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  • November 16, 2016 10:23 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education sent out a press release announcing a design challenge in partnership with the Ohio STEM Learning Network.  The aim is to better understand and eliminate Ohio’s opioid problem. This is a multi-week project that all Ohio schools are welcome to participate.

    Throughout the year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network will post resources and events to support schools in organizing local design challenges that will help in the fight against opioid abuse. A page on the Ohio STEM Learning Network website, www.osln.org/design, provides templates and early guidance on creating a design challenge. The network also is hosting two free informational webinars on design challenges in November.

    Click here to read the full press release online and register for the challenge!

  • November 15, 2016 5:24 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Republicans enjoyed overwhelming success during the November 8, 2016 general election. Below we provide an overview of the key results at both the state and national levels.  


    U.S. President: Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. A significant underdog, Trump trailed in the polls with roughly a one in four chance of being elected. In an apparent upset, he defeated Secretary Clinton by securing 306 Electoral votes, eclipsing the 270 needed to become president.


    Ohio State Senate: The election saw Ohio maintain its historic supermajority in the Senate, adding yet another seat in favor of Republicans. Republicans now hold 24 of the 33 Senate seats, while Democrats hold only 9. Highly contested races included:

    ·        Senate District 16: Stephanie Kunze (R), State Representative for House District 24, defeated Cathy Johnson (D) with 59% of the vote. Kunze replaced Senator Jim Hughes, who was term limited in the Senate and won election in Kunze’s former House district.

    ·        Senate District 24: Former State Rep. Matt Dolan (R) defeated Emily Hagan (D) with 58% of the vote.

    ·        Senate District 30: Frank Hoagland (R-Adena), a business owner and former Navy SEAL, defeated Incumbent Lou Gentile (D- Steubenville) with 53% of the vote.


    Ohio State House of Representatives: Ohio House Republicans gained another seat during the election to add to its supermajority. Republicans now hold 66 of the 99 House seats, with Democrats holding only 33. Highly contested races included:

    ·        House District 3: Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R), who filled the vacant seat in August, defeated Kelly Wicks (D) with 59% of the vote.

    ·        House District 5: Incumbent Tim Ginter (R) defeated John Dyce (D) with 71% of the vote.

    ·        House District 16: Dave Greenspan (R), a Cuyahoga County Councilman, defeated Tommy Greene (D) with 56% of the vote.

    ·        House District 17: Former teacher Adam Miller (D) defeated John Rush (R) with 54% of the vote.

    ·        House District 20: Incumbent Heather Bishoff (D) defeated Lisa Schacht (R) with 53% of the vote.

    ·        House District 28: Incumbent Jonathan Dever (R) defeated Jessica Miranda (D) with 58% of the vote.

    ·        House District 37: Incumbent Kristina Roegner (R) defeated Casey Weinstein (D) with 57% of the vote.

    ·        House District 43: Incumbent Jeff Rezabek (R) defeated David Sparks (D) with 61% of the vote.

    ·        House District 47: Incumbent Derek Merrin (R), recently appointed, defeated Lauri Cooper (D) with 61% of the vote.

    ·        House District 55: Incumbent Nathan Manning (R) defeated Kelly Kraus Menchke (D) with 61% of the vote.

    ·        House District 57: Dick Stein (R) defeated Tom Dunlap (D), Huron County Commissioner, with 62% of the vote.

    ·        House District 79: Incumbent Kyle Koehler (R) defeated Alex Wendt (D) with 61% of the vote.

    ·        House District 89: Incumbent Steven Arndt (R), appointed one year ago, defeated Lawrence Hartlaub (D) with 61% of the vote.

    ·        House District 94: Jay Edwards (R) defeated Sarah Grace (D) with 58% of the vote.

    ·        House District 95: Incumbent Andy Thompson (R) defeated Ginny Favede (D) with 62% of the vote.


    Ohio State Board of Education: Seven seats on Ohio’s Board of Education were open in the 2016 election. The races ranged in number of candidates, spanning as many as six candidates in District 6, to a race in District 9 that saw Incumbent Stephanie Dodd run unopposed. The seven races were decided as follows:

    ·        District 1: Linda Haycock (Nonpartisan-Shawnee) defeated Tanyce Addison (D-LaRue); Martha Manchester (R-Waynesville); and Lilli Vitale (R-Urbana), accumulating over 37% of the vote.

    ·        District 5: Lisa Woods (R), co-founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors, defeated Incumbent Roslyn Painter-Goffi (D) with more than 68% of the vote.

    ·        District 6: Antoinette Miranda (D) defeated Adam C. Slane (R - Columbus); Jamie O’Leary of Columbus; Katy Barricklow (R – Lewis Center); Nicholas Baumeyer of Westerville; and Jeff Furr (R - Utica), accumulating 43% of the vote.

    ·        District 8: Incumbent Nancy Hollister (R) defeated Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany); Vickie Briercheck (R-Canton); Craig Brown (D-Salem); and Kathleen Purdy (D-Alliance). Hollister received 27% of the vote, compared to 25% and 23% for Phillips and Brown, respectively.

