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Law gives legal immunity to schools, health care, businesses

Dayton Daily News |

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday signed House Bill 606 into law, which shields individuals, schools, health care providers, businesses and other entities from civil lawsuits so long as they were not acting recklessly or showing intentional misconduct.

State lawmakers, educators fight to pause standardized tests during pandemic


“We need to stop the high stakes testing, so that we don’t keep losing kids, I mean they’re going to tune us out. That doesn’t help us, that doesn’t help them or our communities or our economies,” said Lakota Schools Superintendent Matt Miller.

Ohio Senate Bill 358, introduced two days before DeVos’s letter, could press pause on the high stakes testing by spring. 

Part of the bill seeks a waiver for federal testing requirements, no later than Dec. 15. If there is no waiver, the state education department will determine which assessments are necessary to meet federal requirements as well as adjust the dates.

Legislators push to lift testing requirements as school resumes amid pandemic

Akron Beacon Journal |

A bipartisan bill, which received its first hearing in the Senate last week, seeks to lift state testing requirements — including elementary-school assessments and high school end-of-course exams — directing the Department of Education to seek a waiver from federal testing mandates.

Ohio could seek federal waiver to cancel 2020-21 state testing, freeze report cards, teacher assessment |

Bipartisan SB 358 would prompt Ohio to seek a federal waiver for state testing, as districts worry about learning loss from the improvised shut-down of schools in the spring. Most Ohio tests are delivered in the spring, but a K-3 reading test and some high school assessments are delivered in the fall.

COVID Lawsuit Immunity Bill Passes Ohio House

Statehouse News Bureau |

State lawmakers have sent on to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill to shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill had passed the House overwhelmingly in May, but this time Democrats had serious concerns with how the Senate changed it


New Richmond: Lobby effort pays off


After lobbying elected officials, New Richmond Exempted Village School District will recoup at least a small portion of money lost by changes in power plants.

“We’re thankful to the Ohio Legislature and Gov. DeWine for providing some relief for our district and others that have suffered financial hardship as a result of these significant changes in the energy industry,” Superintendent Tracey Miller said. “We’re especially thankful to Ohio Senator Terry Johnson and others for their tremendous support in moving this issue forward.”


Second federal judge halts DeVos’s rule giving federal coronavirus aid to private schools

Washington Post |

U.S. District Judge James Donato in San Francisco on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against the rule, calling the Education Department’s argument “‘interpretive jiggery-pokery’ in the extreme.”

School funding bill to get new look under new speaker

Ohio Capital Journal |

A school funding bill originally sponsored by new Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp is getting a fresh look and hopefully time in front of legislative committees before year’s end.

“We’re taking a more balanced approach in the new bill,” Patterson, D-Jefferson, said.

Patterson said a substitute version of House Bill 305 seeks to address “overarching criticisms” of the original bill, and the education system itself. One of the major criticisms is the distribution of money in the school funding formula between school districts with varying financial situations.