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Local leaders react to Gov. Kasich's funding plan for education

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Ohio Governor John Kasich released his school funding plan Thursday.  Local school districts have been holding their breaths waiting for answers about how the state will give them money.

Ohio Governor John Kasich unveiled his new education plan for the Buckeye State saying he's trying to level the playing field between poor and wealthy districts.

Districts with lower property values and household incomes would receive a boost.

"If you are poor then you going to receive the extra 15 mills from the state of Ohio without even passing a levy," Kasich said.

The plan includes a special fund for districts with new strategies to become more efficient and improve student achievement.  Also it would help the extra cost of students with disabilities and provide more school choice.

"If you have poor kids we're going to help, if you have disabled kids we're going to help."

Kasich said there will be $1.2 billion in more state funding over the next two years but Democratic critics said this doesn't make up for the $1.8 billion in cuts Kasich already implemented.

State Rep. Ron Gerberry (D-Ohio) 59th District said "This does not look like it's going to reduce the reliance on property taxes, Leslie, you know what this looks like it's going to do- it's going to give more money to charter schools and it's going to expand vouchers."

Brookfield Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton is waiting on details on how much funding the district will receive.

"I'm happy to see that we're not getting cut again that was my fear and my board of education's fear that we were going to suffer further cuts.  It's nice to see he increased the amount of funding for public education," Saxton said.

Even though the specifics are not known for the Brookfield School District, Saxton said the plan still relies heavily on taxpayers to fund public education.

"I don't anticipate it ever going away even though its been declared unconstitutional a long time ago it's still in place and I think will stay in place until a better plan is developed." 

Some education leaders and other Ohioans have said the plan is a step in the right direction in improving education opportunities for all children. Meanwhile some Democrats and teachers unions have said there's a lack of details and are critical of their lack of involvement in developing it.

(The Associated Press and Anita Quinn contributed to this report)

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