public school funding

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How will an expansion of school vouchers impact Ohio public school funding? Answer is ‘speculative’

BY: - March 15, 2023

As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants to expand the state’s school voucher program, the future of fair funding for Ohio’s public schools has become a weighty topic.  State Rep. Tracy Richardson, R-Marysville and chair of the subcommittee on primary and secondary education committee, asked about that very thing Tuesday morning — how the proposed expansion […]

Legislators confident in school funding overhaul staying in state budget

BY: - May 19, 2021

Two state legislators, including the chair of the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee, say a newly proposed funding formula is still alive in Ohio’s biennial budget. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, assured a recent Central Ohio virtual town hall including local educational representatives that despite the fact that the majority of the funding formula […]

Subject of ’91 education funding lawsuit sees hope in new formula in state budget

BY: - May 6, 2021

In 1991, Sheridan High School freshman Nathan DeRolph thought Ohio’s education funding formula would change before he entered college. He and his parents had filed a lawsuit against the state that would eventually make it to the Ohio Supreme Court, fighting against the overreliance on property taxes built into public school funding. “I kind of […]

State budget folds in education overhaul

BY: - April 16, 2021

The newest state budget bill being considered by the Ohio legislature now includes an overhaul of public school funding decades after it was deemed unconstitutional. Among budget changes such as tax cuts, the Ohio House picked up the public school funding formula changes that were introduced in their own bill at the beginning of the […]

Capital budget bill carries pieces of education overhaul

BY: - December 21, 2020

The capital bill agreed to in a joint conference committee of the Ohio General Assembly includes a small part of the education overhaul bill that seems to have faded away at the end of the lame duck. Senate Bill 310 provides federal COVID-19 funding, and also makes capital appropriations, some of those directed at education. […]

School funding overhaul moves on for full House vote

BY: - December 3, 2020

The Ohio House version of the public school funding overhaul in the works for three years was approved by the House Finance Committee and is headed for a full House vote, led by its former sponsor. HB 305 had its 10th hearing in the finance committee on Wednesday, where the committee heard from several more […]

COVID-19 education rules pass Ohio Senate committee

BY: - December 2, 2020

An effort to continue rules and regulations set forth for schools at the beginning of the pandemic passed through an Ohio Senate committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 358, was originally written to extend pauses on state testing, state report cards, EdChoice private school voucher eligibility and school administration evaluations for the 2020-2021 school year. Also […]

State school funding overhaul begins trek through Ohio House

BY: - November 11, 2020

Public school financial leaders stood behind the state funding overhaul that was once again brought before the Ohio House Finance Committee on Tuesday. In its seventh hearing in the House, House Bill 305 was supported by chief financial officers from Akron Public Schools, Trimble Local Schools in Athens County, Chardon Local Schools in Geauga County, […]

Two bills seek to address unconstitutional public school funding before year’s end

BY: - November 9, 2020

Running parallel to a House Bill in the works for years, Ohio state senators have introduced a similar proposal to equalize the public school budget formula and set up the next General Assembly with a “blueprint” for a funding overhaul. In a virtual press conference on Friday, state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and Sen. Vernon […]