House Education Committee
The House Education Committee held another hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 3, sponsored by Sens. Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). SB 3 would remove various mandates on districts and schools. The committee is expected to accept a substitute version of the bill at a future meeting.
The committee passed House Bill (HB) 113 that would require instruction in CPR and using an automated external defibrillator. Before passing the bill, the committee accepted a substitute bill that removed the requirement that students complete CPR as a graduation requirement.
Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) provided testimony on HB 401. This legislation would add new requirements for private schools.
The committee also heard HB 410, with Reps. Jeffrey Rezabek (R-Clayton) and Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) offering sponsor testimony. HB 410 seeks to address habitual and chronic truancy and compulsory school attendance.
The final bill before the committee was HB 420, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson). This legislation would prohibit the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) from including students who opt out of state assessments in calculations of certain grades in the state report card. The committee heard both sponsor and proponent testimony on the bill. A substitute version of the bill was accepted that includes the following provisions that would:
• require ODE to issue two sets of scores for the 2014-2015 school year, one including opt outs and one without opt outs;
• provide penalties for teachers who encourage parents to opt their children out of state exams.
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