COLUMBUS—State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills), Nan Baker (R-Westlake) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today applauded the budget proposal that was unveiled by the House Finance and Appropriations Committee this week, commending the changes that would benefit the schools in Cuyahoga County.

Substitute House Bill 153 adds $80 million over the biennium to the school foundation formula. This allocates $15 more per pupil in fiscal year 2012 and $20 more per pupil in fiscal year 2013. Additionally, it prevents any school district from suffering a cut in state aid of more than 20 percent.

“I am pleased that the budget ensures the success and sustainability of our local schools, and I appreciate all the efforts that have been put forth thus far. Yet, I acknowledge that continued collaborations with the superintendents from my district is essential” said Anielski. “I believe that a strong education system is the foundation of our community and our future success as a state.”

“This budget invests in the things that Ohioans care about most, and safeguarding the ability of our schools to maintain vital services is a top priority,” Baker said. “We have a responsibility to position our children for a workplace that is becoming increasingly competitive, and giving them a good education is vital. We will continue to work with our school officials as this budget process continues.”

“Giving the young people in our community access to a high-quality education that best suits them is one of the most important efforts a lawmaker can pursue,” said Dovilla. “It’s clear that a one-size-fits-all approach to education will not work for Ohio. This budget successfully balances the difficult financial decisions and the investment in our communities.”

Sub. H.B. 153 is currently receiving public testimony in the House Finance and Appropriations Committee.


Marc said...

The elimination of the Governor's pension shift dwarfs any new money provided in this budget. You need to treat the budget holistically. If you provide more money in one pocket but take three times as much out of another pocket, your message should continue to be one of the need for austerity.

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