Chardon Local Schools Urges Lawmakers to Pass Fair School Funding Proposal
Substitute House Bill 305
Senate Bill 376
New plan based upon: ‘What students actually need…for success.’
Chardon, OH – Chardon Local School District has announced it is joining hundreds of school districts statewide to support the Fair School Funding Plan, as introduced in the Ohio House as Sub. H.B. 305 and the Ohio Senate as S.B. 376, and is urging lawmakers to seize this moment to make history for Ohio’s K-12 public schools.
The plan is an improved and comprehensive bipartisan remake of Ohio’s current funding formula. It isalso the product of three years of concentrated volunteer efforts by a group of active school superintendents and treasurers, including Chardon Local Schools Superintendent, Michael Hanlon, who served as the Distribution Subcommittee Co-Chairperson, under the leadership of state representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima), John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville). Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Vernon Sykes (D- Akron) introduced Senate Bill 376 as a companion bill to the House version. Chardon Local Schools is grateful for their leadership.
Chardon Local Schools Superintendent Hanlon says the plan focuses on what students need to ensure a high-quality education. He added it also gives weight to supporting classroom instruction, as well as making sure Ohio public school students can learn in a safe and secure environment while having access to state-of-the-art technology. “Ohio’s current school funding model is not functioning for 100 percent of the school districts in the state. HB305/SB376 represents a comprehensive solution to providing a stable, reliable and understandable school funding formula for Ohio’s 1.6 million students, stated Hanlon.”
According to Chardon Local Schools Treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster, the current funding system is broken and unconstitutional; its provisions have no objectively determined relationship to cost or need. “The Fair Funding Plan provides a clearly-defined model for understanding what it costs to provide a quality education for a student in our schools and provides a mechanism for school districts to more accurately project the financial impact of educational programs into the future.”
Hanlon and Armbruster said they believe the plan is fair for students and taxpayers, eliminates arbitrary caps on funding increases, reduces artificial guarantees and respects local control. In addition to Chardon Local Schools and hundreds of other districts across Ohio, four of Ohio’s most influential and prestigious educational organizations also declared their support for the Fair School Funding Plan: Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers and Ohio Education Association.
For additional information, please contact:
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.
Chardon Local Schools