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Advocacy Update – 2.4.21 - Let the Budget Season Begin! (New updates)

As required by law, Governor DeWine released his budget blue print, yesterday. The so-called budget blue book outlines generally the governor’s proposed budget for FY2022-2023. The governor has essentially flat-funded the education funding formula, leaving it unchanged from FY2020-2021. He increased funding for his signature policy initiative of wrap-around services. He also increased funding for school vouchers. You can view the blue book (education begins on page D124) at http://www.oagc.com/statebudget.asp under “Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget Documents.” The House Finance Committee will meet this Thursday to receive an overview of the budget. Viewers can tune in at 10:00 AM on www.ohiochannel.org. The Ohio House introduced a new bill that includes the the Cupp-Patterson funding formula.  HB1 closely mirrors HB305, which was passed in December, 2020.  (For those around in 2001, HB1 was the same bill number as the short-lived Stickland school funding plan.)

The House Finance Primary and Secondary Education Sub-Committee will hold hearings on the education portion of the education budget along with HB1. Representative Tracy Richardson (R) will chair this subcommittee. Other committee members include former House Education chair Jamie Callender (R) and Brian Baldridge (R). The Ranking Minority Party Member is Daniel P. Troy (D). Joining him is Bride Rose Sweeney (D). 

As we head into the budget season, OAGC has some homework for gifted advocates. If you have any ideas or issues that you would like us to include in our Legislative Position Statement for the 134th General Assembly, please send them to anngift@aol.com by February 15, 2021. For reference, please view the OAGC position statement for the 133rdGeneral Assembly at http://www.oagc.com/files/Legislative_Positions_for_the_133rd_General_Assembly.2.25.19%20proofed.pdf.

 

Posted: 2/2/2021
Last Update: 2/8/2021

Advocacy Update – 2.2.21 - Let the Budget Season Begin!

As required by law, Governor DeWine released his budget blue print, yesterday. The so-called budget blue book outlines generally the governor’s proposed budget for FY2022-2023. The governor has essentially flat-funded the education funding formula, leaving it unchanged from FY2020-2021. He increased funding for his signature policy initiative of wrap-around services. He also increased funding for school vouchers. You can view the blue book (education begins on page D124) at http://www.oagc.com/statebudget.asp under “Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget Documents.” The House Finance Committee will meet this Thursday to receive an overview of the budget. Viewers can tune in at 10:00 AM on www.ohiochannel.org. It is very likely that the Ohio House will attempt to redo the education funding to include the Cupp-Patterson funding formula. The Ohio Senate will likely have other ideas about education funding. 

The House Finance Primary and Secondary Education Sub-Committee will hold hearings on the education portion of the education budget. Representative Tracy Richardson (R) will chair this subcommittee. Other committee members include former House Education chair Jamie Callender (R) and Brian Baldridge (R). House Democrats will announce their committee members this week. 

As we head into the budget season, OAGC has some homework for gifted advocates. If you have any ideas or issues that you would like us to include in our Legislative Position Statement for the 134th General Assembly, please send them to anngift@aol.com . For reference, please view the OAGC position statement for the 133rdGeneral Assembly at http://www.oagc.com/files/Legislative_Positions_for_the_133rd_General_Assembly.2.25.19%20proofed.pdf.

 

Posted: 2/2/2021
Last Update: 2/2/2021

Advocacy Update – 1.15.21 – State Board of Education News; Senate Names Committees

State Board of Education - While the focus this week was mostly on other national and state news, there is some education news of interest in Ohio. The State Board of Education met this week. The majority of the meeting was focused on new member orientation. However, as happens every two years, the election for new officers was also held. As expected, Laura Kohler was re-elected as president, and Charlotte McGuire was re-elected as vice-president. While the vote for Ms. McGuire was unanimous, the vote for Laura Kohler was split. The other nominee for president was Jenny Kilgore, who received votes from John Hagan, Diana Fessler, Kirsten Hill, Brendan Shea, and Jenny Kilgore.  These five board members are known for their more conservative views. Kristen Hill drew criticism from some quarters for organizing an Ohio contingent to attend Washington D.C. last week for the “Stop the Steal” event. This event, of course, turned into a deadly riot. Ms. Hill has indicated that her contingent did not participate in any of the violence that ensued that day. 

