Policy Matters Ohio http://wyso.org en PoliticsOhio: School Districts Cutting, Not Asking for Levies http://wyso.org/post/politicsohio-school-districts-cutting-not-asking-levies <p>Ellen Belcher, who&#39;s filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio about a recent survey that the liberal-leaning think tank did of Ohio&#39;s schools. The state&#39;s 600-plus school districts have been hit with a two-year $1.8 billion cut in funding. That means their state aid has dropped to 2003 levels. Policy Matters estimates that Ohio has 2,500 fewer teachers in the classroom as a result. Districts are reluctant to ask for more local money from voters and instead are cutting their budgets in unprecedented ways.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Ellen Belcher 11990 at http://wyso.org