This map shows how many of the teachers at each school received the state’s top value-added rating of “Most Effective.” Value-added is a statistical measure that looks at how much students learn in a given year, regardless of their level at the start of the year. Continue reading
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
The political makeup of the Ohio state Board of Education is unlikely to shift significantly after the November 2012 general election.
While the board is officially non-partisan, it currently has six Republican members and five Democrats. That mix is likely to remain after the November election.
Other results include:
- In District 5, current District 7 board Member Bryan C. Williams, who was shifted to District 7 through redistricting, defeated tea party leader Marianne Gasiecki.
- In District 6, current District 9 board member Michael Collins, who was shifted to District 6 through redistricting, defeated incumbent Kristen McKinley.
- In District 7, homeschooled 23-year old Sarah Fowler, who works in her parent’s business, defeated lawyer James Collum and scientist John R. Sans.
- And in District 9, fundraiser Stephanie Dodd defeated opponents Philip Gerth, a lawyer, and Larry A. Good, a car salesman.
The Voters Guide
This Election Day, once you get past the ballot headliners, you’ll 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.
But it can be hard to figure out just what these folks stand for.
That’s why we put together this voters guide to help you get to know your state Board of Education candidates.
About the State Board of Education
Ohio’s state Board of Education doesn’t make the laws that govern the state’s schools – that’s mostly up to the Legislature. But it does shape how those laws are put into effect.
The board oversees the Ohio Department of Education and is responsible for hiring the state’s education chief, the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The board’s work includes determining what should be taught in Ohio’s schools, adopting rules for standardized tests and setting the requirements for teacher licenses. The board also makes decisions on things like school district territory transfers, transportation decisions, and revoking teachers’ licenses.
Among the issues facing the state Board of Education in the coming year are:
- Hiring a new superintendent of public instruction after former Superintendent Stan Heffner’s resignation;
- Trying to fix some big problems with the data underlying Ohio school report cards;
- Shaping how new standardized tests for the new Common Core curriculum are used and how teachers will be evaluated;
- Overseeing the implementation of the third-grade reading guarantee; and
- As outlined in the board’s current work plan, boosting the high school graduation rate.
How to Use This Voters Guide
Use this map to figure out which district you live in and click through to your district’s voters guide. Click on your region or zoom in if you live near the border of a district. Or scroll down to view the text-version of the voters guide.
(Districts come up for election in rotation. Only Districts 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 are up for election this year.)
Ohio State Board of Education 2012 Voters Guide
- Includes: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Morrow, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Van Wert, Williams and Wyandot counties, plus the northern half of Darke County and the southeastern corner of Fulton County.
- Candidates: Stanley Jackson, Ann Jacobs
- Includes: Ashland, Medina, Richland and Wayne counties plus Cuyahoga County outside of the city of Cleveland, Summit County oustide of Akron, the northwestern corner of Holmes County and a small part of western Stark County.
- Candidates: Marianne Gasiecki, Rich Javorek, Bryan C. Williams
- Includes: Most of Franklin County as well as all of Delaware and Knox counties.
- Candidates: Michael L. Collins, Kristen McKinley, John P. Stacy
- Includes: Ashtabula, Geauga, Portage and Trumbull counties, plus most of Lake County and the southwestern corner of Summit County, including Akron
- Candidates: James J. Collum, Sarah Fowler, John R. Sans
- Includes: Coshocton, Fairfield, Hocking, Guernsey, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry and Tuscarawas counties, plus western Franklin and Pickaway counties and the southern and eastern halves of Holmes County.
- Candidates: Stephanie Dodd, Philip Gerth, Larry A. Good
- Includes: Adams, Brown, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Madison, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties plus western Pickaway and Vinton counties
- Candidates: Todd Book, Jeff Hardin
- Includes: The Cleveland region, including northern and central Cuyahoga County and northwestern Lake County
- Candidates: Beverly A. Goldstein, Mary Rose Oakar
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
In 2011, Ohio lawmakers doubled the number of school vouchers that students attending or assigned to low-performing schools can use to cover part of the cost of private-school tuition. The number of available vouchers will double again in 2012.
And lawmakers also tried to expand the voucher program to allow students at any public school to get a private-school voucher, as long as their family income was below a certain level. That effort, House Bill 136, stalled in the face of opposition from school districts, but its sponsor says he’ll try again.
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 students attend private schools in each county. Unsurprisingly, private-school attendance is 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 registered with the Ohio Department of Education.
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.
The state section of the Ohio’s funding pie has gotten a lot of attention recently. In early 2011, lawmakers scrapped the existing formula that had been used to allocate state money.
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