Teacher Evaluation Talking Points
After being passed by the Ohio Senate in a unanimous vote (33-0), Senate Bill (SB) 229 received its first hearing (sponsor testimony) in the Ohio House Education Committee on February 12, 2014. On March 26, 2014, the House Education Committee unveiled a new version of the bill which made drastic changes to SB 229. These changes turned the bill on its head and left it almost unrecognizable from the bill that was approved unanimously by the Ohio Senate. The changes to what had been a bi-partisan bill in the Senate were accepted by the House committee on a party-line vote, with all Democrats voting “No.” In comments to the committee, ranking Democrat and former teacher Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) said the bill had been “hijacked.” OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro urged the Committee to support the Senate- passed version of SB 229. To read the testimony, click here .
- The OEA strongly opposes the House Substitute Bill and the hostile takeover of the effort to provide much-needed local flexibility to teacher evaluations.
- The litany of changes made to SB 229 by the House Education Committee has turned the bill on its head. Instead of supporting teachers and administrators by providing local flexibility to key areas of OTES, the House version adds even more burdens, complexities and bad policy on Ohio’s educators.
- The OEA will continue to work with the sponsors and supporters of the Senate-passed bill to implement legislation that provides the local flexibility needed to make Ohio’s teacher evaluation system more effective, fair and efficient.
Click here to send a letter to your state Representative urging them to oppose the new House version of SB 229.