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Charter School Advocate Wants More from Proposed School Funding Formula

Chad Aldis
Chad Aldis from Ohio charter school advocate the Fordham Institute.

A proposed new school funding formula would cost the state $720 million more than the current K-12 budget. And it doesn’t include funding for charter or community schools, which the state spent more than $880 million on last year. 

Traditional public school funding is based on the number of students in districts. If a student goes to a charter school, more money goes with them to that charter than the traditional school gets from the state. The new formula suggests direct funding for charters. Chad Aldis is with theFordham Institute, which studies charters nationally and operates some in Ohio. He was hoping to see what the formula would do with charters.

“The idea that students using choice impacts the ratios used to determine how much aid a traditional public school gets – we need to get away from that," he said.

While House Speaker Larry Householder and others have dismissed direct funding of charters, Aldis says he supports it if the funds come from a pool and not from a budget line item that could be vetoed.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.