School Finance Agenda
OASBO will promote a comprehensive and flexible school funding system that is equitable, reliable, and stable. Our goal is to provide the necessary resources for all Ohio children. We will promote efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability; and focus on student success. Ohio's public school districts are committed to using these resources wisely.
Taxpayers in local communities demand that funding information for their schools be understandable. State and local obligations should be clearly defined and transparent.
OASBO will diligently promote the following criteria for a strong school funding system for Ohio:
- Funding and resources to provide high quality educational opportunities for every student, in all ranges of ability and circumstance.
- Funding levels based on reliable data for education costs, and proven education programs and resources that will allow all students to succeed.
- Funding and support for the implementation of new evaluation models and compensation practices for teachers and other school employees.
- A system that is fair to districts of all geographical locations, sizes, types, and levels of wealth and clearly defined state/local share of funding (i.e. no phantom revenue) that takes these differences into account.
- A system that reduces the frequency of levies at the local level.
- A formula that must not rely on guarantees. Guarantees should be used to transition to a new, sound formula. Guarantees should not be eliminated without a suitable replacement.
- A system that includes grant programs for school districts that promote innovation. These grant programs must be flexible in permissible expenditures and stable within the funding period(s). Reporting for grant monies should be reasonable and manageable.
- A system that promotes and removes barriers to efficiencies in school district operations.
- A system that fully funds new education initiatives and legislative requirements.
- A system that offers alternative educational opportunities for students, or “choice options,” should be funded directly by the state – not deducted from a school district’s funding.
- A system that includes a reasonable replacement plan when the state passes legislation changing local funding sources.
- A system that prohibits the funding of private school tuition with public tax dollars.
- A system that promotes efficient use of resources through shared service arrangements.