JUNE 4, 2013
Ohio State President Gee Announces Retirement
Facing national criticism over comments he made in December but which just became public,
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee announced Tuesday that he would be retiring from the
university in J
uly, ending his second stint at the helm of the state's largest public university.
Gee announced his retirement in an email to Ohio State staff and students, saying that it will be
effective July 1.
"Without question, the university has achieved remarka
ble success, and it has been my honor
and calling to lead it. Ohio State is well
positioned for the future. I love this university, and my
relationship with it will continue," he said.
Gee had been under fire after comments he made became public. The comm
ents were made in
December at an Ohio State Athletics Council event in which he said the priests at Notre Dame
"are holy on Sunday and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," and said those in the SEC
can't read or write. Members of the Ohio State Boar
d of Trustees sent him a letter in March
warning him that further comments could lead to his losing his job.
Gee served as president at Ohio State from 1990 to 1997, and returned to lead the university in
2007 after stops at Brown University and Vanderbi
lt. He has also been heavily involved in state
matters, chairing two state commissions for Gov. John Kasich that helped come up with new
models for public higher education.
The university said Joseph A. Alutto, executive vice president and provost, will
interim president, a role he also filled in 2007. Alutto had been planning to serve as interim
superintendent of the Columbus City Schools, but he told the district's school board that he will
be staying with Ohio State.
Senate Unveils Omnibus Bud
get Amendment Ahead of Committee Vote
The Senate Finance Committee released a second batch of changes to the budget bill Tuesday,
circulating an omnibus amendment to HB59 (Amstutz) that formally puts the Republican caucus'
new education funding plans in w
riting, among other revisions. The committee is expected to
adopt it Wednesday, when it also plans to report out the bill, setting up a Thursday floor vote.
Sen. Scott Oelslager (R
Canton), the committee chairman, said Tuesday's amendment and last
substitute bill represent "the bulk" of Republican caucus revisions to the budget. He
didn't count out further changes surfacing Wednesday, and Democrats are likely to offer a slew
of amendments as well.
"The lead item here is the official introduction of
the new foundation formula for education
funding," said Oelslager. Senate President Keith Faber (R
Celina) and other caucus members
presented that plan Thursday.
With formal introduction of the education funding plan, Oelslager said he expects a final p
tag on the Senate version of the budget to be available Wednesday.
The omnibus includes other education
related changes as well. Senators proposed to change
eligibility standards for the EdChoice scholarship program. Students whose families
rn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level can qualify currently. The omnibus
amendment would allow students already enrolled in the program to continue receiving a partial
scholarship amount if their families' incomes surpass 200 percent, up to 400
percent of federal
The omnibus also requires schools to spend money targeted to economically disadvantaged
students in one of six areas, among them an extended school day or year and school safety or
security measures. It also changes the requir
ement for average daily membership (ADM)
enrollment counts in schools from monthly to twice yearly, in October and February. In addition,
the bill reinstates the House
added ability for private school or home school students to
participate in extracurricul
ar activities with their home school district. The Senate recently
removed that provision but decided to reinstate it after further discussion on the issue, Oelslager
Republicans have been discussing a broad
ranging tax reform plan recently, but Tue
amendment made no further changes to tax law. Oeslager didn't say if any changes will emerge
before the Senate passes the budget.
"I can't anticipate anything other than I know we'll have discussions on it," Oeslager said.
Changes in Tuesday's ame
ndment not including education are following:
Allowing public bodies to discuss in closed executive sessions the terms of an application for
economic development assistance provided or administered by a local government.
Cleaning up the Senate substi
tute bill's exemption for exotic animal laws for spider monkeys
by specifying that they still must be registered with the Department of Agriculture.
Removing the bill requirement that the House introduce legislation on Medicaid reform.
Oelslager said tha
t provision is unnecessary because a bill has already been introduced.
Canceling the re
establishment of the Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures,
reversing a provision included in last week's substitute bill.
Incorporating an agreement that
Oelslager said had been reached between the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association on technologically
enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material and brine disposal.
Expanding the use of gifts to political entiti
es for office facilities.
Permitting the use of a state
issued payment card by the General Assembly.
