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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • November 14, 2011 11:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer  (11/13, Holan) reported, "Jeff Busser, the career tech carpentry class instructor for Parma Senior High, Valley Forge and Normandy high schools found a ready and willing group of students to build a picnic pavilion at Radlick Park in Parma Heights." The Plain Dealer reported, "The Parma City School District received a $10,630 Lowe's Foundation Grant for the building of a new pavilion, and Busser's crew consisted of seniors completing their requirements for graduation." He "said that his carpentry class is always looking for projects in the community that meet the curriculum and skill levels of the students. For example, they can build garages, decks and additions."
  • November 08, 2011 2:28 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Salem (OH) News (11/8, Shields) reports, "A growing need for welders is significant and the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center is responding to it, according to Huck Hughes, the school's welding and fabricating instructor." CCCTC "currently has 23 juniors, 23 seniors and 30 adult education welding students and turns away 15 to 20 people a year in the high school program. Juniors and seniors are in class for 2.5 hours a day with juniors receiving entry-level welding certification, seniors receiving advanced-level (pipe welding) certification while many return for a third year at the 'expert level,'" according to Hughes. "The school has already sent students into local industry like MAC Trailer, which donated an aluminum MIG welder to the school; Butech Bliss, Hickey Metal Fabrication and Dearing Compressor in Youngstown."

  • November 07, 2011 3:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In an op-ed in support of Akron school levy Issue 14 in the Akron Beacon Journal (11/6), David W. James, the superintendent of the Akron Public Schools, wrote, "Issue 14 - a very modest property tax increase and the first APS levy since 2006 - will keep" our "students and our community moving forward." James wrote, "Our educators consistently seek firsthand input from Akron employers about human resources needs. As a result, we offer extensive career education programming." The "first safety/emergency medical services option at Buchtel High School," he wrote, enables "students to earn college credit at the University of Akron." While "our HVAC program at North High School is one of several in the building trades where APS students work side by side with skilled tradesmen building new homes."

  • October 04, 2011 11:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Steve Gratz has been named Interim Director, Office of CTE, following the promotion of Kathy Shibley to Senior Executive Director, Center for Student Support & Education Options.

    The Ohio Department of Education is being restructured with the goal to “achieve better results in meeting the needs of Ohio’s students with greater efficiency and effectiveness.” The structure involves two main divisions: 1) Learning; and 2) Accountability and Quality Schools. Under the proposal, the Office of Career-Technical Education (CTE) falls within the Center for Student Support and Education Options of the Division for Accountability and Quality Schools. This shift is not expected to change the products and services of the Office of CTE.

  • October 04, 2011 11:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

         At the request of the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents and Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, the Ohio General Assembly added a provision to HB 153 (State Budget) allowing school districts to charge fees to “free lunch” students for certain items used in career-tech programs.  These students had been given a blanket exemption from student fees under legislation enacted in 2009.  

               

          The new provision contained in HB 153 took effect September 29, 2011.  As amended, the student fees statute now permits fees to be charged to free lunch-eligible students if the fees are for

    “tools, equipment, and materials that are necessary for workforce-readiness training within a career-technical education program that, to the extent the tools, equipment, and materials are not consumed, may be retained by the student upon course completion.”

                                                            RC§3313.642(B)(2). 

     

          This new provision clearly allows districts to charge “free lunch” students with certain fees in career-tech settingsundefined something which was not previously possible.  However, the exact scope of this language is open to interpretation.  In a carpentry class, for example, does this language allow charges for all wood used by a student, or only for the wood that is “retained” by the student afterward as a piece of furniture or leftover wood?   Both interpretations are possible under the language used by the General Assembly.

              

          In the absence of further guidance (perhaps issued by the Attorney General, a court of law, or the legislature itself), districts should use caution when charging fees to free lunch-eligible students for items that are in fact consumed in the instructional process and which are not “retained by the student upon course completion.”  In the leading case interpreting the

    Ohioschool fees statute, the Ohio Supreme Court has said that “Free public education is the rule in this state, fees the exception.”  Assn. for Defense of Washington Local SchoolDist. v. Kiger, 42 Ohio St.3d 116 (1989).  Although no one can predict how the new amendment of school fees will ultimately be interpreted, this case would suggest that the courts may feel compelled to a give a narrower, rather than a broader, interpretation.

    Please note:  The above information is provided as an informational service courtesy of the

    OhioAssociation for Career and Technical Education and Bricker & Eckler LLP.  It is not intended to serve as a legal opinion with respect to any specific person or factual situation.

