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  • May 16, 2017 9:33 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council (OFCF) is looking for school districts interested in a two-year pilot program to address student truancy, created as part of last year's overhaul of truancy statutes in HB410 (Hayes-Rezabek).

    The new law, which took effect in April, aims to establish the pilot program of multi-disciplinary truancy teams for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year. Participating in the pilot program will count towards compliance with some of the new law's requirements regarding forming absence intervention teams.

    To be eligible for the pilot program, schools must form a partnership with at least one of the following four organizations in their areas:

    - County family and children first council

    - Educational service center with which the district contracts for services

    - Board of county commissioners

    - Mayor of the school district's largest municipality

    Schools looking to participate in the program should submit a letter of interest no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 2. The letters must include a statement of commitment to develop a districtwide multi-disciplinary truancy team; statement of need for such a team; and identification of required local partners.

    Questions about the pilot program can be directed to chad.hibbs@mha.ohio.gov.

    Following the conclusion of the pilot program, the Joint Education Oversight Committee will work with OFCF to develop a report on the program by Oct. 31, 2019 to be sent to leadership of the education committees of the House and Senate.

  • May 11, 2017 11:53 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Erica Stammen, a senior at Tri Star Career Compact and CTE student testified before the Finance, Primary and Secondary Sub-Committee on May 9th.

    Erica and State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria at the Ohio Statehouse

    Erica, a student in the early childhood education program at Tri Star, shared with legislators  how Career-Technical Education has prepared her to further her education and her future career. Through Tri Star's program, she has has received hands-on, real world experience. She credits Career-Technical Education  with helping her find the right career path and giving her learning opportunities she might not have had elsewhere. 

    To read Erica's full testimony click the link below.

     Erica Stammen Testimony

  • May 11, 2017 10:33 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE members have testified at the Statehouse to share with Senators the importance of continued support for Career Technical Education before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education on May 9.

    Career Technical educators Kelly Broscheid,  Cincinnati Public Schools and Michelle Patrick from Mid East Career Center testified on the services provided students and CTE through Tech prep.

    Judy Wells, Superintendent at Apollo Career Center, and Joyce Malainy, Superintendent at C-Tec of Licking County also testified in support of CTE and offered insight into funding.

    These hearings are part of the budget process and Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to advocate for career technical education with Ohio's legislators.


    Michelle Patrick and Kelly Broscheid at the Ohio Statehouse

    To read their full testimonies click the links below 

    Michelle Patrick Testimony

    Kelly Broscheid Testimony

    Judy Wells Testimony

    Joyce Malainy Testimony 

  • May 10, 2017 10:28 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The following educators will join the Ohio ACTE leadership as officers for terms commencing Sept. 1, 2017.  They will join the current Ohio ACTE officers.

    Ohio ACTE President Elect -  Serves a one-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2017 followed by terms as President and Past President

    Nick Weldy - Miami Valley Career Center

    Nick Weldy serves as the Superintendent of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) located in Englewood.


     In the course of his career as a professional educator, he has served as a teacher, administrator, and Board of Education member in both career-technical and traditional school districts across the Miami Valley region. He is a graduate of Covington High School, located in Covington, Ohio, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and the University of Dayton, where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

    Nick is looks forward to leading Ohio ACTE as part of the leadership team. 

    "Serving as an OACTE officer has been a long-time professional goal and provides an avenue to advance career-technical education in Ohio," he said. 

    Ohio ACTE Secretary  -  Serves a two-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2017

    Lisa Tuttle-Huff - Grant Career Center

    Lisa Tuttle-Huff started her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher, with most of her teaching career at Middletown City Schools for 11 years and then as a counselor for MCSD.  She served as an assistant principal and principal at Butler Technology Career and Development Schools before becoming Superintendent at Grant Career Center.

    "I have enjoyed the opportunity to positively affect career technical education for the past 14 years at the counseling, satellite supervisor, assistant principal, principal levels.   I have a strong commitment to academic and career technical excellence, the expectation for student and staff success, and a willingness to participate in community and civic activities," she said.

