This week, the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 438 by a vote of 84-1. This bill would designate the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving Day as Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee heard sponsor testimony on HB 410 from Reps. Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) and Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton). This bill would prevent districts from expelling or suspending students for truancy and would require districts to establish absence intervention teams.
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee heard sponsor testimony on HB 556 from Reps. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Heather Bishoff (D-Jefferson Township). This bill would make boundaries permanent for certain school districts that are parties to an annexation agreement.
The committee also heard proponent testimony on HB 441. This legislation would allow a student enrolled in a nonpublic school to participate in interscholastic activities at a school district that is not their resident district under certain circumstances. The bill would also prohibit a student in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program from being denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics solely due to participation in CCP.
The committee also heard a presentation on value-added from the SAS Institute Inc.
House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education
The subcommittee held two hearings this week on HB 474, which addresses the coordination and administration of higher education programs and the College Credit Plus program. OSBA would like to thank all of the members who testified before the committee and those who submitted written testimony. Chair Duffey indicated that the committee will not be taking action on this bill until the fall when lawmakers return from their summer recess. Please continue to have discussions with legislators over the summer about how CCP impacts your district.
Senate Finance Committee
The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 247. This bill would require districts to allow summer meals sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services. No witnesses were present.
The committee also received written testimony in support of SB 298. This bill deals with community school operator contracts and the operations of e-schools.
House Health and Aging Committee
The House Health and Aging Committee heard proponent testimony on SB 252. This legislation deals with sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletic activities.
Senate Bill 3: charter school changes
It is reported that SB 3, the “education mandate relief” bill, could see action next week and be sent to the governor soon. House Education Chair Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) told reporters that an omnibus amendment had been prepared and that other changes are being considered. He also stated that he is still interested in making changes to the charter school sponsor evaluation law.
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