Superintendent’s Legislative Update

In an effort to keep our community informed about legislative activity pertaining to education, the most recent update is as follows (Facts in a Flash, Jennifer Hogue, Ohio School Boards Association, 2015):

The 131st General Assembly opened this week. Both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate conducted swearing-in ceremonies and seated new leadership teams.

House opening session

New House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) addressed the 131st Ohio House. During his remarks, he stated that his leadership style will be very much like that of the previous House Speaker William J. Batchelder (R-Medina). He plans to allow the members of his caucus to drive the policy agenda, and will rely on his committee chairmen to assist in making policy decisions.

Rosenberger also shared that he wants to set a long-term plan that he has dubbed Ohio 2020. This plan will put in place specific education and economic goals for the state to accomplish in the next six years. He also indicated that a review of the state’s public school-funding system will likely be part of the House’s work.

Senate opening session

Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) asked members to consider what schools are being asked to spend their dollars on and how much of their budgets go to fulfill state mandates. He also asked them to think about the diversity of school districts across the state when they propose sweeping education measures. “Why do we hold everybody to the same structure?” Faber stated. “It’s time for education deregulation.”

 State Board of Education Appointments

Earlier this week Governor John R. Kasich re-appointed the following individuals to serve four-year terms on the State Board of Education.

  • Cathye Flory of Logan
  • Tess Elshoff of New Knoxville
  • Tom Gunlock of Centerville
  • Joe Farmer of Baltimore

Thank you to the Ohio School Boards association for providing Facts in a Flash.

Please contact Dr. Hill with questions or comments.