The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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January 31, 2013

Kasich says plan helps poor school districts

(Continued)

COLUMBUS —

“I think the devil is in the details, and we haven’t seen all the details yet,” said Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “From the broad concepts I’ve seen, I think it’s very innovative and dynamic.”

One teacher thought Kasich missed an opportunity to tap teachers’ expertise by excluding educators.

“Unfortunately, the governor is working on education policy and school funding with only a select few,” said Ella Jordan Isaac, a 7th grade teacher at Trotwood-Madison, near Dayton. “He must include all of us — especially those of us with deep classroom experience — as we move through this process.”

In the two decades since the Ohio Supreme Court first declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional, many other attempts at a workable solution have been made.

According to legislative budget analysts, primary and secondary education accounted for almost 42 percent of state general revenue spending in fiscal 2011 and 40 percent in fiscal 2012.

While the state has waited for a new formula, Ohio school districts have continued to receive what they got in 2009 with a few adjustments that included assurances that no district receive less than in the previous fiscal year, and extra money for those demonstrating excellence.

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