The Ohio General Assembly wrapped up its work on House Bill (HB) 64, the biennial budget, this week. The conference committee met late on Wednesday night and approved its report by a vote of 4-2. Click here for a copy of the eAlert sharing more detail on the conference committee report. The Senate met Thursday and accepted the conference committee report by a vote of 23-9. The House met Friday and accepted the report by a vote of 62 to 33. The bill is now headed to Gov. John R. Kasich for potential line-item vetoes and his signature. Click here for a copy of our veto request letter to the governor.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee met twice this week and passed the following bills:
- Senate Bill (SB) 130 (Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville), to designate October as Disability History and Awareness Month.
- SB 168 (Sen. LaRose, R-Copley), to require EMIS to include information about persons at whom a student’s violent behavior was directed and to require the Ohio Department of Education to submit a one-time report to the General Assembly regarding that information.
- HB 70 (Reps. Denise Driehaus, D-Cincinnati and Andrew Brenner, R-Powell), to authorize school districts and community schools to initiate a community learning center process to assist and guide school restructuring. (Please see the following for more information on this legislation.)
Academic Distress Commission legislation
On Wednesday, the Ohio General Assembly approved a last-minute amendment to HB 70 (School Restructuring). The amendment restructures how and when the state intervenes in the operations of districts receiving failing report card grades and those with academic distress commissions. The amendment — rushed through in just one day — was introduced and accepted in the Senate Education Committee in the morning, approved by the full Senate in the afternoon by a vote of 18-14 and passed by the full House that evening by a vote of 55-40. Click here for a complete list of provisions included in HB 70. Click here for a special message from OSBA on this legislation.
Charter reform legislation
Another bill making its way through the Statehouse this week was HB 2 (Reps. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, and Mike Dovilla, R-Berea) regarding community school reform. The Senate Finance Education Subcommittee accepted and passed a substitute version the bill on Thursday evening. Click here for the Legislative Service Commission comparative synopsis of the bill. The Ohio Senate passed the bill by a vote of 30-0 later that evening. The legislation is now headed to the House for consideration of the Senate’s amendments.
New education-related bill
• HB 274: Rep. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) — to create a subprogram of the College Credit Plus Program that permits students to participate in certified apprenticeship programs.
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