Week in Review - 01/11/2019

Week in Review - 01/11/2019

ARTS, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is now accepting applications for its TeachArtsOhio program for projects occurring during the 2019-20 school year. This newest arts learning program aims to expand learning opportunities through the arts and increase academic achievement through schools' collaboration with a professional artist in the classroom. Each school may apply for its own TeachArtsOhio grant, and grants cover the total cost of artist fees associated with hosting a resident teaching artist.Artists can be in the creative writing, dance, design, drama/theatre, media arts, music, visual arts or traditional arts areas.


 

FY18-19 BUDGET

As a new General Assembly is sworn in and a new administration prepares to take the reins of state government, Ohio's revenues came in under estimates for the month of December -- the first time that has happened since FY19 began on July 1, 2018. However, Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Director Tim Keen told Hannah News that there is nothing in Monday's report that concerns him: "We are on plan and somewhat over-performing for tax receipts." December saw the monthly revenues miss the mark by 2.0 percent or $38.2 million while the year-to-date total remains over estimates by 1.1 percent or $128.7 million, according to OBM's preliminary figures.


 

EDUCATION

A Franklin County judge delayed this week's trial on dissolution of the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). According to the office of Common Pleas Judge Michael Holbrook, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, ECOT's sponsor, told the court it is still in the process of winding down the school. Lake Erie West filed a request Monday to vacate hearings set for this week. A final pre-trial hearing had been set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, and the trial was scheduled to begin Thursday. No new dates were set as of Tuesday morning, according to Holbrook's office.


 

ELECTIONS

Secretary of State Jon Husted Wednesday said that county boards of elections will be sending out notices to more than 275,000 voters who are in danger of being removed from the voter rolls under the state's supplemental process. The process, which removes voters from the statewide voter registration database who do not vote for two federal election cycles and do not take any action when notified of their inactivity, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.


 

EMPLOYMENT/UNEMPLOYMENT

The nation added 312,000 jobs in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced Friday, while the unemployment rate went from 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent. According to BLS, the number of unemployed persons rose by 276,000 people to 6.3 million, though much of that can be attributed to more people joining the labor force.


 

GAMING/GAMBLING

Ohio's four casinos ended 2018 with approximately $18.5 million more in adjusted gross revenue than they made in2017, according to data released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Casinos made $837,482,101 in 2018, compared to $818,979,250 in 2017..

 

GOVERNOR

Gov. John Kasich signed the following bills passed in the lame duck session over the past week:

 

- - HB66 (Young) Establishes the Subcommittee on Standards for Teacher Preparation of the Educator Standards Board, establishes the Undergraduate Mission Study Committee to evaluate each state university's efforts to secure participation in the undergraduate mission by its tenured faculty, qualifies public and private institutions of higher education as covered entities for cybersecurity program safe harbor, and requires a public school to notify the parent of a student who fails to arrive at school on time.

- HB425 (Antani-Craig) - Provides that specified portions of peace officers' body-worn camera or dashboard camera recordings and the infrastructure record of a public school are not public records for purposes of the Public Records Law, replaces expungement with sealing of ex parteprotection orders and records under certain circumstances, clarifies theappellate process for the court's refusal to grant certain protection orders,and repeals the pilot program regarding the removal of sealed or expungedrecords from certain databases. 

- HB477 (Koehler) - Eliminates various provisions and programsrelated to the Department of Education and the operation of primary andsecondary schools, revises the law on paraprofessional certification, andprovides civil immunity regarding decisions not to procure mental healthservices for a suspended or expelled student.