Legislation Providing Additional Support and Flexibility to Ohio's Schools Signed by Governor
COLUMBUS—State Senator Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) announced today that Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 164, giving K-12 schools additional support and flexibility as they plan for the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this bill, Olentangy School District will receive more than $2 million in state support to offset the initial funding cut.
“Olentangy has been underfunded for years," Brenner said. "The restoration of these cuts is highly appropriate, and it didn’t take from any other school systems."
The Senate worked to include the following amendments to House Bill 164:
- Allows superintendents flexibility in assigning a licensed teacher outside of their subject matter or grade band in 2020-2021.
- Provides additional funding from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to each school district based on its combined state foundation aid and the federal CARES Act School Emergency Relief Fund.
- Suspends the requirement that the State Board of Education increase the cut score for 4th grade promotion in the 3rd grade reading test for the 2020-21 school year, and allows districts to assign more teachers to assist struggling readers.
- Allows students who were unable to take their scheduled state end of course exams in spring 2020 to earn points toward their graduation requirements based on their letter grade for that course instead of having to take the exam in a subsequent year.
- Directs ODE to create an online bus driver re-certification program in lieu of required classroom hours
- Allows the governing body of a public school to adopt a remote learning model for the 2020-21 school year.
- Extends the current authority for licensed special education providers to serve children using tele-health and electronic communication through the 2020-2021 school year.
- Provides additional funding for school districts that have experienced valuation losses that were not accounted for through foundation funding.
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House Bill 164 passed out of the Ohio House of Representatives on June 11, 2020, after House members concurred with Senate amendments made to the bill. The Ohio Senate had previously passed House Bill 164 by a unanimous vote on June 10, 2020.