School Funding Proposal One Step Closer to November Ballot

A group trying to change how Ohio pays for public schools got permission today to collect petition signatures to try to get the proposal on the November ballot.

The Ohio Ballot Board unanimously approved the language of the proposal, which would gradually reduce the local share of expenses for schools and increase the state share.

A coalition of mostly education groups has to collect more than 400,000 signatures by August Eighth to get the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.

Backers say the amendment is an attempt to fix Ohio’s school funding system which has been found unconstitutional repeatedly by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Critics ask how it would be paid for.

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