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.