Ohio schools would get a 10.5 percent funding increase over two years under a new formula devised by a bipartisan pair of House lawmakers and their informal committee of superintendents and treasurers.

The plan calls for $400 million more in funding next year, plus another $320 million in 2021 for day-to-day operating money. That would be significantly more than what Gov. Mike DeWine proposed in his initial two-year operating budget, which called for $250 million more the first year, plus another $50 million in year two.

Some around Capitol Square are already questioning the ability to fund the plan with current revenues.

The House plan is good news for most districts in Franklin and Delaware counties, many of whom see their funding today artificially capped by the current formula. Of the 16 districts in Franklin County, 13 would see a two-year increase of at least 13 percent.

That includes a 152 percent increase for New Albany Schools, the fourth-largest percentage increase in the state, and a 70 percent increase for Dublin Schools. Columbus Schools would see a 14 percent increase.

However, Hamilton Local, the county’s only rural, low-income district, would get 3.8 percent over two years, and Grandview Heights is one of 89 districts statewide that would get zero increase.

At 218 percent, Olentangy Schools would see the third-largest increase in the state over two years. Meanwhile, Northern Local, the home district of Speaker Larry Householder in Perry County, nets zero increase.

Currently, only 18 percent of Ohio school districts are getting the amount set by the staet funding formula — which critics say is a key indicator that the formula doesn’t work. The rest are either being protected from cuts, or capped on their increases.

Under the proposal, once fully funded, more than 85 percent of districts will be getting what the formula prescribes. Those not on the formula are protected from getting less than they are getting this year.

Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, have proposed phasing in the formula over four years. The numbers released Friday indicate what the first two years of that phase in would look like. The plan attempts to calculate the true cost of an education in Ohio, plus money for services designed to help largely low-income students deal with life issues.

“Fair School Funding will be a big step forward,” Patterson said. “It provides rational, comprehensive, stable and transparent funding for the state’s 610 Districts. I believe is the right plan, at the right time, to move Ohio’s children, communities and workforce forward. It is fair to our students, fair to our local taxpayers, and fair to the state of Ohio.”

The plan does not yet include numbers for charter schools. Cupp and Patterson are calling for a new direct-funding method for charters, instead of the current system of subtracting funding from individual school districts based on where a charter student lives.

“It’s based on what it actually costs to educate students, what taxpayers can afford, and what local school districts determine will work in their communities,” Cupp said.

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