Superintendent Tom Hosler testifies in support of fair funding plan for Ohio’s schools

Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler presented the following testimony November 17 before the Ohio House Finance Committee in support of the proposed Fair Funding Plan and House Substitute Bill 305 for Ohio schools.

“The plan bases state school funding on what students actually need to succeed,” Mr. Hosler said. “It treats all Ohio school districts and taxpayers fairly, based on capacity to pay. Together, we strive to ensure that Ohio’s children will have the quality educational opportunities they all deserve. And together, we can adopt a comprehensive, fair school funding plan that meets the needs of Ohio’s children, future workforce, economy and communities in the years ahead.”

At the direction of Speaker of the House Bob Cupp and Representative John Patterson, the components of Substitute House Bill 305 were developed by a work group comprised of superintendents and treasurers from all regions of Ohio, representing all school types. The Cupp-Patterson work group began three years ago—November 15, 2017. This is the first time in the history of Ohio public education that practitioners have developed a funding plan that answers the questions: “What does it cost to educate a child in the state of Ohio?” and “What does each district need to operate?”

 

 

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