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Members of the Senate Education Committee, on behalf of the OEA’s 123,000 members, The draft bill under consideration makes a variety of proposals intended to address ongoing problems with the Ohio law (HB 70) authorizing state takeovers of local school districts. The major shortcoming of the draft bill continues to be the lack of checks-and-balances.
Pres. Becky Higgins: “We urge the Senate to keep the language in the House-passed budget that is part of HB 154 and that would do away with state-mandated Academic Distress Commissions.”
OEA is opposed to the amendment as it is currently written. Students should be able to demonstrate what they know in ways other than a standardized test. A child is more than a test score. Ohio’s graduation requirements should reflect this as well.
State Representatives Joseph A. Miller III (D-Amherst) and Don Jones (R-Freeport) recently announced they will soon introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal portions of House Bill 70 — the state takeover bill.
OEA LEGISLATIVE WATCH — Extending Alt. Graduation Pathways | Restoration of OPERS Credit for DD Employees | Proposed HJR 19 Constitutional amendment making it more difficult to pass amendments met with sharp criticism as an attack on direct democracy.
The committee is charged with developing a consensus solution to the multi-employer pension crisis affecting families across America.
Together, we are continuing the fight for strong public schools by strengthening our locals and demonstrating value and relevance to our members.
When it comes to public education, OEA members are the experts, and they have a right and a need to be heard. The legislative scorecard reflects each member of the Ohio General Assembly.