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Fair School Funding Plan is the Basis of New School Formula; Budget Bill Sent to Gov. DeWine

By Katie Johnson posted 06-29-2021 09:18 AM

  

Last night, the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate voted to accept the report from the House Bill (HB) 110 Conference Committee reflecting the compromise reached between the two chambers. Governor Mike DeWine must sign the bill before July 1 and may disapprove of any item or items in HB 110 through action of a line-item veto.The Fair School Funding Plan (FSFP) is the basis for the new school funding formula. It has taken us over three years to get to this point. We thank you for your advocacy and all your hard work. A special thank you to the FSFP Workgroup for having the vision, dedication, and strength to see this through!

The details and implementation of the education-related provisions of HB 110 will be discussed during the Budget Analysis and Discussion (BAD) Seminar on August 4. 

An updated comparison document reflecting the HB 110 Conference Committee report can be . Simulations for traditional school districts can be , and simulations for joint vocational school districts can be . Some highlights from the HB 110 Conference Committee report are included below.

  • The Fair School Funding Plan is implemented as reflected in the House version, with some modifications, including:
    • Removing the six-year phase in;
    • Eliminating the Oversight Commission;
    • Eliminating the cost studies for categorical components of the formula;
    • Requiring the portion of Student Wellness and Success funds that are incorporated into the formula to be subject to certain reporting and expenditure requirements;
  • Maintains the increased EdChoice voucher payment amounts and expanded eligibility provisions;
  • Maintains the bill’s temporary prohibition on creating new academic distress commissions (ADCs) and creates a new process for the three school districts subject to ADC control to be relieved from ADC oversight;
  • Maintains the requirement for districts to dispose of unused school buildings in which less than 60 percent of the building was used for direct academic instruction in the prior year;
  • Reinstates funding for the Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program at $230 million in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and $20 million in FY 2023; and
  • Eliminates the extension of the virtual board meeting option from the House version (which means boards of education may not hold virtual board meetings beyond June 30, 2021).

 

We will continue to provide updates. Thank you for your engagement throughout the budget process. Your advocacy and the support for the Fair School Funding Plan has made all the difference!

 

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