November 2017 Levy Results

With 122 levies and issues on the ballot, the total passage rate was a disappointing 71%. This is in large part due to the high number of requests for new money. The passage rates for renewals (93%) was in line with historical levels, as was requests for new monies (43%).

N/R Failed Passed Grand Total Pass %
New 30 23 53 43.4%
Renewal 5 65 70 92.9%
Grand Total 35 87 122 71.3%

Here's the full list of unofficial results

County District N/R Result
Allen Shawnee Local Renewal Passed
Allen Spencerville Local Renewal Passed
Ashland Ashland County - West Holmes JVSD Renewal Passed
Ashtabula Geneva Area City New Failed
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Renewal Passed
Athens Alexander Local New Failed
Athens Athens City Renewal Passed
Champaign Graham Local New Failed
Champaign Urbana City Renewal Passed
Clark Northeastern Local New Failed
Clark Springfield City New Passed
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local New Failed
Columbiana Salem City Renewal Passed
Coshocton Coshocton City Renewal Passed
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village Renewal Failed
Crawford Wynford Local New Passed
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Renewal/Increase Failed
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Local New Passed
Defiance Northeastern Local New Passed
Delaware Big Walnut Local New Passed
Delaware Delaware Area Career Center Renewal Failed
Delaware Delaware City New Passed
Erie Edison Local New Failed
Erie EHOVE Career Center New Passed
Erie Perkins Local Renewal Passed
Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local New Failed
Fairfield Liberty Union-Thurston Local New Failed
Franklin New Albany-Plain Local New Passed
Franklin Upper Arlington City New Passed
Fulton Evergreen Local Renewal/Reduction Passed
Fulton Fayette Local Renewal Passed
Geauga Cardinal Local Renewal Passed
Geauga Chardon Local New Failed
Geauga West Geauga Local Renewal Failed
Greene Beavercreek City New Passed
Greene Cedar Cliff Local Renewal Passed
Hamilton Cincinnati City Renewal Passed
Hamilton Southwest Local New Passed
Hardin Ada Exempted Village Renewal Passed
Henry Napoleon Area City Renewal Passed
Henry Patrick Henry Local Renewal Failed
Huron Monroeville Local New Failed
Huron South Central Local New Passed
Jefferson Buckeye Local New Failed
Jefferson Indian Creek Local New Failed
Lake Painesville City Local Renewal Passed
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake City New Failed
Lawrence Lawrence County JVSD Renewal Passed
Licking Lakewood Local Renewal Passed
Licking Northridge Local New Failed
Lorain Avon Local New Passed
Lorain Oberlin City Renewal Passed
Lorain Oberlin City Renewal Passed
Lorain Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City New Failed
Lucas Oregon City Renewal Passed
Lucas Toledo City Renewal Passed
Madison Madison-Plains Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Boardman Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Boardman Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Canfield Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Renewal Passed
Mahoning Poland Local Renewal Passed
Marion River Valley Local Renewal Passed
Marion Tri-Rivers Career Center Renewal Passed
Medina Black River Local Renewal Passed
Medina Brunswick City New Passed
Medina Highland Local New Passed
Mercer Celina City New Passed
Mercer Marion Local Renewal Passed
Miami Miami East Local Renewal Passed
Miami Milton-Union Exempted Village Renewal Passed
Miami Piqua City Renewal Passed
Miami Troy City New Failed
Montgomery Kettering City Renewal Passed
Montgomery Miami Valley Career Tech Ctr New Passed
Montgomery Miamisburg City Renewal Passed
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Renewal Passed
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Renewal Passed
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City Renewal Passed
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Local Renewal Passed
Ottawa Genoa Area Local New Passed
Ottawa Port Clinton City Renewal Passed
Perry New Lexington City Renewal Passed
Portage Crestwood Local New Failed
Portage Field Local New Failed
Portage Rootstown Local New Failed
Portage Southeast Local Renewal Passed
Portage Waterloo Local New Failed
Preble Preble-Shawnee Local New Failed
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local Renewal Passed
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local Renewal Passed
Richland Shelby City New Failed
Ross Zane Trace Local Renewal Passed
Sandusky Gibsonburg Ex Village New Failed
Shelby Fairlawn Local Renewal Passed
Stark Louisville City Renewal Passed
Stark Marlington Local Renewal Passed
Stark Massillon City Renewal Passed
Stark North Canton City New Failed
Stark Tuslaw Local Renewal Passed
Summit Barberton City Renewal Passed
Summit Coventry Local Renewal Passed
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City New Passed
Summit Hudson City New Passed
Summit Manchester Local Renewal Passed
Summit Norton City New Failed
Summit Woodridge Local New Failed
Trumbull Lakeview Local Renewal Passed
Trumbull Niles City New Failed
Trumbull Southington Local New Failed
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City New Passed
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Local Renewal Passed
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Renewal Passed
Warren Little Miami Local New Failed
Warren Springboro Community City New Passed
Warren Wayne Local New Passed
Wayne Chippewa Local Renewal Passed
Wayne Norwayne Local Renewal Passed
Wayne Triway Local Renewal Passed
Wood Bowling Green City New Failed
Wyandot Mohawk Local Renewal Passed

Who Goes TEN Years NOT Giving Pay Rises to Professionals Helping the Developmentally Disabled? The Portage County Board of DD is Who.

