This week the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 235 by a vote of 22-11. This bill would exempt from property tax the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned until construction of new facilities begins on the property. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.
The Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 410 this week by a vote of 92-1. This legislation would revise Ohio’s truancy laws and require the creation of absence intervention teams in schools and districts. This bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee heard proponent testimony on HB 113. This bill would require instruction in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators.
The committee also heard proponent testimony on HB 425. This legislation deals with student religious expression.
House Education Committee
By a vote of 11-7, the House Education Committee passed HB 481 dealing with voucher students who opt out of state assessments. The committee added an amendment to the bill that would remove the safe harbor for schools and districts as it pertains to EdChoice voucher eligibility. If the bill passes, this amendment would allow new schools to be added to the EdChoice eligibility list for the 2016-17 school year.
The committee also passed HB 438 by a vote of 18-0. This bill would recognize the week before Thanksgiving each year as Ohio Public Education Week.
The committee also considered HB 524 to review the Value-Added Student Growth Measure on the state report cards. Dr. Jim Mahoney with Battelle for Kids provided a presentation and answered questions on the use of the valued-added measure.
Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) offered sponsor testimony on HB 459. This bill would allow the state auditor to conduct performance audits of educational service centers. The bill also would require a comprehensive performance audit of all educational service centers.
House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education
The subcommittee held a hearing on HB 474, which addresses the coordination and administration of higher education programs and the College Credit Plus program. The committee heard testimony from Utah-based Western Governors University in support of the bill.
Senate Finance Committee
The Senate Finance Committee heard sponsor testimony from Sen. Edna Brown (D-Toledo) on SB 247. This bill would require districts to allow summer meals sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services.
The committee also heard from several proponents of SB 298. This bill deals with community school operator contracts and the operations of e-schools. OSBA partnered with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials to offer proponent testimony. Click here for a copy of our remarks.
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