Hudson -- The Board of Education is asking for the public's help voicing opposition to Gov. John Kasich's proposed state budget which, if passed, will use a formula to take money from wealthier districts and give more cash to districts in financial need.
Board members passed a unanimous resolution March 16 to "sponsor a letter to the governor and state legislators on behalf of the Board of Education expressing concern regarding the considerable negative impact of said proposed 2016 - 2017 budget on the Hudson City School District."
Under the current funding formula, the budget, which Kasich has touted as a "Blueprint for a New Ohio," the district would lose $2.98 million, or 28 percent, in state funding over the next two years, according to Superintendent Phil Herman.
The reduction would be akin to losing 3.3 mills in funding, reducing state funding per pupil from $2,243 to $1,991, according to the Board.
"We recognize that some districts in the state need additional financial assistance, and we are not advocating for an increase in state funds for Hudson," Herman said in a letter sent to parents March 4. "However, it is essential that state resources are held stable for high performing districts such as Hudson City Schools. Reductions in the state funding formula to high performing districts will not enhance education in Ohio."
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