Did You Know


•Ohio has about 610 traditional public school districts and 407 charter schools.

•Public schools serve more than 1.8 million students in the Buckeye State, the sixth-largest public school system in the country. Charter schools serve about 123,000 students in Ohio.

•The average Ohio student spends 19.8 hours taking tests each year, not including time preparing for tests, taking optional tests, or taking tests created by teachers.

•Ohio public schools continue to improve their designations on the Local Report Cards, with 536 districts (87.9%) rated effective or higher. According to the Ohio Department of Education, 40.1% of Ohio’s charter schools are failing, whereas only 1.5% of public schools are in academic emergency or watch.

•Traditional public school districts annually expend $11,371 per graduating student, increasing to $18,977 for Ohio’s largest eight urban districts. For charter schools, the yearly cost per graduate is $29,175.

•Traditional public school districts have a graduation rate of 90.1%, and for charter schools, the graduation rate falls to 26.4%.

•Ohio Department of Education data shows traditional public schools lost more than $870 million in state funding to charter schools in fiscal year (FY) 2014.

• Ohio public school districts employ more than 245,000 Ohioans full time.

(Information came from Ohio School Boards)



There are a lot of good people in the edublogosphere, and you probably know many of them already. But for those of you just getting into public education advocacy, here’s a quick reference list of some of the best education blogs with an over-simplified explanation of each. Do sample and read and share– amplifying voices is one way to make your point in the world.

~Peter Greene, Curmudgucation

Ohio also has some dynamic education writers:

Jan Resseger – https://janresseger.wordpress.com/

Matt Jablonski – http://testingwindow.blogspot.com/

Ohio BATs – https://buckeyebats.wordpress.com/

Stephen Dyer – http://10thperiod.blogspot.com/

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