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    Ohio Education Legislation 2019-2020

    Pending and Enacted in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly
    Current through October 18, 2019

    Listed below are the bills affecting K-12 education that are pending or were enacted in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2019 and will conclude in December 2020.

    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. 360 - Bottle Stations
    Sponsored by Representative Erica Crawley (D-Columbus)

    Requires water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains in certain public school buildings.
    Chronology
    October 8, 2019 Introduced in the House
    October 9, 2019 Referred to Commerce & Labor Committee


    H.B. 336 - Education Committee
    Sponsored by Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo)

    Reinstates the Joint Education Oversight Committee, makes an appropriation, and declares an emergency.
    Chronology
    September 17, 2019 Introduced in the House
    September 24, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 333 - Student Records
    Sponsored by Representative Jon Cross (R-Kenton)

    Permits public schools to enter into agreements with third parties to provide digital student record storage, management, and retrieval.
    Chronology
    September 12, 2019 Introduced in the House
    September 24, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 322 - Teacher Residency
    Sponsored by Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport)

    Revises the Ohio Teacher Residency Program.
    Chronology
    August 28, 2019 Introduced in the House
    September 24, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 321 - Sexual Abuse Education
    Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)

    With respect to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and inservice staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.
    Chronology
    August 19, 2019 Introduced in the House
    September 24, 2019 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 310 - School Bullying
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (D-Westlake)

    Enacts the "Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act" with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and colleges.
    Chronology
    September 7, 2019 Introduced in the House
    September 24, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 305 - School Funding
    Sponsored by Representative Robert Cupp (R-Lima)

    Creates a new school financing system, and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    June 26, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 294 - Bullying
    Sponsored by Representative Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati)

    Modifies the definition of school harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
    Chronology
    June 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    June 25, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 281 - Valedictorians
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Requires each school district board to designate one valedictorian and one salutatorian at each high school operated by the district.
    Chronology
    June 11, 2019 Introduced in the House
    June 18, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 239 - School Assessments
    Sponsored by Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)

    Reduces the number of end-of-course assessments required for high school graduation and requires each school district to form a work group to evaluate the amount of time students spend on testing.
    Chronology
    May 8, 2019 Introduced in the House
    May 14, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 231 - Epinephrine Use
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)

    Requires the Department of Education to notify public and private schools of free epinephrine autoinjector programs and enacts the "Allison Rose Suhy Act" with regard to food allergy training for public schools and institutions of higher education.
    Chronology
    May 2, 2019 Introduced in the House
    May 8, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 184 - Contraceptives
    Sponsored by Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown)

    Regarding access to contraceptive drugs and devices, hospital services for victims of sexual assault, and sexual health education in schools.
    Chronology
    April 4, 2019 Introduced in the House
    April 10, 2019 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 165 - Health Standards
    Sponsored by Representative Beth Liston (D-Dublin)

    Regarding the adoption of health education standards.
    Chronology
    March 25, 2019 Introduced in the House
    April 2, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 164 - Religious Expression
    Sponsored by Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem)

    Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019."
    Chronology
    March 25, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 26, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee
    June 26, 2019 Reported out of committee


    H.B. 154 - Academic Distress
    Sponsored by Representative Joe Miller (D-Amherst)

    Dissolves academic distress commissions and instead requires the creation of community learning centers for buildings in low-performing school districts.
    Chronology
    March 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2019 Reported out of committee
    May 1, 2019 Passed in the House
    May 15, 2019 Moved to the Senate and referred to Education Committee


    H.B. 132 - Immunizations
    Sponsored by Representative Don Manning (R-New Middletown)

    Regarding notice of school child immunization requirements and exemptions.
    Chronology
    March 12, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 127 - Academic Commissions
    Sponsored by Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid)

    Prohibits the creation of new academic distress commissions.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 19, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee


    H.B. 123 - School Security
    Sponsored by Representative Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald)

    With regard to school security and youth suicide awareness education and training.
    Chronology
    March 6, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 19, 2019 Referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee
    June 18, 2019 Reported out of committee
    October 2, 2019 Passed in House 85-7
    October 8, 2019 Moved to Senate and referred to Education Committee


    H.B. 122 - Education Scholarships
    Sponsored by Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield)

    Eliminates the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
    Chronology
    March 5, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 118 - School Transportation
    Sponsored by Representative Don Manning (R-New Middletown)

    Regarding student transportation to and from school.
    Chronology
    March 4, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Transportation & Public Safety Committee


    H.B. 111 - Student Records
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Requires that public and private schools transmit a transferred student's records within five school days.
    Chronology
    February 27, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 5, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee


    H.B. 90 - Educational Materials
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Requires the development of an instructional program and educational and informational materials and the dissemination of those materials to protect the humanity of the unborn child and makes an appropriation.
    Chronology
    February 20, 2019 Introduced in the House
    March 5, 2019 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 50 - Charter Hospitals
    Sponsored by Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake)

    require that all rights to and interests in charter county hospital employee discoveries, inventions or patents are the property of the charter county hospital.
    Chronology
    May 16, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 43 - School Property
    Sponsored by Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)

