Senate Education Committee
The committee accepted another version of House Bill (HB) 154 during its third hearing. The revised bill would maintain the proposed School Transformation Board and school improvement committees. Click here for a description of the new substitute bill. The committee is expected to accept amendments to and vote on the bill before the end of September.

The…

Senate Education Committee
The committee accepted a substitute version of House Bill (HB) 154 during its second hearing. The revised bill would create a five-member panel, called the School Transformation Board, charged with overseeing improvement efforts in school districts with persistently low report card grades, among other responsibilities. 

The bill also would designate school districts with “improvement” status if they received two consecutive overall F…

State budget activity
Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 166, the state biennial budget bill. Before approving the legislation, the governor line-item vetoed 25 provisions, seven of which would have impacted our members. Click here for a discussion of the vetoes.

Funding simulations
Funding simulations for fiscal years 2021…

State budget activity
Despite growing concern from Gov. Mike DeWine, a compromise on the two-year state budget has not yet been reached by House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina). If a deal is not agreed to by Wednesday, July 17, legislators will be forced to pass another temporary funding extension. Both the House and Senate have “if-needed” sessions scheduled on July 17.

News reports indicate that Householder and Obhof have agreed that the budget will declare a moratorium on the establishment of new academic…

State budget activity
No official activity took place this week at the Statehouse. However, negotiations continued among the leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate and Gov. Mike DeWine as they finalize the items of disagreement in House Bill 166, the two-year state budget bill. Prior to this week, lawmakers passed a 17-day interim budget - Senate Bill 171 - to provide…

State budget activity
The Conference Committee considering House Bill (HB) 166, the two-year state budget bill, has yet to release its report. With the June 30 budget deadline looming, only two scheduled session days remain for the House and Senate to agree on budget changes and send the bill to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature. If the legislature cannot meet the June 30 deadline, a temporary, two-week spending bill is reportedly being considered to fund state…

Senate activity
The Senate passed House Bill (HB) 166 by a vote of 33-0. Before the two-year state budget bill reached the Senate floor, the Senate Finance Committee made several changes to the legislation, including:
• implementing long-term graduation requirement changes, which were crafted jointly by Ohio Excels, the Fordham Institute and the Alliance for High-Quality Education;
• removing the provisions that eliminated academic distress commissions (HB 154…

Senate Finance Committee
The committee accepted its version of House Bill (HB) 166, the state budget bill. Click here for a synopsis of the changes made by the committee. The committee is expected to make additional changes to the bill early next week, followed quickly by a full vote of the Senate.

Witnesses included:
• Robert A. Hancock, treasurer, Hamilton City,…

Senate Finance Committee
The committee heard testimony on House Bill (HB) 166, which makes appropriations for the state operating budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, including the school-funding formula. 

The following school district representatives offered testimony: 
•…

Senate Finance Committee
The committee heard testimony on House Bill (HB) 166, which makes appropriations for the state operating budget for fiscal years (FY) 2020 and 2021, including the school-funding formula. OSBA and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators offered joint testimony on the bill, which can be accessed…