The 19 Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) have been on strike for a month.  Before we get to that, what's an SSA? From the Portage county DD website

The Service and Support Administration Department serves as the gateway to services through the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Persons seeking services are guided through the intake and eligibility process by a Service and Support Administrator (SSA). Eligible individuals are assigned an SSA to assess individual needs, to develop an Individual Service Plan, to address identified needs, to arrange for services and supports; and to monitor the provision of those services. SSAs help consumers and families to navigate the DD system by providing information on resources available through other agencies, such as Social Security, Medicaid, and other local resources. All SSAs are required to complete training and ongoing professional growth and are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
— http://www.pcbmrdd.org/?q=node/94

Why are such important people in the Portage county community on strike?

  • They've been operating without a contract for over 14 months. Their board has refused to negotiate.
  • Workloads have dramatically increased - they are currently serving over 700 individuals and families.
  • Despite a $20 million surplus and this increased workload, these workers have not received a cost of living raise in TEN years!
Think of the 703 people without case management

Think of the 703 people without case management

The board is unlike a typical school board, in that it is not elected. Instead it is appointed by the County Commissioners and a Probate Judge. We would encourage concerned citizens to contact board members and politely ask them to return to the negotiating table, and work out a fair and respectful contract. They are being ridiculous, and it's hurting their community.

Board Members:
Ralph Kletzien 330-673-3415
Michelle Sahr 330-688-5502
John Gargan, Jr. 330-673-1939
Cheri Michael 330-325-9385
Timothy Moran 330-678-6483
Kelly Butler 234-380-1873
Carol J. Fruscella 330-626-4043

Probate Judge Bob Berger: 330-297-3870

Portage County Commissioners:
Vicki Kline (president) 330-297-3606
Sabrina Christian-Bennett (vice-president) 330-297-3605
Maureen Frederick (member) 330-297-3604

If you live in, or near Portage county, there is a vigil at “the rock” at Kent State on Monday November 6th at 5pm. We're certain these dedicated people would love the support.

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November 2017 School Issues and Levies

125 school levies and issues will appear on the November 7th ballots across the state. The majority, 80 are renewals, the rest asking for new or additional monies.

The table below lists all the issues and levies that will appear on ballots. When you vote, we urge all the supporters of Join the Future to consider supporting their local schools.

