The levy: Two? Or One?

The Columbus Board of Education is working to shape a tax-increase rquest for the November ballot. Proposals set forth so far suggest an increase of between 17 and 22 percent. At issue is whether the tax should support operations, facilities maintenance as part of the district’s Master Plan, or both.

The district is poised to start work rebuilding 18 schools, and the central question is whether voters will support two separate issues.

A decision will come later this month.

Ohio math scores lowered

The Columbus Dispatch reported: The State Board of Education lowered scores needed to meet state standards on two high-school math tests because 40 percent of students are at risk of not graduating as the result of low scores. There has been heated debate about whether this change will hurt or benefit students. Read more here.

Fourteen arrested during protest

The Raleigh News & Observer reported the following: Police arrested 14 people Wednesday evening, including several teachers, after they blocked a downtown intersection during a protest of Gov. Pat McCrory’s education policies. The Organize 2020 group, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Educators, had sought to meet with McCrory after a 23-mile protest march from Durham and North Raleigh to the State Capitol. Read more here.