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):

House Education Committee

The House Education Committee met on Wednesday and held first hearings on two bills. Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) offered sponsor testimony on House Bill 2 regarding community school accountability. The committee also heard from Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) on House Bill 7 regarding state assessments.

House Finance and Appropriations Committee

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee met and heard testimony on the biennial budget from Timothy S. Keen, director of the Office of Budget and Management. Keen provided an overview of the governor’s state budget proposal.

Senate Education Committee

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) announced that she will hold several hearings to explore the issue of assessments. She began this week with several panels of superintendents who shared their thoughts and suggestions on Ohio’s assessment system. More hearings are expected in the coming weeks.

New Bills

  • House Bill 2 (Dovilla, Roegner) deals with sponsorship and management of community schools.
  • House Bill 7 (Buchy) prohibits individual student scores from tests administered in the 2014-15 school year from being used to determine promotion or retention or to grant course credit, and to make changes regarding the administration of the high school end-of-course examinations.
  • House Bill 25 (Kunze) requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules regarding the sale of beverages and food during the regular school day in connection with a school-sponsored fundraiser.
  • Senate Bill 3 (Hite, Faber) exempts high performing school districts from certain laws; revise the law regarding the administration of state assessments; permit school districts to contract with hospitals, healthcare professionals and educational service centers for school health services; revise the competitive bidding threshold for school building and repair contracts; and require the Ohio School Facilities Commission to develop a legislative proposal assisting high-performing school districts in purchasing technology, building expansion and physical alterations to improve school safety or security.
  • Senate Bill 20 (Schiavoni) audit and record-keeping requirements for community school sponsors and operators.

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

Please contact Dr. Hill with questions or comments.