August 28, 2015

Final analysis of four-year change in school funding, by district

When Governor Kasich introduced his first two-year budget, Innovation Ohio released district-by-district data on the true impacts of the plan. This provided a full accounting of funding reduction that districts would experience as a result of the choice not to replace federal stimulus dollars and to phase out payments to districts made since local tax revenues were eliminated.

Now, with the adoption of the budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, we reprise our analysis, looking at the combined 4-year impact of state funding changes on districts. Even with additional funds flowing to schools in this budget, it does not make up for the cuts in the last.

As a result, school districts will have $515 million less than they did prior to the Governor’s two budgets.

Download the spreadsheet (zoom in with your PDF reader to view):

  • Consolidated four-year school funding spreadsheet. The last column shows, for each school district, the difference in funding that will be received in state fiscal years 2014 and 2015 compared to the four years earlier (FYs 2010 and 2011). A negative number reflects a reduction in funding; positive numbers indicate an increase compared to four years ago.


  1. jennifer friedman says:

    No, No, No! No more cuts to our public schools. Quality public education is at the foundation of our nation’s prosperity. Give more, not less. Follow the research – charter schools are not the answer. Enhancing the power of public schools, through proper funding, IS the answer. For example, push for full funding of the Special Education laws so that schools can fully serve this population without depending on General Fund money. The government is still – after all these years since PL94-142 in the mid 70’s – STILL not keeping its promise to fund the mandates at the 40% promised. THIS is what our government should be addressing! No more cuts!

  2. Clyde Hinton says:

    This is a taxpayer rip off to private interests. My wife, her sister and many others in her extended family aunts, uncles & cousins are teachers in public schools and I keep hearing the same thing from them a students leaves to attend a charter school but usually returns the following year way behind.

  3. Joanne Aubrey says:

    This is appalling. As a former teacher I can state unequivocally that nothing is more important for the future of our country than an educated citizenry. Our children are our future. We show what we value in this country by what we’re willing to pay for. Judging by that, our values are seriously misguided.

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