HOLLAND, Ohio – Leaders of the Springfield, Ohio school district say the costs of the new Common Core-aligned state tests and other unfunded educational mandates are forcing them to ask voters for a permanent tax increase of roughly $1.8 million a year.
The Blade reports the Springfield Board of Education voted last week to place a 2.9-mill levy proposal on the November ballot.
If approved by taxpayers, the new revenue would be used to pay for several new unfunded mandates being imposed on Ohio schools, including a new teacher evaluation system, a third grade reading guarantee and new Common Core learning standards (and follow-up tests) for math and English.
Superintendent Kathryn Hott said the Common Core-related standardized tests – which students must take on a computer – require the district to buy more technological equipment.
The new tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $100 a year, The Blade reports.
The new Common Core-aligned tests are causing financial difficulties for many school districts throughout the nation.
Some Arizona lawmakers are suffering from “sticker shock” after they learned the new Common Core tests will cost $29.50 per student, a significant increase over the current state test costs of $18 to $20 per student, reports GreenFieldReporter.com.
That means taxpayers will have to fork out between $7.1 and $8.6 million more than they currently spend on student tests.
Kansas education leaders recently announced that Common Core tests will cost significantly more than the state’s current testing costs, reports KSN.com.
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The huge costs of the nationalized learning standards – which have not been field tested anywhere in the U.S. – are causing the Obama administration to consider raising “taxes on everyone’s phone lines by about $5 per year to increase K-12 tech subsidies because most schools cannot administer the computerized Common Core tests coming out in 2015,” according to The Heartland Institute.