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School Costs And Spending Increase, Pinching Family Budgets

Brandy Shaul / Flickr Back to school costs are up–and so’s the demand for free or donated school supplies. For 2014, the National Retail Federation says there’s a 12 percent increase in spending, while Huntington Bank’s yearly “backpack index” shows an 11 percent jump in school supply costs. Part of the reason for that is [...]

Ohio Lawmaker Explores Sales Tax-Free Holiday For Back To School Shopping

Images_of_Money / Flickr School’s not quite yet started, but many parents at least are doing their math in figuring out costs for their kid’s supplies–and one state senator says his bill will relieve some of their financial burden. The National Retail Federation says on average, parents of kids in grades K through 12 will spend [...]

Ohio Receives nearly $350,000 to Defray AP Exam Costs

Ohio is among 40 states receiving a cut of more than 28 million dollars in federal money to help low income students pay for advanced placement exams. Students who take AP courses in high school earn college credit if they score well on the exam.  And that can reduce the time and cost required to [...]

Reynoldsburg Teachers Prepared To Strike Over Merit Pay

Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after contract talks concluded last week without an agreement. The talks have attracted widespread interest because of two controversial proposals by Reynoldsburg City Schools that, if implemented, would fundamentally change how teachers in the district are compensated.

The Sound of Ideas: Teens and Financial Literacy

In a recent international survey of financial literacy, American 15-year-olds scored average. That score was less than thrilling to financial experts, who say students from the most developed country on the list should have done better. In Ohio, financial literacy is mandated, but no curriculum is specified. Guests on the Sound of Ideas discussed what [...]

College Degrees May Bring Debt, But Can Also Bring Higher Wages, Advancement

j.o.h.n. walker / Flickr Chances are that if you’ve nailed a college degree to your wall recently, you’re also nailed with debt. But some new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland says degree earners are still better off in the long-term than those without a diploma. The study examined households of people in [...]

Talks Stalled and Tensions High Over Controversial Contract Proposal

Negotiations between the Reynoldsburg Teachers Association (REA) and Reynoldsburg City Schools surrounding a proposal that would dramatically change the district’s pay and benefits policies are on hold until August. The proposal first drew widespread attention in May as a bold move to place greater responsibility on teachers for student performance. On July 26th, as teachers [...]

New Funding Model Starts for Community Colleges

Jeff Kubina / Flickr Starting today, the way community colleges in Ohio earn the money they get from the state has changed. While the shake-up might sound challenging, school leaders are on board. The new formula ties state funding to student achievement. Funding used to be based on enrollment, but it’s now based on milestones [...]

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