Ohio House Budget Fails to Increase Base Funding for 82 Percent of School Districts Now Capped or On Guarantee


The headline on Jim Siegel’s Columbus Dispatch article on March 19 proclaimed, “DeWine budget sets stage for Ohio House’s sweeping school funding revamp.” For those of us who know the urgent needs of Ohio’s 610 school districts after years of tax cuts under John Kasich and a state legislature for whom tax cutting still remains the dogma, the news raised our hopes for some relief—especially for the state’s poorest school districts.

But the school funding revamp didn’t happen. 

Everything broke down when it became clear that the plan needed revising and there wasn’t really time, despite the good intentions of a bipartisan coalition behind what became known as the Cupp-Patterson Plan. It is not expected that the Ohio Senate will revise school funding or otherwise increase basic support for Ohio’s school districts when the budget process moves to that chamber.

Governor DeWine’s earlier budget proposal included an additional…

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The PBS NewsHour/Education Week Report About Dyslexia: Biased & Short on Facts

by Nancy Bailey

Schools must provide adequate reading programs and reading remediation for students who need more assistance. But the recent report on dyslexia recommending intensive phonics for all children by the PBS News Hour, through Education Week, is irresponsible, short on facts, and presents biased reporting. Education Week receives grants from philanthropic groups that favor school privatization. Here are […]

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MEA and AFT Michigan are working together to hold two events in June so lawmakers can hear the voices of public education supporters from across Michigan to increase funding for our students and schools.
  • On Tuesday, June 18, we will gather at the Lansing Center starting at 10 a.m., with a march to the Capitol stepping off around 11 a.m.  The rally program will start at noon, followed by lobbying activities.
  • For those who may still be in school on the 18th, another event is planned for the following Tuesday, June 25, so we can keep the pressure on lawmakers.  That day, we’ll begin gathering on the Capitol lawn at 11 a.m. with program at noon and lobby activities to follow.

for more information at mea.org


Please contact MEA Public Affairs at (517) 337-5508 with questions.