The Indiana SBE Citizen's Checklist seems to be a very useful guide for determining the true need for a levy.
"Ohio ranks 47th in the nation in the share of elementary and secondary education spending that goes to instruction and ninth in the share that goes to administration. More pointedly, Ohio’s share of spending on school district administration (rather than school administration such as principals) is 49 percent higher than the national average. It appears from projections in other states and from actual experience in Ohio that school district consolidation, or at the very least more aggressive shared services agreements between existing districts, could free up money for classrooms. So this report urges the state to:• Make the costs of school district administration transparent to Ohioans• Push school districts to enter aggressive shared services agreements • Create a BRAC-like commission to mandate best practices in administration and cut the number of Ohio’s school districts by at least one-third "http://www.greaterohio.org/files/quick-downloads/restoring-prosperity-report.pdf
Hope you saw the Akron Beacon Journal editorial reprinted in the March 1 Columbus Dispatch: "Other Viewpoints". It details a new report issued last week by Ohio Education Matters, detailing new research and recommendations around shared services:Towards a New Model of Educational Governance for Ohio:http://www.ohioeducationmatters.org/Near the end, it includes results of a survey of superintendents and principals across Ohio vis-a-vis their use of shared services.
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