The state budget enacted earlier this year introduced a new way of distributing state money among Ohio’s public schools.
Now state Rep. Andy Brenner, vice chair of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill that would change things yet again.
Gongwer News Service reports:
The new approach would work to the benefit of those districts that have seen increases in enrollment but no substantial uptick in state support. Systems with declining enrollment have generally been insulated in state funding formulas by being flat funded through the “guarantee.”
“What I would like to do for those districts with declining enrollment, eventually we go to a system where the funding is guaranteed to the student,” Rep. [Andy] Brenner said in an interview. “So if you’re in a district that has shrunk substantially, you’re going to eventually receive less funding from the state of Ohio and the guarantee will go away.