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  • October 04, 2017 9:31 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    To build on ongoing work to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children, Ohio was awarded a $35 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

    “Reading is the foundational skill that supports all learning,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Ohio is committed to improving outcomes for our most vulnerable children, and this grant gives us an important boost in those efforts.”

    “I’m pleased to see that Ohio will now have additional resources to help improve the literacy outcomes for disadvantaged students,” said U.S. Senator Rob Portman. “This grant will help ensure that these students are given an opportunity to learn and excel that will ultimately lead to them fulfilling their God-given potential.”

    “By working to increase literacy and improve Ohio students’ reading and writing skills, we can create lifelong learners,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “Investing in Ohio students gives them an upper hand as they prepare for the next phase of their education and beyond.”

    Approximately 95 percent of the $35 million award will be distributed directly to local schools or early childhood providers to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12. The three-year grant will focus on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having a reading disability.

    The grant builds on Ohio’s commitment to ensuring all students have the reading skills needed to succeed in their education and life. The Department recently worked with Ohio educators to update and refine Ohio’s English language arts learning standards. In addition, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee aims to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Through this initiative, schools diagnose reading issues, create individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans, and provide intensive reading interventions. In 2017, even with the more rigorous expectations for promotion, 93.9 percent of students met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee promotion score, up from 93.4 percent last year.

  • October 02, 2017 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning Friday, Sept. 29 -- the day most language changes included in FY18-19 budget bill, HB49 (R. Smith), go into effect -- eligible students can now apply year-round for Ohio’s Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program. The program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education, is available for students in grades K-12 who have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). 

    Previously, the program held two application windows annually, but language included in HB49 changed the program to accept applications all year. 

    Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarships are worth up to $27,000 per year, depending on the child’s special education category. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation or the student’s 22nd birthday if he or she has not met graduation requirements. 

    Recipients are to use their scholarship for educational services and/or tuition at the participating private school and/or private service provider(s) of the family’s choice. There are currently more than 360 registered schools and private providers statewide.

    To apply, families should research the participating providers in their area and choose the private school and/or provider(s) that are the best fit for their child’s unique learning needs. Families may choose more than one approved provider to fulfill the services listed on their child’s IEP. Students will go through the admissions process at the participating school and/or providers of their choice. Once the student has been accepted, the family will ask the primary provider to apply for the scholarship on their behalf. While students who have an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) that determines they are eligible for special education and related services are eligible to apply for the scholarship, the student must have a finalized IEP in order to receive the scholarship award.

    The number of available scholarships is capped at 5 percent of the total number of students with special needs in the state. Current private school students are eligible to apply for this program. Students cannot receive a scholarship and remain in their resident public school district.

    Families who would like to learn more about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program can go to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website at

  • August 30, 2017 12:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

                    Lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly have been on recess since the passage of the state’s biennial budget bill (HB 49), which Governor Kasich signed back in June. 

    The Senate plans to return to session in early September, but will likely focus most of their attention on overrides to several of the Governor’s 47 budget vetoes.  The House voted to override eleven different vetoes this past July, most of which dealt with the state’s Medicaid program. 

    Last week the Senate voted to override six of the eleven vetoes—they continue to work with the Administration on compromises with respect to the other five provisions.  (In Ohio, a three-fifths vote of the members of BOTH the House and Senate is necessary to override the governor’s veto).


                    We expect state legislators to return in full force mid to late September, at which time Ohio ACTE will continue to focus on our CTE legislative priorities. 

    - by William Vorys, Attorney with Dickinson Wright and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • August 28, 2017 2:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The budget for FY18-19 changed some of the rules and responsibilities for districts in Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program, effective this school year. It leaves others unchanged.  The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) developed a one-page flyer, "5 Things You Should Know about College Credit Plus."  Click here for the flier, which outlines the following five changes:

    No Changes to Textbook. Despite the administration's proposed changes to assist college students with the costs of textbooks, the Legislature did not include any provisions related to textbook. According to ODHE, this means current law stands in regards to CCP so "high schools remain responsible for textbooks."

