Today on the Ohio Education Association's blog is a post criticizing Gov. Kasich and his team (namely assistant education policy director Barb Mattei-Smith) for their process to come up with a new school funding formula.
Earlier this year, lawmakers scrapped former Gov. Strickland's school funding model ? which was inputs-heavy, overly prescriptive, and simply untenable. In Ohio's just-enacted FY 2012-13 budget, lawmakers installed a two-year ?bridge? funding formula, and Gov. Kasich has signaled his intention to craft a thorough school-funding overhaul by the year's end, hinting that dollars should follow students (weighted-student funding!).
The timeline for designing this new funding formula is an ambitious one, indeed. Barb Mattei-Smith, a veteran of state government and an Ohio school finance guru, has been holding meetings around the state to gather input, which is where the OEA finds greatest offense. Among the blog's complaints are:
The fact that she met stakeholder groups individually (gasp!): ?Mattei-Smith held meetings at locations around the state, but kept each stakeholder group separate from one another.?
A missed meeting: ?Unfortunately Mattei-Smith was a no-show for the last scheduled meeting with teacher (sic) because she went to the wrong room.? Heaven forbid the woman should go to the wrong location.
The fact that the governor's team is not posting meeting notes online. ?After all, all of Strickland's forums were aired live on local PBS stations.?
And ? this is the best one ? the fact that Mattei-Smith did not announce the meetings...