Week in Review - 08/31/2018

Week in Review - 08/31/2018

CHILDREN/FAMILIES

Children of first-time mothers who received home visits from registered nurses from infancy through age three were less likely to be overweight or obese than children in a control group, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and conducted at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.


EDUCATION

Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and members of the State Board of Education met at the Statehouse Tuesday morning to officially launch "#EachChildOurFuture," the five-year strategic plan for education in the state. The plan will serve as a roadmap for schools, educators, policymakers, and others to guide the development of practices and policies to improve the entire state education system. DeMaria praised the work of everyone involved in the planning process, which began in the summer of 2017.


As Ohio's career technical high schools transition to new federal compliance standards under the Perkins Act, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Career-Technical Planning District (CTPD) Report Card Workgroup discussed changes that should be made to year-end district report cards.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Monday announced the introduction of federal legislation that seeks to direct federal funds recovered from the former online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), to the schools in Ohio that lost them. The bill would require that any of the more than $130 million that ECOT received from the federal government since 2000 go to schools instead of the U.S. Treasury's general fund.


As students around the state are returning to classes, a coalition of organizations has released a set of school safety principles focused on improving school climate and training to improve safety instead of further investment in school resource officers. The "#counselorsnotcuffs" campaign is supported by the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the ACLU of Ohio, the Ohio Poverty Law Center, Policy Matters Ohio, and other organizations.


ELECTIONS 2018

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday that his office will begin mailing absentee ballot applications to voters this week ahead of November's General Election. Applications should start arriving in mailboxes shortly after the Labor Day holiday.


The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) has released its 2018 Election Guide, a biannual project that was produced with assistance from Hannah News. This year's guide includes 200 pages of information on candidates running statewide, for Ohio courts of appeals, the Ohio House and Senate, and Congress. It includes a political index to measure the relative Republican/Democratic voting strength of each district. This year's political index is calculated based on the results of six recent elections.


Republican lieutenant governor nominee Jon Husted took his turn with leaders from the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), and Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) at OSBA's office in Columbus, the groups said.


GOVERNOR

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings to honor the life and service of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died of brain cancer at age 81 on Saturday, through his burial.


HIGHER EDUCATION

The National Education Association (NEA) is suing the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), alleging the federal agency acted illegally in delaying rules affecting online university courses. The rules, adopted at the tail end of the Obama administration and scheduled to have taken effect in July 2018, require online universities to notify students if their programs are at risk of failing to meet state-level licensing standards or incurring adverse actions from accreditors or state regulators.