- Total School Funding Cuts – Kasich As-Introduced Version
- Total School Funding Cuts – House Amended Version
- Total School Funding Cuts – Senate Substitute Bill and Final Enacted Legislation (Conference committee did not change the Senate funding scheme)
INNOVATION OHIO POSTS “ONE STOP SHOP” FOR SCHOOL FUNDING INFO Think Tank says it correctly calculated that over 600 districts face cutsColumbus, Ohio — Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, today consolidated and posted on its website all district-by-district school funding figures released to date by the Kasich Administration, as well as the funds districts can expect to lose from stimulus money that will not be replaced. The spread sheet is in Excel format and can be accessed here. Innovation Ohio President Janetta King described the posting as a “service to Ohio school officials and parents who deserve both transparency and a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can easily learn what the true and total impact of the Administration’s proposed budget will be on their school districts.” King also said: “The Kasich administration has been anything but forthcoming on this issue. First, they announced incomplete and misleading school funding figures on March 24, which led a number of newspapers around the state to erroneously report that over 400 districts would receive funding increases. Then the administration dragged its feet in releasing the district-by-district cuts that will result from discontinued reimbursements for the repealed TPP and public utility business taxes. “When the Administration finally did release the TPP and public utility tax figures yesterday, it inexplicably broke the numbers down into four different spreadsheets, making it very difficult for school administrators to figure out how their districts will be impacted. And they are still refusing to reveal the district-by-district impact resulting from the loss of federal stimulus funds. All of this has led to great frustration, with school officials unable to get a straight answer concerning how much money their districts will receive from the state over the next two fiscal years. The IO spread sheet pulls all those figures together in one simple document. Why the administration itself couldn’t or wouldn’t do this is completely beyond me.” On a related subject, Innovation Ohio Communications Director Dale Butland said: “When Innovation Ohio obtained and published internal Administration spread sheets on March 25 showing the TPP and public utility tax losses, the Kasich administration challenged their authenticity. “Just the day before on March 24 — they said that over 400 of Ohio’s 612 districts would receive increases. We said that was false; virtually all school districts would receive significant cuts compared to what they received in FY 2011. “It’s now clear who was telling the truth. According to the TPP and public utility data released by the administration earlier this week — and when lost stimulus funds are also factored in — 609 districts will, in fact, receive cuts in FY 2012, and 607 will receive cuts in FY 2013.”
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KASICH DECLARES WAR ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS; PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD TRANSFER $567 MILLION MORE TO PRIVATE AND FAILING CHARTER SCHOOLSColumbus, 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
- $500 million of the projected loss comes from the increased deductions local school districts would suffer from the Administration’s proposed expansion of charter (or “community”) schools, while $67 million in additional losses would come from deductions stemming from the proposed expansion of the “EdChoice” private school program.
- Although charter schools were originally championed as a way for students coming primarily from poor families to escape “failing” public schools, just 21% of charters are rated as “effective” or better, compared to 72% of traditional schools with that rating.
- Despite their dismal performance, charter schools have not been held accountable. Their state funding has increased an eye-popping 1,285% since 2001, while traditional public schools have received a mere 25% increase.
- Educating a child in a charter school is not cheaper and, in fact, costs the state, on average, more than double what it spends to educate that same child in a traditional public school.
- Similarly, the 39 school districts now participating in the EdChoice program suffer a loss of $67 million in state funding – which translates into $5,200 per year for a private school education, as opposed to the $4,327 per child the state pays those districts to educate public school students.
- The “deduction system” used to fund charter schools disproportionately burdens poorer school districts. To replace the state money being lost to community schools, poorer districts must, on average, raise property tax millage rates to a level nearly ten times higher than that required of richer districts.
Research OverviewThis fact sheet offers our initial analysis of Governor Kasich’s executive budget’s impact on education. With this proposal, the state has gone from an unprecedented commitment to reduce the need for property taxes to pay for schools to an unprecedented commitment to further burden local taxpayers. At the same time, the Governor has called for a significant shift of money from public schools to private schools. In short, Governor Kasich’s budget increases local property taxes, kills jobs and abandons our children at a time when we must out-educate other states and countries to be competitive and position Ohio for long-term prosperity. Governor Kasich also further disadvantages our students from middle class and poor school districts, because we know that middle class and poor districts suffer disproportionately when the state cuts education and forces local school districts to make up the difference. Read the report (PDF). Read the press release.
INNOVATION OHIO SAYS FACTS DON’T MERIT ENDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR TEACHERSColumbus, Ohio — Innovation Ohio, a newly formed progressive think tank in Columbus, kicked off its organizational launch today with a stinging indictment of the attempt to strip Ohio teachers of their collective bargaining rights. Under the terms of Senate Bill 5 —introduced by State Sen. Shannon Jones and supported by Gov. John Kasich and many conservative law-makers — teachers would effectively lose many of the collective bargaining rights that have been in place since 1983. Supporters of the bill say the change is necessary to control costs and balance. At the news conference, Innovation Ohio said that SB 5 would result in “relatively minor short-term state budget savings,” all of which “could be achieved through the current collective bargaining law.” Innovation Ohio also released a report released a “Ohio Teachers and Collective Bargaining: An Analysis.” Among the report’s findings:
- Far from being uncooperative or unyielding, Ohio teachers have made one of the largest financial sacrifices in the country, resulting in an average pay cut of 4% in 2008-09, the worst year of the recession. The national average was a pay increase.
- States with no or limited collective bargaining laws have lower student achievement and far greater volatility in wages than collective bargaining states.
- Under Ohio’s current collective bargaining law, teachers not only sacrificed financially, but also endorsed a landmark education reform law (HB 1) which, among other things, more than doubles the years needed for tenure, makes it easier to fire ineffective teachers, allows for lay-offs in cases of district financial hardship, and includes student achievement as part of a new and nationally-acclaimed teacher evaluation system.
- There is no evidence that ending or eroding collective bargaining for teachers would improve student success, or that ending it is necessary to institute still-needed reforms.
“Facts are important – especially when passing major legislation or radical changes to long-standing public policy. If the proposed changes to the current collective bargaining for teachers won’t significantly impact Ohio’s budget deficit, and if teachers are already agreeing to the kind of reforms we need to improve the system and student performance, there is no compelling reason to repeal or weaken a law that that has been in place since the Reagan Administration.”Former State Representative Steve Dyer, an acknowledged expert on education policy in Ohio, appeared with Butland and took questions from reporters.