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


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.

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