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  • January 18, 2021 10:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio General Assembly concluded its 133rd legislative biennium (2019-2020) in November.  Given the lame duck time crunch and other political factors, the House / Senate did not finalize the proposed Fair School Funding Plan—which will be on the legislature’s agenda in the first half of 2021 as the state prepares its biennial operating budget. 

    The House / Senate did finalize its last education-related pandemic response measure (HB 409), which, among other provisions:

    • Extends temporary authority granted in the 2019-2020 school year for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adjust deadlines for teacher evaluations, intent to reemploy notifications, school safety drills, emergency management tests, requirements to fill a vacancy on a district board of education, updating teacher evaluation policies, and gifted screening requirements.
    • Extends the prohibition on the Department of Education from publishing and issuing ratings for overall grades, components, and individual measures on the state report cards and submitting preliminary data for report cards for districts and buildings for the 2020-21 year.
    • Requires ODE to report any data regarding performance by Sept. 15, 2021, and extends the safe harbor from penalties and sanctions for districts and schools based on the absence of state report cards.

    Also note that SB 89 was passed in late November (effective March 3, 2021), see related article here.  

    2021 Outlook

    The 134th Ohio General Assembly (2021-2022) kicked off in early January with House and Senate members being sworn in at the Ohio statehouse. In addition, both chambers have announced their new leadership teams for the upcoming biennium:

    In the Lower Chamber’s Majority Caucus, Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) will remain Speaker of the House, with Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) serving as Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) serving as Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) serving as Majority Whip, and Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) serving as Assistant Majority Whip. In the House Minority Caucus, Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will remain Minority Leader, with Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) serving as Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) serving as Minority Whip and Rep. Richard Brown (R-Canal Winchester) serving as Assistant Minority Whip.

    In the Upper Chamber's Majority Caucus, Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) will serve as Senate President, Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Kirk Schuring will serve as Majority Floor Leader, and Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) will serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In the Senate Minority Caucus, Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) will serve as Minority Leader, with Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) serving as Assistant Minority Leader, Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) serving as Minority Whip, and Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) serving as Assistant Minority Whip.

    The House and Senate are discussing legislative priorities during their caucus retreats this month. Both chambers have unfinished business from last term that will likely be remain priorities this year, including issue surrounding HB 6 (2019-2020) and energy policy, school funding, pandemic-related authority and closures, and criminal justice reform. The legislature will also be developing and considering the state's ($70B+) operating budget bill, which by law must be finalized by June 30 of this year.

    - by Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • January 14, 2021 8:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education updated the Educator Licensure resource on its Reset and Restart Education webpage, including new information about one-year temporary non-bachelor's substitute teaching licenses.

    Specifically, the Department is now accepting applications for one-year temporary non-bachelor’s substitute teaching licenses from interested schools and districts. 

    Questions may be directed to the Office of Educator Licensure.

  • January 14, 2021 8:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Sometimes, the best lessons learned come from the most challenging circumstances.  I know I have learned a lot more about career tech educators and students since March of 2020.   

    I learned that instructors and even administrators can learn new things, too.  Even for those educators already familiar with or already teaching remote, there were still changes…changes in volume as the number of students (all of them) transitioned to remote learning.  Our career tech teachers and instructors became students, because they needed to learn new skills, too.  What worked in a traditional classroom didn’t  always  work in a virtual learning environment.  Instructors also had to reach out to students who were not responding, not participating.   Teachers had to meet students on their terms…the typical school day gave way to 24-7 teaching as we all became more accessible due to virtual learning. 

    To those staff members,  teachers and instructors (and my fellow administrators) who struggled, adapted and managed to put interests of students first, I thank you.  For those instructors and career tech staff who found the transition not that difficult, but shared their ideas, creativity and listening ear, thank you.  Together, we discovered new ways of recruiting students through virtual open houses, new provocative assignments online, and instructors who set up video cameras in their living rooms to record or stream lessons – thank you!  If you know of an exceptional educator who has shown outstanding effort this past year especially, please consider nominating them for an Ohio ACTE Award.  The process is simple and quick, access the award descriptions and nomination form here.

    I learned something about students - they are more resilient than I ever knew.  They value their career-technical programs and complied with new procedures as well as sacrificed many activities that they were looking forward to during the school year.  Just like we were looking forward to our usual activities as educators, like the Annual Ohio ACTE Conference.

