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Despite COVID-19 pandemic, Gahanna-Jefferson to ask voters for new high school

Columbus Dispatch |

The Gahanna-Jefferson school district hopes to receive enough “yes” votes on a three-pronged tax request on Nov. 3 to build a new high school, expand several other buildings and bolster its operating budget. Those leading a committee in support of Issue 22 say that waiting isn’t an option.

The total 10.69 mills sought would cost school district residents an additional $374 per year for every $100,000 in assessed property value.

It’s expected that 800 additional students will move into the district by 2025, and numbers will continue rising due to home construction in the area, according to an enrollment study.

Winton Woods District Adds Operational Levy to November 2020 Ballot

WWCS |

The levy would generate $3.2 million annually for operating expenses related to educational programs. This is the first Winton Woods levy placed on the ballot in over 10 years that requests additional funding. 

“This levy will fund instructional services, ongoing educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. “In addition, it will provide funding for key identified areas of need including the Preschool Village, increased enrollment and additional school resource officers.”

More at Winton Woods City Schools.

Legislators pushing for education funding before end of general assembly

Ohio Capital Journal |

House representatives are moving forward with legislation they say will finally address concerns about the state’s K-12 funding formula, the topic of a decades-old decision by the Ohio Supreme Court.

State Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, says House Bill 305 is moving forward with “tweaks” and other suggestions made by school districts and state education officials, and he says Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, is committed to bringing the bill to the floor before the end of this year’s House business.

With Senate Bill 358, state Sens. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, and Nathan Manning, R-North Ridgeville, hope to continue the same easing of testing that took place in the spring. Despite the fact that the state doesn’t expect a waiver of federal testing, Lehner said the committee is attempting to work on the impact that testing has on the state’s schools. In doing so, Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, mentioned a possible strategy of not asking for a waiver of federal testing, but a waiver “to remove the accountability piece” from the tests. The only obstacle in that strategy is the requirement from federal education officials that the state still “differentiate” schools in terms of performance, for example.

DeVos won’t shift COVID relief funds to private schools after multiple losses in court

San Francisco Chronicle |

After rebuffs by three federal judges, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday dropped her effort to give private schools a greater share of billions of dollars in Congress’ COVID-19 relief funds at the expense of public schools in low-income areas.

“We respect the rule of law and will enforce the law as the courts have opined,” DeVos said in a letter to chief state school officials nationwide.

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Lakota Receives Prestigious Auditor of State Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

LLS |

Treasurer Jenni Logan was virtually presented with the award for the district’s clean audit and excellent record keeping. The award recognizes the district’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Fewer than 5 percent of all entities that are audited annually earn the Auditor of State Award with Distinction – and Lakota has received the honor six years in a row.

Senator to introduce bill that would reimburse parents for homeschooling costs

WLWT – Associated Press |

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, of Missouri, says he plans to introduce a bill that would provide relief for families dealing with homeschooling costs during the COVID era.

According to the GOP senator’s website, Hawley’s “Helping Parents During COVID Act of 2020” would provide U.S. families $1,200 in direct cash assistance per month through June 2021 to help cover lost work shifts or wages. The bill would also create a fully-refundable tax credit of $800 per child to reimburse parents for the costs of education expenses, Hawley’s office says.

The direct cash assistance and the credit would be means-tested, the release states. Both the cash assistance and the credit begin to phase out at $75,000 for individual filers and $150,000 those for filing jointly, according to Hawley.

Court awards funds to three Ohio school districts

Toledo Blade and WDTN Dayton |

Judge Gina R. Russo of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas ruled on Sept. 10 that the Toledo, Cleveland, and Dayton school districts were unlawfully deprived of funding by ODE.

The underpayment to the districts stems from ODE’s decision in 2005 to substitute a funding methodology that differed from the one specified by state law.

DeVos Vows to Withhold Desegregation Aid to Schools Over Transgender Athletes

NY Times and WNPR Connecticut |

The Education Department has told Connecticut schools that desegregation grants will be cut off Oct. 1 if they continue to allow transgender students to choose the teams they compete on.

Wayne Local: Treasurer Teaches Class on Finance and Personal Responsibility

WLSD |

The class is taught by Ron James, Treasurer for Wayne Local Schools. Overall, the class will touch on real life topics such as credit score, the power of a paycheck, taxes, money management, investing, borrowing, financial services, and insurances.