The full board includes: 

Elected Members - Charlotte McGuire, Diana Fessler, Jenny Kilgore, Antoinette Miranda, John Hagan, Brendan Shea, Kirsten Hill, Christina Collins, Michelle Newman, and, Meryl Johnson 

At-Large Members - Laura Kohler, Eric Poklar, Martha Manchester, Steve Dackin, Mark Lamoncha, Mike Toal, and.  John Timothy Miller

For more information on state board of education members, please go to http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-Members.

Senate Committees Named – The Ohio Senate named new committee chairs and members. Of particular interest to the education community is the Senate Primary and Secondsary Education Committee which will be chaired by Senator Andrew Brenner. The Vice Chair will be Senator Louis Blessing III.  Other members include Stephen Huffman(R), Sandra O’Brien (R), Michael Rulli (R), Theresa Fedor (D) (Ranking Member), Vernon Sykes (D) 

Senate Finance Committee chair will, once again, by chaired by Senator Matt Dolan. In a departure from recent senate committee structures, there will be no senate finance sub-committees.

Posted: 1/15/2021
Last Update: 1/18/2021

Advocacy Update 12.4.20 – Ohio House Passes the Cupp-Patterson School Funding Bill

 

HB305 – On a vote of 84 – 8 the Ohio House passed the HB305, the Cupp-Patterson school funding bill. This represents a big leap for the bill, but it is still unlikely that the bill will move in the Ohio Senate during the lame duck session. OAGC submitted written testimony as an interested party this week. That testimony can be accessed at http://www.oagc.com/files/SheldonTestimonyHB305.Dec.1.2020.pdf

OAGC has a number of concerns with the gifted formula as well as accountability and other issues. The House Finance Committee did insert an amendment this week to that requires districts to spend gifted funding on gifted services. 

If the bill does not pass the Ohio Senate in the next two weeks, look for the bill to be reintroduced in January. 

 

Posted: 12/4/2020
Last Update: 12/4/2020

Advocacy Update – 11.9.20 School Funding Bill to See Lame Duck Session Activity; New State Education Board members.

HB305/SB376 - On Friday, several House and Senate members, along with a consultant to the Ohio Fair School Funding Plan group, held a press conference. The purpose was to introduce a re-configured plan that will be introduced this week in the Ohio Senate as HB376 and accepted as a substitute bill in the Ohio House as HB305. The powerpoints from the press conference, revised school estimates etc. are available at http://oagc.com/advocacyUpdates.asp under the HB305/SB376 (school Funding) and Gifted Cost Study topic heading. 

The timeline to hear the bills in both chambers is extremely ambitious: 

This week the Senate is expected to introduce and possibly hold a hearing on SB376, which is the companion bill to HB305. The Ohio House Finance Committee will accept SBH305 at a hearing on 11.10.10 at 10:00 AM. You can view the hearing at http://ohiochannel.org

Week of 11.16.20 – Hearings in both chambers. Possible action in the Ohio House floor. 

Week of 11.23.20 – No activity due to Thanksgiving holiday. 

Week of 11.30.20 – Hearings in the Ohio Senate and possible action in the Ohio House. 

Week of 12.7.20 – Bills would need to be on the floor, passed and reconciled between chambers as the Ohio General Assembly will be leaving for the year after 12.11.20. 

While it is possible for this to happen, it is much more likely that the bill will receive hearings in November and December in both chambers and then be reintroduced as part of the budget process in the 134th General Assembly. 

With regard to gifted issues, the same objections OAGC had to the as-introduced HB305 remain: 

Once the substitute bill is released, OAGC will provide a more thorough analysis and revise our amendment requests. 

New State Board of Education Members – The Ohio State Board of Education will see several new faces in January. Christina Collins (District 5) beat incumbent, Lisa Woods. Michelle Newman (District 9) replaces Stephanie Dodd who was term-limited. Brendan Shea (District 10) replaces Nick Owens who chose not to run for a second term. Former Rep. Diana Fessler (District 1) replaces Linda Haycock who also chose not to run for a second term. Mrs. Fessler served on the state board previously. Two incumbents won their races - Antoinette Miranda (District 6) and Meryl Johnson (District 11.) Sarah Fowler Arthur (District 7) won her bid for the Ohio House, so will be replaced by Governor DeWine. In addition, the governor will need to consider several reappointments and current vacancies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 11/9/2020
Last Update: 11/9/2020