Ohio’s Broken School Funding System
Twenty-four years after the state supreme court found Ohio’s school funding system unconstitutional in the first DeRolph vs. State of Ohio decision, Ohio’s students are still waiting for lawmakers to address the major shortcomings of Ohio’s school funding system. The current school funding formula does not provide adequate funding nor is it driven by what constitutes a high-quality education. It forces communities to choose: More property taxes or fewer opportunities for their kids.
OEA believes that Ohio must enact a student-centered formula that is both predictable and ensures that all students have the resources to succeed regardless of where they live or their family’s income. Additionally, the school funding formula should directly fund vouchers and charter schools rather than using deductions from the funding of local public schools.
The Fair School Funding Plan is the Solution
House Speaker Bob Cupp’s Fair School Funding Plan represents years of work by legislators, local school leaders, and education finance experts to craft meaningful alternatives to the current way Ohio funds education. It seeks to base funding on what students need based on the actual cost of providing a high-quality education, while reducing the need for frequent property tax increases.
The Fair School Funding Plan passed the Ohio House with overwhelming bi-partisan support at the end of 2020, but the Senate failed to consider the bill before the legislative session ended. Speaker Cupp has re-introduced the Fair School Funding Plan as House Bill 1 this session, marking its place as his top priority.
The future of this critical bill lies in the hands of your State Senator.
Use the prompt below to send a letter and urge legislators to fix school funding now
Subject: Support Speaker Bob Cupp’s Fair School Funding Plan
As an Ohio parent, I urge you to pass House Speaker Bob Cupp’s Fair School Funding Plan without delay. Our kids can’t wait any longer for legislators to fix the state’s broken school funding system.
The current school funding formula is unconstitutional and forces communities to make an impossible choice: higher property taxes or fewer opportunities for their kids. Ohio’s students deserve a funding formula that is fair and will meet all their educational needs, regardless of where they live.
The Fair School Funding Plan provides an accurate, predictable method to determine how much funding schools need. And with the additional $1.99 billion in annual state aid the plan promises our kids, Ohio property taxpayers can finally start seeing some long overdue tax relief.
Speaker Cupp designated this plan to be the first bill introduced in the House – clearly making it his top legislative priority. Last year, it passed 87-9 in the House.
While more than two generations of Ohio students have been shortchanged by legislative inaction on this issue, you have the opportunity to end that cycle.
And cement your place as a legislator who actually fixed school funding in Ohio.
Please support and pass the Fair School Funding Plan now.