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    Ohio Education Legislation 2017-2018

    Pending and Enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly
    Current through November 14, 2018

    Listed below are the bills affecting K-12 education that are pending or were enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018.

    We include links to the full text of the legislation which include that most recent available analysis from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. The bills are listed by number from the most recently introduced to the earliest with House bills listed first, followed by Senate bills.

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    H.B. 752 - Health Standards
    Sponsored by Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

    Requires the State Board of Education to develop and adopt health education standards for grades kindergarten through twelve and requires only venereal disease education standards and curriculum adopted by the State Board to be approved by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly.
    Chronology
    October 24, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 738 - School Buildings
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Regarding appropriations to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and requires the Commission and the Department of Education to study the status of school buildings regarding air conditioning, accessibility, school safety, and other amenities.
    Chronology
    October 4, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 734 - School Breakfast
    Sponsored by Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland)

    With regard to breakfast programs at public schools.
    Chronology
    September 25, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 726 - Care Agreements
    Sponsored by Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green)

    Regarding standard care arrangements entered into by advanced practice registered nurses and collaborating physicians or podiatrists, physician prescribing of schedule II controlled substances from convenience care clinics, and clearances by licensed health professionals of concussed student athletes.
    Chronology
    August 29, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 713 - Mental Health
    Sponsored by Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)

    With regard to mental health services in public and nonpublic schools, requires school districts to employ school psychologists and intervention specialists, provides an additional state payment to school districts for school psychologist and intervention specialist services, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    July 2, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 707 - Online Schools
    Sponsored by Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin)

    With regard to the operation of internet- and computer-based community schools and requires the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review to review the Department of Education's manual on full-time equivalency student enrollment reporting.
    Chronology
    June 19, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 19, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 705 - School Treasurer Liability
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Regarding the circumstances in which school district and educational service center treasurers may be held liable for a loss of public funds.
    Chronology
    June 13, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 19, 2018 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    H.B. 703 - Concealed Handguns
    Sponsored by Representative John Becker (R-Union Twp)

    Enacts the "Decriminalization Effort For Ending Notorious Deaths -- Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO)" to allow a concealed handgun licensee or qualified military member to carry a concealed handgun in certain public premises, reduces the penalty for a concealed handgun licensee who carries a concealed handgun in a prohibited place, and prohibits public employers and universities from disciplining employees or students who lawfully carry a concealed handgun on the premises.
    Chronology
    June 5, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 19, 2018 Referred to Federalism & Interstate Relations Committee


    H.B. 702 - ESC Social Workers
    Sponsored by Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville)

    Makes an appropriation for grants to support the employment of social workers at educational service centers.
    Chronology
    June 5, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 19, 2018 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 682 - Dental Hygiene
    Sponsored by Representative John Barnes (D-Cleveland)

    Establishes the Hope for a Smile Program through which buses are operated to offer dental hygiene services to Ohio schoolchildren and funds the Program through a combination of cigarette and tobacco tax receipts, donations, and Medicaid and insurance reimbursements.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 693 - Firearm Certifications
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Requires a state certification to carry a firearm into a school safety zone and grants an income tax credit for school employees or contractors who have such certification.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 691 - School Property Leases
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati))

    Allows school district boards of education to terminate property leases with community schools when they change sponsors.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 686 - Distress Commissions
    Sponsored by Representative John Barnes (D-Cleveland)

    Enacts the "Student Transformative Academic Restoration Act" to abolish academic distress commissions and instead require the creation of community learning centers for poor performing districts, establishes an office of grants and philanthropic gestures within the Department of Education, creates the State Business Intervention Fund, creates a teacher education advancement program, and modifies earmarked appropriations for academic distress commissions.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 671 - School Water
    Sponsored by Representative John Barnes (D-Cleveland)

    Require the Director of Environmental Protection to adopt rules establishing procedures and requirements governing annual testing of school drinking water for lead, names this act the State Water Quality Act for Kids, and declares an emergency.
    Chronology
    May 22, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Energy & Natural Resources Committee


