Prepared Text for Board Meeting
Marc A. Schare
Tonight, I want to share some thoughts on possible local impacts to HB1 and the Governorís rewrite of the school funding formula. Iíll focus the discussion on a handful of issues.
Since HB1 was first
introduced, a firestorm of criticism has formed around the fact that the
proposal benefits suburban districts more than rural districts, primarily because
of the reduction of the charge off from 23 mills to 20 mills. In addition,
everyone agrees that the teacher salary calculation used in HB1 is low and that
the use of the correct average salary figure is unaffordable. As a result, the
Ohio House will likely change the formula in ways that will be harmful to
HB1 calls for
To be clear, my biggest fear and the most likely scenario is that weíll get the mandates but not the money and our local resources will have to be diverted towards compliance with state mandates rather than the continuation or enhancement of our program.
HB1 faces a very uncertain future in the Ohio Senate so itís fair to say that the substitute introduced in the House will again be changed. With any proposal, there will be winners and losers, but as far as Iím concerned, mandates without money is a recipe for disaster and all district residents should keep Senator Goodman and Senator Hughes on speed dial because while the Governorís plan may or may not be an improvement over the status quo, the requirement to spend money we donít have for things we donít need at the cost of dismantling our existing program would be tragic.