Stephen Dyer · January 30, 2014
“School officials said the 5.9-mill, five-year emergency levy was needed to avoid a $1.8 million deficit next year and restore services that were cut in previous years as state funding dropped. The services to be restored include busing for students more than one mile from their school, instead of two miles. Ten intervention teachers and six counselors will be hired, and five physical education, music and art teachers will work full-time instead of part-time. High school and middle school electives will also be offered again.”While Gov. Kasich should be commended for taking his State of the State addresses around the state, we wish he had shown as much understanding for folks outside Columbus when he decided to slash funding to schools and communities, forcing those entities to ask even more of already overburdened local property taxpayers. Remember the Ohio Supreme Court ruled four times that it was the state’s responsibility to reduce, not increase that burden.