House Democrats Hear From Classroom Leaders On The State Of Public Education
Budget cuts and lack of common sense hurts students
February 20, 2013
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LIMA, Ohio – House Democrat leaders sat down with teachers on Tuesday in Lima to hear their concerns and priorities, following Gov. Kasich’s education funding proposals.

 Governor Kasich’s last biennium budget cut $1.8 billion from schools. Under Kasich’s new proposal, about 60 percent of school districts will see no new dollars in the classroom over the next two years. In Allen County, the site of the Governor’s State of the State address, schools stand to lose 5.3% of funding between fiscal years 2011 and 2015. In total, 386 school districts across Ohio would receive no new funding, including 82% of the state’s poorest schools.

 “Our educators, along with Ohioans across the state feel strongly about the importance of providing a quality education to all children,” said Rep. Debbie Phillips. “Ohio students aren’t numbers, graphs and budget obligations to these teachers and community members. They want to work with our state’s elected officials to ensure our kids receive a world class education, regardless of their zip code. It is my hope that the Governor will work with the legislature to improve the proposed school funding formula.”

As a result of budget cuts to education, 194 schools proposed new tax levies totaling $1.1 billion in 2012.

 “The actual funding formula being proposed just gives up on our public schools,” said Rep. Fedor. “It directs money to schools that are already successful, it maintains the new low for struggling districts and it directs more money to charter schools. We need to give every student an equal opportunity for achievement. At the very least, we could start by ensuring funding levels accurately reflect the cost of educating our children in 2014 and beyond.”

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