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New state school funding formula coming in 2013
Many schools will still face budget holes in the coming school year

Molly Bloom

Ohio schools should not expect any change in their state funding for at least another year.

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Schools faced major state funding cuts for the current and next school year under a funding model Ohio lawmakers enacted in June. That funding model was supposed to be temporary. But Tuesday House Republicans announced that they plan to hold a year of hearings on the topic. So by next January we should have a new way to distribute state dollars among public schools.

Representative Ron Amstutz will chair the hearings.

 “I think we have a mandate that we’ve set for ourselves to take some further action. We also have a responsibility to act in a way that gives interested parties an opportunity to participate. I don’t think we want to do something in too rapid a fashion or we’ll lose proper process," Amstutz said. 

Ohio Republicans say information on the public hearings will be shared online and through the media.

You can find more information on Ohio's school funding system on WKSU's partner website, StateImpact Ohio.

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