Ohio Has New Way Of Funding Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- School districts across the state are evaluating how they'll fare in Ohio's transition to a new school funding policy.

The two-year spending plan approved by lawmakers monday includes Gov. Ted Strickland's so-called "evidence-based" funding plan.

The budget also includes funding for charter schools that republicans wanted.

Overall, school districts will see a 5.5 percent increase in funds over two years, thanks to an infusion of federal money.

State aid to schools is cut by a quarter of a percent.

Not everyone is happy about what backers call a constitutional fix for the state's school funding problem.

Cincinnati school officials say there's still too much reliance on property taxes and not enough funding for districts with several poor and special education students.

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

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