Chrissie Thompson reports:
Ohio public school funding would grow by 11% over the next two years versus 2012-2013 spending levels, the largest increase in education spending in at least a decade, under the proposal Senate Republicans introduced Thursday.
In total, the majority Senate Republicans’ plan would spend about $6.6 billion in 2013-2014 and $7 billion in 2014-2015, versus the $6.3 billion the state spent on its public schools this school year.
The Senate plan would spend $141.6 million more on public schools than the plan that passed the House this spring. In addition, Senate leadership propose spending another $80 million more than the House on projects such as pre-kindergarten education and a program that emphasizes on teaching children to read by third grade.
The extra investments in education would use up nearly all of the extra money the Senate had to spend after making changes to the House budget.
“This is where we invested our dollars,” said Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina. “This is a significant investment. Matter of fact, this is most of the Senate investment.”
The Senate plans to vote next week on its version of the two-year Ohio budget. Then, House and Senate leaders will get together to reconcile their two versions of the budget. After votes on the compromise, the budget will go to Gov. John Kasich. It is to take effect on July 1.