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


Greater Akron Chamber

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

Urban and rural Ohio districts must stretch dollars further
Study: Low-proverty suburban districts don't face the same challenges

In The Region:

A recent analysis of the average amount of money Ohio schools spend per student shows rural and urban districts must stretch their dollars further than their suburban counterparts. The report's author says that's largely because of the concentration of high-needs kids that rural and urban districts serve. StateImpact Ohio's Michelle Kanu reports.

LISTEN: Urban and rural school spending on special needs

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:00)

The study by the Education Tax Policy Institute concludes districts that serve a high percentage of impoverished and special education students spend a large portion of their funds on extra services for those kids.

The Institute\’s Howard Fleeter compared the amount of money school districts spend per student, and broke down the expenses.

He found rural and urban districts spend 20-40 percent of their money on things like specialized equipment for special ed students, translation materials for English Language Learners, and free or reduced price lunches.

He says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to wealthier districts.

Fleeter: "The actual amount of resources that they can spend on the basic nuts and bolts of education is a lot lower.”

Fleeter believes that\’s one reason why many urban and rural districts performed worse on the state report card than their counterparts that have fewer kids in poverty.

Fleeter: "Poverty is a very significant issue. It’s very highly correlated with performance.  And when you take into account the costs, the districts that are facing the highest poverty don’t have the same resources after taking into account the costs that they face than do the lower poverty districts.”

Fleeter says his study could have implications for how the state funds school districts in the future.

Over the past 10 years, the amount of Ohio students living in poverty has increased by more than 50 percent.




Add Your Comment


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


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Ohio Sen. Tom Patton proposes bill for firefighter cancer benefits
Thank you Senator Patton. On behalf of all of those who love our firefighters; we appreciate that someone is standing up for them and their continued health. ??...

Copyright © 2015 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