Bi-Partisan Congressional Redistricting Plan

2017

December 15, 2017
Attend OEA Member Lobby Day on January 31, 2018

October 12, 2017
Sen. Huffman Introduces Senate Bill 216; Wide-Range of Public Education Provisions

July 28, 2017
OEA Analysis of Recently-Signed State Budget

July 6, 2017
Ohio House Acts to Override Some of Kasich’s Budget Vetoes

June 29, 2017
Legislature Passes Budget Bill and Sends to Governor Kasich

June 16, 2017
Senate Unveils Substitute Version of Budget Bill

May 19, 2017
OEA Testifies in Senate on K-12 Portion of Budget Bill

May 5, 2017
Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

April 28, 2017
House Finance Committee Unveils Substitute Budget Bill

March 31, 2017
Workgroup Recommends Graduation Alternatives for Class of 2018

March 17, 2017
ODE to Submit ESSA Plan in September and OEA Members Share Views on High School Graduation Requirements

March 10, 2017
OEA President Testifies on State’s Draft ESSA Plan and K-12 Portion of Budget Bill, and Opposes Bill Aimed at Voucher Expansion

February 17, 2017
State Budget Includes Teacher “Externships” Requirement for Licensure Renewal & HB 53

February 6, 2017
Governor’s Proposed School District Funding Released

2016

May 6, 2016
OEA President Becky Higgins Testifies in Support of E-School Accountability Bill

April 14, 2016
OEA Voices Support for Senate Bill 241

February 10, 2016
“Gotcha” School Employee Penalty Removed from Sub. HB 420 by Ohio House Education Committee

January 29, 2016
Sub. HB 420:  OEA Strongly Opposes “Gotcha” School Employee Penalty Regarding Opt-Outs

2015

November 6, 2015
HB 2:  Governor signs bill overhauling oversight of charter schools

October 27, 2015
Legislature Moves to Restore $44 Million in Tangible Personal Property Tax Supplemental Aid to School Districts

October 7, 2015
HB 2:  Long-awaited Charter School Reform Package Passes Ohio House & Senate

July 10, 2015
OEA Analysis of Recently-Signed State Budget

July 1, 2015
Kasich Exercises Veto Authority – Reduces Funding for School Districts – and Signs Budget Bill

June 26, 2015
HB 2 – Charter School Reform Bill Supported by OEA Passes Unanimously in Ohio Senate

June 25, 2015
Last minute, surprise legislative amendment sets the stage for state takeover of Youngstown City Schools

June 12, 2015
Senate Unveils Substitute Version of Budget Bill

May 22, 2015
OEA Testifies in Support of Charter School Reform – Senate Bill 148

May 15, 2015
House Passes Its Version of Testing Reform

May 1, 2015
Testing Committee Makes Recommendations

April 24, 2015
Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

April 17, 2015
House Finance Committee Unveils Substitute Budget Bill

March 27, 2015
Committee on Testing Establishes Website for Public Input

March 20, 2015
HB 2 – Charter School Reform Bill Receives 20 Amendments, but Many Key Changes Rejected

March 13, 2015
OEA Identifies Priorities Around Student Testing

March 6, 2015
OEA Testifies on K-12 Portion of Budget Bill

February 27, 2015
Senate Education Committee Passes Student “Safe Harbor” Legislation (HB 7)

February 11, 2015
OEA Statement on Governor Kasich’s Proposed K-12 Funding Formula

February 6, 2015
Kasich Releases Executive Budget Proposal

February 2, 2015
Senate Committee to Hold Testing Hearings

2014

December 19, 2014
House Bill 367 Packed with Education Provisions Before Being Sent to Governor

December 17, 2014
Preserve Free Choice of Provider for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities

December 12, 2014
Bipartisan Redistricting Proposal Clears Ohio Senate

December 5, 2014
HB 343 Passes Ohio House After Being Amended to Keep Current Law Regarding School Salary Schedules

November 21, 2014
House Bill 343:  Eliminates Minimum Teacher Salaries and Single Salary Schedule

November 14, 2014
HB 343 Amendment Would Eliminate Teacher Minimum Salaries & Single Salary Schedules for All School Employees

June 5, 2014
Teacher Evaluation Language Good “First Step, but More Fixes are Needed”

May 23, 2014
Mid-Biennium Review Bills Pass the Senate

May 15, 2014
Second House Version of Senate Bill 229 – Still a Bad Bill

April 11, 2014
Mid-Biennium Review Bills Head to the Senate

March 28, 2014
Sub. SB 229: Teacher Evaluation Bill Intended to Provide More Local Flexibility is Turned Upside Down by House Education Committee

March 20, 2014
HB 472: Mid-Biennium Reveiw Bill Introduced

March 20, 2014
Analysis of HB 472 as Introduced

March 12, 2014
Long Awaited Resolution to Calamity Days Bill

February 28, 2014
Governor Outlines Education Proposals in State of the State

February 21, 2014
Senate Bill 229 Gets First Hearing

January 24, 2014
Ohio House Passes OEA Opposed House Bill 8