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%

Surprise! Charters want even more money.

In testimony before the House Finance committee, Charter school operators and their boosters expressed sadness at the Governor's education budget. Despite school districts having to deduct $824 billion this school year to fund charter schools (most of which are failing), they want more. They argued they should receive

  • $5,704 per pupil, not $5,000, as the base amount (but would not answer the question of whether or not traditional public schools should receive a base amount higher than $5,000).
  • Up to $1,000 per pupil (instead of he proposed $100) for buildings and that online charter schools should also receive building funds

Only 5% of Ohio's students go to a charter school, and much less than 1% go to a quality one, yet charter operators and their boosters want more than 10% of the funding. These aren't fair or tennable requests being made, it is greed at the expense of the majority of students who choose to go to a traditional public school.

Performance Index Ranking for Districts and Schools – A Preview

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has just released a preview of its new ranking of Ohio public school buildings’ performance.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is giving parents, educators and taxpayers a preview of a new approach for comparing academic performance among schools and districts. Effective September 2012, House Bill 153 requires all school districts and school buildings to be ranked using the Performance Index (PI) score. Such rankings will provide parents and taxpayers a new way to evaluate how local schools are performing while allowing educators to compare their performance with peers.

The school district list will include all city, local and exempted village school districts as well as joint vocational school districts, community schools and STEM schools. The school building list will include all schools that are part of city, local or exempted village school district as well as community schools, joint vocational schools and STEM schools

Preliminary Rankings



All school buildings All districts
High schools Traditional districts only
Middle Schools District Notes
Elementary Schools
Community Schools
Building Notes
Each school building in city, local and exempted village school districts, as well as joint vocational school districts, community schools and STEM schools are ranked using a Performance Index (PI) score. PI scores combine individual students’ results on all tested subjects in grades 3-8 on Ohio’s Achievement Assessments (OAAs) and on the 10th-grade Ohio Graduation Test (OGTs). The Performance Index score has been widely used and endorsed by Ohio educators since its adoption in 2003.*

The PI scores are not new, and it has been possible to create ranking lists with them using existing interactive tools on the ODE website. Such district and county rankings have been done frequently by independent groups, but this is the first statewide ranking completed and released by ODE.

The rankings are required under House Bill 153. The final ranking list is required to be released by September 2012.

*Calculating the Performance Index All assessments have five performance levels, which include: Advanced; Accelerated; Proficient; Basic; and Limited. The percentage of students scoring at each performance level is calculated, and then multiplied by the point value assigned to that performance level. The points earned for each performance level are totaled to determine each school’s Performance Index score, where applicable.

2011 District Preliminary Ranking List - All Districts

The diminished power of the press

The governor wasn't the only big loser last night. In fact, he probably wasn't even the biggest loser. That accolade might well be laid at the door of Ohio's print media. In usual tradition, each of Ohio's major newspapers made their endorsements to both fanfare and derision, but as the State Troopers Association notes not so ironically on the Facebook page

Ohio State Troopers Association (O.S.T.A.)
Newspaper Endorsements: Building a Better Ohio trumpeted the endorsements of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch. A review of the clout of these endorsements discloses the Dispatch endorsement produced a 36/64% vote against Issue #2 in Franklin County. The Plain Dealer did even worse, helping Issue #2 to a better than two to one thumping and the Cincinnati Enquirer endorsement preceded a 42/58% vote against Issue #2.

Is it any wonder that the printed media is looking so economically unstable. The real endorsements were found in the millions of social network pages that served as a peoples press.

Quite. But that is not all. Plunderbund, in their long SB5 reaction piece makes mention of this too

The irrelevancy of newspaper endorsements

Building a Better Ohio made much to do about getting the endorsements of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch.

Here’s the splits on Issue 2 for those counties:

Cuyahoga: 31% (endorsed position)/69% (against endorsed position).
Franklin: 36%/64%.
Hamilton: 42%/58%.
The Dispatch and Plain Dealer saw their endorsed position perform substantially worse in their home counties than they did overall. How is endorsing a position that is opposed by roughly two-thirds of your customer base smart business?

