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Speaker Has Concerns About New School Funding Formula

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after the transportation budget deal was reached.
Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after the transportation budget deal was reached.

A new school funding formula from two state representatives is getting a lot of attention. But while the House Speaker calls the existing formula a “disaster”, he says the new one isn’t a done deal. If fully funded over two years, the new formula would cost just over $1 billion more than the current K-12 budget. But Speaker Larry Householder said he’s concerned about flat funding for 71 districts, where two thirds of the students are economically disadvantaged.  “I’m always going to have a lot of concerns for poor school districts, whether they’re urban or rural. And I think there’s been a plight for a lot of years over trying to educate poor students," Householder said.The three districts with the worst student performance index scores – Dayton, East Cleveland and Youngstown – got no increase in funding.The formula also awards triple digit percentage increases in funding for five districts, including the wealthy Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware, which had a student performance index that was twice as high as Dayton’s. Copyright 2019 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.

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