Governor DeWine Misses Opportunity to Take Action on School Funding

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Monday, February 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Neil Bhaerman, Communications Director
(412) 266-4899. nbhaerman@oft-aft.org
 
Governor DeWine Misses Opportunity to Take Action on School Funding
 
OFT President Melissa Cropper released the following statement in response to Governor DeWine’s budget proposal for FY 2022-2023: 
"We're disappointed that Governor DeWine chose to punt on the opportunity to fix our broken and unconstitutional school funding system rather than using last year's Fair School Funding Plan, which passed the Ohio House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, as a framework. 
 
While the Governor's budget proposal rightly increases funding for student wellness programs, that is funding that should be incorporated into a fair and equitable school funding formula, so that school districts can use the funding to meet their students' most pressing needs. Additionally, the Governor's budget maintains the disastrous local funding deductions for charter and private schools that have been draining public school budgets. It’s time to stop pitting Ohio families and communities against each other and begin funding charter schools and vouchers through a dedicated line item. 
 
Every Ohio student deserves a quality education at their local public school, but that will not be possible until the Governor and legislature act together to fund our future with a fair formula for every school district.”
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The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) is composed of 54 local unions representing 20,000 members who are active and retired public school teachers, charter school teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, and public employees. OFT works to advance quality education and a voice in the workplace for Ohio’s education professionals. OFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.