Legislative Watch


Attend OEA Member Lobby Day on January 31, 2018

December 15, 2017

An OEA Member Lobby Day has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2018. A 10 AM legislative briefing will be provided at OEA Headquarters by OEA Officers and Government Relations staff to update members on the latest legislative action at the Ohio Statehouse, including the introduction of OTES reforms supported by the OEA
(Senate Bill 240). For any assistance in scheduling meetings with your state Representative or state Senator, please contact OEA Government Relations at: govtsrv@ohea.org.


HB 21 – Improvements to Charter Student Residency Verification Pass Ohio House 94-0

House Bill 21 is a bi-partisan bill supported by the OEA that was unanimously passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on December 13, 2017. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick), House Bill 21 is a good government reform designed to improve the accuracy of verifying the residency of students who transfer to a charter school so that per-pupil charter payments are deducted from the correct school district. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Current law requires school districts to verify for the Ohio Department of Education the district residency of students who attend charter schools. This process is inefficient and ineffective because once students have transferred to a charter school, local school districts are no longer in contact with these students and it is the charter schools that have possession of the student’s residency documents.

A fairer and more logical system for verifying the residency of charter school students is needed. House Bill 21 would improve this process by giving charter schools the primary responsibility for verifying the residency of charter school students, while continuing to allow school districts to review and dispute erroneous residency claims.


SB 240 – OTES Reforms Supported by OEA Introduced in Ohio Senate

OEA strongly supports Senate Bill 240, a bi-partisan bill introduced by Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) on December 12, 2017. The bill contains comprehensive reforms to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) that were recently recommended by the teacher-majority Educator Standards Board (ESB).
Senate Bill 240 would rebalance and restructure OTES so that evaluations are teacher-driven and student-focused. The OTES reform package in Senate Bill 240 would implement the six major reforms proposed by the ESB and approved by the State Board of Education. These include:

  1. Update OTES Rubric: The rubric would embed student growth indicators instead of using a percentage, clarify descriptors to decrease redundancy, and improve clarity in the distinctions between performance levels.
  2. Embed Student Growth into the Revised OTES Rubric: The evaluation framework would embed at least two types of “high quality” student data in the performance rubric in the following areas: knowledge of students, differentiation, assessment of student learning, assessment of data, and professional responsibility.
  3. Remove Shared Attribution: Shared attribution does not accurately measure teacher performance or student growth because it uses assessments for a group of students that the educator does not teach. In addition, this measure does not encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration as intended.
  4. Embed the Alternative Framework Components as Sources of Evidence in the Revised OTES Rubric: By embedding student growth and achievement as required indicators in the revised rubric, a separate alternative framework is no longer needed. Instead, the components of an alternative framework would include: student portfolios, student surveys, peer review, self-evaluation, and district-determined measures, which will remain as optional sources of evidence of teacher effectiveness.
  5. Tailor Structure and Timing of Observations to Meet the Needs of Teachers in Order to Focus on Improvement and Growth: For teachers on a full evaluation cycle, the formal observations and an optional number of walkthroughs will be maintained, along with a required end of annual cycle conference with the evaluator. The first observation would be conducted at the beginning of the year. The pre-observation conference is optional, but a post-observation conference is required during the first semester. Walkthroughs will occur thereafter to focus on specific area(s) needing support. The second observation would be conducted in the second semester. Consideration for nonrenewal requires a third formal observation cycle.
  6. Provide a Professional Growth Process for Teachers Rated Accomplished and Skilled: The off-year evaluation schedule for teachers rated skilled or accomplished will be maintained but adds the requirement of a conference in off-years for skilled and accomplished teachers to discuss professional growth and progress toward goals.


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.


December 15, 2017
Attend OEA Member Lobby Day on January 31, 2018

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