Ohio’s is not alone in its struggle to find a “fair” way to fund public education. The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the system is unconstitutional several times. The court says the problem is that the system’s reliance on local tax dollars (which are generally from property taxes) means the quality of education children receive is tied too closely to where they live.
The other problem with the system is that homeowners don’t like paying big tax bills, and are generally reluctant to approve new property tax levies for schools.
Our neighbors in Pennsylvania are considering replacing the property taxes that fund public schools with higher state income and sales taxes. A vote on the proposal is expected next week.