Fair School Funding
The District held a School Funding Virtual Public Forum March 22 featuring Senator Andrew Brenner, State Reps. Rick Carfagna and Kris Jordan, as well as District Superintendent Mark Raiff and District Treasurer Emily Hatfield. The group discussed the state's current school funding status as well as an update on the status of the Fair State Funding Plan.
- View the event Presentation
- Question: Senator Brenner - Can the Senate support a new school funding formula? If not, what do you have planned that will benefit our school district?
- Question: I have heard that the current funding formula is not constitutional. If that is the case, is it possible to take legal action to sue for damages?
- Question: What indications do you have from the governor that whatever he is presented with will be signed?
- Question: What can the community do to ensure that HB1 is passed this time and signed by the Governor?
- Question: How does the Jon Peterson scholarship effect what public schools receive?
- Question: How can the district coordinate an effort amongst the parents to voice our concerns to the governor about how Olentangy schools are being unfairly funded? It seems as if he needs to hear our collective voices.
- Question: Why did Gov. Kasich and Gov. DeWine veto?
- Question: Would Senate Bill 111 provide any funds to Olentangy?
- Question: In SB 111, which Sen. Brenner has cosponsored, 18.5% of funding is going to private schools, although those schools only educate about 9% of all students in Ohio. Why wouldn't more of the funds go to our public schools?
Senators Peggy Lehner and Vernon Sykes introduce SB 376, a companion bill to substitute HB 305- the Fair School Funding Plan. The Senate bill and substitute HB 305 are identical, thus allowing for hearings to occur simultaneously in both the House and Senate.
Testimony in both legislative branches are expected to begin in the next week or two. Hearings may be viewed on www.ohiochannel.org.
Additional information regarding the details of the Fair School Funding Plan are available at https://sites.google.com/view/ohiofairschoolfunding.
We encourage you to contact your legislators regarding this very important matter. Your legislators may be found at http://webapp2.ode.state.oh.us/legislator/search/.
One of the most critical factors in Olentangy Schools’ continued success is the ability to receive fair funding from the state. All residents are strongly encouraged to learn more about how the state funds our schools, specifically Olentangy. The two links below outline the State of Ohio’s budget process and a recent proposal to change how the state funds schools.