Legislative Watch


Sen. Huffman Introduces Senate Bill 216; Wide-Range of Public Education Provisions

October 12, 2017

Ohio state Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has introduced Senate Bill 216. The bill would make a variety of changes to Ohio law regarding continuing contracts for non-teaching employees, teacher licensure and evaluation, aide permits, student testing, and the college credit plus program.

OEA is reviewing the bill and will urge that any provision that is contrary to the interests of OEA members and the learners they serve be removed from the bill.

Senate Bill 216 contains the following provisions:

Non-teacher continuing contracts:

  • Lengthens the service time for a non-teaching continuing contract from three years to seven years.

Educator Licensure:

  • Consolidates teacher licenses into two grade bands (K-8 and 6-12).
  • Allows a superintendent to employ an individual holding an educator license to teach a subject area or grade level for which the person is not licensed.
  • Educational aide permits and educational paraprofessional licenses are only required for individuals working in federally-funded programs.
  • Nonteaching employees whose services are needed to substitute for educational assistants shall not be required to hold a permit or license.
  • Establishes one substitute license (no long term and short term).
  • Removes the requirement for 30 hours of professional development for teachers instructing gifted children.

Educator evaluation:

  • Generally, the bill implements the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) reform recommendations of the Educator Standards Board (ESB). The ESB made six recommendations: 1) update the OTES rubric, 2) embed student growth measures in the revised OTES rubric, 3) remove shared attribution, 4) embed the alternative framework components as sources of evidence in the revised OTES rubric, 5) tailor the structure and timing of observations to meet the improvement and growth needs of teachers, and 6) provide a professional growth process for teachers rated Accomplished and Skilled.
Note: OEA supports the OTES reforms recommended by the ESB. OEA is working with Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) on a separate bill that is focused solely on implementing the OTES reforms recommended by the ESB. Chair Lehner’s OTES reform bill is expected to be introduced next week. OEA will strongly support that bill.

Student testing:

  • Eliminates kindergarten diagnostic tests.
  • Allows option for paper tests on state assessments for student in grades 3-5.

College-credit plus (CCP):

  • Student required to take CCP course at school district if offered there.


Download the latest issue of OEA Legislative Watch













OEA Legislative Watch Archive

OEA Legislative Watch is the association’s newsletter covering the legislation and policies that affect public education employees.


October 12, 2017
Sen. Huffman Introduces Senate Bill 216; Wide-Range of Public Education Provisions

July 28, 2017
OEA Analysis of Recently-Signed State Budget

July 6, 2017
Ohio House Acts to Override Some of Kasich’s Budget Vetoes

June 29, 2017
Legislature Passes Budget Bill and Sends to Governor Kasich

June 16, 2017
Senate Unveils Substitute Version of Budget Bill

May 19, 2017
OEA Testifies in Senate on K-12 Portion of Budget Bill

May 5, 2017
Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

April 28, 2017
House Finance Committee Unveils Substitute Budget Bill

March 31, 2017
Workgroup Recommends Graduation Alternatives for Class of 2018

March 17, 2017
ODE to Submit ESSA Plan in September and OEA Members Share Views on High School Graduation Requirements

March 10, 2017
OEA President Testifies on State’s Draft ESSA Plan and K-12 Portion of Budget Bill, and Opposes Bill Aimed at Voucher Expansion

February 17, 2017
State Budget Includes Teacher “Externships” Requirement for Licensure Renewal & HB 53

February 6, 2017
Governor’s Proposed School District Funding Released


May 6, 2016
OEA President Becky Higgins Testifies in Support of E-School Accountability Bill

April 14, 2016
OEA Voices Support for Senate Bill 241

February 10, 2016
“Gotcha” School Employee Penalty Removed from Sub. HB 420 by Ohio House Education Committee

January 29, 2016
Sub. HB 420:  OEA Strongly Opposes “Gotcha” School Employee Penalty Regarding Opt-Outs


November 6, 2015
HB 2:  Governor signs bill overhauling oversight of charter schools

October 27, 2015
Legislature Moves to Restore $44 Million in Tangible Personal Property Tax Supplemental Aid to School Districts

October 7, 2015
HB 2:  Long-awaited Charter School Reform Package Passes Ohio House & Senate

July 10, 2015
OEA Analysis of Recently-Signed State Budget

July 1, 2015
Kasich Exercises Veto Authority – Reduces Funding for School Districts – and Signs Budget Bill

June 26, 2015
HB 2 – Charter School Reform Bill Supported by OEA Passes Unanimously in Ohio Senate

June 25, 2015
Last minute, surprise legislative amendment sets the stage for state takeover of Youngstown City Schools

June 12, 2015
Senate Unveils Substitute Version of Budget Bill

May 22, 2015
OEA Testifies in Support of Charter School Reform – Senate Bill 148

May 15, 2015
House Passes Its Version of Testing Reform

May 1, 2015
Testing Committee Makes Recommendations

April 24, 2015
Ohio House Passes Budget Bill

April 17, 2015
House Finance Committee Unveils Substitute Budget Bill

March 27, 2015
Committee on Testing Establishes Website for Public Input

March 20, 2015
HB 2 – Charter School Reform Bill Receives 20 Amendments, but Many Key Changes Rejected

March 13, 2015
OEA Identifies Priorities Around Student Testing

March 6, 2015
OEA Testifies on K-12 Portion of Budget Bill

February 27, 2015
Senate Education Committee Passes Student “Safe Harbor” Legislation (HB 7)

February 11, 2015
OEA Statement on Governor Kasich’s Proposed K-12 Funding Formula

February 6, 2015
Kasich Releases Executive Budget Proposal

February 2, 2015
Senate Committee to Hold Testing Hearings


December 19, 2014
House Bill 367 Packed with Education Provisions Before Being Sent to Governor

December 17, 2014
Preserve Free Choice of Provider for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities

December 12, 2014
Bipartisan Redistricting Proposal Clears Ohio Senate

December 5, 2014
HB 343 Passes Ohio House After Being Amended to Keep Current Law Regarding School Salary Schedules

November 21, 2014
House Bill 343:  Eliminates Minimum Teacher Salaries and Single Salary Schedule

November 14, 2014
HB 343 Amendment Would Eliminate Teacher Minimum Salaries & Single Salary Schedules for All School Employees

June 5, 2014
Teacher Evaluation Language Good “First Step, but More Fixes are Needed”

May 23, 2014
Mid-Biennium Review Bills Pass the Senate

May 15, 2014
Second House Version of Senate Bill 229 – Still a Bad Bill

April 11, 2014
Mid-Biennium Review Bills Head to the Senate

March 28, 2014
Sub. SB 229: Teacher Evaluation Bill Intended to Provide More Local Flexibility is Turned Upside Down by House Education Committee

March 20, 2014
HB 472: Mid-Biennium Reveiw Bill Introduced

March 20, 2014
Analysis of HB 472 as Introduced

March 12, 2014
Long Awaited Resolution to Calamity Days Bill

February 28, 2014
Governor Outlines Education Proposals in State of the State

February 21, 2014
Senate Bill 229 Gets First Hearing

January 24, 2014
Ohio House Passes OEA Opposed House Bill 8