News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Genie of Fairview Door Company

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Ohio school districts still must rely heavily on local property taxes
Although the state Supreme Court finds the funding structure unconstitutional, most schools have no choice but the voter
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 
Mark Smith of Cedarville University says that in most cases, local schools are dependent on local property taxes.
Courtesy of Cedarville University
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

School levies are among the biggest issues on the ballot in the November 5 election. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO's Lewis Wallace reports Ohio schools depend on these levies, even though the state Supreme Court has found the funding structure unconstitutional.

LISTEN: Levies are a main operating source for most schools

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:54)


Money for Ohio’s public schools comes from three sources: federal funds, state funds and local tax levies.

"Levies then become the source really of their chief operating funds. For most cases, those local schools are very dependent upon those local property taxes," says Mark Smith of Cedarville University. He notes that property taxes vary a lot from district to district, which is why the state Supreme Court has repeatedly found this funding structure unconstitutional.

"The Constitution in Ohio requires there to be equitable funding," Smith says.

But statewide reforms attempting to even the playing field still leave districts to rely on levy funding. And many of those districts are having a hard time; in an August special election, voters rejected two thirds of school levy requests.

This November, 195 Ohio districts are putting school funds on local ballot.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University