After cutting $82.2 million from Gov. John Kasich’s original school funding proposal, recent reports detailing additional money flowing to charter indicates that cuts might be deeper than previously anticipated for public schools if the House passes the pending budget bill.
The House version increases overall state funding for education by 1.6 percent, from $8.2 billion in 2012 to $8.8 billion in 2014. In that same time, state funding for charter schools would increase 7.3 percent.
Had the House version been in place in 2012, money deducted from public schools to fund charter schools would have increased from almost $771 million to more than $816 million, according to projections released by the Legislative Service Commission, a research arm for the Ohio General Assembly.
That’s roughly a $450 increase for each student who attends a charter school.
Charter schools also would receive an additional $100 per pupil in the House proposal, a provision originally proposed by Kasich to fund facility improvements. With more than 108,834 students attending charter schools in 2012, that amounts to more than $10.8 million in additional funding.
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