Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Principles for Smart Education Funding Discussed in Ohio

Here is an excerpt from a piece by Sean Gill, originally published on StudentsFirst's website, that discusses Marguerite Roza's testimony before the Ohio House and Senate finance committees:


Gov. John Kasich intends to issue a plan in 2013 to reform the state’s method for providing K-12 funding to schools. Ohio is not alone, as other states such as Minnesota, Georgia, and California may also take up reforms to their school funding formulas next year.

Rebecca Sibilia, [StudentsFirst's] Vice President of Fiscal Strategy, testified last week on this timely subject before both the Ohio House and Senate finance committees. Along with Rebecca, the committees heard testimony from Dr. Eric Hanushek, Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution; Dr. Marguerite Roza, Senior Researcher at the Center on Reinventing Public Education; and Dr. Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.


Dr. Roza stated that legislators should be careful not to separate school finance decisions from education policy; funding formulas must support the state's policy goals. Calling the current education funding system “unsustainable,” Roza also encouraged state legislators to go beyond just tinkering around the edges of school finance and allow schools the ability to devise their own strategies to yield better outcomes for kids.


Read the full article.

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