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Rep. West announces $19 billion for Ohio's schools and other projects to support Ohioans

July 12, 2021
Thomas West News

Rep. Thomas E. West (D-Canton) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $19 billion to be distributed over the next two years to support education in Ohio under the new Fair School Funding formula.

“With today’s Controlling Board action, we took a big step today towards fulfilling our promise to students, teachers and staff of sustainable, equitable and constitutional school funding,” said Rep. West. “I greatly look forward to seeing the impact of this funding on our school districts across Stark County.”

“I am also excited to see the release of funding for the Department of Aging’s Strategic Action Plan on Aging. Director Ursel McElroy and her team have worked diligently on this initiative with older Ohioans’ best interests in mind.”

The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:

  • $921,600 for regionally-based COVID-19 Rapid Response Teams to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Ohio in congregate care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult care facilities, adult day centers, senior centers and low-income senior housing facilities;
  • $49,000 for the Department of Aging to implement its Strategic Action Plan on Aging in conjunction with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio;
  • $357,588 for the Department of Natural Resources to aid in ongoing forest management, water protection, public road maintenance, recreational facilities development and other services statewide.