February 24, 2017 - Special Education Updates


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Special Education Law Workshop

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) is hosting a Special Education Law Workshop on Friday, March 3, 2017.  This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.0 hours of CLE credit.

Topics include:

  • ODE update
  • Special education emerging topics
  • Panel discussion – OCR and special education services for students with limited English proficiency
  • Transition planning – what's the next step?
  • Discipline and behavior management for students in special education

Please click here for more information, a detailed agenda and registration information.

February 27, 2017 - Legislative Update!

Legislative Update!

132nd General Assembly

Off to a Busy Start


Three bills are of particular interest to Ohio's education community:  Senate Bill 34 and House Bills 21 and 58.


Under provisions of S.B. 34, all public schools -- with the exception those operating on a year-round basis - would begin the school year for students after the Labor Day holiday, starting in 2018-2019.  However, school boards and governing authorities

Could adopt resolutions allowing schools to open prior to Labor Day if they determine it is in schools' best interests.  

It is predictable that representatives of Ohio's amusement parks, campgrounds and county fairs will encourage legislators to support the legislation.  Estimate indicate that delaying the start of the school year would increase annual summer tourism spending by about $200 million. 

H.B. 21 proposes a dramatic change for both districts and charter schools.  The bill would shift responsibility for review and reporting of student residency from districts to charters. 

Charter school governing authorities would be required to verify to ODE each student's "home" school district and would continue to adopt policies to prescribe documents used to verify student residency.  A change from current law in which districts are responsible for review of residency records for charter school students.  When districts and charters disagree on student residency, charter schools must provide districts with student residency documentation.    

Given the fact that some districts routinely "flag" student records - and delay funding to charters - over student residency issues, districts may object to this bill.

HB 58 would add handwriting instruction to the k-5 curriculum.  The legislation is aimed at ensuring that students develop the ability to print letters and words legibly by third grade and to create readable documents using legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade.


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February 2017

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