House, Senate pass two key education bills before summer recess
The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives made the passage of two key bills – H.B. 87 and S.B. 216 – a priority on their last day in session before the General Assembly’s summer recess. READ MORE
Congressional hearing focuses on charter schools
Republicans and Democrats in Congress may differ in their overall support of charter schools, but a recent somewhat tense hearing revealed a universal belief that greater accountability and better authorizing of charter schools should be a high priority. READ MORE
State Board addresses strategic plan, Drop Out Recovery rules; delays action on third-grade reading benchmark
At its June meeting, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the recently developed five-year strategic plan for education beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. READ MORE
House Bill 21 clears Ohio House, Senate
Legislation requiring charter schools – rather than districts – to verify the resident school district of its students annually and upon enrollment has been approved by the Ohio House and Senate, and sent to the Governor. READ MORE
Safer Schools promotes useful resources
To assist schools and community organizations in locating local mental and behavioral health treatment providers, the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success developed the online School and Community Continuum of Services Map.
This useful online tool is an interactive county-by-county map that lists agencies that provide mental health and behavioral health services, and includes agency contact information, links to a map and directions to the facility, and highlights the prevention, intervention and treatment services provided by each agency. Access the map online
Attorney General provides school safety resources
Attorney General Mike DeWine is providing new resources aimed at enhancing school safety. Ten two- to three-minute active response videos – designed to supplement existing school training -- are available, along with a companion workbook, at https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/schoolsafety Fifteen additional videos are currently in production.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s six drones are also available to capture exterior photographs of school buildings to supplement schools’ emergency management plans. Requests for photographs can be made by calling 855-BCI-OHIO.
"Although the attorney general’s office does not have oversight or authority over Ohio schools, I have always believed that it is important to use the resources of this office in any way we can to help Ohio’s kids," DeWine said.
State agency warns: Don’t hire unlicensed security
School safety is top-of-mind as school shootings have become almost commonplace. As a result, an increasing number of districts and boards are now considering the use of private security personnel to make their buildings safer. Against that backdrop, the Ohio Department of Public Safety warns against hiring unlicensed companies, noting that Ohio law requires security guard companies to be licensed and guards registered.
Licensure ensures that companies meet state requirements and are insured, and that all employees have passed criminal background checks.
Schools can locate or verify licensed security guard companies through the Department’s Private Investigator Security Guard Services (PISGS) website --http://www.pisgs.ohio.gov/ -- by clicking on “Search for Licensed Providers” under “Quick Links.”
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