Gov. John Kasich told educators in southwest Ohio on Friday his new school-funding plan is not about politics but making sure every child in the state has an equal opportunity to compete and succeed.
A day after he unveiled his plan, Kasich told educational leaders who gathered at Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati that past political decisions have resulted in funding disparities. He said playing politics with resources designed to help children learn and succeed is “flat out wrong” and current financial disparities between districts must be corrected.
“When you may have $700 behind one child and $14,000 behind another one, that’s not an acceptable goal,” Kasich said.
Kasich’s proposal would bring all schools up to the tax base level of a district with $250,000 in property value per student to ease wide disparities in millage revenues from local levies.
The Republican governor’s $15.1 billion, two-year plan unveiled Thursday boosts K-12 spending by $1.2 billion over the current budget cycle. It also establishes a $300 million fund to pay for competitive innovation and efficiency grants among other proposals.
Kasich has guaranteed no funding cuts for the next two years but the exact repercussions of the plan beyond that remain unclear.