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Sun., 2:40pm: OH House sends less, not more, to schools

April 14, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

AKRON -- A newspaper analysis finds the Ohio House budget delivers less money to Ohio school districts despite initial claims that a revised funding formula would mean fewer districts saw cuts.

The Akron Beacon Journal review published Sunday was coupled with input from veteran education-funding analyst Howard Fleeter, of the Education Tax Policy Institute in Columbus.

Fleeter estimates the House budget spends $114 million less over the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1 than Republican Gov. John Kasich originally proposed.

The newspaper calculated the difference using figures from the House and legislative analysts at $82.2 million.

That means many of the 225 districts the House said were exempt from funding reductions under a state guarantee may lose money.

The House didn't return calls seeking comment on the newspaper's findings.



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