CHARDON — The Board of Education on Monday adopted a resolution encouraging the state General Assembly to expedite the passage of the Fair School Funding Plan.

The Fair School Funding Plan known as Senate Bill 376 and House Bill 305 would ensure that kindergarten through grade 12 public school districts are funded using a new system, according to bill sponsors.

“This will give us some stability in knowing what our funding is going to look like in the next few years as opposed to previous years where we were not really quite sure,” said Chardon board member Guy Wilson. “We are not necessarily going to see a massive amount of increase in funding, but we are going to see hopefully a more stable and more predictable level of commitment.”

Critics have said that the current school funding system in Ohio lacks a rational basis for determining both the cost of educating students and how the funding of education is shared between the state and local taxpayers.

According to the resolution, state Reps. Robert Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, convened a statewide workgroup made up of eight school district heads and treasurers and eight superintendents to devise a new formula for school funding recognizing the need to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system.

The group spent the last three years determining the inputs necessary to fund a thorough and efficient system of common schools that reduces the over-reliance on local property tax and creates equity in the state foundation system.

Ohio’s current biennial budget froze funding for Ohio schools at 2019 fiscal year levels and has been subsequently cut due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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