Kasich K-12 Education Agenda Continues Status Quo

Governor Kasich’s Primary and Secondary Education spending totals $11.2 B in FY 2018, a 1.2% increase from fiscal year 2017, and $11.4 B in FY 2019, a 1.4% increase from fiscal year 2018 serving the 612 public school districts, 49 joint vocational school districts, 52 educational service centers, and 362 community schools.

Kasich K-12 Budget Proposal Highlights

Formula Amount The bill maintains the formula amount from FY 2017 ($6,000) for both FY 2018 and FY 2019 that will serve as the district base payment from the state.
Targeted Assistance The bill maintains the calculation of targeted assistance funding, which is based on a district’s value and income, to provide additional support to low wealth areas.
Special Ed Funding The bill maintains the dollar amounts for the six categories of special education services from FY 2017 for both FY 2018 and FY 2019.
Community Schools Facility Funding Community Schools receive facilities funding equal to $25 for each student in an internet- or computer-based community school and $200 in each fiscal year for each full-time equivalent pupil in all other community or STEM schools.
Gifted Student Funding The bill maintains the dollar amount in current law for gifted identification funding for both FY 2018 and FY 2019 paid to city, local, and exempted village school districts.
Third Grade Reading Bonus The bill maintains the “third grade reading bonus” to city, local, STEM and exempted village school district and community schools for passage of third grade reading test.
School Financing Transport funding a multiplier of the greater of 37.5% and 25% or the district’s SSI (for FY 2018, 19), imposes a 5% state funding growth cap, moves the funding guarantee to 95% if district’s loses more than 10% of students and a sliding scale reduction if enrollment drops from 5-10%, and keeps the Straight A Program.
Integrated Course Content Public and chartered nonpublic schools can integrate academic content in subject areas and allows a student to receive credit for both subject areas integrated into one course.
Subject Area Competency Requires a regulatory framework for academic credit to be granted for student’s work-based learning experiences.
State Tests Begins requiring the phased in release of state achievement test questions