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Governor Ted Strickland Gives Education Reform Details in Cleveland Speech

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 5:44 PM

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Those looking for actual numbers to crunch in Governor Strickland's ambitious education reform plan received a price tag of sorts today. At a speech in Cleveland, the governor said he plans to spend at least a billion dollars more on public schools in the coming two-year budget. ideastream®'s Kymberli Hagelberg has more.

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During a visit to Louisa May Alcott Elementary School in Cleveland, Governor Strickland answered questions left hanging during the rollout of his education reform plan just 24 hours earlier-- how much will Ohio spend on education in the coming two years, and where will the money come from? 

Strickland:  “In this budget, even in the midst of this very difficult economic recession that we’re in , an additional $925 million dollars will be allocated for our elementary and secondary schools above current levels in the current budget.”

The funding represents a hike in state spending on schools of almost 9 percent over the current two-year budget. 

Strickland says he expects to get between $5 billion to $9 billion dollars in federal stimulus money, more than $3 billion of which will go to schools. The governor’s budget comes out Monday.

Kymberli Hagelberg, 90.3.

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Governor Ted Strickland talks about realigning education departments and new standards in his education reform plan.

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Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke said he's excited that the governor wants to change the way schools are funded. He also said he welcomes the reforms that affect teachers -- even those that address removing some teachers from the classroom.

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