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OPEN ENROLLMENT: Big money at stake

Winners: Marietta, Warren, Fort Frye, Wolf Creek; Losers: Belpre, Frontier

March 7, 2014

Two Washington County public school districts are losing students and the funding that comes along with them in Ohio as part of the state’s open enrollment policy....

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Mar-11-14 6:59 AM

Well if leftist beliefs are a religion,then are teahadists beliefs, anti religion?

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Mar-08-14 7:42 PM

I can use a little science to prove the myth that Jesus was not taken out of schools. Breathe deeply, you just inhaled a fraction of the same air that he breathed, see, just like the water cycle, the air recycles, of course you also shared Buddha and Mohammed's exhales, this is not a theory, it is fact. Which leads me to propose, it is my belief religion is to be a personal decision, and we still do not live in a theocracy yet....

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Mar-08-14 7:33 PM

Andy Thompson said class size is not a factor in a previous article. So if a public school classroom is overcrowded, with a teacher hamstrung by mandates, maybe he is wrong?

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Mar-08-14 7:29 PM

ALEC Exposed ****alecexposed****/ Nov 26, 2013 - Privatizing Schools and Higher Education bills here. Analysis here. ... New Guardian Docs Show ALEC Misled Press, Public (PRWatch

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Mar-08-14 12:24 PM

Public education does not allow teaching of any kind of religious dogma. It's part of the separation of church and state. Taxes support public education, and everyone who pays taxes is expected to do their share. Some of you commenting here should consider other instances where your tax dollars pay for things you may not use. If you don't use the interstate, should your tax dollars not be used? If you don't have a fire, should your taxes not fund the fire department?

I chose to send my son to private high school because he could get a better education with smaller class size that was more in keeping with his needs. I never questioned paying taxes that didn't follow him because private v. public was his father's and my choice. The tradeoff was that he had first hand exposure to Catholic teachings within a larger comparison of religion. As a non-Christian, it was good for him to be exposed to these teachings.

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Mar-08-14 12:10 PM

We live in the Wof Creek School District and my daughter goes to Fort Frye. We made this decision based on the academics offered. Wolf Creek is the only school that I have heard of that expects the more gifted students to sit in classes that do not challenge them so that all students can be taught on the same level. SMH

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Mar-08-14 9:02 AM

might add our state is sitting on a large rainy day fund and its raining so hard in education we cant see the students for the flood.

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Mar-08-14 8:44 AM

Oneil, the school my kids go to DOES NOT accept any government funding. IT is STATE accredited, the kids of our school score higher on ACT and SAT (with 100% of the seniors taking the test) than the public school kids. And boy what a broad judgemental brush you paint with. Has NOTHING to do with "poor kids with learning disabilities" but everything to do with quality of education, and indoctrination coming out of the public system. And this Common Core (Dumbing down) that is coming.

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Mar-08-14 8:38 AM

job lose in frontier. older people living in Belpre, young moving to little hocking. with the closing of power plants in Waterford may see some lose in wolf creek, and fort frye. the US is proving money is not the answer to a better education, and it time we open our eyes.

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Mar-08-14 8:34 AM

Old Hickory, your tax dollars are not paying to take kids to St marys, the kids who get bus rides to st marys are going on their parents tax dollars. My kids do not go to St Mary's but another school. But my Tax dollars are paying to take kids to other schools, and teach those other kids, and feed those other kids. While NONE of MY tax dollars are used in MY kids school.

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Mar-07-14 8:24 PM

But, the local districts better learn to adapt, because, when even supporters such as myself, look for options, they are in trouble, and with misrepresentation like Andy, seeking to take even more funds away, to show how good an ALEC member he is,and to get public tax dollars to pay for private/parochial schools. There may not be a choice of which school to send kids to, unless you can pull, the 5200$, out of your pocket.

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Mar-07-14 8:11 PM

Exactly, old hickory, I know I cost Warren Local tax dollars, by having my child take online courses for her last year in high school, but when the school board punished the parents because the levy did not pass, what was there to do, people talk about cost of schooling, well, I figured 20 bucks a day by 180 days, and the Warren schools are why some people move into that district, so do we keep public schools, yes, ...

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Mar-07-14 7:40 PM

PWCR - I don't like my tax dollars being used to transport St. Mary's And Churchtown kids but the law says that is the way it has to be.

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Mar-07-14 4:37 PM

Oneil, I am not asking for your tax dollars to fund my religious views, neither do i want my tax dollars funding yours.

I want to take "MY" tax dollars with my child to my school of choice.

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Mar-07-14 9:49 AM

A lot of educators seem to be speculating on the reasons these students are moving outside their local district. Have they ever thought of just asking them and their parents? Were not talking about a huge number of students. It should be easy to figure out, categorize and quantify specifics to see if some of the reasons are due to shortcomings of the schools or external reasons, such as the new district being closer to where a parent works, for example. This should be viewed as an opportunity for the schools to look at themselves objectively as opposed to other schools in the area and see if maybe they're getting behind in the curriculum and programs they offer. Heck, maybe some of their teachers are just plain lousy-who knows?

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Mar-07-14 9:44 AM

Why should taxpayers in a higher taxed district pay the bills for student from a lower tax district. Levies in a lower taxed districts wont pass with the option of sending your child to a better school at a cheaper cost.

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Mar-07-14 9:28 AM

I don't understand these Supers...

1st Belpre: The article states their Super reports a student's value is $5,745. Their stats show that 94 move in while 125 move out. A deficit of 31. That multiplied by the $5,745 equals $178K, not the upwards of $200k he reports. That difference isn't a rounding error, but four or five students. Is he generically speaking, or being factual? That is alot of fluidity in those finances....

Now Wolf Creek: In 63; out 41. 22 to the good multiplied by $5,745 equals a surplus of $126,390; not the $285K he mentions in the article. That is a whole lot of benjamins missing in the financials.

Now the sad fact.. Create vouchers so that parents can choose with their dollars. Then maybe our public education will rise from all time lows............

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Mar-07-14 9:26 AM

What most of these reports fail to recognize and report on is the importance of the parents and home life for the student. What good does more money for the school do when the child goes home to a one parent house or constant fighting or drunk parents or no help with homework?

More money does no good without reinforcement of teaching skills in the home with good role models. Even the public schools can be good for many students with a positive family environment. And private schools are not guaranteed success for your child if you ignore them at home. Most of these arguments and discussions are simply secondary to the real ills of our society.

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Mar-07-14 9:07 AM

Your tax dollars need to stayed at your assigned school. Therefore increasing the property value of the districts giving better education. Simple supply and demand. You pay taxes for children in your community, not for the ones in other districts.

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Mar-07-14 8:55 AM

If you don't like the education your child is getting then move to the area where you want to send your child! I agree, your tax money should go where your student is.

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Mar-07-14 8:28 AM

And your tax dollars should be allowed to follow you if the school of your district is not providing the education you want for your child. Be it you move to another public school or private.

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Mar-07-14 8:15 AM

If four of the six districts in the county have gained from the policy, why are the losers the lead sentence in the article?

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