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Ohio's Senate Education Committee chair says the key is balance
Sen. Peggy Lehner says it begins with a boost in funding overall
Story by EMILY MCCORD


 
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There are still many unknown details surrounding Governor Kasich’s education funding plan. But as WYSO’s Emily McCord reports for Ohio Public Radio, some school districts are going to get more relief than others.
Emily McCord talks to Senator Peggy Lehner about school funding

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The thrust of Gov. Kasich’s plan is to address the funding gap between poor and rich school districts. The state will give more money to districts that receive less funding from local property taxes.

Take two school districts in southwest Ohio as an example. Sen. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the Education Committee, says Dayton city schools will see a lot of support from the state. But in wealthier areas like neighboring Centerville, not so much. That school district recently cut millions from its budget after a levy request failed in November.

Despite this, Lehner says Kasich's plan provides for other areas of help.

"For example, every district will get $50 per student to fund gifted programs," Lehner says. "They’re going to have access to a$180 million fund to help disadvantaged students make up the reading gap. All of our schools will have access to those kind of funds."

More funding details for school districts will be released next week.

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