Let’s also not forget that it was many of these media outlets who called labor “foolish” for risking an all-or-nothing political gamble on a referendum campaign, even as polls at the time showed them with twenty-point leads. That was the main argument for a compromise… because Issue 2 was too divisive. Issue 2 won by almost the same margin as Ted Strickland did against Ken Blackwell in 2006. Nobody called Strickland’s election “divisive” with those numbers.

Keep in mind, there wasn’t a single newspaper in Ohio that endorsed Issue 3, either. There is nothing in the 2011 results to suggest that these endorsement brought about anything but cancelled subscriptions.

We raised this question, with the Editor of the Dispatch, Ben Marrison, about newspapers making endorsements and how they might cause readers to question the partiality of the Dispatch's reporting. The reply

@jointhefutureOH Newsroom doesn't make endorsements. We just write stories.

We replied "@dispatcheditor Yeah, but do you think readers really make a distinction? Newspapers should get out of the endorsement biz, and just report."

Given that newspaper endorsements no longer appear to carry any influence, and rightly run the risk of alienating readers, subscribers, advertisers and raising doubt on the partiality of reporting, should newspaper endorsements be cast into the dustbin of history? We believe they should be.


The pro SB5 campaign, building a better Ohio, is now at the center of a political firestorm, now being dubbed "GrannyGate", for airing one of the most deceptive and dishonest ads in Ohio political history. The ad has been deemed so dishonest that major TV stations WSYX, WTTE, WCMH in Columbus; WSAV, WCHS, and WVAH in Charleston; WTAP in Parkersburg; WTRF in Wheeling; WDTN and WBDT in Dayton and WTOL in Toledo are all refusing to air it

First reported on political news blog Plunderbund, the story has now gained mainstream attention, such as this report from WKYC 3

Marlene Quinn, the grandmother being illegally misrepresented by Building A Better Ohio had this to say

"I think it's dishonest and downright deceitful that they would use footage of me to try to play tricks and fool voters. It's insulting to the brave firefighters that saved the lives of my grandson and my great-granddaughter Zoey.

I'm outraged. They did not ask my permission. I feel violated.

I want to stop Senate Bill 5. Everyone should vote No on Issue 2.”

Cincinnati firefighter Paul Weber, one of the firefighters who rescued Marlene's granddaughter also had a strong rebuke

Despite all the negative news reports the Better Ohio campaign are now receiving, they continue to be unapologetic about their disgraceful actions.

Join the Future believes that this kind of campaigning has no place in the body politic of Ohio, and Better Ohio should immediately cease and desist from airing this, and all other misleading, dishonest ads and issue an unequivocal apology to Ms Quinn, the Cincinnati firefighters and the people of Ohio.

We are asking our supporters to contact Better Ohio's endorsers and politely ask them to request this course of action. It reflects badly on their organization to continue to support such disgraceful actions

Here's is a possible sample letter you can use or adapt.

To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you, because your organization has endorsed the Building A Better Ohio Issue 2 campaign. I wanted to make you aware of news reports regarding a dishonest TV ad that stations around the state are now refusing to air. While I am sure you are now aware of these reports, an example can be found here - report from WKYC 3.

As a concerned citizen I am requesting that your organization contact the Building A Better Ohio campaign and ask them to cease and desist from using this dishonest and deceptive ad, and apologize to the great grandmother they are using. This type of campaigning reflects badly upon supporters of Issue 2, and more broadly upon Ohio.

Thank you for your time and consideration

You can share any responses you receive from these organizations, in confidence, with us - You can also sign the We Are Ohio petition to request all TV stations cease airing this ad.

Teacher Pay: U.S. Ranks 22nd Out Of 27 Countries

A few months ago, the widely respected Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released Building a High Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from Around the World, which analyzes how high-performing countries have created highly professional and effective teaching forces. Included in this report is a telling chart which shows that American teachers are paid less than teachers in many other countries.

For each participating nation, OECD calculated the ratio of the average salaries of teachers with 15 years' experience to the average earnings of full-time workers with a college degree. The U.S. ranked 22nd out of 27 countries on this measure. In the U.S., teachers earned less than 60% of the average pay for full-time college-educated workers. In many other countries, teachers earn between 80% and 100% of the college-educated average.

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession

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