Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on January 31 laid out a plan to increase funding for K-12 education in the state by $ 1.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal biennium, but he is not yet saying how the plan will be funded. Because of its reliance on local property taxes, which can generate vastly different amounts of funding from one school district to the next, the state's school funding formula has repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court. Governors have struggled for the last 15 years to find a formula that can satisfy both the courts and the electorate. Under Kasich's plan, funding would begin with a component called "core opportunity aid," ensuring that any district levying at least 20 mills in property taxes will receive enough money to mirror one with a $ 250,000-per-pupil property tax base, an amount that only 4 percent of districts currently have, the governor says.
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