    In July 2020, we had to cancel the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, but many instructors came together to share their experience during many virtual meetings held last July.  While I missed the comradery of seeing all my friends and colleagues in person, we were still able to and share experience and information.  Plans are underway for a 2021 Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, in person, as long as we can do it safely.  Your Ohio ACTE leadership will thoughtfully consider how we can meet the needs of educators using whatever means possible.

    Leadership is the foundation of Ohio ACTE and as always, committed leaders are encouraged to consider being an Ohio ACTE officer or lead a division.  Officer nomination information can be found here, and I would be happy to answer any questions about service.  Please read the information here and consider serving as an officer.

    One of the most interesting aspects of being an Ohio ACTE officer is working on legislation that impacts career-tech education delivery.  Our CTE legislative agenda was stalled this past year, but we still managed to advocate successfully for CTE programs to meet safely, in-person in order to provide hands on instruction and not short-change current students.  SB 89 finally passed in December 2020, after a year of advocacy.  That bill provides some small and large changes, designed to help us more effectively and efficiently deliver career-tech ed (see the article about SB 89 here.)

    I know we have all learned lessons that we never imagined discovering. From my perspective these lessons will help to frame the future for how we deliver education.  One thing is for sure, we will come out of this stronger than we were before.  The proof will be in our students’ success despite the struggles of 2020.  

    Ryan McCoart, Assistant Dean of Satellites - Great Oaks Career Campuses

  • January 11, 2021 4:49 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    ODE announced that educators with licenses or permits previously set to expire on July 1, 2020, have been given flexibility to renew their licenses. Even so, these educators must renew for the 2020-2021 school year in accordance with their license renewal cycles.  
  • January 04, 2021 10:21 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The seventh TechCred application period opened January 4th and closes January 29th at 3:00 p.m.

    TechCred helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, up to $30,000 per employer each application period.

    Since the program’s start, a total of 966 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 15,105 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Businesses can learn more and apply at
  • January 04, 2021 7:54 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    BPA & DECA

    During the week of December 7th, both the BPA and Ohio DECA Board of Directors made the difficult and necessary decision to host the 2021 state-level competitions and conference events virtually.  We recognize this is not an ideal situation, but the safety and well-being of members, volunteers and staff remains our top priority.

     As more information becomes available, ODE will provide updates through the Business, Finance and Marketing Newsletter (subscribe here) and DLG Membership Registration listservs. 

    SkillsUSA Ohio

    As previously announced, regional competitions will be held virtually this year. The plan moving forward will consist of an online test for the technical skilled contests. These tests will be comprised of employability skills and technical skilled trade questions, which will be administered by CETE. Leadership contests will go straight to state. This is a new process for everyone andthere may be questions; therefore, we there will be multiple virtual meetings in January to discuss how the process will work and address any concerns you may have.

    For your reference and to assist in your planning, please review the list of contests below that will run at the regional level and those that will go straight to state.

    Contests Running Virtually at Regionals

    Advertising Design


    Architectural Drafting

    First Aid/CPR

    Automotive Refinishing

    Industrial Motor Control

    Automotive Service

    Information Technology Services

    Basic Health Care Skills

    Medical Math


    Medical Terminology

    CNC Milling

    Nail Care

    CNC Technician

    Nurse Assisting

    CNC Turning


    Collision Repair

    Related Technical Math


    TeamWorks (Team of 4)

    Crime Scene Investigation (Team of 3)

    Technical Drafting

    Criminal Justice


    Electrical Construction Wiring

    Welding Fabrication (Team of 3)

    Contests that normally run at Regionals but now will be straight to State

    Customer Service

    Job Skill Demo Open

    Extemporaneous Speaking

    Prepared Speech

    Health Knowledge Bowl (Team of 4)

    Promotional Bulletin Board

    Job Interview

    Opening & Closing Ceremony

    Job Skill Demo A


  • January 04, 2021 7:50 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Local Application for FY22 funding (7/1/21-6/30/22) has undergone a U.S. Department of Education review and a template is now available for Eligible Recipients to review and begin consideration of completion. Unlike last year’s combined Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application, this year the Local Application is the only document that needs to be submitted for continuation of funding. The Office appreciates the feedback and input from Perkins leaders in early November as we began consideration of this revision.

