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Local schools find their funding projections are full of surprises
Despite what Gov. Kasich promised, many poor schools would get no extra money while many rich schools would see huge increases.

Ida Lieszkovszky
Gov. John Kasich
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Last week, Gov. John Kasich unveiled his new school funding formula with a lot of fanfare, but few details on what it would actually mean for districts. Today, districts found out just how much they would get under the new formula. StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports some people are surprised by the numbers -- given the governor's claims.

School Funding projections are full of surprises

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This is how Gov. Kasich last week described how his plan would affect Ohio school districts. 

“If you are poor, you’re going to get more. If you’re richer, you’re going to get less.” 

But that’s not always the case, according to district-by-district projections the state released this week. David Varda directs the Ohio Association of School Business Officials. 

“There are some districts that would be classified wealthy that got very large increases, and there are some districts that would be classified by anyone as poor that are getting no increases.” 

For example, Olentangy Local Schools – a wealthy district near Columbus - is projected to get a 331 percent increase in state funding next year. Meanwhile, Trimble Local Schools in rural Athens County won’t see any increase. 

“I just think the way we thought of it, after the presentation last week, we thought it would have been the reverse.” 

The good news for all districts is the plan does not cut funding to any of them. 

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