“I have seen a printout,” Dolan said of the document. “It shows some schools losing money and I’ve heard statements saying no school will lose money.” Lawmakers who support the new funding formula, which calculates state aid based on 60% property taxes and 40% personal income, say no district will lose money in the six-year phase in. But a document on the House Finance Committee’s website shows 96 districts will lose money. “I want stability and predictability. But if we’re saying, OK, yeah, but you’re on the guarantee. If you lose money, we’ll still make sure you get the same money. That’s the slippery slope that we’ve been on in the past. So, you know, the answer is the House is going to have to answer that question. We will address it in our in our plan,” Dolan said.
— “The State Of Ohio” (@stateofohioshow) April 30, 2021 Ohio Senators are now looking at the House budget, including a $1.8b, 6-yr school funding overhaul. On @stateofohioshow, @ElectMattDolan tells @karenkasler he’s concerned about $1.1b in “wellness dollars” Gov. Mike DeWine earmarked for low-income kids being folded into that. pic.twitter.com/dO7LEJ0OpT
House Republicans say those dollars were merged into the formula to ensure that they’ll be included as long as the formula is in place, regardless of whether a future governor sets aside wellness dollars or not. The formula will be fully phased in over six years. “When the wellness dollars from the governor are put into the school funding formula, that’s a concern of mine, because those dollars are designed not to go to the school district to help outside agencies, help students get prepared for when they are in the school system,” Dolan said in an interview for “The State of Ohio”.
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