school funding

A hallway at Westland High School near Columbus, photographed in 2018.
Karen Kasler

The school funding formula that’s in the latest version of the two-year state budget now being considered by the Ohio Senate will likely cost more than expected. The formula passed by the House last month seeks to calculate state aid based on 60% property values and 40% income in each school district.

Karen Kasler

All Ohio students could be eligible for vouchers to go to any private school in the state under a bill being proposed by House Republicans.

Ohio Senate Finance Committee chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls)
Ohio Senate

The head of the Senate committee looking over the House-approved version of the state budget says he’s concerned that the new school funding formula includes money that was supposed to be earmarked specifically to help economically disadvantaged kids catch up to their wealthier counterparts.

Students at Licking Heights School
Dan Konik

A coalition of progressive groups is coming together to support a bipartisan school funding plan that’s been put into the budget after languishing in the state legislature. 

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Senators are now holding hearings on the $74 billion state budget plan that makes tax cuts and overhauls school funding.

The Ohio House Finance Committee met Tuesday, April 20 to receive the final version of the House budget and vote it out to the floor.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House will vote on its version of the two-year state budget Wednesday, after it cleared a House committee with all Republicans and two Democrats voting for it. But there are still questions about the changes to the school funding formula in it.

Office of Budget and Management Director Kim Murnieks testified before the House Finance Commitee on February 4, 2021.
Karen Kasler

Republicans in the Ohio House have added a tax cut and changes to school funding to Gov. Mike DeWine’s two year budget. And they’ve made some other changes that Democrats are calling “a mixed bag”.

The hallway of Westland High School in Columbus, before the pandemic
Karen Kasler

State lawmakers are once again looking over a bipartisan school funding formula. It would calculate a district’s state money with a formula of 60% property tax values and 40% income tax. But this version of the overhaul includes what may be a problematic way to pay for it.

Senate Finance Committee chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) talked about the future of the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan in an interview Tuesday for "The State of Ohio".
Dan Konik

A key Republican lawmaker says the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan that passed the House overwhelmingly is dead in the Senate. 

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima, left) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) talked about their school funding formula in a press conference in March 2019. Cupp became speaker in July 2020.
Karen Kasler

A school funding overhaul that’s been in the works for five years passed the Ohio House by a huge margin and is on its way to the Senate. Supporters say it’s the first constitutional plan since the Ohio Supreme Court struck down school funding in 1997. But it might not get far.

An empty hallway at a middle school in Westerville
Karen Kasler

The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he’s hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month.  The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday.

Conference call on school funding
Jo Ingles

A bi-partisan bill to reform school funding is being introduced in the Ohio Senate. This plan is similar to one introduced in the House earlier. 

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Gov. Mike DeWine is not embracing a school funding reform idea the leader of the Ohio House threw out earlier this week.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Statehouse News Bureau

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

Ohio School Counselors Association president Nichole Miller talks about the bill alongside OSCA past president Heather Fairs and president-elect Michelle Grimm. It's sponsored by Reps. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) and Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview).
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s school counselors are backing a newly proposed bipartisan bill that would create a job description for them and put it into state law.

Karen Kasler

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

A picture of a Hunting Valley home from the village's website.
www.huntingvalley.net

One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others.

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) discuss their plan to change the way schools are funded by the state.
Karen Kasler

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. 

Rep. Bob Cupp and Rep. John Patterson
Jo Ingles

Backers of a bipartisan school funding formula overhaul are trying again to get it passed. After failing to get their new formula in the state budget, they’ve tweaked it and now it’s a stand-alone bill.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Karen Kasler

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.

Karen Kasler

Republican Senate leaders have frozen the existing school funding formula in their version of the budget.  So did the House, but it did add funding into services to help lower-income students.  Senators are planning to make some changes there.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow

The House Speaker calls the threat of a lawsuit from a central Ohio school superintendent “unfortunate.” The issue revolves around the 166 districts that are getting less money from the state than the school funding formula says they should. 

A hallway in a central Ohio high school
Karen Kasler

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

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) discuss their new school funding formula at the Ohio Statehouse.
Karen Kasler

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.

Rep. John Patterson and Rep. Bob Cupp
Statehouse News Bureau

For weeks now, Ohio lawmakers have been considering a bipartisan school funding plan from two state representatives.  They say the plan would reduce reliance on property taxes. The proposal is not funded in the proposed House budget.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Andy Chow

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.

A sports betting board in Las Vegas, NV
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Two state representatives have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling, now that the US Supreme Court has said states can do that. If it passes, sports betting would be limited at first, but could someday be offered in surprising venues.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after the transportation budget deal was reached.
Daniel Konik

A new school funding formula from two state representatives is getting a lot of attention. But while the House Speaker calls the existing formula a “disaster”, he says the new one isn’t a done deal.

Karen Kasler

A proposed new school funding formula would cost the state $720 million more than the current K-12 budget. And it doesn’t include funding for charter or community schools, which the state spent more than $880 million on last year.

Statehouse News Bureau

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) are traveling around the state to present their new school funding formula proposal to different teachers and school administrators around Ohio. 

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