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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • March 14, 2013 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    A the March 5 meeeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Subcommittee on K-12 Education, career-technical educators testified on behalf of CTE. 

    Joyce Malainy, Superintendent at C-Tec and Chris Renn, Career Technical Director at Millstream Career Center testified regarding the proposed Stte budget.

    Bassam Homsi, President and CEO of AUTOTOOL provided testimony that emphasized the importance of career-technical education to local business and manufacturing in finding skilled employees.

    Read their complete testimony:

    Bassam Homsi

    Chris Renn

    Joyce Malainy


  • March 10, 2013 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Governor John Kasich attended the 2013 Ohio ACTE Student Showcase on March 7 in the Statehouse Atrium.  The purpose of the Showcase is to show legislators and lawmakers the projects and programs that students work on through career-technical education and the value of CTE to Ohio’s students and economy.

    Gov. Kasich spent about half hour at the Showcase, talking to students and viewing their displays.    He also addressed the 150 students, teachers and guests in attendance.

    The event was also covered by the local news media and a segment aired on the news that evening, said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    “The whole event was a home run,” said Gardner.  The students did an excellent job showcasing their work and talking to legislators and the Governor, she said.  “We could not have hoped for a better event or more positive publicity for CTE - students are our best advocates,” Gardner said.  

    The timing of the Showcase was set to coincide with State budget process as lawmakers review the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes a new education funding formula that will impact CTE.

    Click here to view the news segment.

    Educators and a business partner have also been advoacting for CTE by testifying in the legislture on behalf of career-technical education and funding.  See their testimony here.

    Governor John Kasich with Vantage Career Center Students.

    Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the House William Batchelder with Mid-East Career Technology Center students.

       Senator Cliff Hite with Tri-Rivers Career Center Robotics student.
  • March 10, 2013 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    The US Department of Education issued a letter March 4 indicating that Career Centers must seek new accreditation in the next 18 months if they are accredited by NCA CASI.   In the meantime, schools may develop new programs and submit them to the DoE’s  Federal Student Aid (FSA) office.   FSA will review the program and approve in appropriate circumstances for Title IV.

    “This is great news for our adult career centers,”  said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  Many people helped with this issue, including staff members in the office of our US Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, she said. 

    “Ohio ACTE President Joe Dannemiller, Harry Snyder of the PACE Division and I traveled to Washington DC in December to meet with DoE and explain our challenges to the Department,” Gardner said.  Our efforts paid off, and with NCA-CASI’s withdrawal,  DoE was quick to act, she said.

    Career Centers must seek alternate certification in the next 18  months, according to the DoE letter.  Ohio ACTE and the PACE Division have been working with accreditors to help streamline the process.

    Last fall, adult directors held a meeting with Council on Occupational Education to learn about their accrediting process and a meeting is planned with Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) on March 26-27 in Columbus to learn more about their process.

    Click here for more information on the ACCSC meeting and view the DoE March 4 letter by clicking here.

  • February 14, 2013 8:03 AM | Anonymous

    By Terrence O’Donnell, Esq., Bricker & Eckler, LLC

    Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


                On February 13, 2013, one day after the Governor revealed his proposed state budget bill, two of his top education policy advisors, Barbara Mattei-Smith and Richard A. Ross, testified before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee to outline proposed changes to the state’s K-12school funding formula.


                Formula, Generally:  The formula appears to provide a base level of funding to every district (“core opportunity funds”) on a “per pupil” basis.  Next, the formula seeks to target resources to those districts with relatively lower income and property values.  The core funds and the targeted resources, together, provide funds for the general operation of the school.  The formula then makes available additional dollars based on “unique needs” of students such as those with disabilities, those not yet proficient in English, economically disadvantaged students, gifted students, etc. 


                Career Tech:  In recognition of the fact that career technical education is indeed more costly than traditional school, the formula retains what is commonly referred to as “weighted funding.”  Ohio ACTE is pleased the Governor’s budget acknowledges this reality as the preservation of weighted funding was a major goal of the association.  At the same time, the formula revises the amount of weighted funding to support career tech.  Under current law, career tech funds are weighted an additional 57%.  Under the Governor’s proposal, the weights are not a percentage of the whole but rather a fixed dollar amount.  In addition, the proposed weights are not uniform across CTE as they are today at 57%.  Rather, the career tech weighted funds as proposed in the Governor’s budget are allocated according to career field and are grouped in five categories as follows:

    • 1.      $2,900:  Environmental & Agricultural Systems, Construction Technologies, Engineering & Science Technologies, Finance, Health Science, IT, Manufacturing Technologies
    • 2.     $2,600:  Business & Administrative, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Law & Public Safety, Transportation Systems
    • 3.     $1,650:  Career Based-Intervention
    • 4.     $1,200:  Arts & Communications, Education & Training, Marketing, Workforce Development Academics, Career Development
    • 5.     $900:  GRADS, Family & Consumer Sciences   

    Career tech superintendents, treasurers, administrators, and others are actively testing this formula, running the numbers, and simulating the proposal’s fiscal impact.  While the Governor’s Office released a spreadsheet simulating the impact of the formula on JVSDs, the spreadsheet did not appear to take into account the changes to the weighted funding system.  (It appeared to only calculate the changes to the base amount). 


