May 2013 School Levy Results

The results below are preliminary. A high number of levies passed or failed by less than 2%, with some seperated by just a handful of votes (the Dispatch is reporting that a recount is likely in Groveport as their levy is now failing by 16 votes). A number of these results then, are subject to change before the results are finalized.

Based on these preliminary results, just shy of 60% of all school levies passed yesterday, with a 90% passage rate for renewals and a somewhat higher than normal passage rate for New money requests.

New renewal Failed Passed Pass %
New 50 36 41.9%
Renewal 5 46 90.2%
Over all 55 82 59.9%

Here are the results of the May 7th 2013 school levy elections, currently reported

County District Type of issue Result N/R For Against
Allen Apollo JVSD Bond - School Passed N 58.0% 42.0%
Allen Bluffton EV Income Tax (Permanent Passed R 77.2% 22.8%
Allen Elida Local Permanent Improvement Passed R 60.6% 39.4%
Allen Elida Local Emergency Operating Failed N 46.8% 53.2%
Allen Lima City Emergency Operating Passed R 67.3% 32.7%
Ashland Hillsdale Local Current Expenses Passed R 72.1% 27.9%
Ashland Loudonville-Perrysville Emergency Operating Passed R 55.2% 44.8%
Ashland Loudonville-Perrysville Permanent Improvement Failed N 46.2% 53.8%
Ashtabula Ashtabula City Emergency Operating Failed N 48.4% 51.6%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Current Expenses Passed R 58.1% 41.9%
Athens Trimble Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 48.9% 51.1%
Auglaize St. Marys City Income Tax (Current Failed N 39.7% 60.3%
Auglaize Waynesfield Goshen Permanent Improvement Passed R 64.6% 35.4%
Belmont Bellaire Local Emergency Operating Failed N 44.7% 55.3%
Belmont Bridgeport EV Current Operating Failed N 41.9% 58.1%
Belmont St. Clairsville-Richland Current Expenses Passed N 70.2% 29.8%
Carroll Brown Local Bond Issue (Building) & Failed N 49.2% 50.8%
Carroll Carrollton EV Emergency Operating Failed N 40.6% 59.4%
Champaign Urbana City Operating Expenses Passed N 75.9% 24.1%
Clark Clark-Shawnee Local Operating Levy Failed N 49.8% 50.2%
Clark Greenon Local Building & Current Failed N 46.1% 53.9%
Clark Springfield City Bond Issues (Building & Passed N 57.6% 42.4%
Clark Tecumseh Local Emergency Operating Failed N 31.0% 69.0%
Clermont Milford EV Current Operating Passed N 59.8% 40.2%
Columbiana Columbiana EV Bond (Building & Failed N 42.1% 57.9%
Columbiana Salem City Permanent Improvement Passed R 74.4% 25.6%
Columbiana United Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 41.1% 58.9%
Crawford Galion City Current Operating Failed N 33.8% 66.2%
Cuyahoga Brecksville-Broadview Current Operating Passed R 61.4% 38.6%
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Bond (Building) & Passed N 57.6% 42.4%
Cuyahoga Lakewood City Current Operating Passed N 68.4% 31.6%
Cuyahoga Westlake City Current Operating Failed N 49.6% 50.4%
Darke Mississinawa Valley Building & Permanent Passed R 67.6% 32.4%
Delaware Delaware City Bond (Building & Passed N 60.6% 39.4%
Erie Edison Local Emergency Operating Passed N 52.0% 48.0%
Erie Perkins Local Permanent Passed R 51.4% 48.6%
