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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

Correction: This post originally stated that Cleveland’s is the only school district to have implemented a compensation system centered around performance.  It turns out there are a small handful of other districts that also base pay increases on performance.      Members of the teachers union in Reynoldsburg have authorized a ten day strike notice after [...]

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 [...]

How the School Tax Burden Has Shifted Since 1991

The percentage of property tax revenues that support local schools in Ohio has shifted dramatically from the business community to homeowners and farmers over the last two decades, according to a study by the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus. The study chronicles the change in Ohio’s tax rate structure from 1975 to 2011, including [...]

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