    Lisa graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1988 and obtained a Masters of Art of Teaching in 2001 from Marygrove College, Detroit.   In 2003, she earned the National Board Teaching Certification for the Teaching Standards.  In 2004 I obtained a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Dayton and in 2006 earned Administrative Licensure at the University of Dayton.   In 2009, she earned Superintendent’s Licensure from the University of Dayton and her  doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati in 2015.

  • May 05, 2017 6:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act could continue to evolve with the introduction of legislation May 4 called the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.  This Bill is like legislation passed in the House of Representatives last year that grants states more flexibility.   

    Although the House passed a Perkins bill last year, the re-authorization legislation was stalled in the Senate, because lawmakers couldn't agree on how much to limit the authority of the education secretary in any new Perkins Act.

    Key differences between that 2016 bill and the legislation introduced Thursday, according to an Education Week article:

    • States have to set performance targets based on the process in their state plans.
    • The bill says that two accountability indicators in the bill, those for "nontraditional" students and for program quality, now only apply to CTE "concentrators" who have taken two sequential CTE courses of study. In general, the bill defines CTE concentrators as those students who have "completed three or more career and technical education courses, or completed at least two courses in [a] single career and technical education program or program of study." Last year, advocates expressed concern that this definition of a concentrator wouldn't accurately measure CTE programs' effectiveness.
    • Maintenance-of-effort language has been changed that would now allow states to decrease their CTE funding by up to 10 percent in the year immediately following implementation of the new Perkins law.
    • The U.S. secretary of education now has 120 days to review the plans, not 90 as in last year's bill. Under the legislation passed last year, in fact, a state CTE plan would have been deemed approved if the education secretary had not responded to it within 90 days of its submission.

    “Because of the renewed attention on CTE in Ohio and throughout the country, I am glad that this legislation has been introduced and is being considered by our Federal lawmakers,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.   We will continue to work with our Federal lawmakers any way we can and share how CTE is contributing to Ohio’s economy and student success, she added.

    For more information, read the entire article in Education Week.


  • May 03, 2017 9:48 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Ohio House of Representatives on May 1 passed substitute House Bill 49, an amended version of the state budget bill originally proposed by the Kasich Administration. The substitute bill contains numerous education-related funding and policy changes to the original proposal including:


    • Increasing the per pupil amount of school funding from $6,000 per year to $6,020
    • Increasing the gain cap from 5.0% to 5.5%
    • Removing the internship requirement for teachers
    • Eliminating of the requirement for additional non-voting members of the business community to be placed on local school boards
    • Ordering the creation of standards of operation for school advisory councils
    • Specifying that minor labor laws do not apply to CCP pre-apprenticeship programs
    • Modifying several aspects of the College Credit Plus program


                Ohio ACTE continues to advocate for budget language impacting the quality and delivery of CTE, including proposed funding reductions to CTE enhancements or “Tech Prep” expansion grants. Ohio ACTE also advocated in support of amendments that would allow Ohio Technical Centers to 1) participate in and offer college credit plus, and 2) offer Associate Degrees under certain circumstances, as approved by the Chancellor of Higher Education. We will continue to advocate for these budget modifications as the budget bill makes its way through the Senate in upcoming weeks.

                Ohio ACTE also continues to work with the Ohio Department of Education to modify and improve the CTE alternative licensure language contained in the budget bill. 


                Substitute HB 49 now heads to the Senate for consideration.  The Senate will hold hearings and make additional modifications to the bill throughout the month of May and into June.  We expect the Senate to pass the bill sometime mid-June, where it will then move to conference committee for further deliberation.  The Governor must sign the bill into law by June 30, 2017.

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

  • May 02, 2017 12:52 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Department of Higher Education is looking to encourage more Ohioans to earn their high school diplomas and prepare for careers by rebranding its adult basic education program.

