Gov. Kasich says that the state will have a $235 million carryover surplus for 2012. A good portion of this money belongs to public school districts that now have to go to their voters for additional taxes (levies). Then this $235 million will double to $482 million.
Every school superintendent should be outraged that this governor is bragging about the hundreds of tax increase issues that were on the ballot last November. Superintendents and school boards have no choice but to ask voters for help. The majority of tax increase issues are defeated, so they all have to make painful cuts and issue pay-to-play also.
All of this is at the expense of our No. 1 natural resource, our students. Gov. Kasich is counting on Ohioans' amnesia also when our Supreme Court said funding for public schools is unconstitutional. So this November, remember the blame goes to Gov. Kasich and his Republicans who are enemies of our public school system.