StateImpact Ohio is tracking the major education issues on the ballot in the November 2012 election. We’ll have updated results throughout the evening for Ohio school levies, state Board of Education seats and the one dozen teachers running for General Assembly.
Ohio School Levies
Voters approved many school districts’ requests to renew existing taxes, but turned down many requests for additional funds.
Unofficial results show 54 percent of the 193 tax issues passing. The Ohio School Boards Association says that rate is consistent with the November 2011 levy passage rate of 51 percent.
About 86 percent of the 70 renewal levies passed. And 37 percent of the 123 new tax levies, those asking voters to approve additional funds, passed.
The school boards association points out that nearly two-thirds of all school issues on the ballot were for new money, the highest percentage in a general election in a decade.
Among the results:
- Cleveland: Additional levy levy passed.
- Akron: Additional levy passed.
- Toledo: Additional levy failed.
- Worthington: Incremental levy and bond issue both passed.
- Dublin: Combination bond levy/tax issue passed.
- Cincinnati: Renewal levy passed.
- Chardon: Additional levy failed for second time since fatal school shooting.
Ohio State Board of Education
The political makeup of the Ohio state Board of Education will not shift significantly after this November.
While the board is officially non-partisan, it currently has six Republican members and five Democrats. That mix is likely to remain after the November election.
Six of the appointed board members were appointed by Gov. John Kasich, a Republican. One was appointed by former Gov. Ted Strickland. One seat is vacant.
Other results include:
- In District 5, current District 7 board Member Bryan C. Williams, who was shifted to District 7 through redistricting, defeated tea party leader Marianne Gasiecki.
- In District 6, current District 9 board member Michael Collins, who was shifted to District 6 through redistricting, defeated incumbent Kristen McKinley.
- In District 7, homeschooled 23-year old Sarah Fowler, who works in her parent’s business, defeated lawyer James Collum and scientist John R. Sans.
- And in District 9, fundraiser Stephanie Dodd defeated opponents Philip Gerth, a lawyer, and Larry A. Good, a car salesman.
In the coming year, the Ohio state board of election will take on issues including selecting a new state superintendent of public instruction, fixing education data integrity issues and implementing the Common Core.
Teachers Running for the Statehouse
Of the 12 teachers running for the Ohio House of Representatives, just won successfully gained a seat. John Patterson beat incumbent Casey Kozlowski in House District 99, which represents parts of Ashtabula County.
Two teachers ran for seats in the Ohio Senate, but both lost their races.
And two other incumbents, who are former teachers, were both reelected.