    Student Eligibility Changes. "Beginning with Academic Year 2018-2019, all students must complete an assessment exam. The students must test at college level to be eligible for CCP. If a student does not test at college level, but is within one Standard Error of Measurement" and either has a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or receives a recommendation, the student is eligible.

    According to the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) analysis, this provision may reduce participating in the CCP program "and thus, the amounts deducted from school district state foundation aid allocations to pay the costs of the program for public school students." However, LSC notes this reduction "is likely to be small: ... [ODHE] indicated that it has identified between 2 percent and 4 percent of CCP participants as 'underperforming.' CCP payments to colleges amounted to about $39 million for FY16." There may be an increased cost to colleges to pay for the assessments, however.

    Rule for Underperforming Students. "HB49 allows the chancellor and superintendent to adopt rules specifying conditions under which an underperforming participant may continue to participate in CCP."

    According to LSC, those rules are to include the following elements:
    - Definition of an underperforming participant.
    - "Additional conditions for participants with repeated underperformance to satisfy ...."
    - The timeframe for notifying an underperforming participant.
    - "Mechanisms to assist underperforming participants." 
    - Role of schools guidance counselors and college academic advisors in assisting underperforming participants.
    - For students found to be ineligible to participate in CCP, identifying "any consequences that ineligibility may have on the student's ability to complete the high school's graduation requirements.
    - The school year these rules will first apply.

    Course Eligibility Rule. "Allows the chancellor and superintendent to adopt rules specifying which courses are eligible for CCP funding." These rules are to include the following:

    - Whether courses must be taken in a specified sequence.
    - "Whether to restrict funding and limit eligibility to certain types of courses, including those in the statewide articulation and transfer system, those that apply to multiple degree pathways or are applicable to in-demand jobs, or other types of course."
    - Whether courses with private instruction -- as defined by the chancellor -- are eligible for funding.
    - The school year these rules will first apply.

    Appeals Changes. "Changes the appeals process from the State Board of Education to the Ohio Department of Education for notifications and grade disputes."

    Gov. John Kasich vetoed one provision related to CCP which has so far remained unchallenged by the Legislature. Item 12 of the veto message related to minimum grades required. According to the veto message, "High expectations are important for leading students to high achievement, but this provision sets a different bar for College Credit Plus students than it does for students not enrolled in College Credit Plus. Students not participating in College Credit Plus are able to earn high school or college credit for lower scores, which means that this provision creates inequities between College Credit Plus students and those not taking such classes. Additionally, other provisions in the budget bill require the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education to develop policies that address the issue of students who do not achieve appropriate standards in College Credit Plus classes, a requirement that renders this provision unneeded."

  • August 23, 2017 9:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    As of Sept. 1, 2017, Ohio ACTE Officers are:

    For more information about each officer, click here.

    Nate Bishko, President
    Excel TECC

    Nick Weldy, President - Elect
    Miami Valley Career Center

    Dan Murphy, Past-President
    RG Drage Career Center

    Pam Hunt, Treasurer
    Greene County Career Center

    Lisa Tuttle-Huff, Secretary
    Grant Career Center

    Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director (non-voting)
  • August 21, 2017 11:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The 2017-2018 academic year is under way across Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Education has some great resources for families as our children head back to the classroom. Here are the top 10 things to know this year:

