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Public school board delegates approve amendments to OSBA legislative platform
The Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Delegate Assembly recently approved a number of amendments and added a plank to the association’s legislative platform. The platform conveys to legislators, policymakers, the public and the media where OSBA stands on issues impacting public education.
The Delegate Assembly is made up of representatives of public school districts from around the state. Delegates held their annual meeting today during OSBA’s 62nd annual Capital Conference and Trade Show. More than 9,000 school board members, administrators and other education leaders regularly attend the annual conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The conference runs through Nov. 14.
Delegates added a new plank to the students and learning section of the platform that calls on local public school districts to educate students and families about the tragic consequences of drug addiction. The new plank supports legislation that provides new and additional dedicated funds to assist schools in the battle against drug addiction and heroin and other opioid abuse.
In other action, delegates approved amendments supporting legislation that:
• Repeals Amended Substitute House Bill 70 of the 131st General Assembly that created academic distress commissions with the power to interfere with governance by locally elected boards of education.
• Requires every piece of legislation introduced in the Ohio General Assembly to follow a consistent and thorough deliberative process allowing ample opportunity for public review and comment, with the rules established by the Ohio Constitution.
• Limits the requirement for public school districts to provide transportation to only those days that are synchronous with the district-adopted calendar.
• Fully funds districts for the cost of transportation of special education students, foster children and homeless students who receive transportation accommodations.
• Enables student discipline to be dealt with individually in a way that is appropriate for a student’s age, gender, mental health condition, emotional development and special educational needs and appropriately protects the school’s educational environment.
• Enhances the homestead exemption program to provide additional financial assistance for senior citizens,
Delegates approved amendments opposing legislation that:
• Once having been introduced, is later attached to a different and/or larger piece of legislation before it has been thoroughly and properly vetted and heard by both chambers of the General Assembly.
• Increases a school district’s potential liability or increases the damages potentially assessed.
In its 62nd year, OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions.
For more information, contact OSBA or your local school board members.
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Date Published: November 29, 2017