by Ernie Strawser - Frontline Senior Advisor, Analytics

estrawser@frontlineed.com

Ohio’s school funding formula specific to per-pupil poverty funding creates winners and losers. Unfortunately, this funding is aimed at some of Ohio’s students with the highest need. In a prior article, Meghan Homsher and I outlined the "winner and loser" concept.

The intent here is to explain the foundation for the system of winners and losers in Ohio’s K12 poverty funding (DPIA). The formula relies on a per pupil amount of $422. However, only a few districts receive $422 per pupil and everyone else can receive much more or much less per pupil. How is this possible? Well – “just square it”. The first graph below shows the DPIA ratio-squared calculation result, and the graphs at the end provide detailed calculations.

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