Legislative Alerts & Articles

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Thank you to our legislative representatives at ASBO International for being our “boots on the ground” in D.C. and providing members with the most up-to-date information on federal legislation. If you have not already done so, please take a minute to review the updates posted to the Advocacy Hub , provided by ASBO International related to the most recent round of federal funding. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education released a fact sheet comparing ESSER funds under the CARES Act (ESSER I) and ESSER funds under the recently-passed CRRSA Act (ESSER II). The fact sheet provides information related to ...
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Lame Duck Session Update

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It was an extremely busy “lame duck” session this year. We saw everything from the historic passage of Sub. H.B. 305 in the House, to the surprise introduction of an amendment to eliminate the treasurer and business manager licenses, and everything in between. I have no doubt that our members strongly influenced the unprecedented support for the Fair School Funding Plan in the House, as well as the removal of the treasurer and business managers licenses from the list of proposed licenses for elimination under the amendment. In addition to the removal of the treasurer and business managers licenses from the proposed amendment, your efforts helped to halt movement ...
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House Bill (H.B.) 450, passed by the 133rd Ohio General Assembly, was signed by Governor DeWine on Jan. 7, 2021, and will become effective in 90 days. The bill requires a fiscal officer of certain political subdivisions, including a treasurer/CFO of school districts, to provide a certificate of transition (the Certificate) to the successor treasurer/CFO when leaving office. The Certificate must be signed when a fiscal officer transitions to his or her successor, with the fiscal officer retaining one copy of the Certificate and a second copy of the Certificate, which is to be provided to the successor fiscal officer. The form and substance of the Certificate ...
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For school business officials who have never contacted their local representative or collaborated with a superintendent in this manner, the task may seem a bit overwhelming. With all the challenges school leaders face, developing, and refining your advocacy skills is not something that is easy to accomplish on your own. That said, one of the top priorities for OASBO going forward is to focus on developing our members and their advocacy skills so that they feel comfortable reaching out and connecting with local representatives, testifying on issues at the Statehouse, and collaborating with other school leaders across the state. As a first step in this process, ...
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Last week, the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate convened to swear in the members of the 134 th General Assembly. The Democratic and Republican Caucuses of each Chamber will hold member-only meetings (or retreats) this week to discuss priorities and welcome newly-elected members, among other things. Priority legislation for leadership in each chamber will quickly follow these meetings. Please take this opportunity to become a resource to your local representatives in the House and Senate. This is a pivotal time for public education in Ohio. We have the opportunity to work with the 134 th General Assembly on the future of school funding, including our initiatives ...
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Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our advocacy efforts in moving the Fair School Funding Plan forward. In the final months of the 133 rd General Assembly, Sub. H.B. 305 received a unanimous vote out of the House Finance Committee and an overwhelming majority vote in the Ohio House of Representatives (87-9) to approve the first comprehensive school funding formula overhaul in decades. Unfortunately, the Fair School Funding Plan did not make it through the Senate in December. However, funding for the requested studies was provided in the Capital Appropriation Bill (S.B. 310). Your efforts have helped to create such positive momentum that there are ...
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We have learned of an amendment to House Bill 442 that would eliminate various state-required licenses . Most concerning is elimination of licensure requirements for school treasurers and business managers . Click here to view the amendment to HB 442 that is moving through the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee this week, with a hearing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. See proposed licensure changes beginning on Line 1764. Thank you for your help on all our advocacy efforts the past couple of months. We need your assistance on this issue as well. Please contact the Senators below and highlight: (i) the ...
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Last week, the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee amended and passed House Bill (HB) 38 to include provisions of HB 751, which modifies the Board of Revision (BOR) process for certain property valuation challenges for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for tax years 2020, 2021, and 2022. The bill is expected to go to the floor this week for a vote in both the Senate and the House. Please call your Senators and Representatives to urge them to vote no on the bill. Points to emphasize in your communications are outlined below. Dollar for Dollar Loss in Revenue to Local Governments Since tax rates for 2020 have already been set ...
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House Bill 751 is being considered for inclusion into HB 38, a bill pending in the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. HB 38 is scheduled for a vote and possible amendments at a 9:00 a.m. committee hearing tomorrow morning. Please contact the members on this Senate committee immediately and ask that they not accept the amendments to HB 38. HB 751 has been drafted as an amendment to HB 38, incorporating a portion of the provisions originally introduced in House Bill 751 ( see e-Alert from last week ). These amendments would provide a reduced property valuation for tax year 2020, 2021, and 2022 for eligible individuals as a ...
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This is one of the most important and critical weeks we have ever seen in education. The House of Representatives passed HB 305—the Fair School Funding Plan---by an 87-8 vote last Thursday. The Plan is now teed up for action by the Senate and their companion bill—SB 376. The Senate has just a few days left to pass SB 376, which defines and funds an adequate education for all students and answers the 23-year-old DeRolph litigation. A Senate Finance Committee meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday December 8, at 1:30 p.m. Glaringly absent from the agenda is testimony on SB 376, indicating that Senate leadership has no intention of addressing the ...
