COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate say their state budget education proposal spreads more money to more school districts.
Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) says the plan increases state aid to schools in the two-year budget by more than $717 million compared to the current budget, which ends June 30.
Faber said Thursday the money stems from expected adjustments to state revenue and Medicaid caseload projections.
The GOP-controlled Senate's proposal spends almost $142 million more to fund schools compared to the House-passed version of the spending bill.
Senators also added $54 million to help schools meet a state mandate that students must know how to read before leaving third grade. Early childhood education would also see an additional $30 million over the budget period.
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