  • September 23, 2011 12:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On Sept. 13, as part of his nationwide tour to promote his jobs bill, President Barack Obama visited a classroom at Columbus’ newly renovated Fort Hayes Career Center.  He spent significant time with the students and with instructor Keith Morefield in the graphic communications lab.

    Read more about President Obama's visit to Ft. Hayes.

  • September 06, 2011 3:17 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich signed the 2012-2013 biennium State Operating Budget into law on June 30, 2011.  House Bill 153, as has been reported extensively around

    Ohio, was one of the most policy-heavy state budgets in recent memory.  It changed funding levels for public programs, but also shifted funding sources and modified administrative regulations for many state agencies and political subdivisions.

    While many districts suffered cuts both in Foundation Funding and reductions due to accelerated phase-outs of the tangible personal property (TPPT) and kilowatt hour (KWH) taxes, Career Tech received flat Foundation Funding at 2011 levels.  The accelerated cuts in TPPT taxes will have a negative impact on CTE, but in a Statehouse compromise, the legislature capped cuts due to TPPT rollback at 4% of total resources to a district.  A chart of funding for all JVSDs and a review of the impact on the TPPT and KWH taxes can be found at http://obm.ohio.gov/SectionPages/Budget/FY1213/SchoolFunding.aspx.

    The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education worked hard to integrate several administrative measures into House Bill 153.  Relief from administrative burdens included improved background check procedures and changes to degree requirements for CTE instructors.  ACTE successes in the State Budget include:

    1. School Supplies:  Language contained in HB 1 last year eliminated all local discretion to determine how to cover costs for workforce-readiness equipment for students eligible for free lunch.  This unfunded mandate disproportionately impacts CTE, where students often pay fees for tools, equipment, and licensure for their training and for later use in their professional careers.  Language in the budget bill now gives school districts the option to charge students for supplies that are used for career readiness and are taken into the workforce following graduation.

    1. Tax Increment Financing (TIF):  The Ohio Revised Code affords traditional school districts protection from reduced tax revenue when a locality utilizes tax increment financing.  JVSDs will now enjoy the same protection negotiated by the traditional school district in the same TIF geographic area.

    1. School Facility funding for JVSDs:  Currently, the OSFC, “may set aside up to two per cent of the aggregate amount appropriated to it for classroom facilities assistance projects.”  New budget language would allow the OSFC to exceed the current cap if necessary to fund up to one new JVSD project per year.

    1. Degree Requirements:  Current Ohio Administrative Code section 3301-24.08 requires that career-tech teachers who do not already have a baccalaureate degree complete at least an associate degree in their field before they can renew a provisional teaching license.  Now, the State Board of Education can take life experience, professional certification and practical ability into account when issuing a career technical teaching license.  Applicants will not necessarily need to hold a degree to renew their license.

    1. Background Checks:  Current law requires a background check for every new teacher – this includes instructors who have taught in the past but may have been on hiatus for a period of time.  But in the adult context, instructors often are hired to train adults in short, skill-upgrading courses that do not last the entire school year.  The new law will allow JVSDs to perform background checks every two years for adult education instructors, lessening the burden on CTE schools with adult ed instructors who teach on irregular schedules.

    1. Sick Leave:  The Ohio Revised Code creates an unfunded mandate that all full-time and part-time, seasonal, intermittent, hourly and per diem board of education employees shall receive 15 days of paid sick leave per year, credited at a rate of 1 1/4 days per month.  This applies to part-time adult education instructors even though such employees set their own schedule and re-schedule a class when sick.  The budget bill exempts part-time adult workforce education instructors from the current leave requirement, more accurately reflecting the nature of their schedules.

    1. Inclusive Finance Option:  Given their large geographic areas and tax valuations, career centers often finance improvements via voted levies rather than voted bond issues like their member districts might pursue.  Career centers who also train adults can now pursue a single levy, so all components relating to an OSFC project, Local Share and Locally Funded Initiatives, may be financed. 

                In addition to the items listed above, the Kasich Administration worked with State Senators and Representatives to ensure that a school district’s total operating funding be reduced proportionately if the district is unable to spend the total amount of career-technical education funding allocated to that district.  This is to discourage districts from not spending CTE dollars to help bolster the general operating fund for that district.

                ACTE pursued other items in the budget that were not included because of ongoing discussions surrounding the potential ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5.  We will keep working throughout the remainder of this year to track and influence important legislation and proposed rules affecting career and technical education throughout the state.

                We understand that Governor Kasich desires to revisit the state budget and education reform when legislators return from summer recess in September.  As of this report, no formal meetings have been set, but certain individuals have been identified as the lead legislators and administratos to discuss school funding in the coming year.  State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Dr. Robert Sommers will be driving that effort.

               

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