The 134th Ohio General Assembly is busy at the statehouse after returning from summer recess last month. Both the Ohio House and Senate are currently working through the latter part of the first year of the current 2-year biennium, so this (134th) session will continue into 2022.
Issues abound on the post-budget legislative agenda, including consideration of bills that address vaccine / mask mandates, sports betting, energy policy, and education / workforce development (among others).
Ohio ACTE continues to focus on incentivizing work-based learning and driver’s education via SB 166, which has passed the Senate and should receive a first hearing in the House by Oct. 15. We also continue to monitor full implementation of the Fair School Funding Plan, which has been delayed until December of 2021.
Other education-related bills currently under consideration in the Legislature include:
- HB 73: Reduces number of required end-of-course examinations.
- HB 105: Requires instruction in sexual abuse / violence prevention.
- HB 151: Replaces OH Teacher Residency Program (including all performance based assessments) with new local teacher mentoring programs facilitated by a district’s local professional development committee.
- HB 298: Eliminates 8 Governor-appointed positions at State Board of Education.
- SB 1: Requires ½ credit of instruction in financial literacy as part of an elective or math course.
- SB 229: Continues to allow the use of blended learning plans and potentially remote learning plans for this school year.
by Will Vorys, Attorney and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Dickinson Wright Law Firm