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