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Ohio Offers Performance-based Bonus Education Money

The $10 billion state budget worked out by the Ohio legislature two weeks ago puts more money into education than Gov. John Kasich’s spending plan. And, for the first time, the education plan includes a funding bonus based on school performance. The governor’s proposal to provide more money for poor districts and less money for [...]

University of Akron and Others Look to Cut Costs

The University of Akron announced it’s laying off 215 employees and eliminating its baseball team to fix a $60 million budget deficit. All state schools have pressure to reduce spending. The new state budget freezes tuition at state universities for the next two years. And by October, Akron and other state schools must submit plans [...]

Cleveland Takes Biggest Hit from Kasich Education Budget Veto

Governor Kasich’s veto of two items in the state’s education budget were supposed to trim back funding to wealthy districts.  But not every district suffering losses was well-off. Governor Kasich wanted a budget that sent more money to poor districts and cut funding to rich districts.  The House and Senate version flattened it out so no [...]

Some Ohio Schools Brace For Funding Cuts After State Budget Veto

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OHIO CHANNEL Some of Ohio’s school districts are bracing for cuts in state funding in the new budget. Kasich vetoed a provision in the new two year state budget that would have provided $78 million to about 100 school districts which had relied on a tangible personal property tax from local [...]

State Senator Says Schools Are Missing Out on Millions in Casino Revenue

When Ohio voters gave the okay for casinos to hit the state more than five years ago, there was a catch. Operators would have to pay a 33 percent tax on their revenue, calculated by subtracting “promotional credits” and payouts from their overall earnings. A chunk of that money then would be funneled to local [...]

Districts Concerned about School Bus Driver Shortage in Ohio

Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio As the school year winds down, districts in Ohio will be watching to see what the new biennial state budget has in store. But another issue they have to plan for is the transportation routes and schedules for next year.  A growing problem for them has been simply finding enough [...]

Kent State Freezes In-State Undergrad Tuition–For Now

urycki Undergraduate tuition at Kent State is going to hold steady for in-state students, for now. And, the university’s controversial ‘overload’ credit fees will be mostly going away. At the university’s board meeting this week, Kent State’s trustees extended last year’s university budget until the state of Ohio finalizes its new budget. Tuition will be [...]

Confusing Formula for Ohio Charter School Funding

Governor Kasich proposed this year to spend almost one billion dollars a year on charter schools in Ohio. In his budget, if the student population remains the same, every charter school would get an increase while about half of the traditional public schools would see a loss in funding. The state legislature has since been [...]

How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio. It’s the latest in the evolution of charters here. The legislature has been tweaking the rules and regulations on charters every year or two since they began here in 1997. The first proposal for charter schools goes back 40 years [...]

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