here is the most recent legislative up day postmarked…
February 28, 2014
Governor Outlines Education Proposals in State of the State,
Ignores Damage His Policies Have Caused
On Monday, February 24, 2014, Governor John Kasich delivered his State of the State speech in Medina, Ohio. It should come as no surprise that the speech painted a rosy picture of the state, going as far to trumpet increased funding for education while ignoring the cuts of the previous budget. Kasich is also proposing another round of income tax cuts (which predominantly favor wealthy Ohioans) instead of making needed investments in public education.
In addition, the Governor outlined a number of education-related policies that he would be proposing in forthcoming legislation. The proposals include the following:
- Dropout prevention- “New strategies” to prevent students from dropping out of high school by identifying at-risk students and developing individualized plans with an alternative path to their diploma.
- Mentoring- $10 million from casino-licensing fees to fund matching grants that support community efforts that bring parents, community organizations, faith-based groups and business to support schools and mentor students.
- Vocational Education- Expanding technical and vocational education to students in the seventh grade.
- Higher Education- Basing higher education funding solely on course and degree completion and “fixing” the system to allow high school students to earn college credit.
These and other proposals are expected to be a part of the “Mid-Biennium Review” (MBR), legislation that has yet to be introduced. Once the language is available, OEA staff will review the bill and provide members with further. OEA President Becky Higgins has penned a response to the Governor’s speech that can be viewed by clicking here.
Legislature Yet to Decide on Calamity Days
It will likely be another two weeks before the legislature passes legislation addressing calamity days. House Bill 416 is heading to a conference committee after the House failed to accept changes made to the bill by the Senate. The six-member conference committee will work out the differences between the two versions of the bill. The next scheduled voting sessions are set for Wednesday, March 12.
Both the House and the Senate version of the bill add an additional four days that can be excused (either as calamity days or professional development days), but they accomplish this in different ways. The House version extends to each school district two additional calamity days and two days that can be excused if they are professional development days for staff. The Senate version includes three additional calamity days and one professional development day but requires each district to make up four days as part of their contingency plan before utilizing the additional days. Both bills allow missed days to be made up by adding time to the school day in half hour increments and language that facilitates moving the testing window back a week. The Senate bill also includes language that excuses graduating seniors from make-up days scheduled after graduation and allowing districts to revise their contingency plans.
OEA Action Alert – Attend First House Hearing on Senate Bill 229!
OEA Members Can Show Their Support for Teacher Evaluation Reform by Attending the First Ohio House Education Committee Hearing on SB 229:
House Education Committee – Rm. 313
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm
(For directions or other assistance call
OEA Government Relations at 614-227-3056.)
Senate Bill (SB) 229 was approved by the Ohio Senate 33-0 in December 2013, but passing the bill in the Ohio House will be an uphill battle. SB 229 would help make Ohio’s new system for evaluating teachers more effective, fair and efficient. The OEA strongly supports SB 229 as part of ongoing efforts to make progress on addressing various concerns with Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).
Senate Bill 229 would do the following:
• Lower the “Academic Growth Factor” Percentage on Teacher Evaluations to 35% from 50%
• Provide Local Flexibility in the Frequency of Evaluations for Highly-Rated Teachers
If you are unable to attend the House Education Hearing on SB 229, please send your state Representative an email asking them to support the bill by clicking here.
House Education Committee Agenda – Wed. Feb. 12, 2014
(Chr. Stebelton, G., 466-8100), Rm. 313, 5:00 pm
TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gardner, R.) Regarding teacher performance evaluations. –1st Hearing -Sponsor testimony
SCHOOL FUNDING (Brenner, A.) To reform the system of funding elementary and secondary education. –1st Hearing – Sponsor testimony – Possible substitute
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (Stebelton, G.) Regarding educational programs for certain students and individuals who have not received a high school diploma. –4th Hearing – All testimony – Possible amendment & vote
COLLEGE HEALTH PLANS (Henne, M., Hagan, C.) To prohibit state institutions of higher education from requiring students to be covered by a health insurance policy or a health care benefits plan as a condition of enrollment or from automatically enrolling students in such policies or plans. –2nd Hearing – Proponent testimony
STEM SCHOOLS (Scherer, G., Derickson, T.) To authorize the STEM Committee to grant a designation of STEM school equivalent to a community school or chartered nonpublic school and to make other revisions to the law regarding STEM schools. –2nd Hearing – Proponent testimony
IT IS FUN AND YOU CAN GET YOUR VOICE HEARD.
The Ohio General Assembly is currently debating many critical issues that impact OEA members and Ohio’s public schools. These issues include efforts to improve Ohio’s system for evaluating teachers (SB 229), and making sure our voices are heard in the development and implementation of a protocol for the designation of school employees who may carry concealed weapons (HB 8).
Make sure your voice is heard! Member Lobby Day provides an opportunity to meet with state legislators to discuss key issues that impact you directly.
