COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposed overhaul of the Ohio school-funding system probably will have to be handled separately from the state budget due by the end of June, Ohio's House speaker said.
Lawmakers are considering two proposals for school-funding increases.
Reps. Bob Cupp and John Patterson proposed the big overhaul. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed $550 million in new funding targeted toward higher-poverty areas.
GOP Speaker Larry Householder told Gongwer news service he's concerned about how equitable the Cupp-Patterson plan would be and how it would affect poor urban and rural schools. Householder said it needs work but he's not sure that can be done by the budget deadline.
He said lawmakers can keep working on that while considering DeWine's proposal or lesser funding changes in the meantime.
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State lawmakers proposing an overhaul of how Ohio funds schools say their plan would more fairly split local and state shares of that funding and factor in the cost of educating a child and a community's ability to help pay for it.
Republican Rep. Bob Cupp, of Lima, and Democratic Rep. John Patterson, of Jefferson, acknowledged Monday that their plan will cost more, but wouldn't specify how much. They say it would provide more funding for students in poverty, preschool access for economically disadvantaged 4-year-olds, and a technology device, such as a basic laptop, for each student.
The funding system has been repeatedly adjusted since the Ohio Supreme Court found it unconstitutional 22 years ago.
Advocates say fairer funding could help address an achievement gap that correlates to poverty.