Senate District 11
Teresa Fedor
Fedor Discusses Senate Bill 358 in Ohio Latino Affairs Virtual Summit
November 13, 2020
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) joined Ohio education leaders on a panel during the Ohio Latino Affairs Virtual Summit to provide an update on Senate Bill 358, a bipartisan bill to ease the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ohio’s schools.

“Our schools and teachers need assistance as they juggle multiple learning environments during the pandemic,” Fedor said. “We know Covid-19 has exacerbated the inequalities and barriers to learning that have always existed for students in Ohio, including technology, literacy, stable housing and food security. The long-term academic impact of remote learning is not yet known, but we expect it to disproportionately impact students of color and low-income students. We must pass Senate Bill 358 to provide certainty in a world where providing certainty is a challenge.”

S.B. 358, which is currently having hearings in the Senate Education committee, would extend the supports granted in the spring to K-12 schools, including waiving state standardized tests during the 2020-21 school year. The bill would also freeze state report card scores, new state takeovers and EdChoice eligibility, as well as extend teacher and principal evaluations, student promotions and graduation flexibility for the 2020-21 school year. It has received widespread support from educators and professionals. 

“As educators, we need to think outside the box to meet the needs of special needs students, especially in the area of one-on-one services,” Alicia Pagan, president of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Ohio, said. “We have to examine what safety looks like for students and staff and what resources exist to help districts navigate these challenging times.”
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