Archives for March 2017

Article 211 Update

Article 211 is in full swing with Round 2 starting this week. Important dates and times to remember include:

  • Postings for Round 2 open on Tuesday, March 28, and close on Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m.
  • Interviews for Round 2 begin on Monday, April 3, and close on Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
  • Job offers for Round 2 begin on Friday, April 7, at 5:00:01 p.m.

Members who are still in staff reduction status after Round 2 should plan to attend the Job Fair on Wednesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Linmoor Education Center.

Trump proposes decreased education funding

President Trump has released his first budget proposal, and it contains cuts to many education programs. Among these: after-school programs and college affordability programs. At the same, time, the budget would increase investment in federal school choice programs. The plan has generated significant media coverage, focused largely on negative outcomes should the plan come to fruition.  Education Week noted that the proposal “seeks to slash the Education Department’s roughly $68 billion budget by $9 billion, or 13 percent in the coming fiscal year, whacking popular programs that help districts offer after-school programs and hire and train teachers.” The proposal also “seeks a historic $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice, including new money for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing $1 billion to follow students to the school of their choice.” The plan would eliminate Title II spending, “which is currently funded at $2.25 billion and helps states and districts hire and provide professional development for teachers.” the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program would also be scrapped, eliminating “after-school and extended-learning programs.”

State Superintendent Delays ESSA Plan Submission

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind and requires states to develop plans that address academic standards, assessments, school accountability and assistance for struggling schools.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) spent months gathering public input from more than 15,000 Ohioans before releasing its draft plan. Educators, parents, students and community members sent a clear message about how the state’s draft plan was not responsive to their concerns.
Released in early February, the state’s draft plan was open for public comment until March 6. Despite having a September deadline for submission, ODE had stated its intent to proceed with its submission of the plan in April—five months before the deadline.
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced today that the Department “will delay the ESSA submission to the U.S. Department of Education to September.”
“This will allow more time to ensure that feedback received on the draft template can be considered carefully,” added DeMaria. To read the State Superintendent’s letter, click here.