Erie Perkins Local Emergency Operating Failed N 35.5% 64.5%
Fairfield Walnut Township Local Income Tax (Current Passed N 51.7% 48.3%
Franklin Groveport Madison Emergency Levy Passed N 50.2% 49.8%
Fulton Swanton Local Bond (Building) & Failed N 45.2% 54.8%
Geauga Ledgemont Local Operating Levy Failed N 40.2% 59.8%
Greene Fairborn City Emergency Levy Failed N 34.1% 65.9%
Hamilton Forest Hills Local Bond (Building & Failed N 45.0% 55.0%
Hamilton Oak Hills Local Operating Levy Failed N 45.2% 54.8%
Hancock Cory-Rawson Local Income Tax Current Passed R 58.0% 42.0%
Hardin Ada EV Income Tax Current Passed N 55.1% 44.9%
Hardin Upper Scioto Local Permanent Improvement Failed N 48.5% 51.5%
Hardin Upper Scioto Local Emergency Levy Passed R 55.4% 44.6%
Henry Napoleon Area City Income Tax Current Failed N 46.8% 53.2%
Holmes West Holmes Local Emergency Levy Passed R 67.4% 32.6%
Huron Monroeville Local Building & Passed R 51.0% 49.0%
Huron Willard City Permanent Failed N 39.4% 60.6%
Jefferson Buckeye Local Emergency Levy Failed N 34.5% 65.5%
Jefferson Indian Creek Local Bond (Building & Failed N 37.9% 62.1%
Jefferson Jefferson County JVSD Current Expense & Failed N 46.6% 53.4%
Knox East Knox Local Current Expense & Failed N 45.0% 55.0%
Knox Mount Vernon Local Emergency Levy Passed N 65.7% 34.3%
Lake Kirtland Local Emergency Levy Passed R 53.4% 46.6%
Lake Mentor EV Operating Expenses Passed R 73.2% 26.8%
Lake Mentor EV Permanent Passed R 73.1% 26.9%
Lake Painesville City Current Operating Passed R 58.8% 41.2%
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake Emergency Levy Failed R 46.7% 53.3%
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Emergency Levy Passed R 65.4% 34.6%
Licking Lakewood Local Emergency Levy Passed R 59.7% 40.3%
Licking Licking Heights Local Emergency Levy Failed N 38.9% 61.1%
Licking North Fork Local Income Tax Current Failed N 46.6% 53.4%
Logan Benjamin Logan Local Emergency Levy Failed N 49.5% 50.5%
Logan West Liberty Salem Income Tax Current Passed N 66.1% 33.9%
Lorain Amherst EV Permanent Improvement Passed R 61.0% 39.0%
Lorain Amherst EV Emergency Levy Passed R 62.0% 38.0%
Lorain Avon Lake City Emergency Levy Passed N 52.2% 47.8%
Lorain Columbia Local Current Expenses Failed N 44.3% 55.7%
Lorain North Ridgeville City Emergency Levy Passed R 64.4% 35.6%
Lucas Oregon City Building & Permanent Passed R 61.0% 39.0%
Madison Madison-Plains Local Permanent Failed N 43.9% 56.1%
Mahoning Boardman Local Permanent Passed N 50.1% 49.9%
Mahoning Boardman Local Current Operating Passed R 60.5% 39.5%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Permanent Passed R 57.4% 42.6%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Operating Expenses Passed R 57.3% 42.7%
Mahoning Poland Local Emergency Operating Passed R 65.4% 34.6%
Mahoning Springfield Local Building & Permanent Passed N 61.1% 38.9%
Medina Black River Local Emergency Operating Passed N 51.1% 48.9%
Medina Cloverleaf Local Emergency Operating Failed N 49.3% 50.7%
Mercer Celina City Income Tax Current Passed R 67.4% 32.6%
Mercer Marion Local Emergency Levy Passed R 61.2% 38.8%
Miami Covington EV Building & Permanent Passed N 51.6% 48.4%
