Opposition to voucher expansion has doubled to more than 170

Only a month has passed since we last published the long list of local communities opposing the statewide expansion of vouchers contained in the Governor's budget. But in that short period of time, the number of school districts passing a resolution in opposition has now passed 170.

Here's the list.

Adena local Lorain County ESC
Allen East Local Lordstown Local
Anthony Wayne Local Loudonville-Perrysville
Antwerp Local Louisville City
Athens City Lynchburg-Clay Local
Austintown Local Madeira City
Barnesville EV Mahoning County C&TC
Bath Local Manchester Local
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Marietta City
Belmont-Harrison Vocational Mathews Local
Belpre City Miami County ESC
Berea City Miamisburg City
Big Walnut Local Millecreek West Unity
Bloom-Carroll Local Milton-Union Local
Bloomfield-Mespo Local Minford Local
Bluffton EV Monroeville Local
Boardman Local Morgan Local
Bridgeport Muskingum Valley ESC
Bristol Local National Trail Local
Brown Local Nelsonville-York City
Brown County ESC New Lexington City
Buckeye Local (Jefferson) New Richmond
Caldwell EV New Riegel
Campbell City Newcomerstown EV
Chagrin Falls EV Newbury Local
Chillicothe City Noble Local
Chippewa Local North Olmsted
Circleville City Northern Local
Clay Local Northmont City
Clinton-Massie Local Northwest Local (Scioto
Clyde Green Springs Northwestern Local
Columbiana County ESC Northwood Local
Columbiana EV Oak Hill Union Local
Coshocton City Oak Hills Local
Coshocton County JVS Oakwood City
Coventry Oberlin Local
Crestline EV Ohio Valley ESC
Crestview Local Old Fort Local
Crooksville EV Ottawa-Glandorf
Cuyahoga Falls Parma City
Cuyahoga Heights Put-in-Bay Local
Dublin City Revere Local
East Guernsey Local Ridgedale Local
East Liverpool City Ripley Union Lewis Huntington
Eastern Local (Meigs) River View Local
Eastern Local (Pike) Ross Local
Fairbanks Ross-Pike ESC
Fairborn City St. Clairsville-Richland City
Fairfield Union St. Marys City
Fayetteville-Perry Local Sandusky City
Federal Hocking Local Sheffield-Sheffield Lake
Felicity-Franklin Local Shelby City
Findlay City South Central Ohio ESC
Firelands Local South Range Local
Fort Frye Southeast Local (Portage)
Fort Loramie Local Southern Local
Franklin Local Southern Ohio ESC
Galion City Southington Local (Lucas)
Gallipolis City Springfield Local (Summit)
Garaway Local Southwest Local
Geneva Area City Springfield Local
Genoa Area Local Springfield City
Goshen Local Streetsboro City
Graham Sylvania Local
Grand Valley Local Trimble Local
Granville EV Trumbull Career & Tech
Green Local (Franklin Furnace) Tuscarawas Vlley Local
Greenfield EV Tuslaw Local
Hardin-Houston Local Union Local
Huber Heights City Urbana City
Huntington Local Vanlue Local
Indian Creek Local Vantage Career Center
Indian Valley Local Van Wert City
Jackson City Vinton County Local
James A. Garfield Local Warren City
Jennings Local Warren Local
Kalida Local Washington Local
Kenston Local Washington-Nile
Keystone Local Waverly
LaBrae Local Wayne County Career Center
Lancaster City Wayne Local
Leetonia EV Wellston City
Liberty Local West Muskingum
Licking County ESC Wheelersburg
Lincolnview Local Williamsburg Local
Lisbon EV Yellow Springs EV
Logan-Hocking Local Zane Trace Local
Zanesville City

Voucher opposition is expanding

HB59 as introduced by the Governor and passed out of the House finance committee on a party line vote, would create a statewide voucher program, based solely on household income. Eligibility would only be limited to those with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty line ($46,100 for a family of 4). Initially only covering kindergarten, it expands to first grade the following year.

This expansion would occur even in the highest performing school districts at a time when so many are still reeling from massive budget cuts the legislature is not keen to restore. Furthermore, once a student qualifies for a voucher they will forever qualify regardless of family income.

