For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


Public districts may now request Resident Educator Program funding
Program coordinators for the Ohio Resident Educator Program at any Ohio public school district may now submit reimbursement requests for funds that have supported their local programs. The maximum funding amount is $350 for each first-year resident educator working in a public district, chartered community school, educational service center, career center or joint vocational school. The funds, which may not be allocated to private preschool or chartered nonpublic organizations, will come from the Ohio Department of Education’s Race to the Top administrative dollars.

Resident educator funds may be used to support mentor training, mentor stipends and/or professional development for resident educators, mentors, principals and program coordinators. Please note that this is the last year these funds will be available.

For more information about the three-step funding requests that are due by June 30, see the department’s website here.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) no longer serves as prior written notice to families
Parents or guardians of a child with a disability must receive a written notice when a change is proposed to the child’s free and appropriate public education. This must occur even if the parents agree with the change. The IEP for that student no longer meets the definition of the written notice.

This is an immediate change from current Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities, section (H)(4)(c). The standards are currently under review as part of the five-year review process and, once finalized, will reflect this change.

Please review the following federal regulation that indicates when prior written notice is required, as well as what elements must be in the notice.

For additional important changes or clarifications to special education requirements, please visit Operating Standards and Guidance.

Registration opens for student growth measures training related to the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES)
Superintendents, principals and other administrators who have the responsibility for making decisions associated with student growth measures are strongly encouraged to register for an essential half-day training session, which will be conducted by educational service centers beginning Feb. 6 through the end of March. The training will help administrators meet milestones on the evaluation timeline for the next few months, especially the legal requirements for completing teacher evaluations by May 1 and preparing written reports of the evaluations by May 10.

In the training, participants will learn about important procedures and the business rules for student growth measures, which will help them enter student growth data correctly within eTPES for calculation of the final summative ratings. In addition, attendees will be prepared to provide reports for both individual educators and for their buildings and districts.

Register in STARS through your SAFE account by searching for sessions using the keyword eTPES. Additional dates will be added within the next few weeks. For more information on dates, contact the district’s educational service center.

Applications for new Ohio eSchools are due
Applications for new Ohio eSchools for the 2014-2015 school year are due Jan. 29, 2014. The criteria and application process are available here. The application must be submitted electronically by midnight on Jan. 29. Email the eSchool application, all required documents and supporting materials to the Office of Community Schools at Community.Schools@education.ohio.gov.

Please note the criteria are guided by legislation which heavily favors sponsors currently overseeing an online school and operators with experience with other online schools. If you have questions, please contact Steve Tate at steve.tate@education.ohio.gov or by phone at (614) 387-2260.