CINCINNATI (AP) - Fewer dollars for Ohio schools has meant fewer teachers in classrooms in many districts across the state.
State records show the number of full-time teachers in public schools fell by nearly 6 percent over a decade ending in the 2010-11 school year. Surveys by education associations and The Associated Press indicate that the downward trend has continued. There's little expectation of immediate improvement as districts wrestle with reduced state funding, declines in property tax revenues and voter reluctance in many districts to approve new levies.
The results in many schools: more students per teacher, fewer electives and reduced support staffs.
Gov. John Kasich has urged schools to tighten their finances and focus their dollars on classroom instruction. Teachers say they're facing increasing demands with decreasing numbers.
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Trotwood-Madison school officials prepare for snow with their football team headed to Massillon for the state championship game.
Waynesville rescue crews rescued nine people after a minivan slammed into a house.
Clayton police are investigating a possible OVI crash.
Firefighters evacuated the Northmont High School auditorium Wednesday night after smoke filled the auditorium.
A Winter Storm Watch will take effect late Thursday night through late Friday night for most of the area.