Ohio School Funding Falls Below Inflation Over Past Decade, Funding Gaps Remain Between Rich and Poor

As long as they keep wasting money on Charter Schools, this will continue.


It is a reality across America that when state and local school revenues are combined, the school districts serving our society’s wealthiest children continue to have the most money to spend on teachers and curriculum and enrichment while the school districts serving our poorest children have the least resources.  It has also been confirmed again and again that when poverty is concentrated—that is when a high percentage of children in a school are very poor—the school’s financial needs are much greater.

Surely it should not surprise us, then, that in a new report, Howard Fleeter, an economist and school funding analyst at the Ohio Education Policy Institute, demonstrates that in Ohio, in the twenty years since the Ohio Supreme Court found Ohio’s school funding unconstitutional and Ohio revised its funding formula, more money continues to be invested in the education of students in wealthy suburbs than in poorer rural…

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