Some Franklin County School Districts Could See Double-Digit Funding Increases Under Kasich Proposal


Ten Franklin County school districts will get double-digit increases under Gov. John Kasich's budget proposal. Four districts will see no increase.

"We want to make sure that a student who comes from a district that's poor is going to have the same shot at a quality education as the kid who comes from some of the richest districts in the state," Kasich told 10TV yesterday.

The Kasich plan does not cut funding from any district.  However, it does shift money from richer districts to poorer ones.

"When you're a wealthy district you have a greater ability to help yourself, but with the commitment we've made, which is a significant increase in funding for K-12; we should focus the dollars so that every kid has a chance," Kasich said.

Kasich announced his education plan last week. The specific numbers by district were released late today.

Under his proposal, Columbus City Schools will increase 14 percent over the next two years.

Districts seeing increases: Canal Winchester, 9.5; Dublin, 25; Gahanna, 16.6; Groveport Madison, 15.4; Hamilton, 14.4; Hilliard, 16.5; New Albany-Plain, 181; South-Western, 8.9; Westerville, 24.6; Whitehall, 17.25; Worthington, 15.4.

Districts with no increase: Bexley, Grandview Heights, Reynoldsburg and Upper Arlington.

"I have been really pleased by the reaction of superintendents across the state," Kasich said.  "We can be in a position where we can be stabilized and steady with school funding.  If you don't play politics with it, and put a formula together that's fair, I think it can carry the day."

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