    H.B. 668 - Public Facilities
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Authorizes state agencies, state institutions of higher education, counties, townships, municipal corporations, school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and college-preparatory boarding schools to enter into public-private initiatives with a private party through a public-private agreement regarding public facilities.
    Chronology
    May 15, 2018 Introduced in the House
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee


    H.B. 630 - Graduation Requirements
    Sponsored by Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)

    Extends the alternative graduation requirements for two additional years.
    Chronology
    May 3, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 628 - Educator Licenses
    Sponsored by Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk)

    With regard to qualifications for obtaining a resident educator license.
    Chronology
    May 1, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 626 - Academic Commissions
    Sponsored by Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid)

    Establishes a moratorium on the creation of new academic distress commissions.
    Chronology
    May 1, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 611 - School Payments
    Sponsored by Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina)

    Conditions payment from the Department of Education to an Internet or computer-based community school on the school's use of automatically verifiable software that tracks attendance, class size, and participation.
    Chronology
    April 19, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 609 - Student Expulsion
    Sponsored by Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington)

    With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.
    Chronology
    April 19, 2018 Introduced in the House
    May 15, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 591 - School Report Cards
    Sponsored by Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington)

    Revises the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.
    Chronology
    April 9, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 549 - School Year
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton)

    Generally requires public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.
    Chronology
    March 13, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 544 - School Safety Standards
    Sponsored by Representative John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake)

    Requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules prescribing standards for safety enhancements to new public and nonpublic school facilities and requires the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to revise its construction and design standards to comply with the State Board's standards.
    Chronology
    March 8, 2018 Introduced in the House
    March 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 540 - Teacher Evaluations
    Sponsored by Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green)

    With regard to teacher evaluations.
    Chronology
    March 6, 2018 Introduced in the House
    March 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    May 23, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 84-0


    H.B. 526 - School Safety
    Sponsored by Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

    Authorizes a public or chartered nonpublic school to enter into an agreement with a volunteer law enforcement officer to patrol school premises to prevent or respond to a mass casualty event, provides the parties with a qualified immunity from civil liability, and provides a tax credit for volunteer service.
    Chronology
    February 26, 2018 Introduced in the House
    March 6, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 512 - Education Department
    Sponsored by Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin)

    Establishes the Department of Learning and Achievement; abolishes the Department of Higher Education, the position of the Chancellor of Higher Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents; transfers, with exceptions, the duties regarding the administration of primary and secondary education programs and all duties regarding the administration of higher education programs to the Department of Learning and Achievement; and prescribes certain duties regarding educator licensure, community school sponsorship, and other education programs for the State Board of Education.
    Chronology
    February 14, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 503 - Youth Suicide
    Sponsored by Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)

    With regard to educator inservice training on youth suicide awareness and prevention in private schools.
    Chronology
    February 13, 2018 Introduced in the House
    February 20, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 502 - Youth Suicide
    Sponsored by Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)

    With regard to educator inservice training on youth suicide awareness and prevention in public schools.
    Chronology
    February 13, 2018 Introduced in the House
    February 20, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    May 23, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 82-0


    H.B. 491 - Education License
    Sponsored by Representative Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville)

    Requires the State Board of Education to issue a substitute license to specified pupil services personnel.
    Chronology
    January 31, 2018 Introduced in the House
    February 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    March 21, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 7, 2018 Passed in House 80-2
    November 14, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Education Committee


    H.B. 487 - School Property
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Eliminates the right of first refusal for community schools, college-preparatory boarding schools, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics schools in the acquisition of school district real property.
    Chronology
    January 30, 2018 Introduced in the House
    February 13, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 477 - School Operations
    Sponsored by Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield)

    Eliminates various provisions and programs related to the Department of Education and the operation of primary and secondary schools.
    Chronology
    January 23, 2018 Introduced in the House
    January 30, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    March 21, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 20, 2018 Passed in House 88-0


    H.B. 449 - Sponsor Ratings
    Sponsored by Representative John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake)

    Requires the Department of Education to attribute any community school sponsor ratings an entity received during its relationship with a state university board of trustees to that entity even if it no longer has a relationship with the university.
    Chronology
    December 12, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    January 16, 2018 Referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee


    H.B. 443 - Mental Health Instruction
    Sponsored by Representative Martin Sweeney (D-Cleveland)

    Requires school district boards of education to incorporate mental health instruction into their health education curricula.
    Chronology
    December 12, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    January 16, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 442 - School Athletics
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Authorizes any student from a country or province outside the United States who attends an elementary or secondary school in Ohio and holds an F-1 visa to participate in interscholastic athletics at that school on the same basis as Ohio residents.
    Chronology
    December 7, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    January 16, 2018 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 438 - ESC Boards
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Permits the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards and to permit a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.