    Eliminates the first right of refusal for certain schools in the acquisition of school district real property.
    Chronology
    May 16, 2019 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 22 - School Facilities
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Requires the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the Department of Education to conduct a study regarding certain school building amenities.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the House


    S.B. 225 - Child Abuse Sign
    Sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering)

    Requires public schools to post signs with a child abuse reporting telephone number.
    Chronology
    October 16, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 224 - School Funding
    Sponsored by Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati)

    Provides an additional school funding payment for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for school districts that were subject to the cap that restricted increases in aggregate funding in fiscal year 2019 and satisfy other criteria.
    Chronology
    October 16, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 219 - Apprentice Program
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Establishes a career pathways apprentice program.
    Chronology
    October 15, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 218 - School Start
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Prohibits public schools from beginning the school day earlier than eight-thirty a.m.
    Chronology
    October 15, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 200 - Dyslexia
    Sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering)

    With regard to professional development for screening and intervention for children with dyslexia.
    Chronology
    September 17, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    October 8, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 168 - Student Meals
    Sponsored by Senator Kenny Yuko (R-Richmond Hts)

    Enacts 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
    June 20, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    July 17, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 157 - School Absences
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Regarding notification of student absences.
    Chronology
    May 29, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    June 19, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 147 - School Marshal
    Sponsored by Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Adena)

    Creates the Ohio School Marshal Program.
    Chronology
    May 9, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    June 4, 2019 Referred to Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs Committee


    S.B. 144 - School Bullying
    Sponsored by Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland)

    Requires a tiered disciplinary procedure for and student instruction on preventing harassment, intimidation, or bullying in school and creates the offense of aggravated bullying as a third-degree misdemeanor.
    Chronology
    May 7, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    June 11, 2019 Referred to Judiciary Committee


    S.B. 128 - School Choice
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    Makes changes to the Educational Choice Scholarship Program and the Cleveland Scholarship Program.
    Chronology
    April 9, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 126 - Crisis Assessments
    Sponsored by Senator Nathan Manning (R-N.Ridgeville)

    Authorizes a mental health professional to provide a crisis assessment, without parental consent, to a minor who is or is believed to be suicidal and makes an appropriation to support the employment of social workers or mental or behavioral health professionals at educational service centers.
    Chronology
    April 9, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 121 - Health Standards
    Sponsored by Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron)

    Requires the State Board of Education to adopt health education standards and requires that only statewide venereal disease education standards and curriculum be approved by the General Assembly.
    Chronology
    March 26, 2019 Introduced in the Senate


    S.B. 110 - Academic Commissions
    Sponsored by Senator Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville)

    Modifies the operation of academic distress commissions in certain school districts.
    Chronology
    March 13, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 21, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 104 - Student Funding
    Sponsored by Senator Brian Hill (R-Zanesville)

    Regarding funding for students enrolled in community schools, STEM schools, and other districts through interdistrict open enrollment.
    Chronology
    March 13, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 27, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 102 - Dyslexia Screening
    Sponsored by Senator Andy Brenner (R-Powell)

    Establishes the Dyslexia Screening Program for school districts and other public schools.
    Chronology
    March 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 21, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 89 - Enterprise Zones
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    With regard to career-technical education and the compensation of joint vocational school districts located in enterprise zones.
    Chronology
    March 6, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Education Committee
    October 15, 2019 Reported out of committee


    S.B. 81 - School Seclusion
    Sponsored by Senator Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester)

    Prohibits the use of seclusion in public schools.
    Chronology
    March 6, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    March 12, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 34 - School Employment
    Sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

    Regarding school employee employment and educator licensure and conduct.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 12, 2019 Referred to Education Committee


    S.B. 26 - Educator Tax Deduction
    Sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

    Authorizes a state income tax deduction for teachers' out-of-pocket expenses for professional development and classroom supplies.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 19, 2019 Referred to Ways & Means Committee
    May 7, 2019 Reported out of committee
    May 8, 2019 Passed in Senate 32-0
    May 14, 2019 Moved to House and referred to Ways & Means Committee


    S.B. 4 - School Facilities
    Sponsored by Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)

    Makes a capital appropriation for school facilities assistance.
    Chronology
    February 12, 2019 Introduced in the Senate
    February 13, 2019 Referred to Finance Committee
    March 12, 2019 Reported out of committee
    March 27, 2019 Passed in Senate 31-0
    April 2, 2019 Moved to House and referred to Primary & Secondary Education Committee
    May 7, 2019 Reported out of committee
    May 14, 2019 Referred to Finance Committee
    May 29, 2019 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2019 Informally passed in House
    July 17, 2019 Informally passed in Senate