Sunday-Wednesday: School board members, administrators and friends gather in Columbus for the annual Ohio School Boards Association conference. Expect the launch of the Strong Schools Strong Communities public education advocacy coalition. Coalition members include state teachers unions, the PTA and education administrators groups, Gongwer says.
Sunday-Tuesday: Ohio state Board of Education meets at the OSBA conference. Among the items on the agenda: the usual teacher licensure votes plus votes against recommending additional funding for early childhood education and elementary reading instruction.
Tuesday-Thursday: Ohio House Education Committee takes up new school report cards and other bills. An attempt earlier this year to give schools A-F grades and make it harder for schools to get an A faltered in the face of opposition from school leaders.
Thursday: Deadline to apply for state-funded Jon Peterson special education scholarships worth up to $20,000.