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Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner has put Senate Bill 229 on the agenda this week to be introduced by the bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Randy Gardner.

When we posted about this bill last weekend, it quickly became one of the most read posts in Plunderbund history.  This speaks to the dramatic effects the new teacher evaluation system in Ohio is having on the practice of both teachers and administrators.  You can find our detailed post from last Saturday here.

When the bill is introduced in the Education Committee on Tuesday morning, only sponsor […]

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Back in March of 2011, when Ohio was in the midst of the Senate Bill 5 fight, Republicans in the General Assembly passed a law that didn’t garner much attention save for a moronic statement by Governor Kasich at the bill’s signing.

The change in Ohio Revised Code 3319.22(1) now requires the Ohio Department of Education to grant a 4-year Resident Educator License (new teacher license) to Teach for America, Inc. participants. These individuals clearly do not meet the qualifications that are spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code for teacher preparation programs in the State of […]

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If it wasn’t so appalling, we might be able to laugh at the continued insistence that Ohio’s charter (community) schools are held to the same level of accountability as are traditional public schools.  In fact, some charter school proponents actually insist that charters are held MORE accountable than their public school counterparts.

The Ohio Association of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) promotes this idea readily through their website materials, including their Ohio Charter Law Guidebook (p. 12) and a PowerPoint that is titled Understanding Ohio’s Public Charter Schools.  From page 5 of that presentation:

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In June, the Cleveland School District entered into a contract with Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, Inc.) to have the entity provide beginning teachers to work in the district.  The contract requires the school district to pay TFA, Inc. up to $9,000 just for the privilege of being able to hire the teacher for two years.  That money is on top of the regular salary and benefits that are fully covered by the school district.

We’ve written a couple of posts about TFA, Inc. going back to March of 2011 when the Ohio General Assembly first passed laws […]

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In what may be a sign that the legislature is gaining a better understanding of the problems with implementing the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Ohio Senate introduced a bill this week that reduces the impact of student achievement scores on a teacher’s evaluation while also reducing the amount of time principals would waste continually re-evaluating good teachers.

Senator Randy Gardner, along with co-sponsors including Senator Peggy Lehner, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, introduced Senate Bill 229 this week that contains three significant changes to the evaluation process.

The first important change is a […]

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Senate Bill 21 seeks to change provisions relating to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG) passed last year.  A key component of this bill has been overlooked, but was highlighted yesterday by Senator Peggy Lehner as she introduced it to the House Education Committee.

According to Lehner in her testimony, the original legislation was never intended to affect teachers in grades K-2, and it was misinterpreted by the Ohio Department of Education after its passage (this is debatable as the original language could be claimed to be faulty and/or ambiguous).  Lehner’s SB21 (passed 30-1 by Ohio Senate) corrects the confusing […]

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After he was elected, Governor Kasich said that the state’s teachers unions should take out a full page ad to apologize to him. He also told unions and other interest groups to “get on the bus” or he would run them over.

It didn’t take long. In the state budget, Kasich and the GOP-controlled legislature drained nearly $2 billion from public education, resulting in new levies and drastic cuts at schools across the state. The budget also accelerated the transfer of public money to private and for-profit charter schools and implanted the same controversial scheme to tie teacher pay to […]

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One of the most hotly contested races in Ohio this fall is the battle between incumbent Mike Duffey and challenger Donna O’Connor for Ohio’s 21st House District, representing the northern suburbs of Franklin County.

In 2010, Republican Mike Duffey narrowly won after both sides spent nearly $1 million in the old district, which was much more favorable to Democrats.

This election cycle, with districts redrawn to include a wider Republican margin, Duffey thought he could coast to victory without much effort. On October 7, the Dispatch reported:

At the beginning of the week, state Rep. Mike Duffey was talking […]

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Tonight we’re getting the results from a number of special elections being held around the state and the results tell the tale of the Kasich budget in a nutshell:

step 1 – cut taxes on the wealthy, privatize everything, give your staff raises, keep state government the same size and pass the tough choices down to the locals in the form of reduced school funding and revenue-sharing step 2 – as tax collections come in ahead of forecast, amass a war chest in the state’s rainy day fund but refuse to share any of it step 3 – watch as […]

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Greg’s already explained how the Governor’s proposed new school district rankings are basically a fancy way to tell us which districts have the best standardized test scores. Steve Dyer of 10th Period calculates that under the plan, 77% of schools will see their rankings drop.

But there’s another very practical reality of this plan, and that is that it undercuts homeowners in suburban school districts across the state by taking away what has traditionally been a very effective selling point for their homes. According to the […]

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The Ohio Department of Education has released the State Report Cards for schools and districts (though school report cards have incorrect state data that has yet to be corrected) and that means the names of the teachers who will be required to take the Praxis exams is also available. I’ll be posting the list of 349 schools and over 5,900 teachers on Plunderbund later today.

To help catch you up, here is some light reading about the “Retesting Teachers” provision in House Bill 153 (Budget Bill):

As prepared by the Legislative Service Commission:

Retesting Teachers
RC 3319.58


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