School Funding

How Ohio funds schools is a perennial debate among elected officials. Fordham advocates for a funding formula that drives more resources to where they are needed (i.e., to disadvantaged students and the schools serving them) and that is stable, efficient, and transparent. We believe Ohio’s current formula should eliminate caps and guarantees, “phantom revenue,” and fund schools of choice directly. See below for research reports, blog posts, videos, and more 

In a recent report , school-funding expert Howard Fleeter analyzes Ohio districts’ revenues stretching back to 1999. His study...
 
 
Since the inception of Ohio’s charter school program in 1998, gallons of ink have been spilled documenting the missteps of a few...
 
 
Weighted student funding, also known as student-based budgeting (SBB), is a funding mechanism that aims to allocate school...
 
 
Over the past month, local newspapers across Ohio have blasted headlines such as “ Local schools lost millions to ECOT ” and “...
 
 
Last month, Paymon Rouhanifard announced that he would be stepping down from his position as the superintendent of Camden Public...
 
 
John Kasich is wrapping up his second term as Governor of Ohio and likely his career in public service. In a moment of reflection...
 
 
Ohio policymakers are currently wrestling with a slew of issues related to transitions from high school to college or career...
 
 
Ohio legislators recently unveiled a $2.6 billion capital budget bill for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Inside this year’s...
 
 
Ohio Representative Andrew Brenner has introduced legislation described on the General Assembly’s website as an effort to “revise...
 
 
In the last week, central Ohioans got an interesting look at how Columbus City Schools deals with its taxpayer-provided finances...
 
 
John Mullaney
NOTES: John Mullaney is the Executive Director of the Nord Family Foundation. Both authors were part of the Straight A Fund...
 
 
Recently, several school districts asked to be repaid a chunk of the money that the state of Ohio is attempting to recover from...
 
 
John Zitzner
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
 
 
Greg R. Lawson
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
 
 
The manner in which Ohio funds charter schools is controversial and is a serious contributing factor to the antipathy felt toward...
 
 
Ohio’s current approach to school funding (K-12) has several strengths, including its ability to drive more state aid to...
 
 
By Jennifer O’Neal Schiess, Max Marchitello, and Juliet Squire Ohio’s current approach to school funding (K-12) has several...
Among the most important duties of Ohio lawmakers is to craft a reasonably transparent school funding formula that efficiently...
 
 
NOTE: On September 14, 2018, Chad Aldis was invited to provide testimony to the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on...
 
 

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