Interesting piece by Scott Stephens about what has changed (buildings and academic rank category), what hasn’t (the state’s share of funding) and what challenges continue (upkeep and keeping up). As Stephens writes:
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the first of four Ohio Supreme Court rulings that declared the state’s method of paying for public education unconstitutional.
It’s an anniversary that produces a peculiar mix of emotions in places like Northern Local, a district that sits in the Appalachian foothills on gently rolling farmland dotted with Mail Pouch tobacco barns and one-stoplight hamlets.
“Facilities have been the most dramatic change for us,” said Superintendent Jack Porter, who has headed the district for 12 years. “But if you build a new house and you can’t pay for the upkeep or pay the utilities, what happens?”
Couldn’t agree with Porter more. If you have pre- and post-DeRolph experiences to share, please do.