    On April 17, the agency  unveiled a new name and logo for the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program, which provides free skills courses, including English for speakers of other languages and GED prep. ABLE will now be known as Aspire and the program's new tagline is: "Learn More. Earn More."

     "For me, Aspire is really about the students here today and helping you to understand we are all there with you. We're here to support you," Chancellor John Carey said during a rebranding event at Great Oaks Career Campuses in Sharonville. "We want to help you find your path; whatever's next, whether it's high school diploma and going right into the workforce, military or university or community college or adult career tech. We want to give you that opportunity."


    Chancellor John Carey

    "For all of us to be successful, we have to give you the opportunity to be successful," he added.

    The rebranding was led by Miami University's Pi Sigma Epsilon, which is a professional marketing and sales fraternity. As part of rebranding research efforts, fraternity members who worked on the project interviewed ABLE participants in four regions of the state to determine what the program signifies to them, faculty adviser Don Norris said.

    They found that participants favored a more forward-looking program brand that didn't focus as much on its basic skills aspect. "What I found was that all these participants came into these programs to enhance their lives," project manager Sam Wilkes said.

    Office of Workforce Transformation Director Ryan Burgess said the state's goal is to prepare the nearly one million Ohio adults without a diploma or GED for careers in a constantly changing economy. He pointed to U.S. Census data that show the poverty rate among those who had a full-time job and worked year round in 2015, the poverty rate was 2.4%.

    "What Aspire does is it helps people move into those full-time, year-round jobs," Burgess said.

    Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat Fischer was also on hand to tout the program's name change. "Education begets jobs and jobs beget dignity," he said.

    Monica Posey, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, said she's confident the fresh moniker better describes the programs mission and the goals of those enrolled. "I believe individuals need a sense of pride and hope in what they're doing. That's why this rebranding initiative is appreciated. It helps us say to all our individuals that we care, that you're important to us, you're important to the community and we have confidence in your ability to excel," she said.

  • May 02, 2017 12:27 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    On April 11, the Ohio State Board of Education recommended that lawmakers create additional options for students to earn high school diplomas in the class of 2018. The Board-proposed options would be offered to Ohio students who entered the ninth grade for the first time between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.

    These options would include requirements based on students' state test results and/or other accomplishments that would provide more flexibility. If approved they would join three other options approved by the State Board in September 2014. To read more about the recommendations, click here.
    The requirements for the class of 2019 and beyond may change. 
    The State Board had directed Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria to create a work group to consider additional options. The group, which represented local district superintendents, educator associations, parents and students, met six times between January and March 2017.

     Click here to see the State Board of Education's resolution regarding additional proposed graduation options. 

  • May 01, 2017 10:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Education recently released guidance regarding teachers currently participating in the Resident Educator Summative Assessment program (RESA).  Senate Bill 3 (SB3), passed late last year, exempts individuals teaching career-tech courses under an alternative resident educator license from the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA), but did not address teachers currently in the program. 

    In order to provide clarity and guidance for teachers who are currently in the RESA program, ODE released the “Career-Technical Workforce Development Licensure Options” chart for CTE teachers currently participating in the Resident Educator Program.  ODE has indicated their intent to be flexible in working with teachers currently in the program to ensure a seamless transition to the new licensure framework.

    SB3 also requires the Ohio Department of Education to develop an assessment for career-tech teachers under an alternative resident educator license, which must be in place by Dec. 31, 2017.

    Click here for the chart.

    Questions regarding specific circumstances or not addressed in the chart, should contact ODE.  Please contact ODE Office of Licensure.



  • May 01, 2017 10:00 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Safety Eye wear Program! Each year, Ohio ACTE partners with the Ohio Ophthalmogical Society to provide free safety eye wear to career technical students. 

    The deadline to submit applications for the Safety Eye wear program is June 16, 2017! Shipments will be made to the address provided on the application in August.

    New this year, applicants will select from this list of products to request on the order form 

    To access the online application click here

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