Today I sent this email to the members of the Ohio State Board of Education respectfully requesting that they refrain from eliminating the requirement that school districts have licensed professionals teaching the arts and physical education, better known as the “5 of 8″ rule. I urge all Ohioans to do the same (all email addresses conveniently listed at the bottom of the post).
Dear Members of the Ohio State Board of Education,
I am writing to urge you to reject the proposed change to eliminate the “5 of 8″ Rule from Ohio Administrative Code and retain the existing language which states:
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Social media blew up this weekend over proposed changes to Ohio’s Operating Standards by the State Board of Education. The major issue is a change that seems to eliminate a requirement for districts to have specialists to teach the arts and physical education.
As always, we’re interested in providing more information to our readers about stories, so we want to provide you with the full story and let you decide what’s really happening.
First, the State School Board is performing a normal review of the education-related sections of the Ohio Administrative Code. Legislation is enacted by the Ohio General Assembly, published [...]Full Story... →
Senate Bill 329, introduced in April by Senator Joe Schiavoni, is finally getting a hearing by the Senate Education Committee this week. The bill is striking in its simplicity — it seeks to hold charter school owners & operators accountable for how they spend public dollars. The simplicity of this bill also reveals just how lax Ohio’s oversight of charter school spending has been for the last decade and a half.
Here’s the one-sentence addition to Ohio Revised Code in SB 329 that could have a drastic change in exposing how charter schools are spending public tax dollars:
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Ohio House Bill 597, which would repeal the Common Core curriculum and the associate PARCC testing, passed out of a House Committee on Wednesday, setting up a possible vote by the full House. The real question now is whether or not the leaders of the House will force the current members to take a very public stand on this controversial topic.
In addition to repealing the Common Core State Standards, the bill would require Ohio to develop new content standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies not later than June 30, 2017.
The bill would require that the [...]Full Story... →
While there wasn’t much to celebrate in Tuesday’s statewide elections, the Ohio School Board provided some positive news for public education. Five of the seven seats up for election went to candidates who have pro-public education stances.
While A. J. Wagner and Ron Rudduck retained their seats in Districts 3 and 10, respectively, three new members were elected in an important step toward trying to restore balance to the body that is responsible for making decisions about the implementation of state laws involving education.
In District 8, Bob Hagan, known for being a staunch and outspoken advocate for public education [...]Full Story... →
Ohio’s gubernatorial elections typically turn out just under 50% of registered voters. With approximately 8 million registered voters in the state, this means that we can expect around 4 million voters to hit the polls this year.
In 2010, when John Kasich beat out Ted Strickland, turnout was 49.22%, of which Kasich received 49.04% of the votes, just enough to win. Kasich’s vote total in 2010 was only 1,889,186.
In Kasich’s first year, 2011, Senate Bill 5 was introduced in the General Assembly and Kasich said it “wasn’t his bill”, but he quickly turned around to own it and it quickly became [...]Full Story... →
We all remember how much John Kasich supported Senate Bill 5 back in 2011, even sending his chief of staff, Beth Hansen, to lead the campaign to keep SB5 as state law as it became Issue 2 on the state ballot. Tuesday is the day that Ohio voters get to send Kasich the message that “We Remember”.
Kasich is an easy target, but we don’t want to forget those other legislators who supported Senate Bill 5 back in 2011. While some have moved on to other jobs, there are 28 other SB5 supporters who are in a [...]Full Story... →
In 2011, in the heart of the Governor Kasich’s first tumultuous year in office, I wrote an article titled “Republican teachers are now extinct“. I took a look back at that article in this past week as we are leading up to the election that we’ve been looking forward to remembering since that time and found that my words ring true even more today than they did back then. As we enter the final days of the Kasich Administration’s ominous reign over Ohio, I want to once again urge my “Republican” family and friends (yes, I’m talking to [...]Full Story... →
Pay freezes, the exodus of experienced teachers, and increased class sizes are exactly what Reynoldsburg School Board Vice-President Elaine Tornero has wanted since she her term began in 2010. Tornero was one of the two school board members to draft the board’s initial contract offer to teachers that ultimately led to contentious negotiations and a work stoppage by the teachers. But the conditions that prompted the impasse, most noticeably increased class sizes and experienced teachers leaving the district in unprecedented numbers, were no accident, and had been brewing for years under Tornero’s leadership.
In October 2009, the district [...]Full Story... →
When the Ohio General Assembly passes legislation regarding education-related policies, most of the components direct the State School Board to interpret and implement the changes. As a result, electing members that truly support public education is an important and often overlooked step that Ohioans can take to help to ensure that public schools have the best advocates making these decisions.
This year, there are seven seats up for election that have pro-public education advocates that we recommend. State Board races are “non-partisan”, so those who vote based on party affiliation can’t simply tell who supports their ideals by simply looking at the ballot.
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