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Lawmakers Propose Overhaul Of School Funding System

(ONN) – State lawmakers proposing an overhaul of how Ohio funds schools say their plan would more fairly split local and state shares of that funding and factor in the cost of educating a child and a community’s ability to help pay for it.

Republican Rep. Bob Cupp of Lima and Democratic Rep. John Patterson of Jefferson acknowledged that their plan will cost more, but wouldn’t specify how much.

They say it would provide more funding for students in poverty, preschool access for economically disadvantaged 4-year-olds, and a technology device, such as a basic laptop, for each student.

The funding system has been repeatedly adjusted since the Ohio Supreme Court found it unconstitutional 22 years ago.

Advocates say fairer funding could help address an achievement gap that correlates to poverty.

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