Ohio teachers face new challenges this school year

CINCINNATI (AP) - The most-used punctuation among Ohio educators preparing for the new school year is probably the question mark.

A number of changes for schools will begin playing out as classes resume this month, and their full impact isn't known.

A recent overhaul of the way the state funds schools has some officials uncertain of exact dollar amounts. Some schools have also complained about what they see as continued inequities. An end to a state property tax rollback is expected to make passing school levies even tougher.

Proponents say the changes will better prepare students while making schools operate more efficiently.

There are new early elementary reading mandates, curriculum standards, teacher evaluations and school ratings. Changes also extend to sports fields for home-schooled students playing for public school teams.

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