The Ohio House and Senate wrapped up their work this week and began the summer recess. The General Assembly is not expected to return until after the November election. Although, it’s rumored that members may return for a few days in September.
The Ohio House voted 85-6 to pass House Bill (HB) 85, which would require age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention. The bill is now headed to the Senate for consideration.
The House voted 69-16 to pass HB 383, which would require one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy in the high school curriculum. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
HB 441 was approved by a vote of 69-16. This bill wouldpermit a student enrolled in a nonpublic school to participate in interscholasticactivities at the school district in which the student's nonpublic school is located so long as certain criteria are met. The bill also would prohibit a student who participates in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program from being denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics offered by the student's school, solely due to the student's participation in CCP. This bill is headed to the Senate for consideration
The Ohio Senate voted 33-0 to pass HB 113, which would require public schools to provide students with instruction in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. This bill is now headed to the governor for his signature.
The Senate also passed Senate Bill (SB) 247. This bill would require a school district board of education that opts not to comply (for financial reasons) with a requirement to offer summer food services to allow an approved summer food service program sponsor to use a school facility if at least one-half of the students in the facility's attendance area are eligible for free lunches. This bill is now headed to the House for consideration.
Senate Education Committee
The Senate Education Committee held a hearing on HB 113, which would require schools to provide students with instruction in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators for students and certain school employees. The committee adopted several amendments before passing the bill. They include:
• removing “GED” in the Ohio Revised Code and replacing it with “High School Equivalency Exam” and allowing the state to contract with multiple vendors;
• allowing the Ohio Department of Education to cover the costs of College Credit Plus (CCP) at chartered nonpublic schools through the Auxiliary Services Reimbursement Fund;
• allowing schools to use economically disadvantaged funds to recruit graduates of the state’s Alternative Principal License program;
• extending contract consequences to charter school teachers;
• narrowing the purview of the Joint Education Oversight Committee;
• making changes to career-technical school spending;
• delaying the implementation of CPR training in schools until the 2017-18 school year;
• allowing JVSD boards of education with more than 30 members to submit an application to the superintendent of public instruction to stagger board members’ terms of office.
The committee also heard proponent testimony on HB 410. This bill would prevent districts from expelling or suspending students for truancy and require districts to establish absence intervention teams.
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee heard testimony on HB 556, which would make boundaries permanent for certain school districts that are parties to an annexation agreement.
The committee adopted a substitute version of HB 441 before passing the bill. 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 also would 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. OSBA in partnership with the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) and Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) offered opponent testimony. Click here to read the testimony.
The committee also passed HB 459. This bill would permit the state auditor to conduct a performance audit of an ESC. The bill would require the state auditor to conduct a comprehensive performance audit of all ESCs in the state within three years of the bill's effective date. HB 459 also would permit the State Board of Education to use the state auditor’s comprehensive performance audit report to determine what a "high-performing" ESC is for funding purposes.
The committee also passed HB 487. This legislation would require the State Board to establish the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy, which may be attached or affixed to the transcripts of qualifying students.
The committee adopted a substitute version of HB 383 before passing the bill. This bill would require one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy in the high school curriculum. OSBA in partnership with BASA and OASBO offered interested party testimony. Click here to see the testimony.
The committee also adopted a substitute version of HB 148 before passing the bill. This legislationwould require the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to give a school district first priority for funding a project under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program if that district results from a transfer, merger, consolidation or creation of a new local district, effective between July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2018, and has demonstrated to the commission an efficient use of facility space.
The committee heard sponsor testimony on HB 544 from Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield). This bill would allow high school students to take a civics assessment instead of the American government end-of-course examination.
The committee also heard sponsor testimony on HB 498 from Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard). This bill deals with the expulsion of a student for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.
House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education
The subcommittee heard a presentation on HB 474 from the Department of Higher Education. Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) has indicated the committee will be taking action on the bill when lawmakers return from 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 passed SB 247. This bill would require districts to allow summer meals sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services.
House Health and Aging Committee
The House Health and Aging Committee passed SB 252, which relates to sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletic activities.
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