Week in Review - 08/30/2019

Week in Review - 08/30/2019

EDUCATION

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Gov. Mike DeWine's office Friday launched a new website designed to provide schools information and resources on meeting student wellness needs. The website comes alongside the $675 million in Student Wellness and Success funding included in HB166 (Oelslager), the biennial operating budget, allocated to schools for use on mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring, after-schools programs, etc.


At its Monday meeting the State Board of Education Dropout Prevention and Recovery Schools Workgroup heard from Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC) Executive Director Lauren Monowar-Jones regarding proposed changes to dropout recovery school (DRS) report cards that would include five indicators on which schools would be graded: achievement, growth, completion rate, life readiness and climate/culture. It also heard a presentation from Leah Amstutz, interim director of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office of Career Tech Education, regarding an information technology (IT) overhaul for career technical schools to more easily allow students to receive college credit for classes completed in high school.


Using funding from the Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant that the state received in December 2018, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), in conjunction with three other departments, developed and has now released a self-assessment tool to help families discover whether they are eligible for any of Ohio's early childhood services. Besides ODJFS, the departments of education (ODE), developmental disabilities (DODD) and health (ODH), designed and developed the Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment tool which will assist families to determine their potential eligibility for all of Ohio's early childhood services.


JUDICIAL

The Ohio Supreme Court unveiled a new classroom program providing high school students and teachers free lesson plans on real-world criminal and civil cases. The e-curriculum leads learners and educators through an in-depth study of previous Court decisions with case previews and opinion summaries written to high school Lexile reading levels. "Under Advisement: Ohio Supreme Court Cases on Demand," created by the Supreme Court's Civic Education Section, aligns with the 2018 Ohio Learning Standards for High School American Government Curriculum.


TOBACCO/SMOKING

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is asking health care providers to report suspected cases of pulmonary illnesses in patients who use e-cigarettes, following reports of six Ohioans who experienced severe pulmonary illness after using the products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also recently sent an alert to health care providers about pulmonary illnesses linked to vaping in at least 16 states, primarily among adolescents and young adults.