Governor Signs House Bill 404 into Law – Impacts Remote Meetings, Teacher and Administrator Evaluations, and More

By Katie Johnson posted 11-24-2020 04:47 PM


Today, Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill (HB) 404. The bill contains an emergency clause, which means that it takes immediate effect.

HB 404 extends the temporary authorization for members of a public body, including a board of education, to hold and attend meetings or hearings via electronic technology until July 1, 2021. The current authority would have expired Dec. 1, 2020.

Also included in HB 404 are components of SB 358, which include:

  • A provision exempting districts from penalties for not administering to a student the fall administration of any diagnostic assessment, kindergarten readiness assessment (KRA), or third-grade English language arts assessment if a student is quarantined, medically compromised, remote learning, or is subject to a stay-at-home order;
  • A provision providing flexibility and exemptions regarding routine, state-required health screenings for kindergarten and first-grade students that must normally be completed annually by Nov. 1; and
  • An extension through the 2020-21 school year of the provisions from HB 197 and HB 164 with regard to teacher and administrator evaluations, including a prohibition against the use of student growth measures in evaluations and the right of a Board of Education to determine if evaluations are impossible or impracticable.

However, the temporary pauses in state testing and state report cards from SB 358 are not included in HB 404. Please continue to encourage lawmakers to address these issues.

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