    Signed by the Governor on June 29, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 428 - Student Expression
    Sponsored by Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem)

    Regarding student religious expression and entitles the act the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.
    Chronology
    November 27, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    December 4, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    May 23, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 62-20


    H.B. 426 - Sexual Conduct
    Sponsored by Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance)

    Prohibits an employee of a school or institution of higher education who is not in a position of authority from engaging in sexual conduct with certain students.
    Chronology
    November 21, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Criminal Justice Committee


    H.B. 425 - Public Records
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Provides that specified portions of peace officers' body-worn camera recordings and the infrastructure record of a public school are not public records for purposes of the Public Records Law.
    Chronology
    November 21, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    H.B. 418 - Student Records
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Requires a public or chartered nonpublic school to transmit a student's records within five business days when the student transfers to another school.
    Chronology
    November 21, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 377 - Sexual Abuse
    Sponsored by Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Twp)

    With respect to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.
    Chronology
    October 10, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    October 17, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 360 - Bullying
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)

    Enacts the "Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act" with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and public colleges.
    Chronology
    September 26, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    October 10, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    March 13, 2018 Reported out of committee
    April 11, 2018 Passed in House 68-26
    May 9, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Education Committee


    H.B. 322 - Emergency Plans
    Sponsored by Representative Adam Miller (D-Columbus)

    Revises the law regarding emergency management plans and school safety drills; requires each educational service center to employ an emergency response planner; makes an appropriation; and declares an emergency.
    Chronology
    August 16, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    September 12, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 318 - School Resource Officers
    Sponsored by Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson)

    Defines the necessary qualifications and responsibilities of school resource officers.

    Signed by the Governor on August 3, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 248 - Drug Coverage
    Sponsored by Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)

    Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives to adults without a prescription, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools.
    Chronology
    May 24, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 246 - Classroom Facilities
    Sponsored by Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland)

    require the Ohio School Facilities Commission to provide funding to certain county boards of developmental disabilities to assist in the acquisition of classroom facilities.
    Chronology
    May 24, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    June 6, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    November 8, 2017 Reported out of committee


    H.B. 235 - Education Plan
    Sponsored by Representative Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green)

    Regarding procedures for approval or disapproval of the state education plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
    Chronology
    May 23, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 24, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    June 20, 2017 Reported out of committee
    September 20, 2017 Passed in House 81-9
    September 27, 2017 Moved to Senate and referred to Education Committee


    H.B. 224 - School Foods
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Permits districts and schools to re-serve time- and temperature-controlled food items to students if items are unused and returned unopened, undamaged, and in the original packaging.
    Chronology
    May 16, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 23, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 220 - Community Schools
    Sponsored by Representative David Leland (D-Columbus)

    With regard to the use of funds by community schools and nonpublic schools.
    Chronology
    May 16, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 23, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 200 - School Choice
    Sponsored by Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield)

    Eliminates the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and creates the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
    Chronology
    May 2, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 9, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 181 - School Assessments
    Sponsored by Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville)

    With regard to the state academic content standards and primary and secondary education assessments.
    Chronology
    April 10, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 176 - School Testing
    Sponsored by Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta)

    With to regard to state achievement assessments, statewide academic content standards and model curricula, and teacher and administrator evaluations.
    Chronology
    April 5, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 170 - Computer Science
    Sponsored by Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp)

    With regard to academic content standards and curriculum requirements for computer science; revises educator qualifications regarding computer science; creates a competitive technology grant program for the 2018-2019 school year; and makes an appropriation.

