Ohio House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued the following statement in support of state Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Bob Cupp’s (R-Lima) comprehensive school funding reform efforts, which were outlined today and will be detailed throughout the week in House committee:
“Today’s announcement is the result of over a year’s worth of bipartisan work to fix the broken, unconstitutional school formula that has held back too many Ohio children for over a generation.
“Through this ongoing bipartisan effort, I believe we have a real opportunity to ensure every child in every school across the state can live up to their individual, God-given promise and the promise of our state.
“By working together, we can restore the promise of Ohio and invest in our future to grow the next generation of business and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers in every community of our state.
“I applaud the efforts of the many lawmakers, school officials and educators whose work helped present us with this chance for a meaningful discussion on a permanent and fair school funding plan. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to that discussion supporting an appetite for real change among Ohio’s elected officials.”