House Bill 110 - HB 110 establishes a program within the College Credit Plus Program that would allow students to partake in certified apprenticeship programs while receiving college credit for their apprenticeship work. Those who qualify must attend public secondary school or nonpublic chartered secondary school and are at least sixteen years old. Students would be required to maintain a 2.5 out of 4.0 grade point average in order to participate in the program. HB 110 was referred to the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.
Senate Bill 216 - The Senate Education Committee held numerous committee hearings over the past few months regarding SB 216, which would make major changes related to school assessments, the teacher evaluation system and the reporting of student performance on the state report card. Main provisions of the legislation would eliminate the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and increase from 15 to 30 the minimum number of students ("N"-size") in a group for student performance data to be reported. The latter provision would be especially impactful on English Learners, as their performance would not be reported as a cohort if the school has fewer than 30 students who are English Learners. Jesús Sánchez of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and John Monteleone of Oberlin City Schools testified against the "N" size proposed changes stating that "raising the "N" size would only make for a further reduction in the number of schools held accountable for certain groups of students." Further committee hearings on the proposal may be forthcoming in the new year.
Senate Bill 246 - Introduced by Senators Peggy Lehner of Kettering and Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville, SB 246 would prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in PreK-3rd grade, and would require each public school to implement a positive behavior intervention in accordance with state standards. Among other provisions, the bill would require schools to report out-of-school suspension and expulsion data to ODE, assist the disciplined student’s parent or guardian with finding mental health services when a need is identified, and permit students to complete any classroom assignments missed during a suspension. This bill was introduced with large bipartisan support.
Senate Bill 313 - Introduced by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), SB 313 would establish the College Application Month program during which the board of education of each city/schools district would organize activities to encourage and assist students in grade twelve to apply for admission to at least one post-secondary education institution. It would also ensure that class time be used to help students write college application letters and personal statements as well as submit their application materials. SB 313 was introduced in the Senate in late June of 2018 where it awaits a hearing.