School Funding Concerns Raised

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, February 24, 2003 - 11:22 AM
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Governor Taft’s threatened cuts to education are raising concerns about a return to legal battles over school funding. The Ohio Supreme Court ended 11 years of litigation in December while a ruling for a third time that the way Ohio pays for education is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court says the state can’t fund schools by figuring out how much money it has, then giving districts whatever is left over. But that’s the situation that Taft find himself in as he tries to balance the budget, as required by the constitution. Although lawmakers’ refusal to raise taxes triggered Taft’s decision, legislators also are trying to stop him from cutting basic aid to schools. Instead they want him to cut from the department of education bureaucracy.

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