County Subdivision Name Question Type Description
Allen Shawnee Local School District Levy Renewal
Allen Spencerville Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Ashland Ashland County-West Holmes Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local School District Levy Renewal
Ashtabula Geneva Area City School District Income Tax Additional
Athens Alexander Local School District Income Tax Additional
Athens Athens City School District Income Tax Renewal
Champaign Urbana City School District Levy Renewal
Champaign Graham Local School District Income Tax Additional
Clark Northeastern Local School District Combo N/A
Clark Springfield City School District Levy Substitute
Clinton Clinton-Massie Local School District Levy Additional
Columbiana Salem City School District Levy Renewal
Coshocton Coshocton City School District Levy Renewal
Crawford Wynford Local School District Combo N/A
Crawford Crestline Exempted Village School District Levy Renewal
Cuyahoga Cuyahoga Community College District Bond N/A
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Local School District Combo N/A
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City School District Levy Renewal/Increase
Defiance Northeastern Local School District Combo N/A
Delaware Big Walnut Local School District Combo N/A
Delaware Delaware Area Career Center Levy Renewal
Delaware Delaware City School District Levy Additional
Erie EHOVE Joint Vocational School District Levy Additional
Erie Edison Local School District Levy Substitute
Erie Perkins Local School District Levy Renewal
Fairfield Liberty Union-Thurston Local School District Levy Additional
Fairfield Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District Income Tax Additional
Franklin Upper Arlington City School District Combo N/A
Franklin New Albany Plain Local School District Levy Additional
Fulton Fayette Local School District Levy Renewal
Fulton Evergreen Local School District Income Tax Renewal/Reduction
Geauga Cardinal Local School District Levy Renewal
Geauga Chardon Local School District Levy Additional
Geauga West Geauga Local School District Levy Renewal
Greene Beavercreek City School District Levy Substitute
Greene Cedar Cliff Local School District Levy Renewal
Hamilton Southwest Local School District Combo N/A
Hamilton Cincinnati City School District Levy Renewal
Hardin Ridgemont Public Library Levy Renewal
Hardin Ada Exempted Village School District Income Tax Renewal
Henry Napoleon Area City School District Levy Renewal
Henry Patrick Henry Local School District Levy Renewal
Huron Monroeville Local School District Levy Replacement
Huron South Central Local School District Levy Additional
Jackson Rio Grande Community College Levy Replacement
Jefferson Indian Creek Local School District Bond N/A
Jefferson Buckeye Local School District Levy Additional
Lake Painesville City School District Levy Renewal
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake City School District Levy Substitute
Lawrence Lawrence County Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Licking Northridge Local School District Combo N/A
Licking Lakewood Local School District Levy Renewal
Lorain Avon Local School District Levy Substitute
Lorain Oberlin City School District Levy Renewal
Lorain Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District Levy Additional
Lorain Oberlin City School District Income Tax Renewal
Lucas Oregon City School District Levy Renewal
Lucas Toledo City School District Levy Renewal
Madison Madison-Plains Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Boardman Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Canfield Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Jackson Milton Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Jackson Milton Local School District Levy Renewal
Mahoning Poland Local School District Levy Renewal
Marion River Valley Local School District Levy Renewal
Marion Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Medina Brunswick City School District Bond N/A
Medina Highland Local School District Bond N/A
Medina Black River Local School District Levy Renewal
Mercer Marion Local School District Levy Renewal
Mercer Celina City School District Income Tax Additional
Miami Troy City School District Combo N/A
Miami Miami East Local School District Levy Renewal
Miami Milton-Union Exempted Village School District Levy Renewal
Miami Piqua City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Miami Valley Technology Vocational School District Combo N/A
Montgomery Kettering City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Miamisburg City School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery New Lebanon Local School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery New Lebanon Local School District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Sinclair Community College District Levy Renewal
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City School District Levy Renewal
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Ottawa Genoa Area Local School District Levy Additional
Ottawa Port Clinton City School District Levy Renewal
Perry New Lexington Local School District Levy Renewal
Portage Crestwood Local School District Combo N/A
Portage Rootstown Local School District Combo N/A
Portage Field Local School District Levy Additional
Portage Southeast Local School District Levy Renewal
Portage Waterloo Local School District Levy Additional
Preble Preble Shawnee Local School District Combo N/A
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District Levy Renewal
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Richland Shelby City School District Bond N/A
Ross Zane Trace Local School District Levy Renewal
Seneca Mohawk Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Shelby Fairlawn Local School District Levy Renewal
Stark North Canton City School District Combo N/A
Stark Louisville City School District Levy Renewal
Stark Marlington Local School District Levy Renewal
Stark Massillon City School District Levy Renewal
Stark Tuslaw Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Hudson City School District Bond N/A
Summit Barberton City School District Levy Renewal
Summit Coventry Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City School District Levy Additional
Summit Manchester Local School District Levy Renewal
Summit Norton City School District Levy Additional
Summit Woodridge Local School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Lakeview Local School District Levy Renewal
Trumbull Niles City School District Levy Additional
Trumbull Southington Local School District Levy Additional
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City School District Levy Replacement/Increase
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Local School District Levy Renewal
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Joint Vocational School District Levy Renewal
Warren Little Miami Local School District Bond N/A
Warren Wayne Local School District Bond N/A
Warren Springboro City School District Levy Substitute
Wayne Triway Local School District Levy Renewal
Wayne Chippewa Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Wayne Norwayne Local School District Income Tax Renewal
Wood Bowling Green City School District Bond N/A

How Today’s Unions Help Working People

The Economic Policy Institute has produced a lengthy eye-popping report titled "How today’s unions help working people". It covers a lot of ground:

  • ‘Collective bargaining’ is how working people gain a voice at work and the power to shape their working lives
  • Union workers are diverse, just like America
  • Unions represent workers of all levels of education
  • Union workers hail from a variety of sectors, but the biggest share work in education or health services
  • Unions are most widespread in public administration and transportation industries
  • Unions are thriving in diverse workplaces—including ‘new economy’  workplaces
  • Unions strengthen democracy by giving workers a voice in policy  debates
  • Unions reduce inequality and are essential for low- and middle-wage workers’ ability to obtain a fair share of economic growth
  • Unions raise wages for both union and nonunion workers
  • Unions help raise wages for women and lessen racial wage gaps
  • Unions improve the health and safety practices of  workplaces
  • Unions support strong families with better benefits and due process
  • Unions are good for workers’ retirement security
  • Unions create a path to sharing knowledge and solving problems
  • Workers still want unions but are being thwarted by aggressive campaigns and lobbying that have eroded private-sector union  membership
  • Employers often fight unionizing efforts with aggression and intimidation, using legal and illegal  tactics
  • Corporate lobbyists push laws—misleadingly called ‘right-to-work’ laws—that seek to defund private-sector unions
  • Corporate lobbies and allied lawmakers are dismantling the rights of public-sector union workers
  • Attacks on public-sector collective bargaining are playing out in the courts
  • Conclusion: Unions are essential to a fair economy and a vibrant democracy

But perhaps most striking was this graph

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The best economic policies aimed at improving working and middle class standards, would be those that promote the growth and health of labor unions. Right now, we're going in the wrong direction.

