Ohio lawmakers get feedback on plans for more school funding

Posted at 9:26 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 09:34:52-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers considering public input on proposed school-funding changes are hearing from lots of interested parties who say it's a solid start to the discussion but want more: more money for certain schools, more clarity on charter-school funding changes, more help for the economically disadvantaged.

Ohio would increase spending on schools by an estimated $1.2 billion for a two-year period under a plan from lawmakers who studied the issue. They say it would more fairly split local and state shares of funding, and factor in the cost of educating a child and a community's ability to help pay for it.

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Lawmakers are considering how that compares with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's budget proposal for $550 million in new funding over two years to help schools, targeted largely toward higher-poverty areas.