Previous attempts to expend vouchers statewide (via HB136) met with huge community resistance across at least 400 of Ohio's 60+ school districts (see the list below). Similar opposition is now growing to this provision in the budget. The following districts have all passed a resolution opposing the voucher expansion in HB59

Adena local Millecreek West Unity
Allen East Local Monroeville Local
Anthony Wayne Local Morgan Local
Athens City Muskingum Valley ESC
Austintown Local Oak Hill Union Local
Barnesville EX Vill Oakwood City
Bath Local Old Fort Local
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek National Trail Local
Berea City New Lexington City
Big Walnut Local New Richmond
Bluffton EX Vill Noble Local
Brown Local Northern Local
Chillicothe City Northwood Local
Columbiana Ex Vill Ripley Union Lewis Huntington
Coshocton City Ross Local
Crestview Local Ross-Pike ESC
Cuyahoga Falls St. Clairsville-Richland City
Fairbanks Sheffield-Sheffield Lake
Fairfield Union South Central Ohio ESC
Felicity-Franklin Local Southern Local
Firelands Local Southington Local
Galion City Springfield City
Gallipolis City Tuscarawas Vlley Local
Goshen Local Tuslaw Local
Graham Urbana City
Grand Valley Local Vanlue Local
Granville EX Vill Vantage Career Center
Green Local (Franklin Furnace) Van Wert City
Indian Valley Local Washington-Nile
Keystone Local Waverly
Lancaster City Wayne County Career Center
Licking County ESC Wellston City
Lincolnview Local West Muskingum
Louisville City Wheelersburg
Lynchburg-Clay Local Williamsburg Local
Madeira City Yellow Springs EV
Mathews Local Zane Trace Local

A copy of the resolution can be found here, and reads as follows:

WHEREAS, Governor Kasich’s biennial budget (HB 59) proposes to expand the EdChoice Scholarship Program through two new options that will significantly increase the number of publicly-funded vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools; and

WHEREAS, one of the programs provides private or parochial school tuition vouchers to any entering kindergarten student of a family with a household income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, to be used at the parent’s choice of participating private or parochial school; and

WHEREAS, the following year, such vouchers would be expanded to include students in both kindergarten and first grade, totaling $25 million over the biennium; and

WHEREAS, such vouchers would be granted without regard to the academic performance or quality of the public school that the student is assigned to attend; and

WHEREAS, the second voucher expansion proposed by the Governor in HB 59 expands eligibility for the EdChoice voucher program to Kindergarten through 3rd grade students enrolled in buildings that received a “D” or “F” in the new K-3 Literacy component of the New Report Card in 2 of the 3 most recent report cards; and

WHEREAS, the operation of the proposed programs would effectively reduce funds from the already financially beleaguered local public school districts, resulting in fewer resources for the education of remaining students;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT, AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the ____________ Board of Education does hereby express its opposition to these provisions in HB 59; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the _________ Board of Education expresses its opposition to any legislation that seeks to transfer public dollars to support private education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Treasurer be directed to spread this resolution upon the minutes of the Board of Education and that copies of the resolution be forwarded to the Governor and members of the Ohio General Assembly.

Below is a list of the districts that opposed HB136

HB136 Voucher Expansion Opposition

Education News for 04-03-2013

State Education News

  • Educators line up to tour Reynoldsburg (Columbus Dispatch)
  • If you’re an educator who wants to tour Reynoldsburg schools, you’re going to have to wait until fall. The district leads about two tours a week for educators from around the country and across the world, and they’re booked for months…Read more...

  • Ohio’s bookkeeping improved, 2012 audit finds (Columbus Dispatch)
  • If not for the state’s massive Medicaid health-care program, there would be little to talk about in this year’s annual audit of Ohio’s financial records…Read more...

  • Area schools named Schools of Promise (Lima News)
  • Many pieces go into determining whether a pupil finds academic success, and Superintendent Dale Lewellen believes it’s why both Bath's elementary and high schools landed on the state’s…Read more...

  • 21 Mahoning Valley schools designated Schools of Promise (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • Twenty-one Mahoning Valley schools have earned the designation “School of Promise” for the 2011-12 school year from the Ohio Department of Education…Read more...

Local Education News

  • Ashtabula City Council tweaks curfew laws (Ashtabula Star-Beacon)
  • The children spoke and City Council heard them…

  • Huron school board upholds firing former Superintendent Fox (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • A majority of Huron School Board members voted last night to uphold their firing of former Superintendent Fred Fox, despite a mediator’s report last month that said Fox should be reinstated with back pay…Read more...


  • Out of Akron (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • For the past several years, Akron Public Schools administrators have been engaged in an exercise they refer to as “right-sizing” the district. They have closed several school buildings and laid off staff members, including principals, teachers…Read more...

  • Clarity on school funding urgently needed (Canton Repository)
  • Nothing about Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget is simple. It’s filled with fundamental changes in the way state government operates, and he faces opposition…Read more...

Education News for 01-02-2013

State Education News

  • OHSAA convenes athletics task force (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The association that oversees high-school athletics in Ohio has formed a task force to work with school-district treasurers in the wake of questionable use of more than $100,000…Read more...

  • Scores of school workers want gun training (Columbus Dispatch)
  • More than 450 teachers and other school employees from across Ohio have applied for 24 spots in a free firearms-training program being offered by the Buckeye Firearms Association…Read more...

  • Recess is key element in children’s well-being (Columbus Dispatch)
  • If childhood memories of pushing your best friend on the swings, sharing secrets and playing Red Rover are strong, there’s good reason…Read more...

  • More schools add online courses (Dayton Daily News)
  • More Miami Valley school districts are offering blended learning, a combination of traditional classes and online learning…Read more...

  • Challenges ahead for public schools (Marion Star)
  • As area schools enter 2013, educators can expect another year of change…Read more...

Local Education News

    A waiting list? Catholic schools shout hallelujah (Cincinnati Enquirer)

    The revelation struck Sister Anne Schulz last year on a day she had to turn away 90 students who wanted to attend Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School…Read more...

    Area split on school security methods (Cincinnati Enquirer)

    The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., earlier this month has prompted school districts around the country to cast a critical eye at their security measures…Read more...

  • Local schools outperform state on report cards (Dayton Daily News)
  • Students in traditional public schools across the Miami Valley outperformed their counterparts across the state in both performance index and ratings…Read more...

  • School says movie lunch project raises test scores (Dayton Daily News)
  • Officials at a Dayton area charter school say state test scores in reading and math went up after students began participating in a mandatory project that requires them to watch a movie…Read more...

  • ESC keeps track of grads (Lorain Morning Journal)
  • A grant earned last year by the Columbiana County Educational Service Center (ESC) has gone toward tracking how many county high school graduates are pursuing higher education, where they enroll…Read more...

  • Judge denies motion to suppress statements made by family of accused Chardon shooter (Willoughby News Herald)
  • The motion to suppress statements made by the family of Thomas Lane III on the day of the Chardon High School shooting has been denied…Read more...

  • 2 Mahoning school superintendents to retire-rehire in new year (Youngstown Vindicator)
  • Two Mahoning County superintendents will retire, and be rehired, in the new year…Read more...


  • Tragic uptick (Columbus Dispatch)
  • One tragic fact linked the short lives of nine otherwise-unrelated Franklin County youths this year: All of them died by suicide…Read more...

  • The New Year (Columbus Dispatch)
  • Today dawns a New Year, and with it, our annual opportunity for a fresh start…Read more...

  • Train teachers to see student warning signs (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
  • A new Ohio law requiring that both public and private school teachers be trained in recognizing students who may be considering suicide, and in doing something about it…Read more...

November 2012 School Levy Results

It was a good night for a lot of school levies. Requests for new money were passed at rates 10% higher than last November's levies efforts, and renewals held steady at their normal 85% rate.

The biggest news, perhaps, was the passage of the Cleveland school levy 57-43. It's been a long time since Cleveland has produced such strong support for their schools, and that support now needs to be rewarded with a plan that delivers a quality education.

New renewal Failed Passed Pass %
New 76 45 32.2%
Renewal 10 60 85.7%
Over all 87 105 54.7%

Here's the full list of results.

County District Result N/R For Against
Allen Apollo Career Center Failed New 46.0% 54.0%
Allen Elida Local Failed Renewal 40.0% 60.0%
Allen Lima City Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Allen Shawnee Local Passed Renewal 62.0% 38.0%
Allen Spencerville Local Passed Renewal 57.7% 42.3%
Ashland Ashland City Passed New 56.1% 43.9%
Ashland Hillsdale Local Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Ashland West Holmes JVS Passed Renewal 59.6% 40.4%
Ashland West Holmes JVS Passed Renewal 58.5% 41.5%
Ashtabula Ashtabula Area City Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Ashtabula Grand Valley Local Failed New 43.2% 56.8%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Failed Renewal 49.5% 50.5%
Ashtabula Jefferson Area Local Failed Renewal 46.2% 53.9%
Athens Athens City Passed Renewal 65.3% 34.7%
Athens Trimble Local Failed New 46.9% 53.1%
Belmont Bellaire Local Failed New 42.7% 57.3%
Brown Western Brown Local Failed New 43.0% 57.0%
Butler Monroe Local Passed New 54.7% 45.3%
Carroll Brown Local Failed New 48.5% 51.5%
Champaign Urbana City Failed New 42.0% 58.0%
Clark Clark-Shawnee Local Passed Renewal 56.3% 43.7%
Clark Greenon Local Failed New 44.9% 55.2%
Clark Northeastern Local Failed New 40.0% 60.1%
Clark Tecumseh Local Failed New 43.8% 56.2%
Clermont Batavia Local Passed New 50.4% 49.6%
Clermont Milford EV Failed New 49.3% 50.7%
Clermont West Clermont Local Failed New 39.7% 60.3%
Clinton Blanchester Local Passed Renewal 69.6% 30.4%
Clinton East Clinton Local Failed 38.3% 61.7%
Coshocton Coshocton City Passed Renewal 61.7% 38.3%
Crawford Galion City Failed New 32.4% 67.6%
Cuyahoga Bay Village City Passed New 60.4% 39.6%
Cuyahoga Brooklyn City Passed Renewal 61.2% 38.9%
Cuyahoga Cleveland Municipal Passed New 56.6% 43.5%
Cuyahoga Euclid City Passed New 50.1% 50.0%
Cuyahoga Fairview Park City Passed Renewal 65.6% 34.5%
Cuyahoga Maple Heights City Passed Renewal 59.8% 40.2%
Cuyahoga North Roylaton City Failed New 47.2% 52.8%
Cuyahoga Richmond Heights Passed New 51.3% 48.7%
Cuyahoga Rocky River City Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Cuyahoga South Euclid-Lyndhurst Passed New 53.8% 46.2%
Cuyahoga Strongsville City Passed New 50.0% 50.0%
Erie Edison Local Failed New 44.7% 55.3%
Erie Sandusky City Passed New 57.2% 42.8%
Fairfield Walnut Township Local Failed New 37.9% 62.1%
Franklin Dublin City Passed New 54.4% 45.6%
Franklin New Albany-Plain Local Passed New 50.2% 49.8%
Franklin Upper Arlington City Failed New 45.1% 54.9%
Franklin Worthington City Passed New 62.3% 37.7%
Franklin Worthington City Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Geauga Cardinal Local Passed Renewal 57.8% 42.3%
Geauga Chardon Local Failed New 48.3% 51.7%
Geauga Ledgemont Local Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Geauga Newbury Local Failed New 43.4% 56.6%
Geauga West Geauga Local Passed New 50.3% 49.8%
Greene Beavercreek City Failed New 49.7% 50.3%
Greene Cedar Cliff Local Passed New 61.8% 38.2%
Greene Fairborn City Failed New 45.7% 54.3%
Greene Xenia Community City Failed New 34.4% 65.6%
Greene Yellow Springs EV Passed New 67.1% 32.9%
Guernsey Cambridge City Passed Renewal 62.1% 37.9%
Hamilton Cincinnati City Passed Renewal 67.2% 32.9%
Hamilton Finneytown Local Passed New 56.0% 44.1%
Hamilton Mt Healthy City Failed New 45.7% 54.3%
Hamilton Northwest Local Failed New 45.5% 54.5%
Hamilton Reading Community Passed Renewal 71.4% 28.7%
Harrison Conotton Valley Union Failed New 43.1% 56.9%
Henry Napoleon Area City Failed New 44.6% 55.4%
Holmes West Holmes Local Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.8%
Huron Monroeville Local Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Huron Norwalk City Failed New 45.3% 54.7%
Huron Williard City Failed Renewal 42.3% 57.7%
Jefferson Buckeye Local Failed New 38.0% 62.0%
Jefferson Edison Local Failed New 44.5% 55.5%
Jefferson Indian Creek Local Failed New 46.3% 53.7%
Jefferson Jefferson County JVSD Failed New 49.6% 50.4%
Knox Centerburg Local Passed Renewal 62.2% 37.8%
Knox East Knox Local Failed New 39.8% 60.2%
Knox Mount Vernon City Failed New 48.9% 51.1%
Lake Kirtland City Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Lake Painesville City Passed New 50.3% 49.7%
Lake Willoughby-Eastlake Passed Renewal 59.8% 40.2%
Licking Johnstown-Monroe Passed Renewal 53.1% 46.9%
Licking Licking Heights Local Failed New 37.9% 62.1%
Licking North Fork Local Failed Renewal 42.2% 57.8%
Logan Indian Lake Local Failed New 37.7% 62.3%
Logan West Liberty-Salem Passed New 53.1% 46.9%
Lorain Amherst EV Passed New 52.1% 47.9%
Lorain Avon Lake City Failed New 47.2% 52.9%
Lorain Avon Local Passed New 59.9% 40.1%
Lorain Clearview Local Passed New 52.2% 47.8%
Lorain Columbia Local Passed Renewal 54.6% 45.4%
Lorain Columbia Local Passed Renewal 55.0% 45.0%
Lorain Elyria City Failed New 46.6% 53.4%
Lorain Lorain City Passed New 54.2% 45.8%
Lorain Lorain County JVSD Passed Renewal 60.1% 40.0%
Lorain Midview Local Failed New 38.7% 61.4%
Lorain North Ridgeville City Passed New 56.6% 43.4%
Lorain Oberlin City Passed Renewal 67.4% 32.6%
Lorain Oberlin City Passed Renewal 69.2% 30.9%
Lorain Wellington Exempted Passed New 59.1% 40.9%
Lucas Anthony Wayne Local Passed Renewal 61.7% 38.3%
Lucas Ottawa Hills Local Passed New 65.7% 34.3%
Lucas Toledo City Failed New 47.6% 52.5%
Madison Madison-Plains Local Failed New 45.8% 54.2%
Mahoning Boardman Local Passed New 53.3% 46.7%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Failed New 32.8% 67.2%
Mahoning Jackson-Milton Local Failed Renewal 49.4% 50.6%
Mahoning Poland Local Passed New 55.0% 45.0%
Mahoning South Range Local Passed Renewal 57.6% 42.4%
Mahoning Springfield Local Failed New 47.7% 52.3%
Mahoning Youngstown City Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.8%
Marion River Valley Local Passed Renewal 54.5% 45.5%
Marion Tri-Rivers JVSD Failed New 41.4% 58.6%
Medina Black River Local Failed New 37.6% 62.4%
Medina Black River Local Failed New 35.9% 64.1%
Medina Cloverleaf Local Failed New 46.7% 53.3%
Medina Medina City Failed New 47.8% 52.2%
Mercer Celina City Failed New 32.5% 67.6%
Miami Miami East Local Passed Renewal 52.7% 47.3%
Miami Milton-Union EV Failed Renewal 49.9% 50.1%
Miami Newton Local Passed Renewal 54.0% 46.0%
Monroe Switzerland of Ohio Failed New 38.8% 61.2%
Montgomery Centerville City Failed New 49.5% 50.5%
Montgomery Huber Heights City Failed New 38.3% 61.7%
Montgomery Jefferson Township Failed New 48.7% 51.3%
