Prepared Text for Board Meeting †(HB1 †thoughts)
Marc A. Schare
Work - †
Folks, Iím sure that we
all know the status of the
Here are my current thoughts on the subject.
First, according to published news reports, both the House plan and the Senate plan are out of balance by as much as 2 billion dollars, this despite the Senate cutting about a Billion dollars from the house budget. A billion dollars is a big number and the conference committee will either have to make those cuts or maintain the rosy revenue projections that led to the creation of the budget in the first place and then make the cuts next year when the revenues do not materialize. A third possibility is a general tax increase which, according to Democrats and Republicans alike is unlikely to happen.
Because of this, I see little value in a debate between fictitious budget ďAĒ and fictitious budget ďBĒ, nor do I see us as being able to materially influence the outcome of the conference so unless other board members have a desire to get into the details of HB1 or the Evidence Based Model, Iím content to leave it alone for this evening, although I have to make one comment.
Iím very disappointed with the EBM and how this entire process has been politicized, and needlessly so. When I look at the EBM, I see a state willing to fund nurses we may never be required to hire, I see a state willing to fund class sizes we may never be required to implement, I see a state willing to fund counselors that we may or may not need† and I see carte blanche being given to the State Department of Education to potentially implement a whole raft of unfunded mandates. †Even if you buy into the EBM, the bill institutes the †Educational Challenge Factor †to make sure that rich suburban school districts donít benefit ďtoo muchĒ under the model and the fact that mandates may be dependent on external factors which calls into question the evidence behind the model.
For their part, the Ohio Senate did much of what we asked them to do, including the permanent reimbursement of tangible personal property taxes and the maintenance of several issues regarding teacher professionalization. The problem is, I no more believe that this can be fully funded than I do that the Governorís plan will be fully funded and I think †both sides are playing politics in a game that school districts canít afford to lose.
Here is what I think needs
to happen. We need to divorce the EBM from the funding model. Odden testified that it was possible to implement his model
using a per pupil funding system. If an organizational-centric system is best