Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement about the Substitute Bill for House Bill 110, the 2022-2023 state budget:
“Twenty-four years after the Ohio Supreme Court declared our school funding formula unconstitutional, it is very unfortunate that the Senate is trying to pass on the opportunity to fix it. The Fair School Funding Working Group spent three and a half years developing a formula that determines what it costs to educate our students. The plan was a bipartisan proposal with a transparent, predictable and sustainable funding mechanism. It received the support of educators, advocates and community members.
“None of this is true about the plan proposed by Senate Republicans, which was created behind closed doors with zero input and vetting from public school stakeholders, including taxpayers, and which could have huge unintended consequences. As we all know, where there is a will, there is a way to fund the solution.
“We need to pass the Fair School Funding Plan to strengthen our schools and ensure all children receive efficient and adequate education, no matter where they live in Ohio. Our children’s future and Ohio’s future are too important to compromise.”