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Kasich school funding plan under microscope

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At a meeting with area state legislators, superintendents and school board members said the Governor's new school funding plan does not make up for two years of funding cuts that forced districts to make job and program cuts.

"It doesn't even replace the money that's been removed or taken away the past couple of years, it's not equitable, it's not a formula, we're not sure what it is," said Lakeview superintendent Bob Wilson.

Wilson says Lakeview, which is rated excellent with distinction, will get less money.

Senator Capri Cafaro points out that school funding cuts have put a billion dollars in new taxes on the ballot since May of 2011.

"We neend to take a very close look this funding formula, we need to identify ways that we can continue to reduce the reliance on property taxes," Cafaro said.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni D-Boardman says to just avoid new cuts is not an answer.

"Sixty percent of the schools in the state and about sixty percent of the schools in the Mahoning Valley aren't receiving any additional money," said Schiavoni.

The senator says another major concern is Kasich's plan to expand the voucher program and allow more public dollars to follow students into private schools.

"In that budget, it says any family of four making under $46,000 will be able to pull their child out of public school and send them to any parochial school or any private school, and that is going to have a detramental affect on those public schools," said Schiavoni.

In Trumbull County, the charter-voucher program currently takes $11.5 million away from public schools annually.

Kasich said his formula is designed to end the disparity in what the same property tax rate can raise for schools in one district as opposed to others.

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