Senate District 11
Teresa Fedor
Fedor Applauds Committee Passage of Senate Bill 358
December 1, 2020
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) applauded the Ohio Senate Education Committee for passing Senate Bill 358 with an 8-1 vote. 

“I applaud the Senate Education Committee’s favorable passage of Senate Bill 358. Now we are one step closer to giving Ohio’s teachers and students the flexibility they urgently need during this health care crisis and to allowing our schools to better focus their limited resources on needed instruction instead of unnecessary assessments,” said Fedor.

Senate Bill 358, which Fedor joint-sponsored with Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), will extend a number of measures passed in the spring to address the pandemic’s toll on school districts. These include waiving state testing; freezing state report card scores, freezing new state takeovers and providing a way out for school districts already under Academic Distress Commission control and extending student promotions and graduation flexibility during the 2020-21 school year.

“This pandemic is taking a mental, emotional and financial toll on families and placing increased stress on students who have previously experienced hardship at home and those who never have before,” said Fedor. “Test scores would only reflect what we already know: that this pandemic has negatively affected learning and increased achievement gaps. Hopefully this bill can provide a brief reprieve from the stress created for parents, teacher, and students trying to test and learn both online and in the classroom.  

“Our teachers and administrators are the true heroes on the frontlines of this pandemic, continuing to educate our young people despite the risks they face daily. I am encouraged to see the progress of Senate Bill 358, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will see the value in supporting our schools as well.”

The bill is now headed to the Senate Chamber for a full vote.
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