Ohio Senate Activity
This week, the Senate voted unanimously to pass House Bill (HB) 7, which would provide a safe harbor for students taking the PARCC assessments this year. The legislation would prohibit using student scores on these new tests from being used in decisions about promotion, retention and granting course credit. The bill also contains a provision that prohibits the state from withholding foundation funding should a district have a large number of parents who opt their students out of state assessments. The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence.
Ohio House Education Committee
The House Education Committee heard testimony on HB 2, which addresses community (charter) school accountability. Auditor of State Dave Yost discussed his recent community school attendance audit and provided the committee with his legislative recommendations. OSBA, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) provided written testimony. Click here
for a copy of that testimony.
House Primary and Secondary Education Funding Subcommittee
The House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education heard testimony Wednesday on HB 64, the biennial budget. Testifying were representatives from KnowledgeWorks, the College Board, Innovation Ohio and StudentsFirst. On Thursday, the committee heard testimony from OSBA, BASA, OASBO, Dr. Howard Fleeter of the Ohio Education Policy Institute, the Alliance for High Quality Education, the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, the Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers. Click here
for a copy of the testimony provided by OSBA, BASA and OASBO. Click here
for a copy of Fleeter’s testimony.
New education-related bill
Rep. Michael Curtain (D-Marble Cliff) introduced HB 99 this week. The legislation would require that an amount equal to state income tax collections, less amounts contributed to the Ohio political party fund via the income tax check-off, be distributed for the support of elementary, secondary, vocational and special education programs.
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