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Nov 7, 2013 9:13AM
My district in Ohio supplies Ipads to all students, the high schoolers get to take them home but the elementary and middle schoolers have to leave them at school. My son was able to type by the time he was 6.  One day he came home from school excited to tell me that in the office they have a phone with a cord on it!  Makes me feel old because I learned to type on an actual typewriter in 8th grade.
Nov 7, 2013 9:10AM
Imagine that...better public schools in...the more conservative part of the nation! What do ya know!
Nov 7, 2013 9:02AM

Did anyone see the criteria for the ranking.  I didn't. 


I found it kind of interesting that they used home prices as the affordability criterial  Based on my experience the real estate taxes would be a better criteria since they can can be as much as 50 % of the cost of mortgage (payments).   Mine are 10,500, on a home worth 310000.   I recently saw home (nice one too) for 350 K, and the RE tax was 20 K.



Nov 7, 2013 8:40AM
My heavens!! Obama is in everyone's mind even from reading this article.  The man is not responsible for everything.  Just ignorance. Anyways, Ohio by far has the best school districts.  I know someone personally up-rooted her family because of the school district.
Nov 7, 2013 5:24AM
one black kid and one Indian, everyone else white.  WTF
Nov 7, 2013 5:08AM

I live in Jackson School District (Massillon, OH), listed as #20 on this list, and the photo is not even of  Jackson High School. This photo is of Massillon High School, which is certainly not ranked as a top school. Jackson is a great area, with wonderful schools! It is a shame that they have been misrepresented in this article. Also, the median price of a home in the Massillon City school district may be under $100,000, but there is no way a prices within Jackson township are that low. I would say the median price would be closer to $150-$200,000.

Nov 7, 2013 5:01AM

I find it funny how people from Ohio think they live in the "Midwest".  Perhaps 200 years ago, Ohio was the "Midwest" -- but not today.


Get with the times, Ohio!

Nov 7, 2013 4:49AM
In metro Chicago we pay very high school taxes, not even an honorable mention--- maybe some of these people that sit on the school boards should take notice of this---- it is not the students fault!!!
Nov 7, 2013 4:37AM
Nov 7, 2013 4:06AM

Bonduel, Wis. has a great school district. They don't just push kids through. Small classes, rates very high for helping kids with ADHD, Nice house around 100,000. About 30 min. from Appleton, Wausau, or Green Bay

Nov 7, 2013 4:00AM
I have no idea who does your research, but for consistently good schools, the Chicago North Shore (Evanston, Wilmette, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park) outranks any other area of comparable size.  True, you are not going to find many homes in the $100,000-$150,000 price category, but great schools, from elementary through secondary, cost money.  Only the home-buying family can determine how much a child's education is worth in terms of the family budget.  I am not so certain that your Cleveland area school systems are all that great.  I lived in Euclid for a time and know people in Chagrin Falls and Chardon.  They are not all that impressed with their school systems.
Nov 7, 2013 4:00AM
There's no mention of the real estate taxes. My home on Long Island is worth about $300k but my taxes are $11k, with 75% of that going to the schools. And it's in one of the worst school districts on LI if not the state.
Nov 7, 2013 2:56AM
I looked at that stats for the highest reading scores nationally and found the top 46 schools in Massachusetts, Of the nine schools from other states in the top 100 these were in MI and MN. these are overall the best academic schools in the country.
Nov 7, 2013 1:25AM

New Hampshire is in the Midwest?

Could have fooled me.

Nov 6, 2013 11:27PM
Of course the areas where the houses are selling for 200k to 330k+ are gonna have the better schools, money rules all.
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