Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Details of House GOP school funding plan

        Ways in which the school-funding plan introduced Monday by House Speaker Larry Householder addresses some funding issues raised by the Ohio Supreme Court:

        Adequate cost of an education:

        Bases the per-pupil funding level on the median spending by 45 districts that met 18 of 18 core performance standards, including proficiency test passage rates and graduation and attendance rates. Uses 1999 data adjusted for inflation.

        • Phantom revenue (a phenomenon that occurs when districts' property values outstrip tax revenues, so they appear too wealthy on paper to get needed aid):


        Reduces a local district's share of school-funding incrementally from the poorest to the richest districts. The share of the poorest 102 districts would be reduced to 20 mills, the state minimum. Gradually increases the rate up to 22.5 for the state's 102 wealthiest districts.


        Ensures that the local districts' share of school-funding reflects actual taxable growth.

        Special education:

        Increases special-education funding by up to $250 million and adds four additional “weights” to determine how much a special-education student receives, from the least to the most disabled.

        • Unfunded mandates (money the state requires districts to spend without providing funding):

        Reduces required graduation credits from 21 to 20, eliminating one elective unit.


Requires school districts that don't meet all 18 performance standards to submit an accountability plan and budget to the state auditor every two years.

        Gifted education:

Requests that the Legislative Office of Education Oversight study the way gifted education is funded and report to lawmakers by July 2002.

        Source: House Speaker Larry Householder



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