    1. 1. Students in the class of 2018 have multiple pathways to earn a high school diploma so they can move on to their next steps in education or a career. This fact sheet helps explain those options.
    2. 2. High school seniors can boost their earning power when they graduate from high school with an industry-recognized credential. The Senior Only Credential Program is for students in their senior year who have completed most of their curriculum requirements. Find out more about how an industry-recognized credential can be part of a student’s path to graduation by clicking here.
    3. 3. Create an Ohio Means Jobs K-12 Backpack: With this tool, middle and high school students can explore career interests, launch career plans, build resumes and search for job options. Get started and build yours today.
    4. 4. Early learning experiences last a lifetime. It is key that all families have access to early childhood education information about high-quality early care, preschool, kindergarten and other educational settings to prepare young children for a lifetime of learning and success. The Department has a wide variety of resources for parents of our youngest students.
    5. 5. Special education, for students ages 3 to 21, is guided by federal and state requirements. The Department has created A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education.
    6. 6. The ability to read is the foundation of learning. Research shows that children who are not reading at a third grade level by the end of grade 3 are likely to have trouble learning in all classroom subjects in higher grades. The Department has resources for families related to early literacy and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
    7. 7. Homeless students have rights to the same education as any other student in Ohio. The Department has developed a helpful brochure, A Parent’s Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.
    8. 8. Keep our schools and students safe: The free SaferOH tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety — whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are accepted and answered 24 hours a day. Click here for more information.
    9. 9. Ohio families can now get the latest education news, search for schools in their neighborhoods and look at their schools’ report cards right from their smartphones or iPads using the new Ohio Department of Education mobile app. Download the app at
    10. 10. Join the conversation: Sign up for text alerts from the Ohio Department of Education at


  • August 21, 2017 11:24 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) are pleased to announce that 75 school transportation grants will be awarded for the 2017/2018 academic year. The online application process will open Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9 a.m. The grants will be made available to help schools defray bus transportation costs for field trips to the Ohio Statehouse and its museum. Each grant will be based on one-way mileage from the visiting school to Columbus.

    Only online applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Applications will be accepted until every grant is awarded.


    Detailed information about the program is available at:


    The program was created in 2009 by the Capitol Square Foundation. Since the program’s inception, more than 70,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties have visited the Ohio Statehouse with the help of this grant program. “The foundation is grateful for the continued support from Honda of America," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation Chairman. “We are thrilled that so many students can visit the Ohio Statehouse through this program!"

    Click here for more information


  • August 21, 2017 11:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    During a Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC) panel discussion August 16 on “smart cities,” Honda/Ohio State University (OSU) Partnership Co-Director Joanna Pinkerton and Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio President and CEO Lisa Patt-McDaniel said understanding technology is just as important as other required subjects such as grammar and students should be obligated to take classes on computer coding at some point during their compulsory K-12 education.

    “I would assert that we need to start thinking about coding as a second language in school,” Patt-McDaniel said. “We have to start thinking now about kids who are in all of our schools in the whole region, not just the cities, and we need to start addressing that now so we don’t have young adults coming into the workforce with that skills gap, not knowing the basics of how technology works, how it programs.” 

    Read the entire article, click here.

  • August 21, 2017 9:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    New bipartisan legislation introduced  would define a school resource officer in the Ohio Revised Code, as well as their qualifications and responsibilities.

    HB318 (Patterson-LaTourette) has its roots in the 2012 Chardon High School shooting, where T.J. Lane killed three of his former classmates.

    The bill would define a resource officer as “an officer who provides services to a school district or school as described in section 3313.951 of the Revised Code.” Those services could include assisting with the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive emergency plan; providing a safe learning environment; providing resources to school staff members; fostering positive relationships with students and staff; and developing strategies to resolve problems affecting young and protecting all students. Resource officers can also exercise police powers necessary to enforce Ohio laws while providing those services. 

    The bill would require school resource officers to complete a training program approved by the Ohio Police Officer Training Commission; and complete at least 40 hours of school resource officer training through the National Association of School Resource Officers, the Ohio School Resource Officer Association or other association with a certified training program that includes instruction addressing the specific nature of school campuses.

    Rep. John Patterson said he worked with the Ohio School Resource Officer Association to help create the training requirements in the bill, calling the training needed “a special skill set.” He said it is a question of how to empower officers to be able to carry out their mission and work within the confines of a school situation. The sponsors also worked with school districts and the Hall Foundation to craft the bill. 

    Patterson said the bill is permissive, and does not require districts to have a resource officer. He noted that the bill also grandfathers-in current resource officers.

    Read the entire article, click here.

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