Cuts funding for the Constitutional Modernization Commission from $750,000 per fiscal year to
$300,000 per fiscal year.
Work Has Its Day
and out is how Chairman Kirk Schuring (R
Canton) of the House Manufacturing and
Workforce Development Committee described a pair of right
work bills Tuesday after a
packed hearing room applauded Democratic opposition to the legislation and Republicans
members remained largely silent.
Reps. Kristine Roegner (R
Hudson) and Ron Maag (R
Lebanon) gave sponsor testimony on the
old HJR5 (Roegner
Maag) and HB151 (Roegner), the latter drawing a long list of
sponsors including House Assis
tant Majority Whip Jim Buchy (R
Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams (R
Sidney), Chairman Peter Beck (R
Mason) of the
House Ways and Means Committee, Chairman Ron Young of the House Commerce, Labor and
Technology Committee, and Chairman
Peter Stautberg (R
Cincinnati) of the House Public
Utilities Committee, among others.
Roegner summarized the "spirit" of HB151, a mere five and half pages. "The policy of this state
is that each employee must be fully free to decide whether to associate,
organize, designate a
representative, or join or assist an employee organization," she said, quoting the legislation.
"Freedom resonates at the heart of this bill."
The comment elicited chuckles from union members in the audience, which later turned to
tright applause after a skeptical remark by a committee Democrat. The chairman would
threaten to clear the room and asked Ranking Minority Member Roland Winburn (D
bear that in mind in his own comments.
Roegner said a study by the National Inst
itute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) shows
farm employment grew 12.5 percent in right
work states between 2001 and 2011,
compared to 3.5 percent in "forced unionism" states.
"Those opposed to right
work claim that wages in right
ates are lower," she added.
"However, the fact of the matter is that per capita disposable personal income (2011 cost
adjusted) for right
work states was over 7 percent higher than those workers in forced
She nevertheless ca
lled Ohio's national 22
ranking "mediocre at best" and noted 24 other
states, including Michigan and Indiana, had already passed right
work legislation. In Ohio
itself, Roegner noted, those surveyed supported right
work guarantees by a 65
margin in a recent
poll and 54
40 percent in a Quinnipiac poll taken three
months after the fall 2011 ballot referendum that defeated public collective bargaining changes
"We cannot ignore these polls. The people cl
early believe in workplace freedom," said Roegner.
Maag joined her for HJR5, which unlike HB151 would apply to public as well as private
employee unions. "We are committed to a civil discussion between all interested parties and we
encourage both proponen
ts and opponents to have an open mind though these hearings," he
Other than the sponsors, Democrats did all of the talking. Several noted that Ohio law already
allows union shop employees to opt of paying dues, with the proviso that they also waive
Governor Signs Five Bills Including SB67; Internet Cafe Supporters Hint at Referendum
Gov. John Kasich Tuesday signed five bills into law Tuesday, two of which have had more than
their share of controversy: HB7 (Huffman) which
effectively bans Internet cafes in the state and
SB67 (Peterson), which includes the language preventing Auditor of State Dave Yost from
auditing portions of the state's nonprofit economic development arm, JobsOhio.
Other bills signed Tuesday include the
(Bacon) makes changes to the procedure for submission and review of a health insuring
corporation's solicitation document, and suspends the enforcement of the Ohio Open
Enrollment Program, the Ohio Health Reinsurance Program, and the opti
on for conversion of a
health insurance contract or policy under certain circumstances during the period beginning Jan.
1, 2014, and expiring Jan. 1, 2018.
(Lehner) revises the requirements of the Third
Grade Reading Guarantee, revises the
arding facilities of a college
preparatory boarding school, and declares an emergency.
Beagle) requires that a court report certain information to a specified local law
enforcement agency for entry into the appropriate National Crime Infor
mation Center file if the
court approves the conditional release of a person found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty
by reason of insanity or orders a person convicted of an offense of violence to receive a mental
health evaluation or treatment for
a mental illness and names this act the Deputy Suzanne
Except for SB21, which passed as an emergency measure and as a result became effective
today, June 4, with the governor's signature, all the other bills go into effect in 90 days.
tion Open for eTech Ohio Summer Summit
Registrations are now being accepted for the eTech Ohio Summer Summit, which is set for
Monday, June 17 at Hilliard Darby High School. The program, which is free, runs from 9 a.m. to
The summit will offer pee
peer sessions for tech coordinators on the following five topics:
mobile learning; cloud computing; digital, online and blended learning; legal issues; and
In addition, the lunch session features a discussion led by Kirk Ross of the Ohio
Education and Sam Orth of the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network
(MCOECN) on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).