    Guarantees:  Finally, at least for the next two years, the proposal also continues the “guarantees” seen in other recent school funding formulas whereby the State will provide base resources to a school not less than the resources received in the past year to avoid budget “destabilization” in the short term.  However, future legislation could certainly eliminate the guarantees and simply allocate dollars strictly per the formula without a safety net.  Should this occur, it is expected that districts with declining student populations could see their funding levels decrease accordingly.          


        As Ohio ACTE representatives and leadership continue to meet with the Governor’s Office and key legislative leaders and gain additional information about the impact of the budget proposal, we will keep members informed.


    Read the full testimony of Barbara Mattei-Smith

    Read the full testimony of Dick Ross



  • February 13, 2013 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    For more information on the proposed budget and education funding, including School Funding Spreadsheets for Primary and Secondary Education Preliminary Estimates - FY 2014, visit the  Ohio ACTE Legislative Information page. 

  • February 12, 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    The Budget Bill, HB 59, was introduced Feb. 12 by Rep. Ron Amstutz, Chair of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. View the Legislation at this link:

    Rep. Amstutz released the following statement:

    “The budget proposal that we received today exemplifies Governor Kasich’s bold vision to continue Ohio’s progress toward a more competitive, attractive economy. I am very appreciative of Governor Kasich and his budget team for their hard work on this proposal with tremendous effort from the Legislative Service Commission. This is an earlier-than-usual delivery.”

    “We are eager to start hearings on the budget proposal and look forward to discussions that are thoughtful and open for public input. We will work closely with the governor, the Ohio Senate and the many affected Ohioans to ensure that this budget addresses the issues aimed at improving the quality of life in our state.”

    Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Terrence O'Donnell is reviewing the changes and areas that impact career-technical education with CTE leadership in order to be ready with testimony regarding CTE.

  • February 05, 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Governor John Kasich released the State of Ohio Budget on Feb. 4.

    On initial review, adult career centers are flat funded, despite efforts by Ohio ACTE, OACTS and many adult educators to provide more funding for job skills training for Ohioans.

    “It’s disappointing, but we still have an opportunity to educate legislators regarding the importance of what adult career centers do to help get Ohioan’s back to work,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    In terms of secondary CTE funding, the 777 page budget is under review, according to Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Terrence O’Donnell of Bricker & Eckler. 

    “While we heard the Governor’s overall education plan last week and the Achievement Everywhere plan, we will review the details of how this plan will impact CTE,” O’Donnell said.  Based on prelimninary information, we are encouraged about funding for CTE, but are actively seeking more information, he said.

    Titled Ohio’s Jobs Budget 2.0, budget initiatives include:

    • Ohio Achievement Everywhere – Education  Plan
    • Medicaid 2.0
    • Cutting Taxes through Reforms
    • Transforming Higher Education
    • Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan
    • Continuing Review and Reform of State Government

    More budget information is available at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management Website.

    Ohio ACTE will continue to monitor information regarding the budget and career-technical and adult education.


  • February 01, 2013 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Achievement Everywhere, which is part of Gov. John Kasich’s FY2014-15 budget proposal, helps provide all schools with the resources they need so their students can succeedundefinedregardless of where they live.  The plan provides $1.2 billion in total new funds over the biennium for primary and secondary education.

    In Gov. Kasich's address on Jan. 31, he said "We believe Vocational Education is critical...we want career-techs to drive the education in those career-tech schools to the jobs we know exist in our state."

    The Governor also said that we want to make sure each student who graduates from a CTE program has the capability to "pivot" to higher education.

    View the Governor’s Office briefing and access more information on the plan on the Governor’s Web site. 

    Other highlights of the plan include:

    • A funding formula that provides schools with the resources to help children achieve, regardless of where they live;
    • Policies that focus on putting dollars in the classroom where educators can help students succeed and work with their parents to make decisions on how best to respond to their unique learning traits;
    • Special funds to help schools transition from unsuccessful models to new strategies that work, and;
    • Relief for educators from rules and regulations that hold them back so they can have more flexibility to meet students’ needs.

    Career Technical Educators who attended the briefing with the Governor and his team on January 31 in Columbus came away encouraged but eager for more information.  Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to monitor the Governor’s budget plan to determine the impact on CTE as more specific information is revealed.

  • February 01, 2013 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Both Agencies Working to Increase Collaboration, Reach Shared Goals

    Preparing Ohio’s high-school students for college and career is one of the shared goals of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The two agencies are working more closely than ever before to ensure a seamless transition for students from high school to post-secondary learning.

    The Ohio Board of Regents successfully moved from its Rhodes Tower office to the Ohio Department of Education building on Front Street at the end of December and has completed the first month in its new location. OBR staff members share two floors – the 2nd and the 7th – with ODE staff members, and all had an informal “mixer” on Jan. 18 to get to know each other in an effort to foster future collaboration efforts.

    The OBR and ODE share responsibilities that include dual-enrollment and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), teacher preparation programs, student teaching, federal and other grant funding, and many other functions.

    Read more on theOBoR Web site.

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