    ·        District 9: Incumbent Stephanie Dodd (D) won an unopposed race.

    ·        District 10: Nick Owens (R-Georgetown), a Brown County assistant prosecutor, defeated Braydon Bevens (D-Waverly) with 60% of the vote.

    ·        District 11: Meryl Johnson (D) defeated Bill Lavezzi (D-Bedford); Dr. Richard T. Montgomery; and Amy M. Zuren of Eastlake, accumulating 43% of the vote.

    - Provided by Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • November 10, 2016 10:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Five newcomers will join the State School Board in four seats where sitting members didn't run, plus the post of defeated board member Roslyn Painter-Goffi.


    In the highest profile matchup of this year's contests, gubernatorial appointee Nancy Hollister, who served briefly as Ohio's governor herself, held on to her 8th District seat in a five-candidate field. 

    Hollister, appointed in May, is a former mayor of Marietta and director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia. She became George Voinovich's lieutenant governor to replace Mike DeWine, who ran for U.S. Senate. When Voinovich himself won a U.S. Senate seat and assumed office a few days before his gubernatorial term ended, Hollister moved into the governor's office briefly. She later was appointed to the House to replace Rep. Tom Johnson, but lost the seat in 2004 to Democrat Jennifer Garrison.


    In the 5th District, incumbent Roslyn Painter-Goffi fell in her bid for her first full term to challenger Lisa Woods, who won 68 percent to 32 percent.


    In Western Ohio's 1st District, where board member Ann Jacobs can't seek re-election because of term limits, Linda Haycock won with about 38 percent of the vote in a four-way contest.


    In Central Ohio's 6th District, where incumbent Michael Collins can't run for re-election because of term limits, Antoinette Miranda won with about 43 percent of the vote in a five-way contest.


    In Southern Ohio's District 10, where board member Ron Rudduck did not run to keep his seat, Nick Owens won with 60 percent of the vote over Braydon Bevens.


    In Northeast Ohio's District 11, where board member Mary Rose Oakar can't run because of term limits, Meryl Johnson won with 43 percent of the vote in a four-way contest.


    Originally published in the Hannah Report…see the complete article here.



  • November 10, 2016 10:33 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Voters across Ohio approved 115 of 150 school tax issues during the Nov. 8 general election, according to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA).


    That translates to a 77 percent passage rate -- down from 2015, when 93 of 110 school tax issues passed for an 85 percent passage rate. This latter, OSBA called "unusually high."


    A total of 41 of 73 new school tax issues were approved Nov. 8, a passage rate of 56 percent. This is a slight increase from the 2015 general election, when 53 percent of new tax issues passed. Voters approved 74 of 77 renewal school tax issues on Tuesday’s ballot, a 96 percent passage rate. Last year’s renewal approval rate also was 96 percent. A total of 35 issues failed in the 34 school districts.


    Faced with funding challenges, reduced revenues and an uncertain economy, many school districts are having to rely more and more on their local communities for support, OSBA noted in its release.


    A complete database of school levy results can be found on OSBA’s website.

  • November 04, 2016 5:35 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio's new high school graduation standards will likely be altered by lawmakers before becoming effective as officials worry many students are not on pace to meet the requirements, the Columbus Dispatch reported in an article published Nov. 4.

    Many school administrators across the state have voiced concerns that a high percentage of students – as many as 50% may not meet criteria to graduate under any of the three new options, the article reports.

    The State Board of Education will discuss graduation requirements at its next meeting, Nov. 14-15. Legislative action may be needed,  according to the article.


    Educators plan to hold a rally at the Statehouse on Nov. 15 to protest the new standards.

    Read the entire article here:



    Access the current Graduation Requirements here:


  • November 01, 2016 1:35 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has designated November as the 2016 Ohio College Application Month. Ohio College Application Month (OCAM 2016) is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage more high school students to submit college applications; especially those who come from lower income households and would not apply otherwise.

    During the school day, students at participating high schools will be assisted in submitting at least one post-secondary application in the month of November.

    With both career technical and associate schools participating, this initiative serves as a reminder that  college is one of many post-secondary options available to career tech students. With more than 50 percent of career tech students going on to higher education, career technical education will help satisfy Ohio's need for a skilled and educated workforce.

    To participate host school sites must register to access OCAM 2016 materials. Site applications are available at https://www.ohiohighered.org/college-application-month/site-coordinators. For more information, please contact Alexis Little at alittle@highered.ohio.gov or 614-752-9539.

  • October 31, 2016 11:34 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Career Tech Educators Needed for Paid Positions to Score the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)

    The Ohio RESA Team is looking for experienced Ohio educators in Career Technical fields to work online from home and score the 2016-17 RESA. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of teaching experience in a pre-K through 12 setting.  For an overview of how the RESA is scored, please click here. Assessor recruiting for Career Technical fields is underway, and the Ohio RESA team is seeking qualified assessors in fields such as Construction and Mechanical Trades, Agricultural Subjects, Cooking and Food, and Health and Medical related practices. Assessor training assignments will begin in January and will continue to be made until Educopia has a sufficient pool of assessors across the subject areas and grade levels of RESA candidate submissions.

