Legislative Alerts & Articles

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A reminder that the application deadline for the $53 million in school safety grants is Monday, Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m. Click here for a copy of the OFCC-approved guidelines for this program. Each school district may apply for grants up to $100,000 per building for security measures. Schools that have not yet applied for funding or whose applications were ineligible in previous rounds will be given first priority. Work funded under this grant must be contracted by Dec. 31, 2023, and completed by Sept. 30, 2024, unless otherwise approved by OFCC. Click Here to read more .
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Join us at OSBA’s Capital Conference for Legislative Training on Nov. 14! Be prepared to advocate during lame duck and the next biennium budget. This session will cover the ins & outs of preparing and delivering testimony on behalf of your district. Participants will be provided with tools to develop effective written testimony and hear from a panel of their experienced peers. To tie things together, participants will witness a mock hearing with some special guests. We will also be providing resources to help attendees get a head start on advocating for their district this budget cycle. Join us for this comprehensive legislative training! Date: ...
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Catch up on the changes to the updated five-year forecast rule with the September issue of SBO Quarterly. The article is an overview of the administrative rulemaking process in Ohio, a summary of the changes to the five-year forecast rule, the practical implications of the changes, and laying the foundation for a related discussion on cash balances and expected developments in the coming months. Please note : The updated rule will not be effective until after the November filing deadline. Therefore, the changes do not apply to the November filing. Read the article . Read the magazine .
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Learn how to testify on behalf of your district! Be prepared for the upcoming discussions on the biennium budget and school funding with your legislatures. Join us on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for OASBO’s Legislative Training Session hosted by members of the OASBO Legislative Committee. The training will provide an overview of the ins and outs of preparing, writing, and giving testimony. Examples, templates, and other resources will be provided. We will conclude the training with a mock committee hearing to help simulate the process of giving testimony and to provide feedback and advice to members in answering questions and avoiding some common ...
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One SERS Board employee-member seat is up for election with the term beginning July 1, 2023, and ending June 30, 2027. Any member of SERS, other than a disability benefit recipient, is eligible to run for an employee-member seat. An OASBO member currently serving on the board will be rolling off of the board this term. OASBO encourages anyone interested to apply. Petitions are due Dec. 2. Learn more about the requirements here .
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Before summer recess, a bill was introduced in the Ohio Senate that would allow townships and municipalities to designate Neighborhood Development Areas (NDAs) in their territories if they make certain findings regarding their local housing stock. Similar to Senate Bill (SB) 212 from the 133rd General Assembly, SB 329 requires the township or municipality to find: (i) t here is a lack of adequate affordable or workforce housing or that there is a housing shortage in the municipality or township; (ii) the NDA designation will encourage the construction or renovation of residential buildings in the area, and (iii) such construction or renovation would be unlikely ...
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Yesterday, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and partnering agencies held a webinar for the 2021 applicants of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program. The 2021 applicant webinar recording is available here . The FAQs for 2021 applicants are available here . OFCC will be holding another webinar on Aug. 31 at 9 am regarding funding for the 2022 applicants of the School Safety Grant Program. Panelists from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, Ohio Office of Budget and Management, and Ohio Department of Public Safety will be available for a Q&A at the end of the session. ...
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A draft report regarding the future of computer science education in Ohio has been released and is open for public comment. The State Committee on Computer Science, established in the biennium budget bill (HB 110), drafted the report. The Committee is required to submit a final version next month. A copy of the draft report is linked here . Please complete the public comment survey by August 17th . Survey found here . Among other recommendations, the document proposes that Ohio: Dedicates 1% of K-12 formula funding to computer science-related efforts to grow the teaching workforce, pay for students to attend ...
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Gov. DeWine’s office released some additional details related to the allocation of the $100 million K-12 School Safety Grant Program. His office announced that nearly $47 million of the available $100 million will be allocated to schools who applied for the School Safety Grant Program last year, but did not receive funding due to insufficient funds. Click here for a list of districts/buildings receiving this funding. The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC), in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks for the $53 million in funds remaining in the K-12 School Safety ...
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Keep Kids Fed Act