You can ensure that your voice is heard by clicking here to register to participate in OEA’s next Member Lobby Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Join your colleagues at the OEA Headquarters’ Media Center, located at
225 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio at 9:00 a.m. for an hour-long briefing.
Keep in mind that you need to contact your legislator to schedule a meeting prior to attending lobby day.
To find out more about how you can become active in OEA’s legislative programs, please go to www.ohea.org/politicalaction.
OR JUST USE THESE LINKS TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON YOUR OWN…(this is from Nate)
AND SOME MORE POLITICAL NEWS:
Ohio Education Association Announces Endorsements
Columbus – The Ohio Education Association (OEA) Fund for Children and Public Education (OEA-FCPE) announced its second round of endorsements for the November 2014 statewide elections. The OEA–FCPE has endorsed the following:
Connie Pillich for Ohio Treasurer
Nina Turner for Secretary of State
John Patrick Carney for State Auditor
David Pepper for Attorney General
“Ohioans will be well-served by these recommended candidates. They all have strong records of support for our public schools – from K-12 through higher education,” said OEA President Becky Higgins. “These candidates have a vision to ensure a better future for Ohio’s children and a firm commitment to public education.”
Hello all = all has been quiet lately – but consider this the kickoff for me putting FCPE on your radar…Fund For Children and Public Education…we discussed this at our big meeting…so here is a reminder - NONE of your dues go to support candidates! Period. So OEA has set up a PAC = FCPE to support candidates who support public education…from EITHER party – and here are a couple examples...Scott Olslager and Tom Patton (could be Paxton, I might have copied that wrong in my notes) are two examples of Republicans that OEA has endorsed because they are supportive of public education…and OEA is actively looking for more republicans to support (so if anyone is interested if running for public office let me know – I can help).
Please consider donating!!…and I will be back to remind you – …often – this is very important…so by one less coffee per week and donate to something that will help you to keep treating yourself for years to come.
HERE IS THE LINK TO DONATION PAGE
here is a link to COMMUNITY EXPO SIGN UP
good blog post about how and why this person “grew” into their association…
follow the link…
hi everyone – welcome to the second 1/2 of the year…once again a A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT ATTENDED OUR LUNCH ON FRIDAY!!
i wanted to take this opportunity to post up some of the docs we used in our present on Friday – along with a couple new ones…one of those is the district 5 year forecast and another is a sample of what other districts in NE Ohio are getting in recent contracts…this last one goes beyond those in summit county that we shared with you already…
you will need to be signed into your Nordonia Google account to view…sorry, but that is how we elected to share so that it is not public…and if you don’t know how to access your Google account, well, time to figure it out and learn something new – you will also need it for the survey…:-)
summit county contracts
NHEA give back doc
Expect the survey tomorrow – as we are finalizing to make sure everything is working…
LUNCH SURVEY - if your coming to lunch follow the link…
with the new year upon us I thought I would mention we have our new board members starting their terms with this month’s board meeting – JANUARY 13TH @ 7…so set those DVRs to record the Bachelor and come on out to show your support for NHEA…there could be a lil surprise/perk in store for those that attend…
here is a copy of an email that went out to the HS for those that may not have gotten it…and also a reminder about our ALL ASSOCIATION LUNCHEON ON FRIDAY THE 17TH…this LUNCHEON AND THE MEETING WILL BE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL btw – WE HAD TO CHANGE THE LOCATION…we will also have an appearance by our OEA labor relations consultant, Beth Chandler-Marks.
Don’t forget the high school is representing NHEA at the January Board of Education meeting that will be Monday the 13th at 7:00 at Northfield. Please consider attending so that we can meet the new board members and make a great first impression on them.
Also we have our full association meeting on Friday the 17th in the auditorium at 11:30 with lunch provided after.
See you all there!
SEASONS GREETINGS AND TO ALL A GOOD BREAK…have a good holiday !! AND PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND OUR LUNCHEON ON JANUARY 17…
AND NOW SOME BUSINESS…
Recently we have received several calls, emails and comments regarding problems with the Resident Educator system. Most of these centered on technology issues: inability to upload documents and/or required tasks by set deadlines. Some members who sought help or support from ODE and/or Teachscape received unsatisfactory results.
Updates have since been performed on the system and ODE has extended the deadline for RE candidates to December 22nd for the submission of task one (including any associated video). ODE has notified said candidates via email regarding the extension. Additionally ODE states on its website:
Notwithstanding the new Dec. 22 Task 1 deadline, no candidate will be prohibited from submitting Task 1 due to a technical problem uploading a video or completing his or her Profile. Teachscape’s Help Desk will have the authority to grant additional extensions to candidates who, as a result of a documented technical error in the RESA submission system, cannot meet the Dec. 22 deadline.
We will address the remaining issues of profile questions with ODE and Teachscape. Feel free to update our department regarding any further concerns or problems members experience with the Resident Educator program.
…i hear sometimes that PUBLIC school teacher say they are not political – once you signed that contract, you sort of became a public figure…
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – THIRD GRADE READING...