Sense of urgency
Buckeye State lawmakers need to find a sense of urgency if they are to do right by Ohio residents who are growing impatient for a solution to the flaws in the state’s school funding system. Once again, they are running out of time in this legislative session to accomplish such a fix.
There is a state Senate proposal out there, which includes some changes that may address the problems with an earlier House version. It still includes a six-year phase-in and would account for a community’s ability to help fund its schools, factoring in not only property values but local income levels, according to its sponsors. Crucially, the proposal would allow each General Assembly to determine how much money to put toward education, given the uncertainty our state’s economy faces, according to the Associated Press.
“As we enter the new General Assembly and a new budget cycle which will be rife with uncertainty, the importance of having a functioning, scalable, transparent and fair school funding plan … is indisputable,” state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-District 28, said.
It is vital that when this legislative session ends Dec. 31Ohioans know lawmakers worked together to solve the school funding woes.