The following are among the workshops being offered:
Forms for Everyone
iPad App Creation
Google Apps for Education
Android App Creation
Setting/Managing Google Apps for Education
Rolling Out, Managing and Using Chromebooks
1:1 at an Ohio High School
ital, Online and Blended Learning
Updates from ODE's IIS Program
Blended Learning Tablet Initiatives
Updates from ilearn Ohio Pilot
Flipping for Blended Learning
Gmail Safety and Security for Schools
1:1 at an Ohio
OSBA on Legal Topics in Educational Technology
Internet Safety Training
Consensus Audit Guidelines for Educational Technology
Registration for the summit can be done online at
Legislative Committee Reports
Sen. Lehner: 614
Tue., Jun. 4, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM
To require one unit
world history in the high school social studies curriculum.
Sen. LaRose gave sponsor testimony for SB96, which will update the social studies
curriculum by requiring students to take one unit of instruction in the history of one or
more cultures from
around the world other than that of the United States.
"Currently students are required to take three social studies credits. With the founding
documents bill, one of the credits will be focused on the founding and documents of our
country. The other tw
o requirements are electives. As of next year, the curriculum will be
changing, but none of the required courses cover world history. Many districts may
make the unfortunate decision to eliminate world history from their instruction. Our
students have to h
ave a solid understanding of the other 95 percent of the world,"
"I can speak from personal experience from having served in the military, the men and
women graduating from high schools in Ohio need to be knowledgeable about the
Sen. Lehner asked for clarification with regard to studying the globe today as opposed to
world history. "I don't think the high schools of today have the ability to give instruction in
every culture around the world, and this bill is not overly pre
scriptive but rather left up to
the individual district," LaRose said. "For example, the history of the Holy Land could
fulfill this requirement."
Sen. Lehner said that for the purposes of world history, "I don't think the study of the
history of one spe
cific area of the world meets the requirement."
Sen. Turner said she is definitely in favor of this legislation, but the study of one culture
would not suffice. "There needs to be a survey course of some kind, and I do have a
concern about that. Have you
had the opportunity to talk with teachers about this?" she
asked. LaRose answered, "Absolutely, the idea came from social studies teachers. I
was contacted on Facebook by a teacher, and it was after that this legislation came into
existence. I think we're
trying to set a minimum standard here; I'm willing to explore
going beyond that. This legislation at least will set a minimum standard. Modern World
History, Contemporary Global Issues, and World Geography would be possibilities for
d if he had talked with university professors as well as high school teachers.
LaRose said all were included and asked for input.
Turner said, "If we go for it, we
should go for it. We shouldn't tiptoe around it. It is vitally important that students
rstand they are citizens of the world."
Sen. Sawyer pointed out that "learning how to learn about a world culture in depth could
provide a lesson in how to learn about cultures over the course of a lifetime." LaRose
said that the notion of the legislature
not getting involved too specifically in what should
be covered was the intent of the legislation, but he would be open to specific
amendments. Sawyer said he would agree with the idea of leaving the options broad
T, GROSSMAN C)
To authorize school districts with an
average daily membership greater than 60,000 and located in a city with a population
greater than 700,000 to levy property taxes, the revenue from which may be shared with
partnering community schools.
City of Columbus
Michael Coleman, mayor of Columbus, gave testimony for HB167, which has come to be
known as "the Columbus Plan."
Losing students is an issue and "Columbus schools
meet no standards in any grade," Coleman stated. "Forty
seven percent o
students attend D
ranked schools. Too many Columbus students are not prepared
to do anything once they graduate. The poverty rate in Columbus continues to tick up. I
believe education is a civil rights issue of our time. Eighty
students are economically disadvantaged.
The size of a parents' bank account should
not determine the quality of a child's education," he said.
