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The House Ways and Means Committee heard proponent testimony this week on House Bill (HB) 458. HB 458 eliminates generally the option for a political subdivision or taxing authority to hold a special election in August, except when held at the same time as a special election to nominate or elect a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. HB 458 was referred to Committee late last month. Sponsor testimony was provided on November 9th, and proponent testimony on Tuesday, November 16th. We will keep members updated on future hearings. Click here for more on this bill.
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Thank you to all of our members who called their senators to voice concern and opposition to the proposed amendment and vote on HB 126, and to those who appeared at Senate Ways & Means Committee hearings over the last two weeks. The contacts and meetings members have had with their senators thus far have been very helpful in explaining the challenges these three bills create for districts and raising the necessary funds to educate students. Please continue to keep pressure on your senators! Particular thanks to the following individuals who provided testimony, whether in person or in written format for those hearings. Nicholas Ciarniello, Treasurer/CFO ...
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled another hearing on House Bill (HB) 126 for next Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the North Hearing Room. HB 126 is sponsored by Rep. Derek Merrin and would modify the Board of Revision (BOR) process for property valuation challenges. The committee was set to vote this week on the bill and an amendment that would eliminate a school board’s ability to file complaints and counter-complaints. However, testimony from school districts and your contacts with senators helped delay that action. We need to continue those contacts. Please consider testifying on HB 126 on Tuesday! If you are unable to do so, it is ...
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard opposition testimony yesterday for House Bill (HB) 126, the legislation sponsored by Rep. Merrin that modifies the Board of Revisions (BOR) process for property valuation challenges. Click here for the bill text, LSC Analysis and Fiscal Notes. HB 126 was made even more egregious with a proposed amendment that would eliminate a board of education’s right to file complaints and counter-complaints. We would like to thank our members who called their senators to voice concern and opposition to the proposed amendment and vote on HB 126. Your contacts and conversations helped to slow this deeply flawed legislation, but ...
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Opponent testimony for House Bill (HB) 126, the legislation sponsored by Rep. Merrin that modifies the Board of Revisions (BOR) process for property valuation challenges, has been scheduled in the Senate Ways and Means Committee for this Tuesday, November 9th, at 11:00 a.m. Please submit your testimony and witness slip to Maria.Rimmel@ohiosenate.gov by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8. The House has already passed this bill, so it is critical that the Senate Ways and Means Committee hear from you. We know that a majority of you will be in Columbus for the Capital Conference and ask that you please take a few minutes to join us at ...
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Yesterday, Governor DeWine signed Senate Bill (SB) 1, which includes two major components — financial literacy requirements and substitute flexibility. Financial Literacy SB 1 requires students who enter ninth grade on or after July 1, 2022, to complete one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy as part of the required high school curriculum. The bill exempts students who attend chartered nonpublic schools from the financial literacy requirement, unless they attend the school using a voucher. In addition, the bill: Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, requires that an educator must have a license validation in financial literacy to provide ...
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Last week, Ohio House Republicans unveiled House Bill (HB) 290 , referred to as the Backpack Bill, which would establish a statewide universal voucher program. HB 290, which is pending in the House Finance Committee, is sponsored by Reps. Marilyn John (R-Richland County) and Riordan McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and would create the Backpack Scholarship Program under which all students in Ohio would be eligible for $5,550 or $7,500 to be deposited into an education savings account to be used for private school tuition, tutoring, textbooks and other allowable uses. The bill would repeal the EdChoice and Cleveland voucher programs and retain the Autism and Jon ...
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Please continue your efforts to communicate the detrimental impact of three bills pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee – Property Valuation Challenges and the Board of Revisions Process (HB 126); Modification of Ballot Language and Election Notices (HB 140); and Community Reinvestment Areas (HB 123). Additional details and talking points on these three bills can be found in the e-Alert sent to members on September 14, also linked here . The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard sponsor and proponent testimony on HB 126 and HB 140, as well as sponsor testimony on HB 123. Opposition testimony on these bills is not anticipated in the next few weeks, ...
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Below is a summary of the school report card changes in House Bill 82. GENERAL Revises the state report card system for school districts, beginning with the report card issued for the 2021-2022 school year Requires the State Board of Education, in consultation with stakeholders and advocates, to adopt rules by March 31, 2022, to establish the performance criteria, benchmarks, and rating systems necessary to implement the new state report card; stakeholders include: Parents, community members, students, business leaders, and educators from different school typologies Establishes a 12-member state report card committee on July 1, 2023. The committee ...
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You can find information and the status of pending bills by using the OASBO Legislative Tracking Tool . The Legislative Tracking Tool is updated weekly when the General Assembly is in session. It provides information on pending legislation introduced by the 134th General Assembly that impacts public education. The bills are listed in descending order by the last action date. Links are included to the respective bill pages with additional information, such as the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) analysis and fiscal notes. As noted in the Tracking Tool, the Senate Ways & Means Committee held hearings on HB 126 (BOR Property Value Complaints Process) ...
