Mr. Sommers said the budget proposal is as much about trying to correct a faulty funding system as it is about a lack of money. "We're real clear: Don't raise taxes at the local level either. It's time to think about ways to be more efficient in our production of educational success."
A report from the political think tank Innovation Ohio
said the cuts to schools would result in the layoff of 30,000 teachers and support staff. Mr. Sommers said the administration's message has been to not start cuts with teachers and principals.
"I think any school that starts by cutting teachers is short sighted," he said.
Schools should instead make reductions in non-instructional costs such as administration, food service, transportation, human resources, etc., he said.