The Columbus Education Commission was formed with significant debate and community
mayor explained. "This has been the most extensive outreach ever in the
city of Columbus. It was hard to get to where we are today; it was not easy. For the first
time an alignment has come about that has not existed before."
"The Commission voted unanim
ously to support 55 recommendations, broadly scoped,
meaningful in application and represent the community in which we live," he said.
Coleman said these recommendations have been endorsed by the Board of Education,
Chamber of Commerce and business leaders
, and he asked for the support of the
HB167 represents only three of the 55 recommendations, the most critical of all, Coleman
stated. The first is to authorize the creation of an independent auditor to oversee all
schools in the district. "Accoun
tability, trust, and checks and balances will restore trust in
The second recommendation is to authorize voters to allocate a share of their local
revenues for charters located in the district. If the voters support this proposal, the city
contribute resources into a pool with the private sector. Early childhood, technology,
creating and expanding good schools would be the focus. The money will multiply
resources for schools. Public charters are here to stay, and we must view them as su
"We should recruit the best charter schools from around the country, just as you would
recruit for business," Coleman urged.
The third recommendation is that city of Columbus would be allowed to sponsor charter
schools. One of the problem
s of charters is that their owners are generally unknown to
the public, he said. The city would not run the charters but would promote them.
Sen. Lehner said, "I love to see the community as a whole stand behind this effort to take
on this responsibility.
We as the Legislature need to get out of the way and not provide
Sen. Schiavoni asked about sponsoring charter schools. "Why not just invest the money
in the public schools that you already have rather than starting the charter schools und
the umbrella of the district?" he asked.
"Our goal is not necessarily focused on charter schools. Our focus is on good schools.
What happens in Columbus is that some of the public schools are failing, but we also
have some of the best public schools.
The idea is to replicate the characteristics of the
best publics and charters to create more good schools," Coleman said.
Sen. Hite asked about parent incentives. "Parents have to be a part of the solution,"
Coleman said. "We'll turn to the social commu
nity to work with parents. We want to
create the notion that education is everybody's responsibility through a marketing
Sen. Sawyer said, "Restoring integrity is the most important concept in the legislation."
Coleman agreed and stated, "Our in
tention is to create a new public
Representatives will be appointed from both the city and the business community, both
contributing money. We would both have skin in the game. There would be new
resources that have not been heretofore
available to schools. We will not fund bad
Sawyer said, "This sounds like something substantially different than what has been done
before." Coleman said the metrics have not yet been established, but that the intention is
to have the "best ed
ucation in American right here in Columbus."
Sen. Turner asked, "This plan is absolutely impressive in that you have brought all the
stakeholders together to not leave any child behind whether they are in public or charter
schools. If a charter school get
s a seal of approval but then they start to fail, will you have
the ability to take back the dollars from that school?"
Coleman answered they would
have the ability to withdraw sponsorship of any failing schools.
Turner asked about input from the school
board. Coleman said the school board has the
ability to sponsor now; the city wants to ability to sponsor as well. "It's possible that they
might not sponsor the same schools that we sponsor," he explained.
Columbus Education Association (CEA)
hnson, president, Columbus Education Association, which she said is the
largest local teacher organization in the state, gave proponent testimony on HB167. "We
view the creation of the Columbus Education Commission as an opportunity to broaden
the circle o
f people working to improve our schools. We participated as a full partner in
the commission," she stated.
Johnson said they appreciated the fact that the 55 recommendations, as referred to by
Coleman in the previous testimony, are "comprehensive and spec
ific to the city of
Sen. Turner asked, "What are the attractions for CEA to this bill, especially as it contains
the word 'charter'? What are your expectations?" Johnson responded, "No one wants bad
charter schools. Our students go in and out
of charter schools. We care about the quality
of any school students attend. We need to provide good options for students. I'm not
viewing this as competition for the union or teachers. This new model may work."
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, gave proponent
testimony for HB167. "Our economic developments in Columbus are leading Ohio;
however, if we don't take action to fix our education problem, our lead will be negligible,"
ree major provisions of HB167 will enable the Columbus community to begin
the difficult work of improving academic performance, restoring data integrity, and
rebuilding public trust," Dalby stated.
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