Miami Milton-Union EV Current Expenses Passed R 58.2% 41.8%
Miami Piqua City Emergency Levy Passed R 64.5% 35.5%
Miami Tipp City EV Emergency Levy Passed N 51.4% 48.6%
Monroe Switzerland of Ohio Operating Expenses Failed N 48.9% 51.1%
Montgomery Brookville Local Current Expenses Passed R 68.8% 31.2%
Montgomery Brookville Local Current Expenses Passed N 50.0% 50.0%
Montgomery Centerville City Current Expenses Failed N 49.3% 50.7%
Montgomery Jefferson Township Bond Issue (Building) & Failed N 23.8% 76.2%
Montgomery Valley View Local Current Expenses Passed N 54.8% 45.2%
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Income Tax Current Failed N 49.1% 50.9%
Muskingum East Muskingum Local Emergency Levy Passed R 76.8% 23.2%
Muskingum West Muskingum Local Emergency Levy Passed N 55.9% 44.1%
Noble Caldwell EV Replacement and Passed N 57.3% 42.7%
Portage Kent City Current Expenses Passed N 61.0% 39.0%
Preble Twin Valley Income Tax Current Failed N 48.4% 51.6%
Richland Mansfield City Emergency Levy Passed R 72.2% 27.8%
Ross Chillicothe City Emergency Levy Passed N 50.6% 49.4%
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs Emergency Levy Failed N 38.4% 61.6%
Sandusky Gibsonburg EV Income Tax Current Failed N 47.5% 52.5%
Seneca Bettsville Local Income Tax Current Passed R 53.3% 46.7%
Seneca Fostoria City Necessary Requirements Passed N 59.0% 41.0%
Shelby Fairlawn Local Emergency Levy Passed R 66.4% 33.6%
Stark Canton Local Bond Building & Failed N 49.6% 50.4%
Stark Fairless Local Emergency Levy Failed N 39.0% 61.0%
Stark Louisville City Emergency Levy Passed N 62.0% 38.0%
Stark Marlington Local Bond (Building) & Failed N 43.8% 56.2%
Stark North Canton City Permanent Passed N 57.8% 42.2%
Summit Barberton City Emergency Levy Passed N 54.6% 45.4%
Summit Coventry Local Bond (Building) & Passed N 55.2% 44.8%
Summit Cuyahoga Falls City Permanent Failed N 42.8% 57.2%
Summit Manchester Local Current Expenses Passed R 72.0% 28.0%
Summit Mogadore Local Current Expenses Failed R 40.6% 59.4%
Trumbull Brookfield Local Current Expenses Passed R 50.1% 49.9%
Trumbull Champion Local Emergency Levy Passed N 51.6% 48.4%
Trumbull Girard City Emergency Levy Passed N 62.1% 37.9%
Trumbull Lakeview Local Emergency Levy Passed R 61.6% 38.4%
Trumbull Maplewood Local Emergency Levy Passed R 65.0% 35.0%
Trumbull McDonald Local Operating Expenses Passed R 63.5% 36.5%
Trumbull Newton Falls EV Emergency Levy Failed N 37.9% 62.1%
Trumbull Niles City Emergency Levy Failed N 29.9% 70.1%
Trumbull Niles City Permanent Failed N 30.6% 69.4%
Union Marysville EV Current Operating Passed R 78.8% 21.2%
Van Wert Van Wert City Income Tax Current Passed N 59.7% 40.3%
Warren Carlisle Local Operating Levy Passed N 53.4% 46.6%
Wayne Orrville City Current Expenses Failed N 40.6% 59.4%
Williams Millcreek West Unity Emergency Levy Passed R 70.2% 29.8%
Wood Bowling Green City Current Expenses Failed R 34.6% 65.4%
Wood Elmwood Local Income Tax Current Failed R 41.5% 58.5%
Wood Elmwood Local Income Tax Current Failed R 41.7% 58.3%
Wood North Baltimore Local Current Expenses Passed R 53.0% 47.0%
Wyandot Carey EV Bond (Building) & Passed N 64.4% 35.6%