    Signed by the Governor on December 22, 2017; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 134 - School Grants
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Allow community improvements board grants to a school district to be spent for permanent improvements outside the county so long as the improvements are within the school district.
    Chronology
    March 21, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    March 29, 2017 Referred to State & Local Government Committee
    May 16, 2017 Reported out of committee


    H.B. 110 - Apprenticeship Programs
    Sponsored by Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Twp)

    Creates a subprogram of the College Credit Plus Program that permits students to participate in certified apprenticeship programs.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    March 14, 2017 Referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee


    H.B. 108 - Financial Literacy
    Sponsored by Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Twp)

    Requires one-half unit of financial literacy in the high school curriculum, requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, requires the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and entitles the act the "Informed Student Document Act."
    Chronology
    March 7, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 102 -School Funding
    Sponsored by Representative Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)

    Replaces locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and requires recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; increases the state sales and use tax rates and allocates additional revenue to state education purposes; repeals school district income taxes; requires the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; creates a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student's choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; eliminates the School Facilities Commission; eliminates the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; eliminates interdistrict open enrollment; requires educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; permits school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.
    Chronology
    March 1, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Finance Committee


    H.B. 98 - Career Information
    Sponsored by Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington)

    Regarding career information presentations to students.

    Signed by Governor on March 30, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 87 - Community Schools

    Sponsored by Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson)

    Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.

    Signed by the Governor on August 3, 2018; effective in 90 days


    H.B. 80 - Summer Food Program
    Sponsored by Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland)

    Requires school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.
    Chronology
    February 22, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    February 28, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee
    March 14, 2017 Reported out of committee
    March 15, 2017 Passed in House 89-4
    April 5, 2017 Moved to Senate and referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee


    H.B. 58 - Cursive Handwriting
    Sponsored by Representative Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)

    Requires instruction in cursive handwriting.
    Chronology
    February 13, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    February 21, 2017 Referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee
    January 31, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 20, 2018 Passed in House 87-4


    H.B. 47 - Extracurricular Activities
    Sponsored by Representative John Boccieri (D-Poland)

    Enacts the "Students to Soldiers Support Act (S3A)" regarding the participation of students who are serving in the uniformed services in extracurricular activities at public and nonpublic schools and public and private colleges.
    Chronology
    February 8, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    February 14, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 37 - School Facilities
    Sponsored by Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton)

    Requires the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security.
    Chronology
    February 7, 2017
    Introduced in the House
    February 8, 2017 Referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    H.B. 21 - Community Schools
    Sponsored by Representative Stephen Hambley (R-Brunswick)

    Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

    Signed by the Governor on June 29, 2018; effective in 90 days


    S.B. 330 - Mental Health Educations
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Requires the State Board of Education to adopt standards for mental health education, requires school districts to include mental health education in their curriculum, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    September 25, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    November 14, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 325 - Background Checks
    Sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

    With regard to background check policies and sexual misconduct policies for public and chartered nonpublic schools.
    Chronology
    August 22, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 314 - School Psychologists
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    With regard to mental health services in public and nonpublic schools, requires school districts to employ school psychologists and intervention specialists, provides an additional state payment to school districts for school psychologist and intervention specialist services, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    June 27, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 289 - Student Expulsions
    Sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

    With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.
    Chronology
    April 9, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    April 11, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 287 - Health Education
    Sponsored by Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron)

    Requires the State Board of Education to develop and adopt health education standards for grades kindergarten through twelve and requires only venereal disease education standards and curriculum adopted by the State Board to be approved by concurrent resolution of the General Assembly.
    Chronology
    March 29, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    April 11, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 276 - Student Expulsions
    Sponsored by Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark)

    With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for actions that endanger the health and safety of other students or school employees.
    Chronology
    March 21, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    April 11, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 262 - Eating Disorders
    Sponsored by Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

    Requires public schools annually to provide parents of students in any of grades five through twelve with educational information regarding eating disorders.
    Chronology
    February 22, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    March 21, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 258 - School Safety Funds
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Requires the State Board of Education to establish criteria and procedures for the awarding of school safety funds to school districts and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    February 20, 2018
    Introduced in the Senate
    February 28, 2018 Referred to Finance Committee


    S.B. 246 - Student Removal
    Sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering)