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In June, the Keep Kids Fed Act was signed into law. This new legislation extends the USDA's authority to issue nationwide waivers for Summer 2022 operations, provides more limited nationwide waiver authority for School Year 2022-2023, and offers additional per-meal reimbursement rates for one year. In an effort to help program operators understand this legislation and plan for next steps, please find below a webinar link and reference materials from Carolyn Wait Vega, Associate Director of Policy Analysis for No Kid Hungry. Webinar link: https://nokidhungry.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=283504c3b3add96827a4ae4b9&id=1bc265038f&e=080881826b ...
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The application deadline for the Clean School Bus Rebate Program is approaching, with final applications due by Aug.19. A summary of the program can be found here . To qualify for the Clean School Bus Rebate Program, a district’s buses must be from 2010 or earlier and diesel powered . The grant will cover up to 25 replacement buses per district. Districts will need the following to complete the application: SAM.gov registration NCES District ID Information on buses to be replaced, including VIN, manufacturer, model, model year, average annual mileage, average annual fuel consumption, fuel type, gross vehicle rate ...
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School Safety Grants

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House Bill (HB) 687, the capital appropriations bill signed by Gov.DeWine in June, included $100 million in school safety grants f or physical safety upgrades in and around school buildings such as visitor badging systems, school radio systems, exterior lights, security training, door locking systems, and other physical safety needs. The funding will be awarded to schools as part of Gov. DeWine’s existing K-12 School Safety Grant Program and will be administered by Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) using procedures determined in consultation with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Ohio Department of Public Safety. Schools that have ...
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In May, Senate Bill (SB) 347 was introduced to establish a contribution-based benefit cap in calculating a School Employees Retirement System (SERS) member’s retirement benefit. The bill was referred to the Senate Insurance Committee on May 31, prior to the Ohio General Assembly breaking for the summer. See bill language and Legislative Service Commission (LSC) Analysis here . The SERS contribution-based benefit cap (CBBC) proposal is modeled after the one adopted by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) under ORC 145.333. SB 347 is intended to mitigate benefit inflation (anti-spiking) that is otherwise subsidized by the rest of the members ...
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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) distributed a bulletin on July 18 that included information on a district's ability to hire non-bachelor's degree substitute teachers before House Bill (HB) 583 becomes law on Sept. 23. In the bulletin, ODE highlights an important element of continuing law that allows districts to conditionally employ applicants for substitute teaching licenses for up to 60 days from the date of their application. This means that beginning Aug. 1, districts can hire and employ substitutes under the two-year temporary flexibility from HB 583, on a conditional basis, for up to 60 days. ODE will begin accepting applications for the new ...
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Join us on July 25 for the Essentials of Leadership program at this year’s Bootcamp! This new seminar covers everything a treasurer/CFO needs to know to successfully lead your school district, including, but not limited to managing relationships with the board of education and superintendent; developing and executing a district's strategic plan; managing and developing of staff; and advocacy and the legislative process.
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While the legislature is on break, we will be taking a break from circulating our Legislative Tracking Tool. All previous tools will still be accessible on the collaborate site for review.
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In May, Bay Village City Schools hosted Rep. Monique Smith for their Centennial Arbor Day Event. Read more about it here . Now that the General Assembly is on break, it is a perfect time to connect with your legislators and invite them to your district in September. Legislators are in their home districts and will be campaigning for their upcoming elections. This is a great opportunity to schedule a visit and show them all the great programming and opportunities you provide to students.
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Join OASBO and the Auditor of State’s (AOS) office on June 23 for the Ohio Supplement Compliance Update webinar! Click the titles below to view previous webinars with AOS below: The Process for Competitive Bidding for Federal Procurement Ohio Compliance Supplement Overview
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Recently, OASBO partnered with BASA, OSBA, and ODE to host three webinars on several transportation topics. Click below to learn more and view recordings of the webinars. Transportation and Compliance Payment in lieu T-2
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The Ohio Department of Education created “Federal Funding Guidance for Ohio's Dyslexia Support Laws.” The document provides guidance for districts and schools about how to use specific funding to implement Ohio’s Dyslexia Support Laws. Click here to access the guidance.
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