It’s that time of year to start gearing up for Capital Conference. Capital Conference will take place November 8-11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Nominate a speaker or propose a topic online here.
In many school districts in Ohio and across the country, families are attempting to "opt out" of mandated state assessments, particularly those aligned to the Common Core. Opt-out requests can take several forms. In some cases, parents choose to keep their children home from school on test and make-up days. In others, the student comes to school on test day, but refuses to take the test. Other parents will send a letter to school on test day or in advance, stating that their child should not be required to take the test.
Voting on matters of business that come before the board is an important duty for school board members. Whenever possible, board members are encouraged to take a stand and cast a vote. An abstention is considered as a “not voting,” which means that it’s neither a vote in favor nor a vote against the motion being made. Sometimes, an abstention makes the difference in whether a motion receives the required number of votes to pass.
Did you know that the online Ohio Sex Offender Registry (http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=55149) has some newer features that can help you and your staff keep track of offenders added to the database in your area via email alerts and a "reverse lookup" that can link unidentified phone numbers or email addresses with registered sex offenders
As a result of House Bill (HB) 487, community (AKA charter) school and STEM school students may now participate in extracurricular activities in certain school districts under RC 3313.537. The changes became effective on September 17, 2014.
What are the changes?