Ohio school costs by classroom or non-classroom

Associated Press Published: May 20, 2012
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Ohio school officials are regrouping school expenses in the existing five spending categories to create only two: classroom or non-classroom. The determination is not always clear cut. Some examples include:

NON-CLASSROOM STAFF AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL: Teacher aides, reading intervention specialists, guidance counselors, special education teachers, speech therapists, school nurses, librarians. They work outside the classroom, but directly with students.

CAPITAL/DEBT SERVICE: Cafeteria tables, gym equipment, mulch for the school garden, buses, payments on debt. Items shared by the whole school, not specific to any one classroom.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: Computer hardware and software, district-wide technology upgrades, online learning environments. Technological costs are often shared among buildings within a district, as well as being made available to students, teachers and administrators.

SOURCE: AP Research



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