Posted by Van D. Keating on 2/20/2019

On February 15, Ohio school districts received a guidance document from the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Educator Licensure designed to help schools and teachers meet the new July 1

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 1/18/2019

In conjunction with its five-year strategic plan, Each Child Our Future, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is restructuring its operations. ODE will be structured into four centers:

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 11/20/2018

Yesterday, the State Board of Education and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) made the proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule on transportation of students with disabilities (

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 10/5/2018

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released a “parents’ guide” that is designed to help parents and guardians understand the flexibility provided to states and school districts by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

According to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy…

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 9/27/2018

Just last month, the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction released Ohio’s five-year strategic plan for education, titled Each Child, Our Future. The plan, which is available on the

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 7/23/2018

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has announced

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has announced a new school funding pilot program and an interactive resource for data on English Learners (ELs).

Posted by Megan E. Greulich on 1/17/2018

On Jan. 16, via press release, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced the approval of Ohio’s state plan submitted as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ohio was one of 11 states receiving DOE plan approval, including Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Ohio’s plan was unanimously approved by the State Board on July 11, 2017, and subsequently submitted to DOE on Sept. 15, 2017. The press release highlighted some unique features of Ohio’s plan, including its focus on serving…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 10/25/2017

Two state agencies have recently prepared new resources for school districts: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) updated its truancy and attendance guidance, and the Ohio History Connection (OHC) added resources for properly managing local government records.

Truancy and discipline resources

House Bill (HB) 410, passed last year by the Ohio General Assembly, altered state attendance and truancy laws. Since the bill…

Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 8/25/2017

ODE proposes amendments to rules on licenses for substitutes and alternative resident educators

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently filed a set of rule amendments related to temporary licenses. In part, the changes proposed by ODE are based on legislative amendments and on feedback from school districts.  Among the key rule amendments are: