Category Archives: Education

Number of New School Operating Levies Lower than Past Highs

Some big government advocates claim that reductions in state education funds have caused an increase in the number of local levies for new school operational funds over the past four years. Janetta King, president of left-leaning Innovation Ohio, has argued …

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California Case Sheds Light on Why Teacher Tenure is Bad for Students

“Evidence has been elicited in this trial of the specific effect of grossly ineffective teachers on students. The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience.”  So said California state judge Rolf Treu in deciding Vergara v. California. The decision, …

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First School Consolidation in Quarter of a Century Moves Forward

After flirting with the idea for decades and having recently arranged to share services, two Ohio school districts—Bettsville and Old Fort—have finally decided to tie the knot and consolidate. Both districts are located in rural Seneca County and educate far …

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New Study: Cleveland and Columbus Teacher Absences Top Most Urban Areas

If eighty percent of success is showing up, public school teachers in Cleveland and Columbus are not making the grade.  Embedded in a report released by the National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a startling statistic: Cleveland and Columbus …

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Ohio’s “Student Accountability Act” Provides Cold Comfort to Student Data Privacy Concerns According to New Buckeye Institute Report

A new report, released Wednesday, April 9, by The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions finds that opponents of the federal government’s Common Core Standards rightly worry that the Obama Administration has found a backdoor into a “national, student-level” database …

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School Levy Tool Kit for Tax Payers

The Buckeye Institute is pleased to announce the update of our Ohio Teacher Salary database for fiscal year 2013, as part of our commitment to government transparency.  Included in this database are the gross salaries, hours worked per day, days …

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Columbus School Levy, Part IV: More on Collective Bargaining Agreements and District Spending

On November 5, 2013, Columbus voters will consider an additional levy of 9.01 mills to fund Columbus City Schools.  For the Columbus taxpayer, this levy will add around $315 in new tax burden for every $100,000 of residential property value.  This tax …

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