On School Funding for Ohio

The Clock is Ticking
Posted on 12/07/2020
Image of Students in Classroom(Jennifer Conn for Spectrun News 1 Ohio)

House Bill 305 passed 84-8 in the Ohio House Thursday. The measure now heads to the Ohio Senate where the clock continues ticking.

With the General Assembly’s two-year session set to expire at the end of the year, any bill that hasn’t passed dies.

The bill lays out what proponents call an equitable plan for funding all of Ohio’s 610 school districts for the first time since the Ohio Supreme in 1997 deemed Ohio’s funding system unconstitutional.

Ohio schools receive funding from property taxes, the state and federal governments, and the Ohio Lottery.

The current scheme’s reliance on property taxes benefits wealthier districts while the needs of poorer districts, and those with English-language learners and special needs students, largely go unmet, proponents say.

The proposed plan is a complex set of equations that relies on Ohio data and expertise to calculate the actual costs of educating students based on the needs of their individual populations and school districts, said Akron Public Schools CFO Ryan Pendleton. Read more here >>.
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