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Ohio loses thousands of public school teachers to budget cuts

Published: Sun, December 23, 2012 @ 4:54 p.m.

Ohio loses thousands of public school teachers to budget cuts

Associated Press


Fewer dollars for Ohio schools has meant fewer teachers in classrooms in many districts across the state.

State records show the number of full-time teachers in public schools fell by nearly 6 percent over a decade ending in the 2010-11 school year, and surveys by education associations and The Associated Press indicate the downward trend has continued the last two school years. There’s little expectation of immediate improvement as districts grapple with reduced state funding, declines in property tax revenues and voter reluctance in many districts to approve new levies as households slowly recover from the Great Recession.

“There’s no bright light on the horizon,” said Damon Asbury, legislative services director for the Ohio School Boards Association. “Schools will continue to do more with less.”

The results of cuts for many schools: more students per teacher, fewer electives in areas such as foreign languages and arts classes, reduced support staff.

Gov. John Kasich and his administration have urged schools to focus their dollars on classroom instruction, raise standards such as lower-elementary reading proficiency, and to stretch their budgets by pooling resources in such areas as technology, office functions and transportation.

“We do need to manage our schools better financially,” the Republican governor said in June while signing an education reform package including a “guarantee” that third-graders will be able to read before being passed ahead. “And in addition to that, what are we teaching kids in kindergarten, first and second grade if we’re not teaching them to read?”

Personnel costs are usually the major portion of a district’s budget, so any significant budget cuts usually mean job losses. The state School Boards Association surveyed districts this year and, with 268 of the state’s 613 districts responding, found they have reduced staff by an average of 13 full-time employees each since 2008, with some big city districts cutting hundreds of employees. Cleveland Municipal Schools slashed 658 jobs, to 3,311 total, according to the survey. Lakota Local Schools, a major northern Cincinnati suburban district, says it is down to 915 full-time teachers, 236 fewer than the 2007-’08 school year.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1conservative4you(28 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Kasich will continue to destroy public education, with his budget cuts to local government, while funneling money to charter schools. Ohio like the rest of the schools across the country, continue to struggle financially, as funding is reduce by state goverments. And as the schools struggle, cuts will be made and students will suffer academicallly. The USA will continue to fall behind the rest of the world as resources are reduced, the US ranks 10th overall, and ranks lower in math and science. As the State cuts funding to local districts, more of the burden will be shifted to the local tax payers, who will at some point refuse to approve tax increases, which will lead to the demise of the schools

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2redeye1(5410 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

This all started with Gov. Stricklin how come neither poster mentioned his name. They only post abut Kasich. It just goes to show that they must be Demoncrats and we all know demoncrats can't do anything wrong NOT. Its time the people of Ohio wake up and realize that the demoncrats have done more damage to Ohio then they want to imagine.

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I would be curious as to the ratio of teacher vs non teacher cuts?

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4exlonghorn(43 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

NEWS FLASH! This has occurred over the last 10 years. The evil Kasich has been in office for 2 years. "State records show the number of full-time teachers in public schools fell by nearly 6 percent over a decade ..."

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5ulistenup(95 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Teachers aren't any greedier than anyone else - but their unions have seriously undermined the advancement of education in this country.

6% less teachers isn't necessarily a problem, if the remaining teachers are doing a good job.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


"All while we rob our kids of educations because teachers are "greedy"."

Greedy? You have NO clue what these teachers put up with on a DAILY basis, the horror stories I hear from my brother who's been teaching in Public Schools for over 20 years, would blow your mind away. You have no idea. They need to be paid more then what they are now. It's unreal!

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7BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

"All while we rob our kids of educations because teachers are "greedy"."

Urm I believe the commenter was being facetious with the above comment. Some of you didn't seem to get that.


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8charms(228 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


I took your advice and read about schools in Finland. One glaring statistic stood out: Finland spends about 30 percent less per student than the United States.

It's the teacher unions that are responsible for this amazing disparity. We pay a ton a get mediocre results!

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9TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The disparities between Finland and the United states can't be boiled down to one or two issues. Looking at societal issues through one lens is a sign of ignorance or willful distortion.

The teachers I know don't whine. They are hardworking individuals who had opportunities to bsuccessful onin many fields but deliberately chose to work with children.

I don't know that advocating for working conditions and terms of employment denote whining. I also don't think that having a say in or opinion about the direction of one's profession counts as whining.

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10Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


"They know what the deal is going in, they say they want to be a teacher, and then all they do is whine about it. Here's an idea...don't be a teacher."

You must not know any teachers. It's not like it's such a easy job. You have no idea. None!
Case in point, last week, a Arts teacher went about to clean her dry eraser board in the classroom, spraying the bottle, it was piss! Someone dumped out the cleaning liquid and pissed in it. Not only the smell but it got all over her. That is just ONE example, I can go on and on and on......

The teachers I know, and I know a lot of them, have been in the field for 20+ years, they went to college to be a teacher because of there love for teaching young minds. And it's been great, but this generation of students not only don't want to learn, but are the most disrespectful kids that any generation ever had. When you tell your teacher to F off that's pretty bad. When NO parent/s show up on Parent Teacher Nights you have a problem. Wasn't like that just 10 years ago. You would not last a day.

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11southsidedave(5172 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The U.S. is raising a generation of technology-addicted idiots who cannot write his or her name!

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12Education_Voter(1033 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Just need to point out the Finland's teachers are
1. more unionized than in the U.S.
2. mostly public school employed. There are very few private schools in Finland and the Fin's like it that way.

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13co060759(4 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The starting teacher in the area makes about 30K. After taxes and insurance that amounts to 470 dollars a pay check.

Previous posts claim teacher have a short work day, that is only true if the teacher is not doing their job correctly.

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM =7.5 Hours

Grading and planning for four different classes takes roughly an hour if you are very quick. = 1

8.5x 5 = 42.5 hours a week

Now that is a very doable number, but given the low wages of newer teachers many require a part time job to help pay off student loan debt and have money for living expenses.

I work 15-20 hours at my part time job. That makes my typical work day equal about 12.5 Hours

Teaching is not the worst job in the world, nor is it the hardest, but it is most certainly one of the most under-appreciated and under-valued. Not everyone can teach, but many people seem to think that they can despite their lack of college education. I would invite you to come into my classroom any day.

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14bumbob(145 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

You get what you voted for. That's the grim reality here, Ohio. And you got John Kasich.

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15Attis(1049 comments)posted 3 years ago

Education is America's first line of defense. Those, like Kasich, who undermine and underfund it should be charged with treason.

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