Ohio Gov. DeWine puts school budget back in state lawmakers hands

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine rolled out the public safety portion of his two-year budget plan on Feb. 3, 2021.

Gov. Mike DeWine plans to release a list this week showing how much money each of Ohio's school districts gets for the next two years, and the numbers are expected to be about the same as last year.

"We once again made a specific decision not to change the funding formula knowing that both the House and Senate have significant ideas," DeWine told reporters this week. "We’re going to let the legislative process work."

His two-year budget  plan would spend about $13.1 billion per year on K-12 education. It would keep the school foundation formula "relatively flat," increasing by 2.5% in the fiscal year 2022 and decreasing by 0.4% in 2023. 

The Ohio Education Association called the decision disheartening. They wanted DeWine to tap the rainy day fund and give schools a raise. But state lawmakers who have spent more than three years working on a new way to fund Ohio's 611 public school districts believe a long-term fix could be just around the corner. 

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