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  • January 26, 2015 2:41 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Earlier this year, the Board of Regents (BOR) issued revised and likely final regulations governing the College Credit Plus (CCP) program.  As you may recall, House Bill 487 (the Education MBR) replaced the post-secondary options program with the new CCP system starting next school year and required the BOR, in consultation with the Ohio Department of Education, to develop rules for the program. 

    In November, the BOR released an initial draft of its CCP rules and sought public comment in response.  Most of the provisions were relatively straightforward, but Ohio ACTE commented on the initial draft’s language preventing students not currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution from attending CCP classes.  Had this provision taken effect, secondary programs would have needed two separate classrooms of identical rigor and instruction for students seeking post-secondary CTE credit (e.g., C-TAG/SCATAI courses, other articulated agreements, etc.): one for students currently enrolled in a secondary program, and one for students not yet enrolled in a post-secondary program but who will earn credit for their coursework upon enrollment in a post-secondary program.  Given the high costs associated with this classroom split, particularly in the CTE context, Ohio ACTE  submitted comments seeking the revision of this requirement.

    Subsequently, the BOR removed the CCP-only attendance requirement from its revised CCP rules.  However, the current rules will require secondary schools to notify students who attend a CCP course but are not enrolled in a post-secondary program that they are “not earning college credit and would likely be required to retake the course upon enrollment at an institution of higher education if college credit is desired.”  Although we are pleased that the rules will not require a doubling of costs through additional classrooms, we believe the language in this notice does not accurately reflect the circumstances for CTE students who will likely earn credit for their coursework at a later date.  Moving forward, we believe that CTE programs should begin assessing how to convey the details of their programs so that the new notification’s statement that the student “would likely be required to retake the course” does not deter participation.

    The BOR’s revised rules also include significant changes to the alternative payment structure agreements.  As a reminder, House Bill 487 created a $40 per CCP credit hour funding floor for secondary programs to pay post-secondary providers, but it also allowed schools and institutions to negotiate alternative payment structures that fall below that floor amount.  The revised CCP rules now limit the duration of such agreements to one school year and do not provide for automatic renewal.  Further, the revised CCP rules also clarify that secondary schools are responsible for textbooks and materials in addition to the per credit hour amount unless an alternative fee agreement is in place.
     
    Subject to JCARR approval at the end of January, the revised rules will likely be considered for approval at the BOR’s next meeting on February 12, 2015.  For further information and copies of the initial and revised drafts of the CCP rules, please click here.


    The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents are hosting a webcast about College Credit Plus on Tuesday, February 3 at 3 pm. Register for the webcast by clicking here.


    - by Adam J. Schira, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, LLP

  • January 26, 2015 2:37 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Last year’s Workforce Mid-Biennium Review (House Bill 486) required the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to develop a single, integrated state plan for Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs in collaboration with the Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Department of Job and Family Services.  Late last year, the Office of Workforce Transformation approved its final draft of this statewide plan.  Generally, the plan outlines the following ten common goals for all workforce education programs:

    1. Registration at OhioMeansJobs.com.
    2. Common Application for all programs.
    3. Common Case Management System.
    4. Common Performance Metrics.
    5. Common Assessment Strategy.
    6. Job Readiness and Soft-Skill Training.
    7. Expand Access to High Quality Career Counseling.
    8. Expand Access to Remediation and High School Equivalency.
    9. Local Unified Plan with local partners and employers.
    10. Student Co-Enrollment in all relevant programs.

    Two significant issues regarding secondary CTE programs arose during the plan’s drafting process.  First, the initial draft called for a 3% diversion of Perkins Grant funds from secondary programs to collaborate and implement the unified plan.  Although the CTE community has always supported adult education programs and initiatives, we objected to using secondary funds primarily for adult education and training initiatives.  Second, despite this funding diversion, the initial draft of the plan provided few details regarding the impact or role of secondary programs in the plan.  In response to these issues, comments were submitted requesting that the Workforce Transformation Office remove the 3% funding diversion and expand on the role of secondary CTE in the plan’s implementation.

    In the final version of the State Unified Plan, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation removed the blanket 3% diversion of secondary Perkins Funds toward general plan implementation.  In its place, the plan now calls for a 3% earmark for all secondary, college, and adult education programs for “support for learner success” activities, which broadly relate to providing services to at-risk students, ensuring that programs are tied to workforce needs, and fostering collaboration and seamless transition between secondary and adult CTE programs.  The recipient programs retain control of the earmarked funds and can use them to provide supports for students enrolled at their institution.  Further, the final plan provides significant guidance regarding the role of secondary education through a Perkins addendum that is connected to the above-listed common goals of the plan. 

