House Education Committee
The House Education Committee heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) on House Bill (HB) 399. This legislation would increase the funding available for home-schooled students to take College Credit Plus courses.
The committee also heard proponent testimony on HB 212, sponsored by Andy Thompson (R-Marietta). This bill would make changes to assessments, standards and teacher evaluations.
The final bill before the committee was HB 420, sponsored by Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson). The bill was amended to remove a provision that was added during the committee’s previous meeting that would have provided penalties for teachers who encourage parents to opt their children out of state exams. As the bill currently stands, it would require the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to make changes to a few report card indicators to account for students who chose to opt out of the state assessments. This bill was placed on hold after ODE announced earlier this week that it would issue additional calculations that do not include opted-out students when report cards are released Feb. 25.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee heard sponsor testimony from Reps. Louis W. Blessing III (R-Cincinnati) and Jeffery S. Rezabek (R-Clayton) on HB 299. This legislation would allow the temporary, legal or permanent custodian of a qualified child to apply for the Autism Scholarship Program.
The committee also heard sponsor testimony from Sens. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) and Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) on Senate Bill (SB) 252. This legislation deals with sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletic activities.
House Community and Family Advancement Committee
The House Community and Family Advancement Committee held its first hearing on HB 425 and heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township). This bill deals with student religious expression.
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