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State Aid to Schools Increases by $170 Million; Gov. Kasich Cuts Funding by $3.1 Billion

Two-thirds of Ohio’s 614  public school districts will see increases in state funding next school year, but the additional money will not be anywhere near enough to cover the budget cuts also coming to them.

The Office of Budget and Management released district numbers showing state aid increasing $170 million over two years. However, Governor John Kasich‘s budget is scheduled to cut overall funding by $3.1 billion over the same period.

Districts must also consider other cuts in Kasich’s budget, such as those to the gifted program and to transportation.

The Indian Hill school district is hit hardest by the state aid cut, losing all $926,761 of its budget for next year. The Little Miami district, which is one of 10 Ohio districts so deeply insolvent that it is listed by the state as being in “fiscal emergency,” had its state aid dropped by 4%.

Gov. Kasich says he tried to spread money out based on how much a district relies on state aid. He also said that restricting public employee unions will save schools money.

The governor’s budget must be finalized by July 1.

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