Ohio School Districts Frustrated By Budget Impasse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Some school districts across Ohio are increasingly worried about a lack of a state budget agreement, which would result in hundreds of millions of dollars slashed from schools.

If state lawmakers don't fill an $850 million budget gap by the end of the year, school districts will begin to feel the impact in January.

Republicans who control the senate canceled two committee meetings planned for this week, signaling that a deal won't come until next week at the earliest.

Democrats support delaying the final round of planned income tax cuts.

But senate republicans won't support that on its own.

Districts would have to cut supplies or textbooks, have larger class sizes or run deficits.

Ohio Association of School Business Officials executive director David Varda says some are approaching panic mode.

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


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