school funding

 Evening building supervisor Randy Allen sweeps the hallways at Orange High School, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all schools closed for three weeks beginning Monday.
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Ohio’s more than 600 public school districts are taking $300 million in cuts as the state deals with a deficit of more than three-quarters of a billion dollars. While it’s a reduction of just under 4% to K-12 education overall, school leaders say it’s a tough hit at the local level.

Signs posted in Glenwood Subdivision in the Olentangy Schools District.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Delaware County voters on Tuesday approved three ballot requests from the Olentangy School District.

Kindergarten teacher Mindy Skinner reads to one of her kindergarten classes.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Kindergarten teacher Mindy Skinner is worried about the district's financial future as she reads to one of her half-day kindergarten classes at Liberty Tree Elementary. Each of her classes has 18 students.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is not embracing a school funding reform idea that the leader of the Ohio House put out last week

House Speaker Larry Householder
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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. He throws out a suggestion that could involve what's often been called a "Robin Hood" approach.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Nov 18, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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Two dozen state lawmakers have introduce a bill that would ban abortions in Ohio.

House Bill 413 would legally recognize an unborn human as a person.

Today on the Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the politics of abortion, another school funding plan, and the impeachment inquiry. 

 

Guests

Ohio lawmakers will soon consider a school funding formula overhaul, which has undergone some changes since it was first introduced in March.

School administrators are looking through the latest estimates from a new school funding formula proposal. While many lawmakers and some larger education groups, such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, have come out in support of the plan, there are individual school districts that are still not on board. 

State Reps. Bob Cupp, left, and John Patterson discuss the latest version of their proposal to overhaul to school funding in Ohio system at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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Lawmakers introducing a proposal Wednesday to overhaul Ohio's school funding system said they changed their original plan to direct more money for economically disadvantaged students and phase in changes over six years, rather than four.

Ohio State Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, left, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, announce their proposed overhaul of Ohio's school funding formula at the Statehouse in Columbus, Monday, March 25, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

State lawmakers who studied potential ways to overhaul Ohio's school funding system have made changes to their initial plan and are set to introduce the resulting proposal at the Statehouse.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Paul Vernon / AP

The Speaker of the House isn’t pleased that the Senate has diverted some money his chamber had put toward services for lower-income students into other educational priorities.

Students in the classroom
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

A group of school districts that aren’t getting the money they say they are owed by the state’s school funding formula are threatening a federal lawsuit if the issue isn’t resolved.

Ohio’s eight urban school districts are calling for changes to the newly-proposed school funding formula saying more factors need to be taken into account.

Officials from Akron and across Ohio testified in Columbus Thursday in support of a new school funding plan they say is more equitable and realistic than what’s been in place for the last 30 years. 

Eighteen months ago, Ohio Reps Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) asked active school superintendents,  treasurers, educators and administrators to put their heads together to create a funding plan that would serve Ohio’s  610 school districts based on their individual needs.  

Larry Householder
Ohio House

The leader of the Ohio House says a new school funding formula that two state representatives introduced a few weeks ago won’t be part of the House version of the budget, which he says will come out on Wednesday.

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