In June of 2021, the Ohio House passed HB 110 in the bipartisan biennial operating budget for FYs 2022-2023 that included The Fair School Funding Plan. This plan went a long way to address the way Ohio funded schools which the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 1997. Yes, ensuring safe schools, equal access to quality programs and quality educators is expensive. The funding of HB 110 will be phased in over the next two years. The risk is that funding must be revisited every two years. With a powerless Ohio Board of Education, will a minority controlled legislature remain committed to Ohio’s students?
SB 178 also matters because non-educators will be controlling not only funding, but policy and standards (content). Ohioans elected the members of the Ohio Board of Education, not the Governor, to set policy and programs. SB178 will allow a gerrymandered minority to dictate what is taught and how. We have only to look to Texas and Florida to see the chilling consequences of controlled and censored education.
- Libby Earle, Hamilton