Education Insider: Kasich trades jabs with Fairbanks superintendent

A war of words appears to be brewing between Gov. John Kasich and Fairbanks Superintendent Bob Humble.

It started when Humble offered his thoughts on Kasich’s school-funding proposal, which takes into account a district’s ability to fund its operations based on income and property value per student.

“This is absolutely the craziest, most-goofiest formula I’ve ever seen,” Humble said. “How can a state in the best financial state it’s ever been in be cutting funds to any district?”

Fairbanks in Union County is slated to lose about 6 percent, or $314,000, in state funding over two years under Kasich’s plan.

Humble was dumbfounded by the district’s capacity measure — its ability to pay for its schools — under Kasich’s plan. Fairbanks’ measure ranked above capacity in the New Albany and Olentangy school districts, which have higher median incomes than the mostly farming community. Fairbanks’ figure is just below Upper Arlington’s and Grandview Heights’.

Kasich responded just as harshly, calling out educators for what he said is their “irresponsible” reactions to his plan.

“We need more superintendents who are educators and less superintendents who are politicians,” he said.

(Read more at the Dispatch)