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Attorney In DeRolph School Funding Case Cautiously Optimistic About Newly Proposed Funding Formula

Mar 27, 2019

Bill Phillis listens as two state lawmakers this week proposed a new school funding formula
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The man who filed the 1991 lawsuit that led to Ohio's school funding formula being ruled unconstitutional four times says a new plan from two state lawmakers is on the right track. 

But his optimism comes with a caveat. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

Bill Phillis says he thinks the formula from Representatives Bob Cupp and John Patterson would satisfy the concerns raised in the DeRolph ruling – which said Ohio was too reliant on property taxes to fund public schools. But Phillis said that will be true under one condition.

“The state will have to ante up more money. I don’t think there’s any question about that. Historically, that’s been the problem.”

Cupp and Patterson said they want to discuss the concept before releasing financial details on Friday. Their formula includes funding based on student-teacher ratios, more money for students in poverty and a 60-40 standard for the district’s share of funding based on property value and income.