Senator Gardner’s Education Reform Bill signed into law

Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) is joined by Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler, State Superintendent Richard Ross and other education leaders as Governor John Kasich signs House Bill 362 into law

Governor John Kasich signed into law legislation proposed by Senator Randy Gardner to reform Ohio’s educator evaluation policies. Gardner’s legislation was amended into House Bill 362, passing the Ohio Senate by a vote of 30 to 3 and in the House of Representatives by a vote of 94 to 1. 

Originally known as Senate Bill 229, the legislation provides more flexibility for school districts conducting teacher evaluations, saves schools and taxpayers an estimated $60 million per year, and helps school districts focus on teachers in their first four years or teachers who have failed to attain a designation of skilled or accomplished.

Gardner’s legislation generated wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and was endorsed by the organization representing Ohio’s elected school board members.

“This legislation says to Ohio educators, ‘Columbus is willing to listen to you’,” Gardner said.  “This bill helps make our education system less bureaucratic, saves tax dollars and helps improve results in the classroom.”

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