    Enacts the "SAFE Act" to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, prohibits certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades pre- kindergarten through three, requires each public school to implement a positive behavior intervention and supports framework in accordance with state standards, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    December 21, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    January 17, 2018 Referred to Finance Committee
    May 15, 2018 Reported out of committee
    May 16, 2018 Passed in Senate 32-0
    June 5, 2018 Moved to House and referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    S.B. 241 - Nonpublic Schools
    Sponsored by Senator Lou Terhar (R-Green Twp)

    Establishes a category of nonpublic schools called "accredited nonpublic schools" and prescribes requirements and exemptions for such schools.
    Chronology
    December 12, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    January 17, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 240 - Teacher Evaluations
    Sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering)

    With regard to teacher evaluations.
    Chronology
    December 12, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    March 21, 2018 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 216 - School Regulations
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    Enacts the "Ohio Public School Deregulation Act" regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.

    Signed by the Governor on August 3, 2018; effective in 90 days


    S.B. 197 - Bullying
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Requires a tiered disciplinary procedure for harassment, intimidation, or bullying in school; requires annual student instruction about preventing such acts; and creates the offense of aggravated bullying as a third-degree misdemeanor.
    Chronology
    September 19, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    September 27, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 191 - School Breakfast
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Establishes the Breakfast After The Bell Program for public schools.
    Chronology
    September 14, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    October 25, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 175 - Community Schools
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.
    Chronology
    August 7, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    September 6, 2017 Referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee


    S.B. 172 - Reduced Price Meals
    Sponsored by Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Hts)

    Establishes the Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act to require schools to provide certain services to students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
    Chronology
    July 13, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    September 6, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 151 - Retirement Benefits
    Sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay)

    Permits, rather than requires, the School Employees Retirement System to grant annual cost-of-living adjustments to retirement, disability, and survivor benefit recipients and to reduce the maximum amount of the adjustment.
    Chronology
    May 24, 2017 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 133 - Student Behavior
    Sponsored by Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson)

    Requires the Education Management Information System to include information regarding persons at whom a student's violent behavior that resulted in discipline was directed and requires the Department of Education to submit a one-time report to the General Assembly regarding that information.
    Chronology
    April 18, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    April 26, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 111 - School Zones
    Sponsored by Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

    Requires school zones to be indicated by signs equipped with flashing or other lights or that indicate the times during which the restrictive speed limit is enforced, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    March 21, 2017 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 104 - School Seclusion
    Sponsored by Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

    Prohibits the use of seclusion on students in public schools.
    Chronology
    March 21, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    April 5, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 85 - School Choice
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    Eliminates the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and creates the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
    Chronology
    March 2, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 82 - School Absences
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Requires a public school to place a telephone call within one hour of the start of the school day to a parent whose child is absent without legitimate excuse.
    Chronology
    March 2, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Education Committee
    February 28, 2018 Reported out of committee
    April 11, 2018 Passed in Senate 33-0
    May 15, 2018 Moved to House and referred to Education & Career Readiness Committee


    S.B. 54 - Summer Food Programs
    Sponsored by Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo)

    Requires school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.
    Chronology
    February 15, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Government Oversight & Reform Committee


    S.B. 39 - School Operations
    Sponsored by Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman)

    Regarding community school operator contracts, the operation of Internet- and computer-based community schools, and performance metrics for blended learning schools.
    Chronology
    February 8, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 34 - Academic Year
    Sponsored by Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)

    Generally requires public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.
    Chronology
    February 6, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 8, 2017 Referred to Education


    S.B. 8 - School Technology and Safety
    Sponsored by Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green)

    Requires the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security.

    Signed by the Governor on December 22, 2017; effective March 23, 2018


    S.B. 3 - Workforce Development
    Sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City)

    Revises the laws governing the state's workforce development system, programs that may be offered by primary and secondary schools, certificates of qualification for employment, and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, and designates the first week of May as In-Demand Jobs Week.
    Chronology
    January 31, 2017
    Introduced in the Senate
    February 1, 2017 Referred to Transportation Commerce and Workforce Committee
    April 5, 2017 Reported out of committee
    April 26, 2017 Passed in Senate
    May 9, 2017 Moved to House and referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee
    October 11, 2017 Reported out of committee