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):

Senate Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee met this week and heard sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 7 from Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville). This bill 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 also heard Senate Bill (SB) 3 sponsored by Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). 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. The Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials offered interested party testimony on the bill. Click here for a copy of the testimony. The committee also heard from Steve Rose, superintendent of Russia Local (Shelby) Schools who offered testimony in support of the bill.

House Education Committee

The House Education Committee heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) on HB 25. This legislation would require 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.

The committee also held a hearing on HB 2 on community (charter) school accountability. The Ohio Education Association offered proponent testimony. Two organizations, the Ohio Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Ohio Association of Public Charter Schools offered interested party testimony.

House Primary and Secondary Education Funding Subcommittee

The House Primary and Secondary Education Funding Subcommittee met and heard from Melaney Carter with the Legislative Service Commission. Carter provided the subcommittee with an overview of the current school-funding formula and the proposed changes in the biennial budget bill.

Click here for a spreadsheet of the Office of Budget and Management’s school funding projections with tangible personal property (TPP). Click here for the spreadsheet without TPP.

New bills

  • Senate Bill 59: Sen. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) — addresses the use of state-appropriated funds by operators of community schools.
  • House Bill (HB) 70: Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) — would authorize school districts and community schools to initiate a community learning center process to assist and guide school restructuring.
  • HB 74: Brenner — addresses the administration of state primary and secondary education assessments.

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

Please contact Dr. Hill with questions or comments.