SB 216: A Step to Restore Local Control

SB 216: A Step to Restore Local Control
Posted on 12/13/2017

AdvocacyAcross the country, there has been a movement to regulate public schools and increase accountability measures by passing legislation and new regulations. While some of these efforts may help to improve school districts, there are many laws and regulations that restrict local control, create unfunded mandates, and increase unnecessary state assessments for students.

That’s why we are so heartened by an important step taken by Senator Matt Huffman, and our own Senator Steve Wilson. In October, Sen. Huffman introduced SB 216 which begins to reduce some of these requirements for school districts. Sen. Steve Wilson, who is a member of  the Senate's education subcommittee, supports SB 216 and wants to see local boards of education’s authority restored.

Today, Mason Early Childhood Center kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Weddle and Kettering City Schools kindergarten teacher Jessie Rindler offered proponent testimony on SB 216 to the Senate Education Committee. They told how the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) affects students and teachers - and advocated a return to local control by allowing districts to make their own decisions as to whether the KRA is beneficial for their students. 

We know that some lobbyists, Ohio Department of Education officials, and lawmakers are opposed to these efforts, and we believe that SB 216 will need much grassroots support when it comes out of committee in January. We will keep you apprised of its status, and actions that may be needed in 2018.

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