Ohio Department of Education Topic News


Local Braille Production Center Application - Deadline May 15, 2015

The BEST Grant collaborative partners will establish two Local Braille Production Centers (LBPC) in school districts. The establishment of these centers will expand braille production capabilities at the local school district level.  The application and information packet for district’s to apply to become a Local Braille Production Center can be found at the links below.



New Braille Code for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

Districts must prepare for the new braille code for students who are blind/visually impaired. A Transition Plan and Transition Timeline have been developed to provide districts with guidance and resources for implementation.



EMIS Newsflash – April 1, 2015

New FY15 Required Spring Update Five Year Forecast (P) Reporting Collection Request Released


Clarification on Section II.5.b of the State Complaint Procedures C-5

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) is clarifying section II.5.b of the State Complaint Procedures C-5 Effective 12/12/2014.


Military educator Licensure fees

To recognize the contributions of military families, the Ohio Department of Education is eliminating fees for their educator licenses. Beginning Jan. 2, 2015, the fees for any initial Ohio educator license (including an alternative resident educator workforce development license), permit or certificate – or for a renewal – will be waived for candidates who are veterans with honorable discharges or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves. Spouses of active-duty service members also may receive a license free of charge.


Additionally, if the veteran is eligible, VA benefits may also be used for covering the costs of any licensure examination or test (if applicable) required for an educator license.


Please share this information with your recruitment office and licensure and testing office on campus.

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