Now that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed its (unbalanced) budget, new district-by-district funding projections for the 2018-2019 biennium have also been released. And, while the numbers are slightly better than the original proposal contained in Gov. John Kasich’s budget, overall, school funding remains far behind where it was for children in public school districts during the Great Recession.
These projections — available now in our Comparing School Funding database — are based on all state revenue sent to districts, not just state aid.
Some of the highlights (all Great Recession data is inflation-adjusted):
So while media coverage has been quick to point out how the House version provides more revenue than what the Governor proposed, what nearly all reports neglect to mention is how inadequate both versions are at meeting student needs.