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Creation Of Sales Tax Holiday For School Supplies Moves Ahead

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Bloomington Salvation Army/ Flickr Legislation is moving along that would create a sales tax holiday for school supplies next year. This week, the Ohio senate approved legislation that would set aside the first weekend of August 2015 for families doing back-to-school shopping to take advantage of a sales tax exemption. It covers school supplies and [...]

School Costs And Spending Increase, Pinching Family Budgets

Brandy Shaul / Flickr Back to school costs are up–and so’s the demand for free or donated school supplies. For 2014, the National Retail Federation says there’s a 12 percent increase in spending, while Huntington Bank’s yearly “backpack index” shows an 11 percent jump in school supply costs. Part of the reason for that is [...]

Ohio Lawmaker Explores Sales Tax-Free Holiday For Back To School Shopping

Images_of_Money / Flickr School’s not quite yet started, but many parents at least are doing their math in figuring out costs for their kid’s supplies–and one state senator says his bill will relieve some of their financial burden. The National Retail Federation says on average, parents of kids in grades K through 12 will spend [...]

Five Ways to Reduce Pay-to-Play

  Jack / Flickr As we reported earlier, public education isn’t exactly free these days. State budget cuts and failed local levies have left Ohio’s schools desperate to trim costs and still maintain services. That leaves parents paying for what schools can no longer afford, including fees for extracurricular activities. This week, Education Week suggests [...]

Little Aid for Back-to-School Shopping

Ohio schools battling with budget cuts and failed levies are passing some of those costs on to their students. In fact, parents can expect to pay 25 percent more than last year for back-to-school costs for everything from activity fees to school supplies.  At least that’s what Columbus-based Huntington Bank found in its annual Backpack [...]

Ohio’s Public Education is Far From Free

A junior, Edward Golson says he would have to quit playing sports if Cleveland schools started using pay-to-play.

Public education isn’t exactly free these days. State budget cuts and failed local levies have left Ohio’s schools desperate to trim costs and still maintain services. That leaves parents paying for what schools can no longer afford. Half an hour east of Akron you’ll find the small, rural and property poor Field Local School District. [...]

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