Below are some of the education-related issues former state school board member Bryan Williams says in public documents that he discussed with government officials in an attempt to influence action favorable to his client, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio.
Meanwhile, he sat on the state school board, which decides the rules governing such issues as charter school accountability, teacher evaluations, teacher dismissals, graduation requirements, courses of study, testing standards and rules for post-secondary and duel-enrollment options.
Sept.- Dec. 2012
Charter schools — Shortly afterward, Williams’ client, Associated Builders and Contractors of Central Ohio, began the process of opening a vocational charter school in Columbus.
Post-secondary education (see more information below)
Ohio School Facilities Commission — Oversees construction of schools by traditional public school districts. In 2012 and 2013, Williams and the ABC affiliate in Northeast Ohio opposed the bid specifications for a Coventry schools construction project and helped to defeat the ballot issue in 2012. It passed in 2013.
Workplace freedom — An effort to prevent mandatory union membership in Ohio work places.
House Bill 59, the main operating budget.
House Bill 168 on post-secondary enrollment options for apprenticeship programs, which would require local school districts to pay a portion of the wages of students who worked for builders and contractors.
House Bill 152 on public employment: Union membership not required.
Career Technical Funding — For vocational training. One of his affiliates, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Central Ohio, opened a publicly funded vocational training charter school in Columbus this fall. Funding for the school is subtracted from the home school district of participating students.
Post-secondary education opportunities — Allows high school students to simultaneously achieve college credits. Funding is subtracted from the home school district of participating school districts. While it is not clear whether ABC of Central Ohio is participating, ABC sponsors a building and contracting institute linked to Zane State College.
Ohio State Apprenticeship Council — oversees apprenticeship programs for skilled trades. The vocational school opened by ABC of Central Ohio offers classes that help students test out of apprenticeship requirements.
House Bill 152 (See above).
House Bill 168 (See above).
House Joint Resolution 5: Proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent unions and employers from agreeing to require union membership.
Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, lobbied regarding union wages. The OFCC was formed in 2012, assumed responsibilities for all state construction, including school buildings.