    For the final draft of the Unified Workforce Plan, please click here


    - by Adam J. Schira, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, LLP


  • January 26, 2015 1:46 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)
    Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor spoke to almost 200 career-technical and adult educators and administrators at the 2015 Legislative Seminar held January 21-22, downtown Columbus.   She told the audience that their mission is in line with the administration's goal of getting more Ohioans into desirable jobs and  more work is needed to dispel the perception that a bachelor's degree is the only path to career success.


    "I think there's a better realization today ...that not everybody will go to college and get a four-year college degree -- but also not everybody needs to go to college and get a four-year college degree to get a good-paying job," she said.

    Taylor did not comment on specifics of the next budget, due out soon, but said it would continue a focus on education reforms.

    Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is pictured here (center) with Natalie Wise, Terrence O'Donnell, Christine Gardner and Tom Applegate after her presentation.

  • January 22, 2015 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Interested in running for an officer position for Ohio ACTE or serving your Division in a leadership capacity?  Positions open are a Secretary who also serves as part of the Ohio ACTE Executive Board  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.

  • January 12, 2015 11:51 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Four Ohio Technical Centers were among the five educational institutions  selected to share $2.5 million in funding for the development of Adult Diploma Pilot Programs, the Department of Education announced Friday.


     Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School, Miami Valley Career Technical Center, Cuyahoga Community College, Penta Career Center and Stark State Community College, will receive $500,000 each to partner with other groups on the projects, according to the agency.


    "We are so excited to be chosen as a grant recipient to identify new opportunities for adults to achieve a high school diploma, said Carrie Fife, Adult Education Director at Pickaway-Ross.   "It will be a new and worthy challenge that we along with our Ohio Technical Center and Community College partners in the Appalachian Region will work to develop in the coming months."


    During the program's planning stage the five schools "will determine how to contact potential students, assess their current knowledge and address potential challenges such as illiteracy," ODE reported. "They also will engage industry leaders, determine the most in-demand jobs in their regions and identify the types of certifications graduates need to qualify for those positions.


    Students involved in the pilot will enter and choose a career pathway program under a "student success plan" aimed at leading to the simultaneous completion of a high school diploma and an industry credential.


    In a departure from traditional classroom tests, the students will demonstrate mastery of courses by passing a "competency-based job skills test such as ACT's WorkKeys," ODE said.


    The program and funding were provided under the main mid-biennium review budget measure enacted last year (HB483), according to ODE.


    "As Ohio's labor market grows, the key to our future success is connecting undereducated men and women to the education and training they need to rise above poverty and thrive," Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross said in a release.

  • December 18, 2014 8:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     

    The Senate failed to take action on House Bill 228, the standardized testing reduction bill, but signs point to further consideration of this issue next term.  Legislators have announced the creation of a task force, led by Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering), to reevaluate the use and extent of K–12 testing in Ohio.  This task force will be guided in part by an Ohio Department of Education study on the scope of state testing due by January 15th.

     

                It is worth noting that HB 228, as passed by the House, included CTE-specific language waiving WebXam requirements in cases involving a license or credential.  This provision came about largely in response to testimony by Joyce Malainy, Superintendent of Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), on behalf of Career-Technical Education.  As you may know, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) requires institutions to administer WebXams in many CTE courses to help provide quality assurance and measure job skills attainment.  Malainy explained to the House Education Committee that students using the CTE graduation pathway will take a minimum of 14 standardized tests including WebXams, meaning that CTE students ultimately spend significantly more class time preparing for and ultimately taking state required assessments and examinations than their non-CTE counterparts.   

     

                Although the bill ultimately did not pass in the Senate, the House’s inclusion of this amendment and passage of the bill shows that many legislators are receptive to this issue.  Moving forward, we will continue to raise awareness of CTE-specific testing issues during next year’s task force process and promote language limiting the use of WebXams in any forthcoming state testing legislation.


    - by Terrence O'Donnell, Attorney,  Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel; and Adam Schira, Attorney, Dickinson Wright     

  • December 17, 2014 1:52 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Documents and information regarding career-tech middle grades and senior-only programs can be found on the ODE Web site. 


    This includes information from the Dec. 16 Webinar held on the topic.