    The Administrative Field Services unit will be holding a virtual kickoff meeting for all Eligible Applicants on January 12, 2021, followed by a series of virtual regional workshops through February, to work in a more hands-on manner with Career Technical Planning Districts on the content of their applications. 


    FY22 Local Application Requirements Overview


    All Eligible Recipients

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

    12:00pm – 1:00pm


    Register Here



    FY22 Local Application Virtual Workshop Calendar


    Central Region

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here

    Northeast Region

    Thursday, January 28, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here

    West Region

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here

    Northwest Region


    Thursday, February 4, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here

    Southeast Region

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here

    Southwest Region

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

    10:00am – 11:30am


    Register Here


    The due date for Local Application submissions through the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan system, is May 31, 2021

    This year’s Local Application has been re-formatted to meet federal requirements for a stand-alone submission (i.e., without the CLNA), and will be a substantial reduction in work from the previous year.

    • First, the Local Application includes a schedule of agreed performance targets covering the time period of the state plan (Section One).  Because historical data for these indicators is not available at the secondary level for Perkins V (and FY20 data is impacted by the period of mandated school building closure), every eligible secondary recipient will be assigned the performance indicator targets of the state plan in FY22, while there may be negotiated targets for postsecondary institutions.  In the final two years of the state plan, FY23 andFY24, local communities (secondary) will be able to negotiate local targets, based on the availability of FY21 data. 
    • Second, eligible applicants will complete tables for goals supported by funded strategies.  Most applicants will likely refine goals and further develop strategies from the FY21 local application. 
    • Lastly, the federal government requires each eligible recipient to answer a series of question about the local decision-making process for career-technical education.  The office seeks clear and concise, relevant answers: each response will be capped at 1,000 characters, including spaces (roughly 150 words).

    The FY22 Local Application linked here is for prior review and familiarity, additional instructions and an updated fillable form Local Application document will be uploaded in early January 2021 for completion and submission.

  • December 31, 2020 7:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor DeWine announced that Ohio is changing its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.

    The change follows an evaluation of virus spread in Ohio schools conducted by researchers with the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. Preliminary results of the evaluation found no discernable difference in the risk of contracting the coronavirus between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom and those who were farther away.  

    "This evaluation confirms for us that Ohio's classrooms are a safe place for our students and that the commitment our schools have made to keeping kids safe in the classroom is working," said Governor DeWine.

    Schools should continue to require quarantines for exposed students in situations where masking and distancing protocols were not followed. The updated quarantine guidance does not apply to after-school activities, including sports. 

  • December 23, 2020 8:26 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education posted new information about how to support students with disabilities who have complex needs on its Reset and Restart Education webpage. Remote learning may pose exceptional difficulties for these students. Yet, Ohio schools share the goal to challenge, prepare and empower all students with disabilities for future success. This information, written in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Department of Medicaid, specifies various considerations that should be made toward ensuring the best educational services under the current circumstances.  

    Additionally, important resources have been added to the existing social-emotional learning section of the Reset and Restart Education website. These updates provide vital information about suicide awareness and prevention and include links to mental health resources that can be helpful for both students and educators alike.

    Finally, the Department recently published the 2019-2020 Student Wellness and Success Fund Survey Data Report that summarizes how schools and districts used funds alongside community partners to address the needs of the whole child. The entire report is available online.

  • December 18, 2020 8:18 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Perkins V Secondary CTE Follow-Up

    The FY21 career-technical education student follow-up survey tool and instructions are now available on the Perkins V Secondary CTE Follow-Up webpage.

    Data and Accountability Guidebook

    The Office of Career-Technical Education is working on updating the Data & Accountability Guidebook to include more detailed information on the following items:

    1.     Course completion definition with examples;

    2.     Post-program placement indicator;

    3.     Work-Based Learning indicator calculation;

    4.     Technical Skill Attainment calculation with examples;

    5.     Concentrator Reporting Matrix with added scenarios;

    6.     How each accountability measure affects:

    a.     Perkins V Federal Accountability

    b.     CTPD Report Card

    c.     Quality Program Review

    The updated guidebook will be posted to the Data & Accountability webpage in the beginning on 2021.

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