There were nearly 200 school tax issues on the ballot in the November 2013 general election.
Nearly two-thirds of those issues passed — but some kinds of issues were more likely to pass than others.
Check out this infographic to explore the data and trends behind this election’s levy results. And search district-by-district, state-wide levy results here.
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Nearly two-thirds of school tax issues on the Nov. 5 ballot were approved by voters, according to unofficial election results.
Voters rejected most requests to increase taxes by approving new taxes or replacing existing levies.
But voters approved nearly all requests to renew existing tax levies.
That initial pattern is in line with results from recent off-year elections.
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There are 194 school issues — nearly all tax issues — on the ballot for the Nov 5 general election. (There are also non-school related tax issues, local office elections and charter amendments on the ballot.)
That’s about as many school tax issues as were on the ballot in 2011, the last off-year election.
StateImpact Ohio asked readers and listeners: What do you actually want to know about your local schools? We tracked down some of the most commonly requested information for you. Here you'll find information about how often students at individual schools are disciplined and for what reasons. Continue reading
StateImpact Ohio asked readers and listeners: What do you actually want to know about your local schools? We tracked down some of the most commonly requested information for you. Here you'll find information about how many graduates of public Ohio high schools go on to college and how many were actually ready to take college-level courses. Continue reading
Starting with state report cards for the 2012-13 school year, Ohio will grade schools on a new, A-F scale. Look up your school's report card here. Continue reading
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Local voters approved six of 19 school tax issues on the ballot in yesterday’s special election, unofficial election results gathered by the Ohio School Boards Association show.
That approval rate of 32 percent is similar to the results from last August’s special election. About 31 percent of school tax issues passed in the August 2012 special election.
[Click here for Aug. 6, 2013 election results.]
Value-added was supposed to be the great equalizer — a measure of schools that would finally judge fairly how much poor students are learning compared with their wealthier peers.
Meant to gauge whether students learn as much as expected in a given year, value-added will become a key part of rating individual teachers from rich and poor districts alike next school year.
But a Plain Dealer/StateImpact Ohio analysis raises questions about how much of an equalizer it truly is, even as the state ramps up its use.
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Forest Park Middle School teacher Maria Plecnik said for her own sanity, she plans to leave the teaching profession.
Maria Plecnik is the kind of teacher who gets chills in a 90-degree classroom when she connects with students during the first week of school. She’s the kind who brags about seeing their test scores go up or turning a kid who was always trouble into an “A” student.
In her seven years at Euclid’s Forest Park Middle School, her principal always told her she was doing a good job.
Teaching was her dream job. But this year, her dream faded.