Ohio Teacher Shortage Crisis Deepens as School Year Starts

A 2016 report by the Learning Policy Institute titled "A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S." found

Between 2009 and 2014, the most recent years of data available, teacher education enrollments dropped from 691,000 to 451,000, a 35% reduction. This amounts to a decrease of almost 240,000 professionals on their way to the classroom in the year 2014, as compared to 2009.
— Learning Policy Institute

With an 8% total workforce attrition each year, a shrinking pool of new entrants inevitably leads to shortages. The US Department of Education produces an annual report on shortages each stat faces. Here's what Ohio is dealing with:

  • Arts
  • English/Language Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • TESOL

This is similar to last year, only now we have added School Psychologists to the list. As you can see, Ohio has a shortage across the board. The shortages are also impacting schools ability to attract substitute teachers.

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According to a survey of districts by NEA, here's how Ohio is dealing with that problem

Some school districts have reacted to the shortage by restricting teachers' personal and sick leave. Others have opted for full-time substitutes. To avoid paying benefits, several districts use educational aides as substitutes, although it is illegal. The following strategies and solutions have been used in Ohio:

  • Training parents to serve as elementary substitutes for purposes of providing time for professional development for teachers.
  • Providing a day of training to anyone with a B.A. degree who wants to substitute.
  • Hiring a couple of long-term substitutes at the high school level, paying them on base salary, and providing benefits after a number of days. Substitutes are assigned to a different classroom every day.
  • Paying teachers to substitute during their planning time or increasing the pay (all through bargaining).
  • Improving pay and shortening the number of days before a substitute gets to the salary schedule.
  • Having a dollar scale that increases each day the substitute returns to the district.
  • Pulling resource teachers (Title teachers, special education teachers) from their assignments and sending them into the classrooms. Special education students are then not serviced for the day. Locals have fought this in the past by bargaining regular teachers' planning time within the student day--which is during special time--which prevents the district from using the music, physical education, and art teachers.
  • Bargaining with the local to hire permanent substitutes at every level if funding is available, and paying them an hourly rate. They are not part of the bargaining unit.
  • Recruiting local people with degrees and providing training on substituting practices and teaching. 10. Creating a substitute "pool" from which all schools draw substitutes.
  • Asking teachers to volunteer planning periods to cover classes. Offering to raise the hourly pay rate for teachers who substitute during their prep time (also completely voluntary) at rates from $15 to $22 per period.
  • Giving substitutes bonus money ($200-$300) after they have substituted for 30 days.
  • In a county where teaching jobs are hard to get, the district invites new and soon-to-graduate education students to an event where they are given information and an informal interview. Then, the district explains the need for substitutes. Many of these prospective teachers agree to be casual substitutes until a full-time job is available.
  • Initiating a job for a classified person with overtime--a secretary or clerk--who clears all substitute calls.
  • Negotiating contract language that allows teachers to fill in for people at a cost to the district, most are at $15 per class.
  • Introducing progressive attendance bonus provisions.
  • Locals use associate employees to act as full-time substitutes.
  • Asking retired teachers to substitute.

Overall, substitute pay ranges from $40 to $125 daily. Some local variations:

  • $49 lowest, with an increase after 10 days to $52; $75 highest; and the average is $55. Most build in other incentives, e.g., increase after 10-15 days.
  • $60, and after 10 consecutive days, the rate rises to $75.
  • $95 for regular substitutes, and $125 for retirees.

This situation isn't sustainable if we are to have high performing schools in all districts. Rebuilding respect for the profession, and imporoving working conditions and support for current educators would go a long way to being to turn things around.

Amid Scandal and Poor Performances, Support for School Choice Craters

Education Next released their annual survey titled "The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Public thinking on School choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more." The results from some of the questions have caused shock waves throughout the school choice community.

For the first time in their annual survey support for charter schools have dropped below 50% - indeed it didn't just drop, it cratered from 51 percent to 39 percent, a 12 percentage point drop in support.

Vouchers, the other tool that the school privatizers like to deploy, also continues to be highly unpopular among the public - Democrats and Republicans alike.

The majority of the general public does however support increasing funding for public schools, by a very wide margin

The only thing more popular than the desire to better fund our schools, is for the educators who work in them!