Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee met this week and held a hearing on House Bill (HB) 7 sponsored by Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville). This bill would prohibit student scores on the new PARCC assessments for this school year from being used to make promotion or retention decisions or to grant course credit. Before passing the bill, the committee added an amendment that would protect districts from losing state foundation funding if students opt out of the state assessments.
The committee also heard Senate Bill (SB) 3 sponsored by Senate President Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). This legislation would make changes to the law regarding the amount of time spent on student testing. SB 3 also provides relief from mandates for all districts and relief from additional provisions of the law for high-performing districts. The following superintendents offered proponent testimony:
• Thomas L. Hosler II, Perrysburg EV
• Scot T. Prebles, Brecksville-Broadview Heights City
• Brian Poe, Copley-Fairlawn City
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) on HB 74. This legislation addresses the administration of state primary and secondary education assessments. The committee is expected to hold additional hearings on the bill during the next couple of weeks.
House Primary and Secondary Education Funding Subcommittee
The House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education met and heard testimony on the budget bill from Dr. Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, and several staff members from the Ohio Department of Education.
OSBA, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials will be offering testimony Thursday, March 5.
Public testimony has tentatively been set for the following dates:
• Wednesday, March 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Thursday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Following is a list of new education-related bills introduced this week and the legislators sponsoring them:
• HB 89: Rep. Anthony DeVitis (R-Green) — regarding the Medicaid School Program.
• SB 85: Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) — to limit the right to initiate most types of property tax complaints to the property owner and the county recorder of the county in which the property is located.
• SB 92: Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) — to require the State Board of Education to establish criteria and procedures for the awarding of school safety funds to districts.
• SB 93: Schiavoni — to require the State Board of Education to establish criteria and procedures for the awarding of bullying prevention and education funds to districts.
• SB 94: Sens. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) regarding the Medicaid School Program.
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