Ohio

Eye on Education

Topics

4104831266_2ee59f0bf6_z

HB 59: Main Operating Budget of Ohio's 130th General Assembly

Background

House Bill 59 (HB 59) is the legislation for Ohio’s state budget for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years.

It was introduced on Feb. 12, 2013 and signed by Gov. John Kasich on June 30, 2013.

In addition to funding allocations, the legislation includes a host of changes affecting all areas of state government. In terms of education, the original bill included Kasich’s new, proposed funding plan for Ohio schools and of a proposed expansion of private-school vouchers.

The voucher expansion made it through the budget process intact. But lawmakers changed Kasich’s school funding formula, developing a new way to fund public schools.

As introduced, HB 59 also included big changes like expanding the state’s existing parent trigger law that allows parents vote to transform low-performing schools and giving charter schools money to pay for school buildings.

The parent trigger law was not included in the final budget. Facilities funding for charter schools was.

Latest Posts

Cleveland Schools Get $6 Million Earmark in State Budget

Grant Hutchinson / Flickr The Cleveland school district is in the midst of an ambitious effort to turn around local schools. Last year, lawmakers in Columbus passed new laws to let the district make sweeping changes. Then Cleveland voters approved a new levy to give the district another $77 million a year from local taxpayers. [...]

New Type of Levy Lets Ohio Schools Seek Money for Security Upgrades

dollar bills

Khaled Elfiqi / Landov Ohio school districts can now ask voters to approve new taxes to be used just for “school safety and security” under a provision in the new state budget. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports: “It allows the local school district along with their community to decide what is necessary as far as what [...]

How Ohio’s State Budget Affects Local Schools

money

The state budget Governor Kasich signed last week puts more than $19 billion dollars of state funding into Ohio schools. State GOP leaders are calling it a historic investment in education. WCPN’s David Molpus talked with StateImpact Ohio reporter Molly Bloom about how this state budget affects local schools.

What the Ohio Senate’s Version of the State Budget Does To/For Education

Senate President Keith Faber speaks with reporters Thursday,

The two-year, $61.7 billion state budget approved by the state Senate Thursday would expand funding for public schools over the current state budget, change how state funding is distributed among schools and expand Ohio’s current school voucher program statewide. Among the many changes in the budget:

Ohio Senate School Funding Plan Would Increase Funding Over Ohio House Plan

One dollar bill

Kristy Johnson / Flickr The school funding plan proposed by state Senate Republicans today would increase the total amount of state money going to K-12 schools over the amount proposed by the Ohio House, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports: Republican State Senator Chris Widener says the basic amount the state spends per pupil in [...]

Helping Out-of-State Students Vote Could Cost Ohio Colleges

A provision added into the state budget passed by the House – and now being considered in the Senate – would prohibit Ohio colleges and universities from charging students out-of-state tuition if they help them vote in the state. Out-of-state students attending school in Ohio are allowed to vote if they’ve lived in the state [...]

Online Charter Schools Could Split in Two, Avoiding State Cap on New Schools

CPT-EDUC-CYBER-CLASSROOMS

Dan Honda / Contra Costa Times/Landov This fall Ohio will lift a moratorium on the creation of new online schools, allowing up to five new online schools to open. But a provision inserted into the House version of the state budget earlier this month could expand online education in Ohio even further. Under the provision, Ohio’s existing online schools could [...]

Ohio Charter Schools Could Enroll Out-Of-State Students

211929873_2d3ead5d2a_z

Brian McKechnie / Flickr Ohio charter schools could enroll out-of-state students — and charge them tuition — under a provision inserted into the House version of the state budget earlier this month, giving the publicly funded schools another source of revenue. Traditional public schools can already allow students from other states to enroll. Out-of-state tuition rates [...]

Let’s (Not) Talk About Gateway Sexual Activity, Baby

Mister Asta / Flickr An amendment added to the state budget bill yesterday prohibits teachers from talking about any “gateway sexual activity” and directs them to emphasize abstinence in sex education. Teachers who don’t comply could be fined up to $5,000 if the measure passes. So just what is “gateway sexual activity?” House members deferred to [...]

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education