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 twice this week for hearings on two bills. The committee conducted its second hearing on House Bill 2 on community (charter) school accountability.

The committee also held a hearing House Bill 7, which would prohibit student scores on the new PARCC assessments for this school year from being used to make promotion or retention decisions or to grant course credit. The committee passed the bill unanimously and sent it to the full House, where it passed 94-0.

House Finance and Appropriations Committee

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee heard testimony on the biennial budget from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross. Ross spoke to the education provisions in the state budget proposal.

Click here for a copy of his testimony.

Senate Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee met this week and heard sponsor testimony from Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) on Senate Bill 3. This legislation would make changes to the law regarding the amount of time spent on student testing. SB 3 also provides relief from mandates for all districts and relief from additional provisions of the law for high-performing districts.

New bills

Following is a list of new education-related bills introduced this week and the legislators sponsoring them:

  • Senate Bill 34: Sen. Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) — addresses school district policies for violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior.
  • House Bill 39: Reps. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Tony DeVitis (R-Green) — permits schools and camps to procure and use a metered-dose inhaler or dry-powdered inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms in accordance with prescribed policies and exempts them from licensing requirements related to possession of these inhalers.
  • House Bill 43: Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown) — revises the law governing the classroom facilities assistance program and restores the application of the 10% and 2.5% property tax rollbacks to school district tax levies.
  • House Bill 54: Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) — revises the law regarding terms of office of members of certain joint vocational school district boards of education.
  • House Bill 55: Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) — specifies deadlines for administering reading skills assessments for purposes of the third-grade reading guarantee.
  • House Bill 64: Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) — makes operating appropriations for the biennium.

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

Please contact Dr. Hill with questions or comments.