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Property Valuation Challenges and the BOR The Ohio House Ways and Means Committee yesterday amended Senate Bill (SB) 95 to include the provisions of House Bill (HB) 75, a bill sponsored by Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) that mandates a highly problematic and overly bureaucratic process for school districts when filing property valuation claims or counter-claims with county boards of revision (BOR). The House passed HB 75 last December, and the bill is pending in the Senate Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs Committee where it has received only two hearings thus far. This sudden move by the House panel, which is chaired by Rep. ...
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Today, the House Finance Committee unanimously voted to pass Substitute House Bill (Sub. HB) 305 and report it to the Rules and Reference Committee, which placed the bill on tomorrow’s calendar for a full vote of the House of Representatives at its 1:00 session on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Click here to watch the vote live on The Ohio Channel. Please reach out to your House Representative to ask him/her to vote “YES” on passage of HB 305. Meanwhile, a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 376, the Senate’s companion bill to HB 305, took place yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee as panelists heard testimony from the Cupp-Patterson Work Group members. At this ...
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Hearings on the Fair School Funding Plan have been scheduled in both the House and Senate Finance Committees for the first week of December, as follows: House Finance Committee (Eighth Hearing), All Testimony - Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10:00 a.m. in House Finance Hearing Room; Senate Finance Committee (Second Hearing), Invited Testimony - Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Finance Hearing Room; and House Finance Committee (Ninth Hearing), Proponent/Interested Party Testimony - Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10:00 a.m. in House Finance Hearing Room. If you would like to testify on behalf of your school district in support of the Fair School Funding ...
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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 ...
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Last week, the House and Senate Finance Committees held hearings on the Fair School Funding Plan. Members of the Cupp/Patterson Work Group (the Work Group) provided testimony on Substitute (Sub.) House Bill (HB) 305 in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. In addition to the Work Group testimony, school district leaders from across the state presented testimony for their respective regions. On Wednesday, members of the Work Group also provided testimony in the Senate Finance Committee on Senate Bill (SB) 376, a companion bill to Sub. HB 305. Additional hearings in both the House and Senate Finance Committees are expected to be scheduled the first week of December. ...
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The General Assembly this week sent several bills to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature, ranging from an overhaul of the Educational Choice (EdChoice) voucher program to an extension of the authority for boards of education to meet in a virtual format. EdChoice Vouchers In just under 24 hours, lawmakers unveiled and passed an overhaul to the EdChoice voucher program without public debate, input, or notice. The plan, contained in Senate Bill (SB) 89, designates 473 buildings in 87 districts as EdChoice eligible and also increases to 250% from 200% the poverty threshold for the income-based expansion of the program. Buildings currently eligible under the fiscal ...
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The Ohio Senate yesterday voted 24-8 to approve changes made by the Conference Committee on Senate Bill (SB) 89 to substantially revise the Educational Choice (EdChoice) Voucher Program. The changes would alter eligibility criteria for the performance-based program and increase to 250% from 200% the poverty threshold for the income-based expansion program. The House is scheduled to meet today at 1:00 pm. to approve the Conference Committee report, which will then go to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature. Call your House members now and tell them not to approve the conference committee report and instead request another conference committee be convened to ...
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Our three associations notified members yesterday of a Senate proposal to revise the Educational Choice (EdChoice) Voucher Program. This plan is expected to be discussed at today’s 2:30 p.m. conference committee hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 89. The plan would designate buildings as EdChoice eligible if they were ranked in the lowest 20% of buildings according to the Performance Index rankings for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years and their district has an enrollment of at least 20% Title I-eligible students. Despite the plan reducing the eligibility list to 469 buildings from the current fiscal year (FY) 2021 list of 1,227 buildings, ...
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Your calls to the legislature are needed today! The Ohio Senate is expected to unveil its plan to revise the Educational Choice (EdChoice) Voucher Program at a hearing tomorrow, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Bill (SB) 89 conference committee. The changes would affect both the performance-based and income-based programs. The plan would replace eligibility for the performance-based program with entirely new criteria, under which students would qualify if they meet both of the following: At least 20% of the student’s school district is composed of Title I-eligible students for the three most recent years; and The student’s building was ranked in the ...
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Thank you to our members who were able to attend regional meetings this morning for the presentation of testimony that has been developed to represent each region of the state in support of the Fair School Funding Plan. If you attended a meeting and want to further review the testimony or you were not able to attend the meeting and want to read the testimony for your region, please see links for each region’s testimony below. The important thing is that we have as many of our members as possible sign on for the testimony for their region. When our regional representatives give their testimony this coming week, it is crucial for them to note to Finance Committee ...
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