Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule Comments

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule Comments

The Ohio Department of Education staff drafts and edits administrative rules, which have not yet been formally proposed for adoption by the State Board of Education or the state superintendent. During the initial drafting of rules, every effort is made to solicit input from affected organizations and individuals.  Public comment opportunities are announced in EdConnection, the Department's weekly newsletter.  Subscribe to EdConnection to be notified when rules are posted for comment.  The Department may also send out additional e-notification alerts to interested parties. Rules may be posted through the lieutenant governor’s Common Sense Initiative office, if applicable. For rules that go through the Common Sense Initiative process, the review concludes with a formal report clearing the way for the Department to file the rules with the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review or recommend further changes. If the Common Sense Initiative process does not apply, the rules are filed with the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review.

The rules for review are listed below:

OAC 3301-16-02 Establishing criteria for awarding the diploma with honors.
OAC Chapter 3301-40 Nonpublic school funds.
OAC 3301-24-04 Teacher residency.
OAC 3301-24-18 Resident educator license.
OAC 3301-51-11 Preschool children eligible for special education.


 OAC 3301-16-02 "Establishing criteria for awarding the diploma with honors" outlines the requirements for students to earn Ohio’s six honors diplomas. Changes to this rule include the simplification of requirements and the addition of options that better reflect Ohio’s long-term graduation requirements. These changes make the number of requirements equal across all six honors diplomas and allow students to select demonstrations that reflect the options in their school and their personal strengths.
 
 OAC Chapter 3301-40 "Nonpublic School Funds" are being reviewed pursuant to the five-year rule review process.   Proposed changes to these rules include revising the salary information required for a claim reimbursement, changes to titles, updating statutory references, and adding new rule OAC 3301-40-08 in accordance with Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3317.062. That section requires the Department to adopt a rule specifying the party that owns any property purchased by a chartered nonpublic school with moneys paid under division ORC 3317.024(E)(2) and requires the rule to include procedures for disposal of said property.
 
 OAC 3301-24-04 "Teacher residency" is currently under review. This rule outlines the requirements, guidelines and best practices of the Ohio Resident Educator Program. The language in this rule is being updated to implement recently adopted changes to Sections 3319.223 of the Ohio Revised Code under House Bill 442 of the 133rd General Assembly. Amendments include replacing the four-year Resident Educator program with a two-year Resident Educator program. Please be aware that these changes will not go into effect until the effective date of the statutory updates, April 12, 2023. For practical purposes, the transition from a four-year to a two-year local program will be effective beginning in the 2023-2024 School Year.
 
 OAC 3301-24-18 "Resident educator license" is currently under review. This rule outlines the requirements by which an individual may obtain a resident educator license, the initial Ohio educator credential. The language in this rule is being updated to implement recently adopted changes to Sections 3319.22 and 3319.227 of the Ohio Revised Code under House Bill 442 of the 133rd General Assembly.  Amendments include replacing the four-year Resident Educator license with a new two-year Resident Educator license and crediting an educator who has completed two years of teaching in another state as a participant in the Teach For America program as having completed the teacher resident program.  Please be aware that these changes will not go into effect until the effective date of the statutory updates, April 12, 2023.
 
 OAC 3301-51-11 "Children eligible for special education" is being amended as a result of stakeholder input. This is the second opportunity for public comment. The posted rule includes notations of changes.”
 

Last Modified: 6/24/2022 10:55:14 AM