Saturday, September 17, 2011

School Funding

 Gov. John Kasich plans to tackle school funding.

....As Kasich nears the launch of his plan to rewrite Ohio's funding formula next month, key changes could include a new emphasis on "flexible" funding, a reworked formula for figuring out what local schools must raise and possible incentives that push for regional collaboration among districts, according to a top advisor.... 

....Brian Williams, an Akron-area board member, pushed Team Kasich to add a tax option to the mix that would allow a "portable" property tax levy option that would raise money for all students in a district, whether they attend traditional public schools, public charter schools or private schools....

....Deb Tully, director of professional development for the Ohio Federation of Teachers, said Williams' pitch at the state board meeting is the first time she's heard this idea floated in Ohio. She questioned whether voters would be turned off by public funds from a levy flowing to private school students.....

Here we go again.  Kasich and his personally picked members of the state school board are going to come up with some "new ideas" for school funding.  Really?  The Kasich ideas will be nothing more than to take more money from public schools, which educate 96% of all students in Ohio, and give the money to charter and private schools.  Would you vote for a school levy that gives more money to line the pockets of the owners of failing charter schools?  Do you want to fund some private school?  When people send their child to a private or charter school they are exercising their choice, and I don't want to pay for their choice. answers the question....How much does our school district receive from federal, state, and local sources?  The NCES breaks down how much money each state receives for public education in this 2008 data:  Ohio receives about 7% of the funding from the federal government.

We cannot allow Kasich, the Ohio GOP, and their corporate sponsors to win in November.  It will only embolden them and allow them to take more rights away from the next group.  True American values are those that honor the working people who contribute to our daily lives.  Support your firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses, and public employees who've given their lives to improve, serve, and protect your community.  

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