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Two lengthy bills have been introduced in the Ohio House that seek to implement significant changes once again to educational practices across the state.

House Bill 176 had its first hearing in the Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee on May 16, and House Bill 181 gets its first hearing this coming Tuesday, May 23, in the same committee (click on image above).

The two bills have many similarities, so it’s curious that Chair Andrew Brenner is giving the bills separate hearings in the committee, especially considering they […]

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In the latest iteration of the Ohio Budget Bill, language has been added that would eliminate the Resident Educator Program that requires new teachers to jump through some hoops in order to maintain their license, and their career.  The most talked about piece is the costly Resident Educator Summative Assessment, or RESA, a series of tasks that are submitted and graded by a third-party vendor, Educopia, that is contracted by the Ohio Department of Education at a cost of $5,000,000 per year.  In a lean budget year, the House might be looking to save money wherever they can.

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Governor John Kasich’s latest budget bill, House Bill 49, contains a variety of non-budget related legislation (as has always been the case), but one short section tucked far into the budget has captured the attention of teachers and administrators more than any other — a requirement to complete an “internship”, of sorts, in order to renew a license.

Here is the exact language from page 1,056 of the bill:

Sec. 3319.236. Beginning September 1, 2018, the state board of education’s rules for the renewal of educator licenses shall require each applicant for renewal of a license to complete an on-site work experience with […]

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Governor Kasich released his proposed 2018-19 budget on Monday and, as always, it includes his priorities for reforming the educational system. While the specific details won’t be known until the actual language in the budget bill is introduced, the Governor has put out a brief list revealing that his political agenda remains unchanged – testing, privatization, and minimal funding, with some slight evidence that he may not actually know what is already taking place in Ohio.

Here is the list from Kasich’s budget recommendations with our commentary following:

Agency Priorities

Provide the basic education funding necessary to […]

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In a rushed House Education Committee hearing today, Senate Bill 3 received nearly all of the proposed amendments without any significant debate thanks to the committee chair, Representative Andy Brenner, who shut down the conversation.

You can read about the amendments in yesterday’s post here: http://plunderbund.com/2016/12/04/exclusive-an-advance-look-at-the-new-senate-bill-3/

The bill is back on the schedule for another committee hearing on Wednesday morning at 9:30 am when additional amendments are expected to be tacked on with the bill passing shortly afterward and heading to the full House for rapid approval.

You can find whatever details exist about the bill here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-SB-3.  Of course, since […]

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We have just received this advanced copy of the Senate Bill 3 Omnibus bill with a list of 29 amendments that will be introduced in the House Education Committee tomorrow.  We have not had a chance to analyze this 188-page replacement legislation, but wanted to get it out to the public as soon as possible.

As we mentioned last Wednesday when we theorized about the problems with Senate Bill 3, it certainly looks at first glance that Ohio’s GOP legislators are looking to push through a plethora of changes without giving the public an appropriate opportunity to respond.  They […]

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Who needs licensed teachers anyway, right?

When last we saw Ohio Senate Bill 3, Valentine’s Day had just ended and stores were starting to stock the shelves with summer wear here in Ohio (though Christmas decorations weren’t far behind).  The bill had floundered for a while in the Ohio House and then appeared to be on the fast track for passage, though there did appear to be adequate time for hearings and public feedback.

And then John Kasich got in the heat of the presidential race and the Ohio Statehouse all but shut down and all committee meetings just […]

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It’s not every day that I (Greg) get to recommend a personal and professional friend to such an important position as the Ohio School Board, so I jumped at the chance to talk to Dr. Antoinette Miranda when I found out she had decided to run for the seat being vacated by Mike Collins, who is out as a result of being term-limited.

The seat, representing State School Board District 6, covers much of Franklin County, and all of Delaware and Knox Counties (see map at right).  While School Board candidates run as non-partisan, it’s important to note that Dr. […]

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The central argument in the ECOT lawsuit attempting to block the Ohio Department of Education from auditing the charter school’s attendance is the claim that ECOT is not required to track login information for the students, but is simply required to “offer” students opportunities to log in and learn.

The school claims that an old contract with ODE stipulates this requirement for funding purposes.  The school’s contract with their sponsor, however, contains language that states that ECOT’s attendance policy is that students will be engaged in learning for five hours per day and five days per week, meaning that the […]

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Ohio’s largest for-profit charter school, ECOT, is embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the rhetoric has been ramping up all summer long, with ECOT now running regular commercials claiming that ODE is trying to shut down the school.  We recently shared that the media company employed by ECOT (via the school’s management company). Third Wave Communications, is run by Jessica Lager Harris, the daughter of Altair and IQ Innovations owner, and ECOT founder, Bill Lager.

For the past decade plus, Bill Lager has been a major donor to campaigns of […]

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), has been running appalling commercials against the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as part of its public relations campaign to prevent ODE from conducting an audit of the eschool’s attendance.  The school has been running these commercials on television and had them produced after they filed a lawsuit in Franklin County in an attempt to stop ODE.  You can read about and see the ads here and here.

It turns out that ECOT founder Bill Lager hired his own daughter’s company to produce those commercials and other media for the school using […]

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