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House Speaker Unhappy with Senate School Funding Changes

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The Senate has moved money away from wraparound services and into vouchers and fast growing districts.

The Speaker of the House isn’t pleased that the Senate has diverted some money his chamber had put toward services for lower-income students into other educational priorities. 

Gov. Mike DeWine’s budget had put $550 million into a fund for lower-income districts to provide counselors, after school programs and other wraparound services. The House added $125 million to that. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said that extra money was moved into the voucher program and to supplement funding for fast-growing school districts. House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) noticed.

“I know there was money that went to some of the wealthier schools, the ‘capped’ schools, and I kind of thought that’s where it went – sort of a ‘rob from the poor, give to the rich’ kind of a thing.”

Senators said the money move is not a response to the threat of a lawsuit by some fast-growing districts that have had their increases in state funding limited or capped.