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):

Budget Update

The Senate Finance Education Subcommittee held two hearings this week on House Bill (HB) 64, the biennial budget. The Ohio School Boards Association offered testimony in concert with the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. Click here for a copy of the testimony. Dr. Howard Fleeter, a consultant with the Ohio Education Policy Institute, also offered testimony on HB 64. Click here for a copy of Fleeter’s testimony.

House Education Committee

The House Education Committee met and passed HB 70. This legislation would authorize school districts and community schools to initiate a community learning center process to assist and guide school restructuring.

The committee also heard sponsor testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 3 from Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). This bill would exempt school districts that meet specified criteria from certain state laws. In addition, the bill would also limit the amount of time spent testing, provide flexibilities for all districts, and make changes to the alternative teacher evaluation framework.

House State Government Committee

The House State Government Committee held a hearing on HB 114, which would require the Ohio Board of Building Standards to adopt rules for the use of a barricade device on a school door in an emergency situation, and would prohibit the state fire code from prohibiting the use of the device in such a situation. Two amendments were accepted by the committee. The first would allow institutions of higher education to use barricade devices. The second would allow for the use of barricades during active shooter drills.

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

Please contact Dr. Hill with questions or comments.