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Sun Oct 15, 2017, 10:00 PM

Bill seeks changes in Ohio testing, teacher evals, school mandates

During a recent visit to the Botkins School District, Sen. Matt Huffman said teachers questioned him about why each was required to complete 30 hours of training for gifted students, even though many had none, or very few.

“It seemed obvious to a guy like me ... Why doesn’t the superintendent decide who should have to get the gifted training and how to pay for it?” the Lima Republican said.

With that theme in mind, Huffman introduced a wide-ranging bill last week aimed at reducing state-imposed school mandates, along with changes in student testing and teacher evaluations that have aggravated local superintendents for years.

Huffman said he developed the bill after asking superintendents in his district to produce a list of changes that were costing money but not helping educate students. Getting rid of the 30 hours of professional development for gifted teaching is among the proposals.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171015/bill-seeks-changes-in-ohio-testing-teacher-evals-school-mandates

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