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2017

House Bill 170Adds computer science instruction as an option to several of the prescribed subjects in the state minimum high school curriculum. Current law requires students to complete four units of math and three units of science. Under the bill, advanced computer science could be offered as an alternative to Algebra II, and computer science could be offered as a fourth science alternative (in addition to physical science, life sciences and advanced study in physical sciences, life sciences and earth/space science). The legislation does not impose these changes, but rather allows districts and schools to implement them. The House and Senate have approved the bill and it has been sent to Gov. Kasich, who is expected to sign it into state law.  READ MORE...

House Bill 318Would broadly define the role of School Resource Officers (SRO) and establish training requirements for those new to the role. Some, but not all, schools employ SROs, who are tasked with preserving peace, protecting persons and property, and enforcing state and city laws on school premises. Typically, SROs are peace officers employed by cities, townships and other political subdivisionsREAD MORE...

 

House Bill 360Defines and provides sanctions for students in grades 4-12 who engage in harassment, intimidation and bullying. Under the proposed law, students could be suspended from ten to 182 days (depending on number of offenses in a given school year) and would be subject to district or school developed community service plans.  READ MORE...