COLUMBUS – State Rep. Richard Dell'Aquila (D-Seven Hills) today announced that the Ohio Controlling Board has released a $22.2 billion funding appropriation for school districts across Ohio. Thanks to the House Democrats fighting for school funding in the budget process, the formula is continuing to be implemented with updated 2022 data, increasing the state’s commitment to public education.
“Ohio's methodology of funding public education is complex, including the Fair School Funding phase-in plan designed to adequately provide in future years for the ever-increasing costs facing public school districts. There were substantial funding differences between the lesser Senate budget proposal and the more realistic House budget plan to fund the next phase-in step. The final bipartisan budget preserves Ohio's adequate funding for public education, which is so critical to the futures of our children and the economic development of our state." said Rep. Dell'Aquila.
The Fair School Funding Plan has been a Democratic priority for six years, and finally became law in the FY22-23 state operating budget.
The Democratic Caucus also succeeded in funding a study to determine the true additional cost of educating an economically disadvantaged student. Nearly half of Ohio’s children are considered to be economically disadvantaged.