  • November 20, 2014 4:53 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)


    Eric Mathews, Marketing Teacher at Akron Public Schools was named National ACTE's 2015 New Career and Technical Educator of the Year during the ACTE Awards Banquet  in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 19. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 


    Eric is in his 5th year of teaching Marketing Education at Akron North High School. Teaching is Eric's second career after working for Ford Motor Company and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. His passion for teaching and marketing is seen by many of his students. In his three years as DECA adviser, Mathews has help 24 students qualify for the state level competition, six were named top 10 finalists, and two qualified for the national competition. 


    Eric Mathews is also a leader within his district. After only two years of teaching, he participated in the Aspiring Principal's Academy, after which he functioned as an interim assistant principal at this high school for six weeks. During this time, he realized his passion for preparing students to be career and postsecondary education ready in the classroom.


    Click here for more information on how to nominate an outstanding educator for an Ohio ACTE Educator Award! Nomination deadline is January 1, 2015.


  • November 19, 2014 7:20 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Leadership Institute.  The purpose of the Institute is to promote leadership qualities in CTE educators and provide a holistic understanding of career-technical and adult education.


    Access more information and the online application here.


    The Institute, named after CTE pioneer Byrl R. Shoemaker, is an opportunity to interact, learn and grow in all areas of CTE and is open to instructors, administrators and anyone associated with CTE who wants to improve their understanding of CTE, no matter their career goals.

  • November 05, 2014 7:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2014 Elections - What Does it Mean for CTE?

      By Terrence O’Donnell, Esq. Dickinson Wright, LLC and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


    As you have no doubt heard, the 2014 mid-term election was a so-called “wave election” for the Republican Party in Ohio as well as nationally.  Given that the Governor and every non-judicial statewide officeholder was already Republican, this essentially means the incumbents were re-elected and that we will not see drastic changes to state government. 

    That said, with a resounding victory, Governor Kasich has new momentum and will no doubt roll out an ambitious and robust legislative agenda for 2015 (a budget year).  Speculation will also increase that he will pursue the Presidency in 2016.

    Likewise, the Republicans increased their already significant majorities in the Ohio General Assembly.  At the federal level, Ohio’s US Senators were not on the ballot so did not factor into the US Senate’s change to Republican hands.  Also, no incumbent Congressperson suffered a loss, so the US House delegation remains the same.


    The following provides more detail on the impact of election results:

     

                Governor and Statewide:  All Republican statewide office incumbents won by large margins - keeping every statewide non-judicial office. Gov. Kasich’s opponent Ed FitzGerald conceded shortly after the polls closed, and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor ultimately retained their respective offices by an unofficial 64%–33% margin.  All other Republican statewide office holders - Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor Dave Yost, Secretary of State John Husted, and Treasurer Josh Mandel - all defeated their Democratic challengers by comfortable margins. 

     

                Ohio General Assembly:  Republicans also reached a high watermark with regard to their control over the Ohio General Assembly.  Republican candidates defeated three incumbents and picked up another two open seats, expanding the party’s already commanding majority to 65–34 in the House.  The Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party was one of the three Democrat incumbents to lose his seat and he also resigned from his post by night’s end.  In the Senate, meanwhile, Democrats maintained their 23-10 seat deficit.

     

                Speaker of the Ohio House:  Most observers believe that Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R – Clinton County) will become the new Speaker of the House, replacing Rep. William G. Batchelder (R – Medina), whose service is term-limited.  Rep. Rosenberger, currently serving in his second term in the House, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has experience working in the White House as Special Assistant to then-U.S. Secretary of Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. 

     

                With regard to career-technical education, Rep. Rosenberger played an essential role in carrying the adult education “one-year option” through the General Assembly last session, and he has family members have enrolled in CTE programs.  For his work with CTE, Ohio ACTE Awarded him its Legislator of the Year award in 2013. 

     

                Supreme Court:  The sweeping Republican victory also extended to the Ohio Supreme Court, where incumbent Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French held onto the two Ohio Supreme Court seats up for grabs Tuesday and thereby maintained the party’s 6-1 majority on the state’s high court. Outside groups spent millions on the races.

               

                Ohio ACTE leadership has worked hard to ensure that CTE is a non-partisan issue in Ohio and nationally and will continue to ensure that we can be successful in any political environment.  We know the political winds often shift, especially in a “purple” state like Ohio.  As such, we will continue to work with both sides of the aisle to promote the interests of career-technical education and Ohio ACTE members.



    Click Here for Statewide Election Results.

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