Ohio School Boards Association

photo of Gov John Kasich at OSBA meeting

The relationship between Gov. John Kasich and Ohio’s education leaders has been troubled for years. When it comes to school administrators, they’ve seen proposals from Kasich that cut funding and change the structure of school boards. These decisions loomed over Kasich as he addressed a statewide school boards association conference for the first time in his seven years in office.

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In most of Ohio, the kids are back in school. More than 800,000 of them ride buses to class each day.

Figuring out the most efficient and cost-effective way to do that is a complex equation. And it’s become more important now with student transportation taking a big hit in the new state budget. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talkes to some experts about getting those kids to and from school quickly, safely and economically.

“I woke up one day and decided I wanted to do what I always wanted to do be happy and drive a school bus,” Clark says.

Ron Grayson Burns

Ohio farmers have been pushing lawmakers to change the formula that determines how much in taxes they pay on their land. But the change could hurt another industry. h

Ron Grayson Burns looks over his vast wheat field in Union County.

“This field here this is just under 10 acres in this section. So it goes all the way back to the tree line that’s behind the grain bin."

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The House’s changes to Gov. John Kasich’s budget are going over fairly well with education leaders. That includes the $90 million in spending added to the $16.3 billion that Kasich initially proposed.

That $90 million will be spread out over more than 610 school districts, joint vocational schools and educational service centers, notes Damon Asbury with the Ohio School Boards Association.

Quality education. It’s what parents want for their kids. Education leaders and state lawmakers say they want the same. Still, many Ohio schools lag behind.

In October of 2015, House Bill 70 passed amid controversy as an intervention for the state’s persistently failing schools.