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To: School board members, superintendents, treasurers, and other school business officials From: Will Schwartz, OSBA — (614) 540-4000 Kevin Miller, BASA — (614) 846-4080 Katie Johnson, OASBO — (614) 431-9116 Re: HB 126 – Letter from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Realtors Please take a minute to review the letter below from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Realtors related to House Bill (HB) 126. The letter includes untrue and misleading statements about Ohio’s public schools, and inaccurately describes districts’ participation in the Board of Revision process. The House ...
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Please join one of the five regional meetings around the state hosted by the Fair School Funding Plan (FSFP) Workgroup. The regional meetings are designed to give school officials an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions regarding the FSFP after the first two monthly payments are made in January and February compliance with the new plan. In addition, the Workgroup will answer the questions they have received to date and provide updates on next steps in fully implementing the formula. Tuesday, Feb. 22 NW Region: PENTA Career Center at 9 a.m. 9301 Buck Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551 ...
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ODE and the Ohio Dyslexia Committee have released a draft copy of the Ohio Dyslexia Guidebook which can be found here . Please note that this is only a draft, changes will be made before the final version is approved by the State Board of Education. A public comment period will be in effect until January 19 th , 2022. The input of our members is important as the draft is edited in preparation for approval by the State Board of Education. Feedback must be provided using the public comment questionnaire.
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Amid the immense shortage of home COVID-19 tests due to demand, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) said it will prioritize distribution to K-12 Schools, colleges and universities. The ODH emphasized the importance of COVID-19 tests to ensure in-person learning can continue safely in schools across the state. Until the supplies stabilize, the ODH will be pausing their shipments of tests to libraries and local health departments, to prioritize educational institutions. See ODH’s full statement here . The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also announced that as of January 15 th , it will require that over-the-counter, at home tests be covered ...
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This week we hosted webinars featuring ODE officials as well as the Auditor of State to provide information about changes in the new year. Our webinars are recorded and accessible to members in our eLearning Hub! BASA/OASBO/OSBA/ODE Transportation Compliance Webinar The Ohio Department of Education provided information on the new transportation compliance monitoring system and other transportation topics during a webinar on January 12th. This webinar was recorded and is free for members to access. To view the completed webinars, visit our eLearning Hub and register . AOS Webinar – COVID-19 Federal Funding/Single Audits On January 11th, we hosted ...
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House Bill (HB) 140, HB 123, and HB 458 are currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, awaiting scheduled hearings. All three bills impact a school district’s ability to raise its local share. Please continue your efforts to communicate the detrimental impact of these bills to your communities and legislators. In anticipation of additional hearings on these bills, we have provided form templates to assist in preparing opposition testimony. Templates for HB 140 and HB 123 are linked below, with the template for HB 458 to be posted to the Advocacy Hub in the coming week. HB 140 - Modification of Ballot Language and Election Notices Among other ...
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Upon the House's return, this could be is the final opportunity to stop HB 126 before it is sent to the Governor. Please contact your legislators in the House and urge them not to concur with the Senate’s changes to HB 126. Click here to see Cathy Schuller’s letter as a sample. Personalize your communication to your House Representative , but it is important to note that: Boards of Education are locally elected officials who deserve the right to protect the interests of the communities they serve and to ensure all taxpayers are treated fairly; Your district has used the Board of Revision process in good faith (provide examples); and All school ...
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House Bill (HB) 169, which served as a vehicle to disburse federal pandemic aid dollars to schools and other recipients, was signed into law in late December. Final bill analysis found here . HB 169 included a provision that requires any personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased with the use of the bill’s appropriated funds, and any future appropriation of federal coronavirus funds, to be either: Approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; or Authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including under emergency use authorization. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is aware of the provision ...
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Prior to breaking in December, the Senate voted 24-7 to pass House Bill (HB) 126, as amended by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. HB 126 now goes back to the House for a concurrence vote. The House’s first scheduled session is January 19. This is the final opportunity to stop HB 126 before it is sent to the Governor. Please contact your legislators in the House and urge them not to concur with the Senate’s changes to HB 126. Click here for contact information . Personalize your communication to your House Representative, but it is important to note that: Boards of Education are locally elected officials who deserve the right to protect ...
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ODE has released a draft of the proposed changes to the rules related to the five-year forecast. The proposed changes can be found here . The input of our members is important as the draft is edited in preparation for approval by the State Board of Education. Members of the OASBO Ed Finance Committee participated in the review of an initial draft, and appreciate that many of their comments are reflected in the version linked above. However, there are some outstanding concerns of the Committee, which are outlined in the letter attached here . While OASBO has provided this feedback on behalf of members , we ask that you also send an email outlining the ...