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The OASBO Auditor of State (AOS) Advisory Committee, chaired by Larry Johnston (Cleveland Metropolitan School District), will meet on Nov. 8 for its quarterly meeting (location details to be determined). In addition to meeting with Chief Deputy Auditor Bob Hinkle, Auditor Keith Faber will join the group to provide an update from his office. Following Auditor Faber’s updates, Chief Deputy Auditor Hinkle will answer questions from the AOS Committee. Please submit any questions you have for the AOS office by replying to the thread on collaborate , or emailing them directly to Larry Johnston or Katie Johnson. We like to provide at least a week for Bob Hinkle ...
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The General Assembly is back in session, and of the education-related bills we are monitoring, there are three critical bills that have been assigned to the Senate Ways and Means Committee: Property Valuation Challenges and the Board of Revisions Process (HB 126); Modification of Ballot Language and Election Notices (HB 140); and Community Reinvestment Areas (HB 123). All three bills had testimony last week; however, opponent testimony has yet to be scheduled. We will keep members posted as to hearing dates, but in the interim, please work on your testimony. To recap, all three bills were voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Derek ...
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Recently, a subcommittee of the OASBO Ed Finance & ODE Advisory Committee was convened by Tom Siloy, Committee Chair, to review proposed updates to several Ohio Administrative Code rules, including a rule applicable to the five-year forecast. The proposed rule changes are part of an ongoing process at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to review and update Ohio Administrative Code rules. Currently, ODE is reviewing Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-92 , which consists of three different rules jointly adopted by the state superintendent of public instruction and the auditor of state: Rule Description ORC Section which Promulgates ...
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It is our pleasure to announce The Hearts and Souls Project—a collaboration of our three associations for the 2021-22 school year aimed at connecting our member schools and their legislators. The first step in advocacy is establishing a relationship with your state legislators. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a connection between your legislators and your school district by inviting your State Senator and House of Representatives member(s) into your schools. Many of our members have hosted their legislators in the past, but during the 2021-22 school year, we are asking our members to invite their legislators to their schools through The Hearts ...
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Introduction The first step in advocacy is establishing a relationship with your state legislators. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a connection between your legislators and your school district by inviting your state Senator and House of Representative member or members into your schools. Many of our members have already hosted their legislators, but during the 2021-22 school year, we are asking our members to invite their legislators to their schools through The Hearts and Souls Project. Sometimes, legislators make a judgment on the school districts they serve simply by looking at the district’s state report card. It’s important to show our ...
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The General Assembly is back in session this week. Of the education-related bills we are monitoring, there are three critical bills that have been assigned to the Senate Ways and Means Committee: Property Valuation Challenges and the Board of Revisions Process (HB 126); Modification of Ballot Language and Election Notices (HB 140); and Community Reinvestment Areas (HB 123). To recap, all three bills were voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township), and passed out of the House prior to the General Assembly going on break for the summer. The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hear sponsor testimony today ...
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THANK YOU! Those two words cannot be said enough to all of you for playing your part in representing Ohio schools and Ohio students during the biennial budget process this year. It has taken us over three years to get to this point. We thank you for your advocacy and all your hard work. A special thank you to the Fair School Funding Plan (FSFP) Workgroup for having the vision, dedication, and strength to see this through! Please join us next Thursday, July 8, to hear directly from the FSFP Workgroup and to discuss details of the funding formula. Please find details for the webinar below. Please submit a question for the FSFP Workgroup here . Fair School ...
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Last night, the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate voted to accept the report from the House Bill (HB) 110 Conference Committee reflecting the compromise reached between the two chambers. Governor Mike DeWine must sign the bill before July 1 and may disapprove of any item or items in HB 110 through action of a line-item veto.The Fair School Funding Plan (FSFP) is the basis for the new school funding formula. It has taken us over three years to get to this point. We thank you for your advocacy and all your hard work. A special thank you to the FSFP Workgroup for having the vision, dedication, and strength to see this through! The details and implementation ...
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The House Bill (HB) 110 Conference Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. today to issue its report reflecting the compromise reached between the two chambers. We will update members on the details but want you to know we've been informed that the Fair School Funding Plan appears to be the basis for the new school funding formula. The contents of the Conference Committee report can be found here and clicking “June 28, 2021.” Official bill text and analysis documents will be shared as they become available. The meeting of the Conference Committee can be viewed here. The House and Senate are both expected to vote today at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., ...
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Our three organizations hosted a webinar last week on the Senate’s version of House Bill 110 , the state’s two-year budget bill. A recorded copy of the webinar can be accessed by clicking here. Click here to access the presentation. Also discussed during the presentation were: the updated simulations of the Senate’s school-funding formula proposal, accessible here ; simulations of EdChoice-eligible buildings under the Senate version of the budget bill, accessible here; simulations of districts eligible for Gap Aid under the Senate version, accessible here. Important Resources State Webinar Recording House ...
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