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 Septembeer 19, 2014 BASA Member Update

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     GED Changes from HB 487

Effective this past Wednesday, a major change on eligibility to take the GED exam became effective. A superintendent’s approval and signature are no longer required for young people below the age of 19 to sit for the exam.  The submission form for GED testers ages 16 and 17 must include a copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the school administrator. Additionally, an Original Consent Form must be signed and notarized from either the parent, guardian, or court official (copies of the guardianship or court documents must be included).

Form submission for GED testers age 18 must include a copy of the current year withdrawal form signed by the school administrator.

 

E-Rate Changes

The Federal Communications Commission made changes to E-rate, a program which connects schools and libraries to broadband. The changes are effective beginning with the 2015-2016 funding year. Among the changes, the commission is no longer requiring technology plans from schools. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Education will no longer require technology plans to be submitted from E-rate recipients. A Complete set of updates from the FCC is available here.

 

     

OPES Training

BASA will offer a two-day training session for administrators in October. The training dates are October 20 and 21 at Holiday Inn, 7007 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43085. This training will provide information on how to implement the OPES model with many tips and forms to use during the process. At the end of the two-day session, participants will be able to take the online credentialing test. You may register for this training through the Ohio Department of Education STARS system. Register soon as the session closes quickly. If you have any questions feel free to contact the BASA office.




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Two Exciting and Distinct BASA Professional Development Tours in June 2015!!

BASA and Education First are offering two collaborative educational professional development programs again this year.  We have many members who have attended these events in the past including, Kirk Hamilton, Jerry Klenke and Kathy Lowery.  They are simply fabulous and affordable opportunities to learn about education and culture in foreign countries.  They are listed here for your information and the flyer for the China trip is attached.  The Davos, Switzerland trip itinerary will be ready in the next couple of weeks. 

BASA also provides ONE PD Scholarship for one superintendent each year to the BASA Professional Development Tour to China June 8 – 17, 2015.  The scholarship information is also attached.


Trip 1 - BASA Professional Development Tour to China, June 8 – June 17, 2015.

                This tour includes visiting local schools while also seeing China’s major cultural and historical sites.  It includes the famous cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.  The cost includes all airfare to and from China as well the flights in China, a full time tour director, sightseeing tours led by local guides, entrance fees to selected sites, overnight stays in hotels, a comfortable motor coach and breakfast and dinner daily.  The total cost per person is approximately $3,710 and spouses are welcome.



Trip 2 - EF Professional Development Tour in conjunction with the EF Global Student Leaders Summit in Davos, Switzerland, June 21 – 29, 2015. 

                This tour is in conjunction with the third annual EF Global Student Leaders Summit in Davos, Switzerland.  You will participate in many local cultural and historical activities as well as visit local schools and the Finnish National Board of Education.  The cost includes all airfare to and from Europe as well as the flights in Europe, a full time tour director, sightseeing tours led by local guides, entrance fees to selected sites, overnight stays in hotels, cruises, trains or ferries as specified and breakfast and dinner daily.  The total cost per person is approximately $3,710.




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