Archives for July 2009

Proposed Budget Sent To Governor Strickland

Ohio House and Senate legislators ended nearly two weeks of Conference Committee meetings when they sent Governor Ted Strickland a balanced budget Monday afternoon. The two-year, $50.5 billion budget does not raise taxes on Ohioans despite falling state revenues.

“The Budget Committee just passed a balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes,” responded Strickland through Twitter Monday afternoon, “while investing in education to revive our economy.”

State aid to districts decline slightly; stimulus to supplement

In the version of the budget sent to the Governor, school districts across Ohio will receive a total of $6.526 billion in state aid for FY 2010, a decline of less than $20 million from FY 2009. An additional $394 million in federal stimulus money will be distributed to districts, increasing the overall monies spent on education by roughly five percent. In FY 2011, school districts throughout the state will receive a total of $6.510 billion from the state, supplemented with $394 million of federal stimulus funds. Overall state spending on education from FY 2010 to FY2011 will decline by a quarter of a percent, but still represents greater than a five percent increase for the two years compared to FY 2009.

Governor’s Evidence Based Model to assist funding

One component of Strickland’s Ohio Evidence Based Model (OEBM) for funding that will play a role for this budget biennium is the Ohio Education Challenge Factor (OECF). The OECF is best described as a funding multiplier– this numeric value accounts for the various academic and financial characteristics that pertain to the residents of each school district. Property-rich districts with a high percentage of college-educated residents are given a lower OECF. Less financially secure districts with lower percentage of college educated residents are given a higher OECF.  Values throughout the state range from Upper Arlington (0.76) to East Cleveland (1.58).

Columbus City Schools to see projected funding increase

With an OECF of 1.22, Columbus City Schools will receive roughly $250,000 less in state aid during FY 2010. This amounts to roughly a tenth of a percent decrease in state aid when compared to FY 2009. Over the next two years, CCS will receive in excess of $60 million in Title I and IDEA Federal Stimulus money. After adding the Federal Stimulus money, CCS is projected to receive a 13 percent funding increase in FY 2010, nearly three times greater than the state average.

Secretary of Education Duncan Addresses NEA, CEA Delegates

An estimated audience of nearly 5,000 members of the National Education Association gathered to participate in the latest stop on Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s “Listening Tour”. Included in the audience were Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson, Vice-President Sally Oldham, the Association’s Board of Governors and local delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Introducing Secretary Duncan, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel noted the stark differences in the national education landscape. “The fact that the President is listening and accessible to 3.2 million educators,” said President Van Roekel, “shows what a difference a year makes.”

Secretary Duncan repeatedly referenced cooperation and collaboration between teachers and administrators throughout his speech.

“You must be full partners and leaders in education reform,” he told the audience of education professionals. “The key to making progress begins with respect for the labor/management relationship.”

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CEA Delegates Arrive at NEA Annual Convention

Delegates for the Columbus Education Association have arrived in San Diego, California to participate in the NEA’s Annual Convention.

President Rhonda Johnson, Vice-President Sally Oldham, District 1 Governor Greg Goodlander and High School Governor-At-Large attended the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) earlier in the week.

NCUEA’s membership base includes over 300 local chapters of the National Education Association, as well as a number of merged NEA-AFT local affiliates. Delegates to the Council received reports from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle and NEA’s Chief Counsel Bob Chanin.

During the course of the business agenda, the Council approved the 2009-2010 budget. A number of NCUEA New Business Items (NBIs) were approved. Several of those NBIs directed the Council to submit NBIs to the NEA to be voted on by the more than 9,000 members of the Representative Assembly.

Columbus Education Association delegates will be in attendance at Federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s town hall meeting tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PST.