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Ohio voters approved most school district requests to renew existing tax levies in Tuesday’s special election.
But the majority of requests to impose new taxes appeared headed for failure, according to the unofficial election results available Tuesday evening.
Those results are similar to the pattern in past elections.
There were nearly 140 school tax questions on the ballot Tuesday.
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There are 138 school tax issues on the ballot for the May 7 special election. (There are also other tax issues and local office elections on the May 7 ballot.)
About three-quarters of districts on the ballot are asking voters to approve property tax levies. Others are asking voters to approve income taxes, taxes to fund bonds or a combination of different types of taxes.
If your local school district has a levy on the ballot, here’s how to vote.
Poor, rural school districts who felt like big-time losers under Gov. John Kasich’s school funding plan fare better under the school funding plan introduced in the House of Representatives this week. Use these maps to see how your district fares under the two plans. Continue reading
Last week we told you that projections show under the new school report cards most charter schools in the state would get F's.
It turns out the Urban 8 districts would perform just as poorly - if not worse - in many areas. Continue reading
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This week, the Akron Beacon Journal reports again that many parents send their children to charter schools rather than to the Akron schools because they want their children to be bused to school.
About one-third of Akron school buses are dedicated to transporting students who attend charter schools, the Beacon Journal reports. That left us wondering:
Do all charter school students get free rides to school?
On Monday, Feb. 11, Cleveland Connects will host a panel discussion on the Cleveland plan featuring city and school leaders.
Cleveland is Ohio’s worst urban school district; it’s the only one of Ohio’s largest big-city districts to get an “F” from the state on its current report card.
The Cleveland school district is about to embark on another ambitious improvement effort called the Cleveland Plan. The Cleveland Plan can mean both a package of state laws that significantly change how the district operates as well as the actual plan to improve the city’s schools.
On Monday, Feb. 11, Ideastream, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, PNC Bank and the Cleveland Leadership Center will devote an installment of their Cleveland Connects community conversation series to a panel discussion of what’s ahead for the Cleveland schools.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to change how the state funds public schools. He says his plan is an attempt to equalize the resources available to rich and poor school districts.
Today, the Kasich administration released estimates of just what that would look like.
Scroll down to see preliminary estimates of how much your district would receive.
How are the schools that teach our teachers doing? This month, the Ohio Board of Regents released its first-ever performance reports on bachelor's degree teacher preparation programs at the state's public and private colleges and universities. Continue reading
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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether charter schools in Ohio and three other states discriminate against students with disabilities.
The investigation by the department’s Office for Civil Rights is a “proactive compliance” review of charter schools and charter management organizations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin in connection with low enrollment of students with disabilities. according to spokesman Jim Bradshaw. The review is also looking at similar issues for students learning English.
The department has not made any findings in connection with the reviews.
Charter schools have become a major force in public education in Ohio, especially in the “Big 8″ urban districts — Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Below is a snapshot of how charter schools have grown.
For more coverage of charter schools, see StateImpact Ohio’s charter school topic page. Continue Reading