In the days after Ohio voters voted "no" on collective bargaining referendum Issue 2, some speculated the defeat of Issue 2 could help President Barack Obama win a second term. Did that happen? Take a look. Continue reading
This Election Day, once you get past the ballot headliners, you might see the names of folks running for a spot on the state Board of Education. This fall, there are contested races in all seven of the board districts that are up for election. Use this Voters Guide to understand what these candidates stand for and what's at stake. Continue reading
About 60 percent of job openings likely to be created in the next six years in Ohio will require education beyond high school, researchers at Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce say. But in nearly one half of Ohio counties, less than one-quarter of adults have at least an associate degree. And counties with higher rates of education tend to have lower poverty and unemployment rates. Continue reading
With this focus on using more public money for private-school tuition, we looked at where exactly Ohio's private schools are located and how many of the students in each county attend private schools. Unsurprisingly, private-school attendance rates are highest in urban areas, which also tend to have the highest numbers of private schools. But about a dozen counties, mostly in rural areas, don't have any private schools. Continue reading
Ohio school districts are funded by state money, local income and property taxes and federal funds. On average, districts get slightly less than half of their funding from the state, but the mix varies by district. Continue reading
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was front and center selling Issue 2 in the weeks leading up to the November general election, even starring in a video encouraging Ohioans to get out and vote “yes” on Issue 2 released the morning of election day.
Some people — like Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern — say one way to look at the Issue 2 referendum is as a referendum on Kasich.
Comparing results from the 2010 gubernatorial race to results from the Nov. 8, 2011, election in this map, you can see how counties that went big for Kasich in 2010 felt about Senate Bill 5. Two major items of note:
- The six counties that were Kasich’s biggest fans in 2010 were the biggest fans of SB 5 in 2011.
- But every other county that voted for Kasich in 2010 said “no” to SB 5.
Click here to see how election results in your county compare. Use the menu in the top left hand corner of the map to choose which results you want to look at, and roll over your county to see the numbers.
(Our map was produced by StateImpact Database Reporting Coordinator Matt Stiles.)
As part of our ongoing reporting on all aspects of education in Ohio, StateImpact took a look at how average teacher salaries have changed over the past five years.
Looking at all Ohio public-school teachers, the average salary increased about 12 percent, reaching $56,715 for the 2010-11 school year.
Districts with the largest increases in average salary include:
- Urbana City, an urban, high-poverty district northeast of Dayton (up 42 percent to $62,482),
- Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, a self-described “upscale, residential suburb” southeast of Dayton (up 42 percent to $66,075), and
- Cardington-Lincoln, a small rural district north of Columbus (up 32 percent to $53,166).
How much did the average Ohio teacher salary change from 2005 to 2010? Explore an interactive map that visualizes the changes by district. Continue reading