Take Action to Stop Teacher License Fee Increase

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The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is deeply disappointed in the Ohio Senate majority’s inaction in addressing the State Board of Education funding gap. By not concurring with the House’s changes to Senate Bill 117, which would have provided $4.66 million to the State Board, the Senate majority’s inaction only increases the potential for teacher licensure fee increases—up to 75 percent—and cuts to an already hamstrung State Board staff.

Now that the Senate majority has closed the door on a legislative fix, OEA calls upon Governor DeWine and a bipartisan set of lawmakers from the Ohio General Assembly to ensure that the State Board receives the funding it needs from the Controlling Board.

TAKE ACTION by contacting Governor DeWine to ask that he support Controlling Board action to fund the State Board of Education and prevent teacher licensure fee increases.

Fully funding the State Board means that the Board can support the Resident Educator program, ensure the safety and well-being of students by conducting comprehensive, necessary background checks in a timely manner, help address educator recruitment and retention, and ensure timely completion of misconduct investigations so educator rights are protected without increasing licensure fees on teachers.

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