Senate Education Committee

Ohio Senate committee previews amendments to education overhaul

BY: - February 15, 2023

After hearing more supportive testimony Tuesday for an overhaul of the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio’s Senate Education Committee previewed amendments planned for the legislation. The Buckeye Institute and the Thomas Fordham Institute both entered their support of transforming the department into a more workforce-centric state agency with a leader under the governor’s  umbrella. Those […]

Education overhaul returns to Ohio Senate

BY: - January 13, 2023

As promised by Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman last year, an overhaul of the state education system is back on the agenda. The bill, once again led by state Sen. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, was reintroduced on Jan. 11, and already has 10 cosponsors signed on. The legislation seeks to rename the Ohio Department of Education […]

Education associations say teacher evaluations illogical in COVID-19 school year

BY: - September 4, 2020

Education officials say teachers need to be given a break from annual evaluations that could punish them for a year of COVID-19 uncertainty. Current and former superintendents, along with representatives from teacher’s associations across the state said Wednesday that significant uncertainty still remains as schools go back to various learning modes, and the idea of […]

Ohio Senate committee passes dropout recovery funding

BY: - July 6, 2020

A bill originally written to create school violence prevention groups will now also bring temporary financial relief to dropout recovery and prevention e-schools if passed. The Senate Education Committee spent its last meeting before a summer break passing House Bill 123 with an added amendment supported by the governor. The bill was created to require […]

Education officials: Schools need consistency in reopen

BY: - June 29, 2020

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic. Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to […]

Legislator: If schools don’t open this fall, “real chaos” will ensue

BY: - June 15, 2020

In arguing that schools should be able to reopen on their own terms in the fall, a Republican legislator said the state health director shouldn’t be a part of that decision. State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, introduced a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would give authority to local school districts — public, private […]