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Fair school funding plan introduced

| June 27, 2019

COLUMBUS – State Representative Scott Ryan (R-Granville Township) applauded the introduction of the ‘Cupp-Patterson Fair School Funding Plan’ for the state of Ohio. The proposal is designed to treat every district fairly and fund as many districts as possible in accordance with a new, comprehensive formula based upon need and cost.

“I am proud to have participated in the work group of school officials and legislators that collaborated over the last 18 months to advance this proposed solution to a decade old challenge,” said Rep. Ryan. “I am excited about what the implementation of the Cupp-Patterson Fair School Funding Plan can mean for the future K-12 students in our state.”

The comprehensive school funding plan is designed to meet the education-related needs of students both today and tomorrow. The bill establishes a base cost amount to meet basic student needs, and provides additional resources for specific needs, such as special education, educating students living in poverty, mental health, security and transportation. It also allocates state and local funding shares based on local property values and income.

The bill is a result of work over the past 18 months by a group of superintendents and treasurers representing Ohio’s diverse school districts: Urban and rural, large and small, as well as those with high, low and in-between capacities for raising local revenue.

The bill will now await its bill number and committee assignment.

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