Springfield City Schools Might Benefit From Governor's Proposed Budget
Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion budget includes cuts to more than half of Ohio's public school districts, but the superintendent of Springfield City Schools believes the budget will help his and many other districts.
Dr. David Estrop, who's in his final year as the head of Springfield City Schools, says poorer school district's like Springfield get more funding under the governor’s proposal.
"One of the things that can be accomplished by the state of Ohio through the school funding formula is to create greater equity between the the districts that have a lot of real estate wealth and those that don't," he said. "And what the governor is proposing, as I understand it, is just that."
Estrop believes the proposed budget will make a district’s average income level a bigger part of the funding formula, which is now heavily based on property values.
Kasich's proposed 2016-2017 budget would generate $7.7 billion in 2016 for schools and $8 billion in 2017. But half of Ohio's school districts might get less state money under the new formula—local districts that could see cuts include Beavercreek and Centerville.