What went on in the Supreme Court? School funding: Is it fixed?

The Columbus Dispatch has done an award worthy job on describing the current school funding mess as well as talking about the current funding trends. The article below is a MUST read regarding how the school funding system in the state of Ohio was declared unconstitutional and the following actions. The Dispatch sat down with current and former Supreme Court justices asked them about their deliberations and their processes. Strange right? Well you will read the justices can talk about it because they dismissed the case so it cannot come before them again. It provides a nice timeline of events and insight on the important decision in the state of Ohio. It is very comprehensive and describes with accuracy the current state of school funding. You will also read that the Supreme Court in all of its wisdom made it so that they system could never be declared constitutional creating a situation where internal groups, funded by unions and school districts, can put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot saying it is unfair, but not tell you that it could not be ruled as fair.

Read the interesting history about the DeRolph case history here:
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/news-story.php?story=dispatch/2007/03/18...

Items of note in that article:
Douglas viewed the case as having the gravity of the U.S. Supreme Court

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We need to meet Chris. DeRolph is my passion. I'm sorry I didn't make your press conference the other day, I got caught up. But I've extensively studied this issue. I'd love to discuss it with you. Please email at progressivetoledo@gmail.com. Seriously, we need to discuss this.

Junta I agree with you the problem districts are rural ones (I remember previous threads on this on ToledoTalk). The Dispatch pulled a coup by actually getting the justices to talk about what happened-from the inside. These two articles is a worthy read regardless. My e-mail will be forthcoming. The Dispatch has a series of articles forthcoming so it will be interesting to see what they add today.

I wonder what would be the affect of allowing school districts to keep the full amount of the millages voted to support their schools? My understanding is districts cannot collect the full amount of the mills voted on. The state "roll-back" formula reduces the actual dollar amount from the increase millage.

A millage benchmark could be developed for each district based on their actual current expenses and then with a cost of living index on that base millage level each district could keep up with operational and staff expenses.

The current system of robbing Peter to pay Paul is not working. There is no incentive to up grade your performance when you continue to get funding no matter whether you meet your goals or not. When it all pays the same we tend to get the same old-same old results.

bill

They sure did pull a coup with these interviews. And for Voinovich to have positioned himself as the education anything is just a joke.

The short answer I think is no, Chris. Ohio has done some things, dumped some money and made some building plans over this last decade - but they never addressed the ruling that the property tax system was unconstitutional.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

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