For Immediate Release
March 22, 2011
Contact: Dale Butland
Columbus, Ohio — Innovation Ohio, a new progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, released an analysis today which found that the two-year budget proposed last week by the Kasich Administration would result in an additional loss to public schools of $567 million by FY 2013. The money would be funneled instead to private and charter schools, and the additional loss would almost certainly necessitate raising local property taxes in communities least able to afford them.
Previously, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) and the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) estimated that the Kasich budget would cut $3.1 billion from K-12 education. The additional $567 million loss projected by Innovation Ohio is separate.
Highlights of the study, posted at www.innovationohio.org, include
Said Innovation Ohio Communications Director Dale Butland:
“This study reaffirms the tremendous harm the Administration’s budget would do to school districts and taxpayers. It also raises serious questions about Gov. Kasich’s near obsession with expanding charter and private schools. Why would a Governor who talks endlessly about accountability not only give a pass to poorly performing charters, but also insist on throwing ever-greater amounts of money at them?”