HB 512: UPDATE
FROM MELANIE ELSEY, LEGISLATIVE LIAISON FOR CHEO
“The last hearing held on HB512 was March 21, just before the General Assembly went on break. There is no expectation of another scheduled Government Accountability & Oversight Committee hearing until the House is back in session the week of May 14. Even then there is no guarantee that HB512 will be on the agenda.
What does this mean in this process?
1. It is possible that there will be no more opportunities for public testimony on this bill in the GAO Committee.
2. We must continue to monitor the Committee schedule for HB512, because the next time it is placed on the agenda there could be amendments offered or a committee vote…or both.
3. We must remember that this bill represents the most substantial change to state education policy in the last 30 years. Even if the legislative process stalls for now, this bill remains viable until December 31st. Because this is an election year, members running for re-election are uncomfortable handling controversial bills. If you have not had the chance to contact your elected state representative, please ask him/her to oppose HB512, even if it is amended.
* It removes ALL authority (to create and set policy) from our elected representatives on the State Board of Education.
* It moves ALL education policy to a new agency under the authority of a Governor who appoints the director. This director has sole regulatory authority over all students from pre-K through all post-secondary experiences.
* It gives the Director of the new Department of Learning and Achievement unlimited authority and he/she can grow this agency to an unlimited size.
* This legislation affects ALL students regardless of where they receive their education.
I will continue talking with legislators regarding this legislation and monitor all committee activity …and will keep you posted.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement in this endeavor. CHEO is here to serve all Ohio home educating families and we are grateful for your continued interest in standing with us to defeat this legislation.”
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