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Wall Street ♥ charter schools

Call them cynical, but the widespread involvement of financial firms in the charter school movement raises suspicion among many public school advocates.

The map below illustrates just a few entanglements of big league investors in national school-choice organizations.

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Tea Party guide to legislative supporters

The Dispatch ran an article titled "Tea party has had it with GOP"
Feeling betrayed by the Republican Party and its leaders, tea party groups in Ohio appear to be uniting and moving toward either a split from the GOP or action to punish Republican candidates who fail ideological purity tests.
[...]
It remains uncertain, however, just how much the Ohio GOP and its candidates could be hurt by an insurrection because it is difficult to assess the true strength of tea party groups. A 2012 poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about 28 percent of Republicans identified themselves as tea party supporters.
To gage how much support the Tea Party has within the Ohio GOP legislative House caucus, we took a look at who had signed on to the Tea Party's pet union busting "right to work" cause. Spread across HB 151 (Private Employees "Right to work" bill) and HB 152 (Public Employees "Right to work" bill), the following Republican state Representatives sponsored or cosponsored one or both of these Tea Party bills

Adams
Beck
Becker
Blair
Boose
Brenner
Buchy
Hood
Lynch
Maag (sponsor)
Roegner (sponsor)
Rosenberger
Stautberg
Terhar
Thompson
Wachtmann
Young

This represents 28% of the GOP house caucus, identical to the number of Republicans the Kaiser Family Foundation found identified as Tea Partiers. You will also note Rep Terhar on the list, he is the spouse of the Hitler referencing Debe Terhar, the President of the State Board of Education - quite the family of anti-working people policy advocates.

28% is quite a sizable rump for the more moderate Republicans to have to deal with, and it might be growing
But tea party leaders say their ranks are being swelled by social conservatives who oppose abortion and gay marriage and who are angry with the Republican Party.
This also corresponds with the information we published as to why some on the Ohio GOP were wanting to push "right to work" - it's all about bigotry
Harvey said the NEA has supported an “immoral, deviant and destructive” gay agenda for at least 25 years, citing its gay and lesbian caucus started in 1987. Harvey criticized the union for supporting a gay and lesbian history month, diversity training that included homosexuality, and pro-homosexual school counseling. She said the NEA has asked schools to protect students and staff from sexual orientation harassment and discrimination and has replaced the word “tolerance” with acceptance and respect.

“Kids are being trained as activists now,” she said.

Harvey said the NEA has voted to lobby for same-sex unions and said petitions are currently circulating to overturn the 2004 Ohio marriage amendment, which stated that that only a union between a man and woman would be recognized as a valid marriage. The OEA opposed the amendment.
It's hard believe that the "Tea party has had it with GOP" when at least 28% of the Ohio GOP's elected Representatives is made up of tea partiers.

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Turmoil swirling around Common Core education standards

Via the Washington Post
As public schools across the country transition to the new Common Core standards, which bring wholesale change to the way math and reading are taught in 45 states and the District, criticism of the approach is emerging from groups as divergent as the tea party and the teachers union.

The standards, written by a group of states and embraced by the Obama administration, set common goals for reading, writing and math skills that students should develop from kindergarten through high school graduation. Although classroom curriculum is left to the states, the standards emphasize critical thinking and problem solving and encourage thinking deeply about fewer topics.

But as the common core shifts from theory to reality, critics are emerging. State lawmakers are concerned about the cost, which the Fordham Institute estimated could run as high as $12 billion nationally. Progressives fret over new exams, saying that the proliferation of standardized tests is damaging public education. Teachers worry that they haven’t had enough training and lack the resources to competently teach to the new standards. And conservatives say the new standards mean a loss of local control over education and amount to a national curriculum. They’ve begun calling it “Obamacore.”

On Tuesday, the head of the American Federation of Teachers and a strong supporter of the Common Core standards will warn that the new approach is being poorly implemented and requires a “mid-course correction” or the effort will fall apart.

“The Common Core is in trouble,” said Randi Weingarten, the union president who is slated to speak Tuesday in New York about the issue. “There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.”

Weingarten is concerned that states are rushing out tests based on the new standards without preparing teachers and designing new curricula.

“This is a wake-up call for everyone else in the country,” she said, pointing to New York, which just administered new tests based on the Common Core standards. Teachers, parents and students complained that the tests were poorly designed, covered material that had not been taught and frustrated children to the point of tears.

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Walmart gives $8 million to StudentsFirst

If you needed yet more proof that Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst is nothing more than an anti-tax group, consider that Walmart has just given her $8 million to con tinue her corporate education agenda.
A foundation associated with the Wal-Mart family fortune has expanded its support for the education advocacy group run by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.

The Walton Family Foundation announced Tuesday an $8-million grant over two years to StudentsFirst, which is headquartered in Sacramento but has operations in 18 states.
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The Walton funding is to support such activities as staff costs, lobbying and research. It's not for direct campaign donations, which are made from a separate arm of StudentsFirst.

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