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Vulnerable students should be priority in Ohio’s ESSA plan

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria recently provided an update on Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan development to the Joint Education Oversight Committee (JEOC).

Online feedback was provided by more than 11,000 individuals and organizations, and hundreds attended regional meetings held throughout the state. Many cited the need to focus greater efforts in support of Ohio’s most vulnerable students who face significant challenges associated with poverty, homelessness, hunger, addiction and unstable homes.

DeMaria said that a key education goal is to help districts interested in providing wrap-around services for students but lack the needed knowledge and experience.

A draft of Ohio’s ESSA plan is expected to be released by the Ohio Department of Education in January, allowing time for online public feedback in advance of the March federal deadline for submission of state plans.

Attorney general seeks to increase awareness of human trafficking

Attorney General Mike DeWine and the University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center recently released a manual aimed at supporting the development of anti-human trafficking education programs for Ohio middle and high school students.

“Yes, ‘slavery’ still exists in America, and Ohio is unfortunately a fertile ground for it because of major interstates 70, 75 and 80/90,” said Human Rights Center lecturer Tony Talbott. “Many think this just happens in developing nations and it’s ‘their problem.’ This is ‘our problem.’”

The information highlights best practices for teaching students about the problem and can be presented in one or two hours or class periods. The materials are customizable and can be woven into existing social studies, English or health classes.

Ohio’s most vulnerable children – those living in poverty, with disabilities or behavioral health issues, and others who transfer school frequently – are at high risk.

According to the Human Trafficking Commission’s 2015 annual report, Ohio law enforcement officers conducted 102 human trafficking investigations leading to 104 arrests and 33 convictions – the highest level of activity in any year to-date, according to the Attorney General’s office.

ODE seeks input on standards

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is seeking input from the public on social studies, science and financial literacy standards through an online survey, which will remain open through January 9.

Advisory committees will review the survey results and identify needed updates by subject area, assigning educator work groups to develop recommended changes for further public review in the spring.

Final standards are expected to be in place for the 2018-2019 school year.

Access the survey online at: http://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ed-Connection/Nov-21-2016/It-s-time-to-update-Ohio-s-Learning-Standards-in-s

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