(A) The joint education oversight committee of the house of representatives and senate is hereby created. The committee shall authorize a plan of work, which shall include research, review, study, and analysis of current or emerging education policy issues important to the state, the available policy options to address such issues, and the available data and research to support such analysis and options.
(B) The committee also may select, for review and evaluation, education programs at school districts, other public schools, and state institutions of higher education that receive state financial assistance in any form. The reviews and evaluations may include any of the following:
(l) Assessment of the uses school districts, other public schools, and state institutions of higher education make of state money they receive, and a determination of the extent to which that money improves student, district, school, or institutional performance in the areas for which the money was intended to be used;
(2) Determination of whether an education program meets its intended goals, has adequate operating or administrative procedures and fiscal controls, encompasses only authorized activities, has any undesirable or unintended effects, and is efficiently managed; and
(3) Examination of pilot programs developed and initiated in school districts, at other public schools, and at state institutions of higher education to determine whether the programs suggest innovative, effective ways to deal with problems that may exist in other districts, schools, or institutions of higher education, or to create opportunities for success, and to assess the fiscal costs and likely impact of adopting the programs throughout the state.
(C) The committee may prepare a report of the results of each review and evaluation it conducts, make recommendations to the general assembly and transmit the report and its recommendations to the general assembly under section 101.68 of the Revised Code. It also may submit the report and its recommendations to the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate principally responsible for education policy.
(D) If the general assembly directs the joint education oversight committee to submit a study to the general assembly by a particular date, the committee, upon a majority vote of its members, may modify the scope and due date of the study to accommodate the availability of data and resources.
Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 113, §1, eff. 9/14/2016.
Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 64, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2015.