Week in Review - 06/07/2019

Week in Review - 06/07/2019

FY20-21 BUDGET

The upper chamber will likely reveal its version of budget bill HB166 (Oelslager) next week, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) told members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) of Ohio on Wednesday. "I believe in the general principle that stability and consistency is important to have, overall," Obhof said. "I can tell you that the bill that passes the Senate will have a significant net tax cut in it. I believe the House bill, notwithstanding what happened on the [small business tax deduction], had a net tax cut as well."

 

EDUCATION

The attorney general's office asked the judge overseeing a collections case against Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) founder William Lager to put a lien on two of his Ohio properties to help settle any final judgment for recovery in the case. Attorney General Dave Yost's office filed a motion for pre-judgment attachment for properties in Columbus and Senecaville. Success for the state on the motion and the case would mean Lager could not sell the properties free and clear without first paying the judgment the court enters against him.


Many of the existing testing requirements and measures in the report card for dropout recovery and prevention (DRP) schools often don't align with their unique model and challenges, representatives from multiple schools said Monday. The group joined State Board of Education members John Hagan and Lisa Woods in Columbus for the first meeting of a work group examining issues faced by DRP schools.


The Ohio Board of Building Standards asked Attorney General Dave Yost recently for a formal opinion on which schools qualify for a moratorium now in effect on building code provisions that require new schools to be built with storm shelters.


Teachers, students, administrators, and union officials cheered a legislative proposal Tuesday to scale back Ohio's state testing regimen, saying it will free up instructional time, lessen students' anxiety, and prompt schools to re-examine their own local assessment requirements. The House Primary and Secondary Education Committee convened a hearing for proponent testimony on HB239, legislation from Reps. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) to eliminate four high school end-of-course exams: English language arts I, geometry, American history and American government. It also makes student participation voluntary for 11th grade administration of the ACT or SAT and requires school districts to gather local work groups to review their own testing mandates.


The Education Management Information System (EMIS) Advisory Council voted Wednesday to approve a report recommending 13 priority improvements to EMIS, which collects information on students and schools for purposes of state funding, report cards, and various other uses.


GAMING/GAMBLING

Gov. Mike DeWine wants any legislation legalizing sports betting in Ohio to give regulatory authority to the Casino Control Commission rather than the Ohio Lottery Commission. DeWine wouldn't talk about the topic Thursday when asked, but on Friday spokesman Dan Tierney confirmed DeWine's position. He said the governor had no comment beyond that.