Ohio House Dems seek input on Kasich schools plan


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Democrats say they want to work with Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) and other Republicans on his new education policy blueprint.

Reps. Teresa Fedor (FEH'-duhr), Debbie Phillips and Matt Lundy say members of their party aren't privy to details of the school-funding proposal coming Thursday. They said they and their constituencies, including urban and rural school districts and unionized teachers, have ideas to offer.

Kasich ran in 2010 on a promise to address Ohio's unconstitutional system for getting taxpayer money to schools. His plan is expected to include sweeping proposals for policy changes.

The Democrats cited three areas they hope Kasich tackles. They support more money for pre-school and all-day kindergarten, a formula that helps districts avoid so many school levy requests, and greater accountability of for-profit charter schools.

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