Two of three Ohio school districts have budget shortfalls
Posted January 19, 2012 in Press ReleasesFor immediate releaseContact Wendy Patton at 614.221.4505Full report hereDownload press release
Most districts are cutting courses, reducing staff or raising student fees
The state budget reduced school funding in Ohio by $1.8 billion when compared to the previous biennium. A recent survey of Ohio school districts found that two out of three districts have budget shortfalls and more than a quarter of districts expect to be in fiscal distress. Of responding districts, 44 percent said they plan to reduce expenditures on materials, supplies and equipment; 38 percent said that they will allow class size to grow; 15 percent reported plans to reduce course offerings (double the share last year) and 12 percent plan to reduce instruction in the arts. Almost 19 percent said that they will raise fees for participation in athletics and other extracurricular activities.
“Schools across the state