How to express your concerns to the
Ohio State Board of Education (SBE)
We've been told that the 12th Grade Proficiencies and the Proposed wording of the Common Expectations science standards are not action items during the next SBE meeting on May 9. However, their Timelines and Responsibilities document says this:
"Finalize draft Common Expectations in Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, English/Language Arts and Art for public review - May 2000"
We don't know what to make of this. We asked if they'd be taking public testimony about these science standards at the May meeting as one of their formal action items. We were told that the only time this will be allowed is from 1:00 - 3:00 PM on May 9, during the non-action item public input time. While we have been treated respectfully by the board in most of our contacts with them, and we do believe that there are a few board members who may be sincerely interested in hearing what we have to say, we must unfortunately give you a warning about testifying during the "non-action item" time slot which usually occurs on the 2nd day the board meets from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.
Someone from our group drove 4-5 hours round tip last time to testify during this time slot at the April 2000 meeting. He even took a vacation day to be there. What he discovered is that by this time, many of the board members have already left for the day (we've been told this is typical). Only about half of the board was still present when he gave his 5-minute talk. And of those who were present, about half were carrying on conversations with each other for most of the time he was giving his speech. He felt that he was essentially being ignored. If you will be testifying during this time, and you encounter a similar situation, we suggest that you remain silent at the podium until all the conversations between board members have ceased, and you have the courtesy of their undivided attention while you speak. We also recommend that you follow up with a written copy of your speech to the board members who were not present. We have requested that in future board meetings, that time for public testimony on the science Common Expectations be made a formal action item so that most of the board will be present when testimony is given. We haven't heard anything back from the board on this yet.
Next State Board Education (SBE) Meeting
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
Ohio School for the Deaf
500 Morse Rd.
For directions, visit http://www.mapquest.com (Caution: MapQuest gives the shortest route, but not always the fastest. Also, it sometimes doesn't give complete directions. You may want to check on a map as well).
You will be speaking somewhere between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Show up at least 15 - 30 minutes early to sign up to speak. Watch for your speech to appear on our web site usually within 1-2 weeks. We normally put all the speeches on our web site.
Send an e-mail to BOTH of the following people.
IMPORTANT: We were informed on March 30, 2000 that the e-mail addresses for one or both of the following persons may be changing soon. If you send an e-mail to them and it bounces back as an invalid e-mail address, call Margaret Trent at (614) 466-4838, and ask her for their correct e-mail addresse(s). Margaret can also be contacted for any other questions about the board or their monthly meetings.
E-mail: AE_crandell@ode.state.oh.us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact them at:
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 466-0223
Dr. Bob Bowers
The Center for Curriculum & Assessment
Ohio Department of Education
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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