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  • March 26, 2015 10:34 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    On March 25, 2015, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 3 that would significantly modify the requirements for all participants in the Resident Educator programs.  Championed by Senate President Faber (R-Celina), the bill would allow all districts—including joint vocational school districts—to bypass assessment requirements in years three and four of the Resident Educator program and instead utilize OTES as the requisite form of assessment.

     

    Currently, all Resident Educator and Alternative Resident Educators must complete and pass the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) in order to attain professional licensure.  Ohio ACTE representatives testified in committee that RESA significantly impedes the progress of new teachers and discourages new teacher candidates—particularly those coming from industry—from joining the profession.  The RESA process involves multiple submissions of required information that would be cumbersome for even the most experienced teachers, let alone new teachers.  Further, testimony indicated results on last year’s RESA tests were not provided in a timely manner from the California vendor that performed evaluations and provided little guidance for teachers who did not pass.

     

    Senate Bill 3 provides districts a choice of resident educator assessments: they may (1) continue using RESA or (2) assess participants in years three and four of the program through OTES.  Note this amendment covers all teachers taking part in the Resident Educator program, including career-technical educators in Route A and Route B licensure programs.

     

    SB 3 now moves on to the House for consideration.  Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate for this alternative to RESA in this bill as it moves through the Legislature.


    by Adam J. Schira, attorney, Dickinson-Wright, Columbus 

     

  • March 05, 2015 7:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Senator and Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering) announced the creation of a Senate Advisory Committee on Testing. The committee will be made up of educational experts from across the state and will make recommendations to the Senate on state required assessments.

     

    The committee will be evaluating the administration of the new tests given to students in the 2014-2015 school year and make recommendations to the Senate on how to improve state testing.

    Committee members include the following:

     

    Teachers:

    Dar Borradaile, Miami Valley Career and Technical Center

    Melissa Cropper, Georgetown Exempted Village Schools

    Amy Holbrook, Mad River Local Schools

    Kimberly Jones, Columbus City Schools

    Shari Obrenski, Cleveland City Schools

    Billie Sarich, Grandview Heights City Schools

    Kay Wait, Toledo City Schools

     

    Superintendents:

    Adrian Allison, Canton City Schools

    Jan Broughton, Fairfield Union Local Schools

    April Domine, New Albany Plain Local Schools

    John Marschhausen, Hilliard City Schools

    Keith Millard, Hamilton City Schools

    Paul Imhoff, Upper Arlington City Schools

     

    Curriculum and Testing Specialists:

    Cheryl Irish, Miami University

    Machelle Kline, Columbus City Schools

    Jim Mahoney, Battelle for Kids

    Char Shryock, Bay Village Schools

    Julie Sellers, Cincinnati City Schools

     

    State Board of Education:

    Michael Collins

    Todd Jones

     

    Other Educational Experts:

    Earl Oremus, Marburn Academy

    Andy Boy, United Schools Network

    Jessica Voltolini, Ohio Department of Education

    Chris Knight, Catholic Schools, Diocese of Toledo

    Parent representative, to be announced

     

    Senate Members:

    Senate Education Chair Senator Peggy Lehner

    Senate Education Vice-Chair Senator Cliff Hite

    Senate Education Ranking Member Tom Sawyer

  • March 04, 2015 3:17 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

     

     

    Ohio ACTE members present U.S. Senator Rob Portman  with the ACTE Policymaker of the Year Award at the March 4 Buckeye Coffee in Washington, DC.  

  • March 04, 2015 2:50 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    (Pictured here left to right: Hayden Roberston, Superintendent Kim Wilson, Maria Grabill and Congressman Jim Jordan)

     

    United States Congressman Jim Jordan paid a visit to Tolles Career & Technical Center on Monday, March 9, meeting with Superintendent Kim Wilson and touring several career-technical programs that are key in helping Ohio solve the skills gap and strengthen the workforce. Congressman Jordan saw the progress of the new Robotics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) lab, which will serve both high school and adult education students interested in engineering and advanced manufacturing careers. RAMTEC is part of a $1.5 million grant Tolles received as part of Governor Kasich's Straight A Grant program. Jordan also toured the Welding & Fabrication lab and Global Logistics lab, meeting with both instructors and students.


    Ohio ACTE has increased its advocacy efforts at the Federal level to insure adequate representation of CTE and Ohio's efforts with our Ohio members of Congress.  For more information, click here.


  • March 03, 2015 11:04 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Left to right:  Carrie Herringshaw, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Superintendent Ron Matter)

     

    On Feb. 26 Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor visited Penta Career Center to promote career technical education in Ohio, and specifically to support keeping advanced manufacturing in Toledo's region.

     

    The Lt. Gov. has been visiting many career centers across the state and has spoken with numerous students and instructors within the auto tech, welding, and advanced manufacturing career fields. 

    For more information on the Lt. Governor's tour of Penta Career Center, click here to read the full article. 

  • March 01, 2015 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for Ohio ACTE Officers.  Positions open are Secretary  for a two-year term  and a President Elect who serves a three-year term (President Elect, President and Past President).   Terms begin Sept. 1, 2015.


    For more information on expectations and time commitment, contact Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner by email or phone at 614/890-ACTE or Ohio ACTE Past President Larry Hickman by email


    If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity for a Division, contact the Division President.  A list can be found here.


    Letters of intent for Ohio ACTE Officer Positions are due April 15.

