COLUMBUS - Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the Senate’s recent passage of Senate Bill 216, the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Obhof, is designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary mandates and regulations affecting Ohio’s public schools.
"For years, politicians and Columbus bureaucracies have added mandates and unnecessary burdens to our schools and our teachers,” said Obhof. “These requirements – even when they are well-intentioned – can take critical time away from our teachers’ efforts to provide a quality education. We should let schools focus on educating our kids, rather than distracting them with red tape and regulation.”
Senate Bill 216 addresses a wide range of education topics and standards, including teacher licensure and aide permits, Ohio teacher evaluation systems, state testing and student assessment, student management and safety, college credit plus and the preschool operating standards, all of which are either contained in the Revised Code or currently sheltered in agency rules. It was introduced by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) after months of discussions with educators, including school superintendents and teachers, regarding the need for reform. The bill received broad bipartisan support and passed the Senate unanimously.
Senate Bill 216 will now go to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.