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Voters Approve Roughly 80 Percent of School Tax Issues Across The State

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Collectively, more than 90 school districts asked voters for help with more than 100 school tax issues statewide during Tuesday’s election.

Most of the levies were renewals. According to unofficial results collected by StateImpact Ohio, roughly 90 percent of those requests passed, along with more than half of new money requests.

That’s a slight increase from the past few elections, where districts have struggled to receive voter support when it comes to asking for the approval of additional levies.

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State Releases New Literacy Grades

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Schools don’t just give report cards– they also earn them.

Last fall’s report cards were supposed to include a grade on how successful students are when it comes to learning how to read, but as the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, a few data glitches prevented that mention from being released with the rest of the grades.

So after a several-month delay, schools received their “K-3 literacy grade” earlier today.

Using results from the third-grade Ohio Achievement Assessment and fall reading exams given to all kindergarten through third-grade students, the grade measures the amount of students reading at grade level in each district and school building.

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How School Tax Issues Fared in The 2014 Election

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This election featured roughly 165 school tax issues on ballots across the state, a slight decrease from 2013 and 2012.

But the results of this year’s race followed a recent trend: a majority of voters voted down requests for additional tax increases, while supporting a majority of existing renewals.

According to unofficial results early Wednesday morning, about 90 percent of renewals passed, compared to less than a third of new money requests.

Those results closely align with how Damon Asbury, the director for legislative services for the Ohio School Board Association, forecasted the election would turn out when he spoke to StateImpact last week.

“Times are difficult for people,” he said. “We still have a lot of unemployment, we still have a lot of underemployment in the state, money is tight. You have to make a very convincing case for a community to help them understand that yes, in fact, we do need more money.”

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Here Are The School Tax Issues You’ll See on Election Day

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Tax issues are pretty important to Ohio’s schools.

While K-12 districts do receive money from both federal and state governments, many rely heavily on local funds to support a big chunk of their operating budgets.

While there are a handful of income tax requests this year, the majority comes from taxing the property of district residents. More than two-thirds of statewide property tax levies go to fund schools, according to the state.

Districts can ask voters to finance a variety of costs, including current expenses, facility improvements, and emergency requirements.

Collectively this fall, more than 145 school districts across the state will ask voters to approve 163 tax issues.

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2013-14 Ohio School District Report Cards

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It’s not just students who receive report cards. School districts earn them, too.

To calculate the statewide report cards, officials at the Ohio Department of Education look at a wide variety of data from the state’s schools, including how well students perform on state tests, how many students are actually passing those tests, and if any progress has been made to close achievement gaps.

In the past, districts used to receive blanket labels like “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent with Distinction” based on their performance. But the ODE has now shifted to ranking nine categories with an A-F grade.  Each district will receive an overall A-F grade by the 2015-16 school year.

Click here to see the 2014 Ohio Report Cards.

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2013-14 Ohio School Building Report Cards

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Students aren’t the only ones who get report cards. Schools earn them, too.

To calculate the statewide report cards, officials at the Ohio Department of Education look at a wide variety of data from the state’s schools, including how well students perform on state tests, how many students are actually passing those tests, and if any progress has been made to close achievement gaps.

In the past, districts used to receive labels like “Continuous Improvement” or “Excellent with Distinction” based on their performance. But the ODE has now shifted to ranking nine separate categories with an A-F grade. Each district will receive an overall A-F grade by the 2015-16 school year.

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Majority of School Tax Renewals Passed During This Year’s Primary Election

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Collectively, nearly 150 school tax issues from more than 130 school districts popped up on ballots across Ohio during this year’s primary election.

Earlier this week, Ohio School Board Association’s Damon Asbury told StateImpact Ohio how he thought this year’s tax issues might fare. He estimated less than half of the state’s new money requests would be approved, while up to 90 percent of the renewals would pass.

And according to our unofficial results early Wednesday morning, those numbers were just about right on target.

Roughly 91 percent of tax renewals passed, and close to 39 percent of new money requests passed.

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Here Are The School Issues You’ll See on Next Week’s Primary Ballots

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More than 130 school districts around the state are asking voters to approve issues during Tuesday’s primary election.

The majority of the 149 questions are renewals, with new money requests making up the remaining issues.

Browse through the spreadsheet below to find more details about the school issues in your area.

Curious how much a yes vote on one of these issues might cost you? The Plain Dealer has posted a tutorial on how to calculate your property taxes here.

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Infographic: Everything You Want to Know About November 2013 School Levy Results

levyinfographicthumbnailThere 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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