Senate Slashes Spending, Schools Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio senate rewrite of the state budget guts Gov. Ted Strickland's school-funding plan and makes $650 million in cuts to meet new, lower revenue projections.

The republican-led senate's spending blueprint increases money to school districts.

But it erases the fundamentals of strickland's sweeping school reforms -- including all-day kindergarten, new tutors, nurses and counselors, and lower student-teacher ratios.

Senate President Bill Harris says a committee was retained in his chamber's version of the budget that will continue to study Strickland's evidence-based education approach.

The senate also cut $417 million in funding to state agencies.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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