A school funding measure introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives might well put a smile on the face of Richland County school officials. Some more than others, admittedly (particularly those in Ontario).
The County’s four home-based districts would each receive an increase under the measure, each receiving a share of the proposed $600 million increase over two years.
A full 10% of that amount, $64 million, would arrive in Franklin County school districts during the first two years (2019-2021).
Although the bill purports to direct increases to rural areas and high-poverty rate urban districts, there are some surprising figures in estimates related last week for House Bill 305, whose main sponsors are a Lima Republican, Rep Robert Cupp, and an Ashtabula County Democrat, John Patterson.
Ontario Schools would see the biggest boost – and one of the largest in the area by percentage.
Richland County districts would see the following increases for the first year (District — Current funding — 2019-2020 funding and percentage increase — 2020-2021 funding and percentage increase):
A copy of the legislation, which is the product of almost two years of working with educators, can be found here.