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SCHOOL FUNDING: HAS OHIO FIXED IT? | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 6 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 25, 2007, titled SCHOOL FUNDING: HAS OHIO FIXED IT? | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Ohio schools get billions more in state money today than they did 10 years ago, and they have more options to raise local revenue.

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Pam

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 21, 2010
I would like to see this article updated. In light of the current state budget and how it directly affects forecast made by school districts, cuts being made at every district levy due to levy failures and the current economic situation, how are schools doing now? How about the Chart: School District Revenue Changes 1997 - 2006. Its now 4 years later and the economy crashed, where are they now. I think that you are going to see more schools on the ballot this year and that many voters are going to find it difficult to support yet another tax even if it is a continuation.
Kathleen Galt

Boulder, CO

#2 Dec 13, 2010
And Rep Boehner had the cajones to go on 60 minutes last night and say that he can not go into schools any more (and he starts sobbing) "making sure these kids have a shot at the American dream like I did is important"

Look at the numbers in Ohio. The disparity is huge and people like Boehner support this disparity.

What a hypocrite
common sense

Columbus, OH

#3 Dec 13, 2010
Many parents in this state do not appreciate or encourage education in their children.
The crazy ignorant media repeats "the schools are broken" so all of these people are destructive not Boehner.
Eduction is not perfect so work with what you got that is what alot of other people HAVE DONE!!
Quit whining too uh.
Mom from a rural district

Sunbury, OH

#4 Jul 21, 2011
As a parent who has students in a school that suffers from both poor spending habits and a poor learning envirnonment I can understand that simply increasing the amount of money districts receive will not necessarily provide a fix all for the financial crisis. Here is my concern: we have had multiple court cases finding our financial systems as unconstitutional and business continues as usual. Does it mean nothing that our schools which educate our children about government and society seem to be working as though they are the exception?

Schools have a deadline for increasing student's test scores to make sure they meet AYP, shouldn't there also be a deadline for making changes that will make the financial system constitutional? Why don't we pool all the property tax money and distribute it evenly per pupal to the districts? Why don't we monitor spending and hold schools to a standard? They teach economics too, right? If we know what education costs, it seems that distributing funds should not be so complicated.

I tend to believe that although we all know it is the right thing to do, everyone drags their feet for fear that property values will decrease if the surrounding school districts do not excel or offer more than the school down the street. Districts should not be cookie cutter images, they can offer special classes and extra-curriculars that match their communities. Funds for sports can come from other places, but education should be equal. Providing equal quality education, no matter what neighborhood you live in, should be a human right. It feels like the age old American fight raising its ugly head in a different form. I think its time for legislators to do what is right, even when it is not easy; even when your neighborhood might not be the one that benefits. The kids down the street deserve the best, just like yours do!
Angry Taxpayer

United States

#5 Jul 21, 2011
Mom from a rural district wrote:
As a parent who has students in a school that suffers from both poor spending habits and a poor learning envirnonment I can understand that simply increasing the amount of money districts receive will not necessarily provide a fix all for the financial crisis. Here is my concern: we have had multiple court cases finding our financial systems as unconstitutional and business continues as usual. Does it mean nothing that our schools which educate our children about government and society seem to be working as though they are the exception?
Schools have a deadline for increasing student's test scores to make sure they meet AYP, shouldn't there also be a deadline for making changes that will make the financial system constitutional? Why don't we pool all the property tax money and distribute it evenly per pupal to the districts? Why don't we monitor spending and hold schools to a standard? They teach economics too, right? If we know what education costs, it seems that distributing funds should not be so complicated.
I tend to believe that although we all know it is the right thing to do, everyone drags their feet for fear that property values will decrease if the surrounding school districts do not excel or offer more than the school down the street. Districts should not be cookie cutter images, they can offer special classes and extra-curriculars that match their communities. Funds for sports can come from other places, but education should be equal. Providing equal quality education, no matter what neighborhood you live in, should be a human right. It feels like the age old American fight raising its ugly head in a different form. I think its time for legislators to do what is right, even when it is not easy; even when your neighborhood might not be the one that benefits. The kids down the street deserve the best, just like yours do!
Try that and you'll never see another local school levy passed ever.

Ever wonder why the exact same house (same year built, same builder, same condition) varies widely in price between communities (here we have two communities less than 5 miles apart and the difference is easily 25% of the house cost). It's schools!

Why should I self-impose a higher mill rate so my tax dollars go to support someone else's kids in another part of the state? I choose to live where I live and pay property taxes because I value my school. Others choose to live elsewhere where taxes and low and schools are poorly performing. Each has their own values in choosing where to live.

If you do that you will have to find another way to fund schools alltogether. Some states do it through a sales tax and do not rely upon property taxes at all.
Spooktackular

United States

#6 Jul 21, 2011
Mom from a rural district wrote:
As a parent who has students in a school that suffers from both poor spending habits and a poor learning envirnonment I can understand that simply increasing the amount of money districts receive will not necessarily provide a fix all for the financial crisis. Here is my concern: we have had multiple court cases finding our financial systems as unconstitutional and business continues as usual. Does it mean nothing that our schools which educate our children about government and society seem to be working as though they are the exception?
Schools have a deadline for increasing student's test scores to make sure they meet AYP, shouldn't there also be a deadline for making changes that will make the financial system constitutional? Why don't we pool all the property tax money and distribute it evenly per pupal to the districts? Why don't we monitor spending and hold schools to a standard? They teach economics too, right? If we know what education costs, it seems that distributing funds should not be so complicated.
I tend to believe that although we all know it is the right thing to do, everyone drags their feet for fear that property values will decrease if the surrounding school districts do not excel or offer more than the school down the street. Districts should not be cookie cutter images, they can offer special classes and extra-curriculars that match their communities. Funds for sports can come from other places, but education should be equal. Providing equal quality education, no matter what neighborhood you live in, should be a human right. It feels like the age old American fight raising its ugly head in a different form. I think its time for legislators to do what is right, even when it is not easy; even when your neighborhood might not be the one that benefits. The kids down the street deserve the best, just like yours do!
As someone who pays taxes to many school districts and has zero children I would like to see a parents only pay system. If you breed you pay not someone else.

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