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The following message regarding the Reinstatement License was sent to the field from ODE. The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce the new Reinstatement License . This one-year nonrenewable license is available for educators who have not yet completed their renewal requirements and have associate or professional licenses that have lapsed for at least one year. Educators may apply for the reinstatement license at the request of their employing Ohio school district and will be properly certified in the reinstatement licensure area while completing requirements to renew their expired associate or professional license. Please note that educators ...
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Governor DeWine has signed SB 229. Because of an emergency clause in the bill, the legislation is now law. The Ohio Department of Education has crafted guidance and instructions for districts and schools to notify ODE if they choose to implement remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Please see this Remote Learning webpage for more information.
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Following a question regarding how to account for personal property for a non-public considering the changes in HB 110, we asked AOS and ODE for guidance. Below is the answer received. This was also addressed in the Winter Finance Workshop. AOS and ODE concur that districts need to do something with the materials and equipment. In the spirit of the law, it is suggested that all materials and equipment that are technically the property of the public school district be transferred (by way of board resolution) to the nonpublic school. Alternatively, the school district could remain the owner of the property and continue to loan for nonpublic use. Or, the school ...
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ODE has released a draft copy of the Ohio Dyslexia Handbook which can be found here . Note that this is not the final version, it is only a draft . Changes will be made to this draft before the final version is approved by the State Board of Education in early 2022. The input of our members is important as the draft is edited in preparation for approval by the State Board of Education. Feedback must be provided using the public comment questionnaire . The deadline for submission of public comments is January 19; however, ODE has asked that our Association members submit their feedback by Monday, January 3 . The Dyslexia Committee will be ...
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House Bill (HB) 126 – Board of Revisions Process As expected, the Senate voted 24-7 to pass House Bill (HB) 126, as amended by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. You can listen to floor speeches by clicking here. Senators Brenner, Cirino, S. Huffman, Johnson, Lang, McColley, Roegner, and Schaffer asked to have their names added to the title of the bill. HB 126 will now go back to the House for a concurrence vote, which will occur when they are back in session in January. The Houses’ first scheduled session is January 19. Please contact your legislators in the House and urge them no to concur. Click here for contact information. Personalize your ...
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After a week’s pause on a Senate vote on House Bill (HB) 126 which severely limits districts’ ability to take part in property value challenges and the Board of Revision process, it appears the Senate is prepared to vote in their 1:30 session tomorrow. It is critical that you contact your Senator today or first thing tomorrow morning and tell your Senator to vote “No” on HB 126! Click here for contact information. As a result of the Senate committee’s changes, HB 126 now contains the following provisions: school districts are prohibited from filing initial complaints on properties; districts are allowed to file counter-complaints only ...
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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has made a new transportation compliance monitoring system available on its website. This system will allow for monitoring and enforcement of transportation responsibilities outlined in Ohio Revised Code 3327.01, 3327. 016, and division (B) of 3327.017. This includes a formal complaint process that may be used by parents or community or nonpublic schools to report instances of alleged non-compliance with transportation requirements. Ohio Revised Code (RC) 3327.021 provides: “The department of education shall monitor each city, local, or exempted village school district's compliance with sections 3327.01 and 3327.016 ...
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Senate Bill (SB) 229 – Blended Learning Model Because the House approved SB 229 with changes, it returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote. At its Wednesday, December 8 session, the Senate approved SB 229. The bill includes an emergency clause, meaning it will become law upon the Governor’s signature. A summary of SB 229 can be found here . Click here for the full legislative text as approved by the House and Senate. Main elements in SB 229 include: Extends the deadline for submission of a blended learning declaration to April 30, 2022 Specifies that a district using blended learning is required to: Ensure that students have ...
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House Bill (HB) 126 was amended and passed yesterday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on a party-line, 5-2 vote. The bill is expected to be up for a vote on the Senate floor today, after which it will return to the House for a concurrence vote. The House concurrence vote could happen today. House session begins at 1:00 p.m., and Senate session begins at 1:30 p.m. It is critical that you contact your legislators in the House and tell them to vote “No” on HB 126! Click here for contact information. Our organizations are sending a letter to House members encouraging them not to concur with the Senate’s changes to HB 126. That letter can be seen here. ...
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We just received the proposed amendment to HB 126 that will be considered by the Senate Ways & Means Committee (listed below) tomorrow. The amendment is summarized below. Before 11 a.m. tomorrow, please email and call your Senator and the members of the Committee to express your opposition. Prohibits a board of education (BOE) from filing initial complaints. BOE’s can only file a counter-complaint after adopting a resolution that includes evidence of another value. This has never been proposed before and is an effective ban on counter-complaints since BOE’s have no way to obtain evidence of value before filing a counter-complaint. ...
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