    If you are interested in becoming an assessor, please:
    • Email resa.assessor@educopia.com with the subject line “Career Tech Educator” expressing your desire to train and score the RESA
    • Visit the Ohio RESA assessor webpage to see the assessor job description, required HR paperwork, and Frequently-Asked-Questions
    • Visit the Ohio RESA assessor webpage to view the latest Assessor webinar.

    *paid advertisement*

  • October 07, 2016 2:45 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Buckeye Educational Systems (BES) is partnering with multiple schools throughout Ohio to bring 3-D zSpace equipment to Ohio students. Ohio career-tech students and staff will have the opportunity to use and test zSpace, virtual reality equipment for a hands on learning experience. BES will be traveling for four different schools throughout the month of October.

    Students can see and interact with such 3-D images as human anatomy or complex machinery in a unique setting.  Using a stylus, students can perform dissections, dismantle or operate virtual equipment, create physics experiments, and more.  Because the images are projected (and not shown in an individual headset), students can work together.

    BES would like to invite career-tech educators to these events to view these demonstrations. Please see the below for more details:

    October 13 - Scarlett Oaks, 9 AM - 3 PM. Click here for an event flyer.

    October 14 - Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent City Schools) 9 AM - 3 PM. Click here for an event flyer.

    October 24 - Vanguard CTC 9 AM - 11 AM, Sentinel CTC 12 AM - 3 PM. Click here for an event flyer.

    October 25 - Springfield-Clark CTC 9 AM - 3 PM. Click here for an event flyer.

    For more information, please contact Brent Brinkerhoff.

  • October 04, 2016 11:38 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    According to the National Association of Manufacturers, two million U.S. manufacturing jobs will remain vacant over the next ten years due to a shortage of trained workers. In an effort to close the skills gap, U.S. companies  are turning to the German-style apprenticeship training model.

    In Germany, apprentices spend three to four days a week training at a company and one to two days at a public vocational school. The company sponsors the apprentice's tuition and wages. After three years, the apprentice takes certification exams and is then eligible to join the workforce. Most end up working for the same company where they were an apprentice.

    Companies like Illinois based metals manufacturer, Scot Forge have already adopted a German-style approach to their apprenticeship program. Apprentices rotate between the shop floor at Scot Forge’s metals forging facilities and classrooms at local colleges. The company pays their tuition and wages. Apprentices who successfully finish the three-year program graduate with an associate degree, debt-free, and a guaranteed job at the company for two years.

    The German-American Chamber of Commerce has similar partnerships with apprenticeship programs in Michigan, Kentucky and Georgia. The U.S. Department of Commerce, Labor and Education and its three German counterparts signed a joint declaration last year aiming to introduce more companies to this model.

    Ohio ACTE members Tony Trapp and Jason Haak from Upper Valley Career Center recently spent two weeks in Hannover, Germany visiting apprenticeship programs.

    Click here to learn more about their experience.

    To read the full Wall Street Journal article, please click here.

  • September 26, 2016 11:20 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    At the urging of career-technical groups, career-tech ed and all 91 career-technical planning districts (CTPDs) were graded separately from local school districts in order to give a clear picture of career-tech ed on the ODE School Report Cards released September 15.


    According to the ODE School Report Card Web site, the purpose of the Report Cards are to help the community and educators improve:  “Ohio School Report Cards give your community a clear picture of the progress of your district and schools in raising achievement and preparing students for the future. The information measures district and school performance in the areas most critical to success in learning. Ohio School Report Cards data shows educators, school administrators and families where their schools are succeeding as well as areas where they need to improve.”


    As expected, many school districts, including career-technical planning districts (CTPDs) received low, or even failing, grades on several of the components.  Reacting to these low grades, ODE and others are defending the expected low grades, while others criticize the process as being overly complicated and not providing a true picture of a school district. 

    "Ohio has raised expectations for students to reflect what is necessary for them to be successful in college, careers and life. This year's report cards and the grades we're seeing reflect a system in transition," Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria said in a media release.


    So what do the report cards mean to CTE, and more importantly, how should the CTE community respond?  Taking cues from both the proponents and opponents of the School Report Card, Ohio ACTE characterizes the Report Card as “a tool that helps school districts measure progress toward new and different standards of success being implemented by the Ohio Department of education in order to make sure all students have the knowledge they need to be successful in today’s world.  Another measurement, other than the ubiquitous A-F scale would have been less complicated and more easily communicated to parents and community members who already have pre-conceived ideas on what the letter grades mean, because it is so familiar to anyone who has ever been a student.”


    “Ohio ACTE and the CTE community remain committed to constant improvement and helping students succeed and offer assistance to ODE in communicating and working on a reporting method that helps the community understand and motivates schools to meet the challenges of implementing the higher standards and expectations,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  “Unfortunately, when a conscientious student receives an “F” in a class, it’s de-motivating, so it’s difficult to see the current scale as a way to seek improvement, but as always, CTE will focus on what’s best for students and not let a failing grade in one or more of ODE’s new standards deter progress and improvement.” 

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