Montgomery Miamisburg City Passed Renewal 57.2% 42.8%
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Passed Renewal 57.7% 42.3%
Montgomery New Lebanon Local Passed Renewal 59.2% 40.8%
Montgomery Valley View Local Failed New 46.9% 53.1%
Montgomery Vandalia-Butler City Failed New 45.5% 54.5%
Montgomery West Carrollton City Failed New 48.4% 51.6%
Morrow Cardington-Lincoln Failed New 34.7% 65.4%
Muskingum West Muskingum Local Failed New 44.9% 55.1%
Ottawa Port Clinton City Passed Renewal 55.8% 44.2%
Perry New Lexington City Passed Renewal 55.5% 44.5%
Portage Aurora City Passed New 51.2% 48.8%
Portage Crestwood Local Passed New 53.9% 46.1%
Portage Field Local Failed New 47.6% 52.4%
Portage Rootstown Local Passed Renewal 59.7% 40.3%
Portage Waterloo Local Failed New 43.0% 57.0%
Preble Tri-County North Local Passed Renewal 66.0% 34.0%
Putnam Ottawa-Glandorf Local Passed Renewal 65.1% 34.9%
Putnam Pandora-Gilboa Local Passed Renewal 58.8% 41.2%
Richland Mansfield City Failed Renewal 48.6% 51.4%
Richland Shelby City Failed New 32.8% 67.2%
Ross Zane Trace Local Passed Renewal 57.2% 42.8%
Sandusky Bellevue City Passed Renewal 52.6% 47.4%
Sandusky Clyde-Green Springs Passed Renewal 54.5% 45.6%
Sandusky Fremont City Passed Renewal 56.4% 43.6%
Sandusky Woodmore Local Passed Renewal 57.3% 42.7%
Scioto Green Local Passed New 51.8% 48.2%
Seneca Bettsville Local Failed Renewal 49.6% 50.4%
Seneca Mohawk Local Failed New 38.8% 61.2%
Seneca Tiffin City Passed Renewal 62.0% 38.0%
Shelby Fairlawn Local Failed Renewal 48.8% 51.2%
Stark Canton Local Failed New 48.3% 51.7%
Stark Louisville City Failed New 48.9% 51.1%
Stark Marlington Local Failed New 39.5% 60.5%
Stark Marlington Local Passed Renewal 59.4% 40.6%
Stark Massillon City Passed New 50.1% 49.9%
Stark Minerva Local Passed Renewal 53.6% 46.4%
Stark Tuslaw Local Passed Renewal 62.3% 37.7%
Summit Akron City Passed New 59.5% 40.5%
Summit Barberton City Failed New 45.4% 54.6%
Summit Coventry Local Passed Renewal 60.5% 39.5%
Summit Hudson City Passed Renewal 65.7% 34.4%
Summit Nordonia Hills City Failed New 40.1% 60.0%
Summit Norton City Passed New 53.4% 46.6%
Summit Stow-Munroe Falls City Passed Renewal 57.6% 42.4%
Summit Tallmadge City Failed New 38.8% 61.3%
Summit Twinsburg City Passed New 53.9% 46.1%
Summit Woodridge Local Passed New 55.5% 44.6%
Trumbull Brookfield Local Failed New 39.4% 60.6%
Trumbull Champion Local Failed New 48.6% 51.4%
Trumbull Howland Local Passed Renewal 60.2% 39.9%
Trumbull Joseph Badger Local Passed Renewal 51.9% 48.2%
Trumbull Mathews Local Passed New 50.2% 49.8%
Tuscarawas Buckeye JVSD Passed New 54.5% 45.5%
Tuscarawas Dover City Passed Renewal 55.8% 44.2%
Tuscarawas Dover City Passed Renewal 53.8% 46.2%
Tuscarawas New Philadelphia City Passed Renewal 64.6% 35.4%
Tuscarawas Strasburg-Franklin Passed Renewal 59.6% 40.4%
Tuscarawas Tuscarawas Valley Passed Renewal 61.9% 38.1%
Union Marysville EV Failed New 41.7% 58.3%
Van Wert Vantage Career Center Passed Renewal 67.4% 32.6%
Warren Carlisle Local Failed New 49.0% 51.0%
Washington Warren Local Failed New 38.7% 61.3%
Wayne Orrville City Failed New 38.1% 61.9%
Wayne Triway Local Passed Renewal 59.5% 40.5%
Wood Bowling Green City Failed New 47.7% 52.3%
Wood Perrysburg EV Passed New 51.3% 48.8%

