School Funding Plan Won't Be In Ohio House Version Of The State Budget Proposal

Apr 29, 2019

Larry Householder
Credit Ohio Public Radio
Republican Ohio House speaker Larry Householder says a bi-partisan school funding proposal introduced a few weeks ago won’t be part of the chamber's version of the state budget proposal, which will come out on Wednesday.

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.  

Republican Bob Cupp and Democrat John Patterson said their formula would be more fair and transparent. But 71 school districts, many with economically disadvantaged kids, ended up with flat funding, and some wealthy districts got triple digit percentage increases in funding. Speaker Larry Householder says they did an amazing job in their attempt, but it needs a lot more work.

“It falls short dramatically of trying to address the needs of kids that are in Ohio's urban poor and rural poor school districts.”

Householder says the House budget will stick with what he calls the “failed” existing funding formula. And he says they’ll work to add to the $550 million that Governor Mike DeWine put into his budget for wraparound services for low incline districts.