New plan intends to reshape Ohio’s school funding

A bipartisan plan for funding Ohio’s public schools gives more control to local districts and will help develop the state’s students into the workforce of the future, its proponents say.

The “Fair School Funding Plan” is likely to cost taxpayers more money, Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, conceded in unveiling the proposal, but they declined to give an estimate. They intend to reveal more details Friday.

The approach, which could phase in over several years, eliminates funding caps and funds charter schools separately. It increases support for students in poverty, English language learners, bus purchases and school technology; it includes money for a technological device, such as a Chromebook, for every student.

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