  • February 28, 2015 10:23 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    The Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair is seeking qualified judges to conduct student interviews and pre-score their written reports.

     

    New this year is the opportunity to electronically pre-score the written reports. The pre-score will be combined with the score from the in-person interview to equal the student's total score.

     

    Student interviews will be held during the FFA AgriscienceFair on Thursday, April 30 at the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo State Fairground in Columbus, Ohio.

     

    For more information on judging requirements and how to become one, click here.

     

    Please contact Cassandra Palsgrove at

    cassandra.palsgrove@eduction.ohio.gov if you'd like to serve as a judge, or for more information.  
  • February 27, 2015 11:33 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In its third year, the Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute helps educators and others gain a more holistic understanding of career-technical and adult education, through interaction with other educators and state staff, and CTE leaders.

     

    The Institute is open to anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  Participation of administrators, teachers, support staff, state staff and others is critical to the success of the program by providing diversity of thought and experience.  The program also encourages participants from different career fields and delivery methods for a

     

    The Institute represents an opportunity for extended professional development.  Completion of the program will allow participants to grow as career-technical educators and position their organizations to take a more active role in shaping the future of career-technical education.

     

    The online application can be found here, deadline for applying is April 30, 2015.

    For more information on the Institute, click here.

  • February 17, 2015 3:06 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is proud to announce the 2015 Educator Award Winners! Winners will be recognized at the 2015 Connections to Education Conference.


    Ohio ACTE Ambassador Award
    Jonathan Quatman, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
    Larry Morgan, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

    Ohio ACTE Teacher of the Year Award
    Thomas Cusma, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers

    Ohio ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award
    Tonya Lloyd, EHOVE Career Center

    Ohio ACTE Administrator of the Year Award
    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center

    Ohio ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher
    Gina Neff, Lancaster High School

    Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service
    Katie Stall, Grant Career Center

    Ohio ACTE Career Guidance Award
    Louise Hayes, Warren County Career Center

    Outstanding School Board Members

    Doug Stuart, Wayne County Schools Career Center
    Robert Foltz, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center
    Roger Miller, Auburn Career Center
    Ronald Friend, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development
    Sue Price, Butler Tech

    Ohio ACTE Image Award
    Lisa Tuttle-Huff, Grant Career Center

  • February 11, 2015 2:47 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    The General Assembly has started moving quickly this Budget year, with three bills of particular interest to CTE already moving through the legislative process. 

    Budget Bill:  The Governor’s Office recently introduced an outline of the Budget Bill entitled the Blueprint for a New Ohio, which sets forth the line items from the bill and offers a general discussion of the proposals. 

    The Budget summaries indicate several significant changes for CTE, the most noteworthy of which include:

    -     Reducing state funding guarantees by 1% of total available state and local resources,
    -     Adding additional funds to adult diploma pilot programs (currently known as Adult Career Opportunity grants) to continue current program implementation and create five additional pilot sites,
    -     Increasing funding for Ohio technical centers by $1 million,
    -     Increasing CTE enhancement funding (i.e., for internships, career development, etc.) by over $3 million,
    -     Providing additional career counseling funding, and
    -     Increasing funding for the Governor’s “Community Connectors” program by $5 million. 

    The Governor has also proposed significant changes to the state’s school funding formula.  Specifically, the formula modifies the “wealth index” measure, referred to in the Budget as the “capacity measure.”  Per the Office of Budget and Management’s testimony before the House Finance Committee, the adjustments to the formula are designed to “more appropriately incorporate income as a factor into the distribution of state resources.”  Joint vocational school district funding estimates and current estimates for city, local, and exempted village school districts indicate significant funding shifts for many districts.  Spreadsheets can be found on this page.

    House Bill 1 – Workforce Education:  As further indication of the importance of CTE in Ohio, the first introduced bill in the General Assembly involves a new program for workforce education.  House Bill 1 creates the Workforce Grant Program that develops pathways for individuals to earn certificates or degrees in career-technical jobs from “in-demand” fields as determined by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  The program awards grants of up to $5,000 based on the duration and student completion of a program, and the bill provides a 25% student loan tax credit for students who complete the program and secure an in-demand job.  The bill would require recipients to spend 30–90 days in a workplace setting as part of their job training.  The initial language does not include Ohio technical center students as eligible participants, but Ohio ACTE has already begun advocating for their inclusion by amendment.

    Senate Bill 3 – Education Deregulation:  Senate Bill 3 seeks to reduce school district regulations with regard to testing, teacher licensure and mentoring, class size, and competitive bidding.  The bill proposes to limit district time on administering and practicing for end-of-course examinations and any assessment administered to “all students in a specified subject area,” or, in the CTE context, WebXams.  The bill does not directly limit any existing state testing requirements at this time, however. 

    The bill also seeks to exempt “high-performing school districts” from several teacher licensure, mentoring, and class size requirements.  Currently, joint vocational school districts are not included in the definition of “high-performing school districts,” but Ohio ACTE will seek to expand that term.  Finally, the bill raises the competitive bidding threshold for district school building and repair contracts from $25,000 to $50,000, and it would prompt the School Facilities Commission to submit a legislative proposal to assist high-performing districts to receive funding under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Fund.

    We will continue to follow these and other CTE-related issues—particularly with regard to the Budget Bill—as they move through the General Assembly and will keep you updated with any developments.


    Information on the budget can be found on Ohio ACTE's Web site here.


    By Adam J. Schira Attorney, Dickinson Wright

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