Education News for 07-20-2012

Statewide Stories of the Day

  • Liberty school officials, state financial panel discuss budget (Vindicator)
  • LIBERTY - Almost a year after the school district was placed in fiscal emergency, school officials met with the state-appointed financial oversight committee Wednesday. Chairman Roger Nehls and his committee discussed appropriations and expenditures with Liberty Superintendent Stan Watson and Treasurer Jim Wilson. The committee went through budget items from the previous school year as well as items for the upcoming year, said Nehls. The district spent approximately $15.5 million from its general fund by the end of fiscal year 2012. Read more...

  • School groups warn of lottery windfall hurdle (Newark Advocate)
  • Higher-than-expected state lottery profits in the past fiscal year do not equal a windfall for Ohio's schools this year, according to three major public education associations. Earlier this month, the Ohio Lottery Commission released results for this past fiscal year, which concluded June 30. Sales surpassed $2.7 billion, and that led to a profit of $771 million, well above the $717.5 million that had been budgeted for schools. By law, all Ohio Lottery profits must be directed toward K-12 public education. Read more...

  • Taxing sales to fund schools? Expect hefty hike (Repository)
  • COLUMBUS — As Ohio considers new ways to pay for public schools, legislative analysts said Wednesday one option is to replace local property tax revenue with an increase in the state sales tax, but they cautioned that it might be a risky move. To raise the more than $9.9 billion that’s needed, policymakers would need to more than double the sales tax rate — from 5.5 cents on the dollar to 13.2 cents. It’s one of many ideas being kicked around by an Ohio House subcommittee laying the groundwork for a new state funding formula for schools. Read more...

Local Issues

  • Johnstown retracts decision on busing to private schools (Newark Advocate)
  • JOHNSTOWN - More than a month after it passed a resolution deeming busing for some non-public school students impractical, the Johnstown-Monroe School Board retracted its decision at its Wednesday meeting. The board will work with Northridge Local Schools and administrators from private schools in Newark and Granville to attempt to find another solution, board president Roger Montgomery said. This past school year, Johnstown had about 35 students the district bused to private schools, including Granville Christian Academy. Read more...

  • Cleveland schools seek big tax increase in November to carry out transformation plans (Plain Dealer)
  • CLEVELAND — The Cleveland School District and Mayor Frank Jackson will ask voters this fall to raise their school taxes by about 50 percent to make major changes aimed at pulling the district out of its academic and budget hole. The 15-mill levy -- the first operating increase for the district since 1996 -- would give the district an estimated $77 million more a year to add to its $670 million operating budget and $1.1 billion total budget. It would also provide $5.5 million to go to charter schools that partner with the district, making it the first local tax in Ohio to go to charters. Read more...

  • Board to vote on eliminating positions (News-Sun)
  • Northwestern board members are expected to vote tonight on a controversial decision to eliminate a position championed by some families. The board will decide whether to eliminate the family liaison and middle school principal positions to prepare for the move from three to two buildings when Northwestern opens its new schools next fall, said Superintendent Tony Orr. The board will vote at 6 p.m. tonight in the auditorium at Northwestern High School. Read more...


  • Schools cut costs by sharing (Tribune Chronicle)
  • The idea of shared school administrations is taking hold near and far. If school districts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties don't figure out ways to share these duties, local teachers and students will continue to get shortchanged. Nearby, Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley school districts in southern Ashtabula County have opened discussions on sharing a superintendent beginning this fall. Pymatuning Valley Superintendent Alex Geordan resigned to accept a job in Canfield, prompting the Board of Education to contact Grand Valley about sharing its superintendent. Read more...