More from the Columbus Dispatch on the Senate GOP’s raid of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund:

The proposed raid of $30 million from the Housing Trust Fund is already drawing criticism from House Democrats who say the move is unwise as Ohio faces the worst foreclosure crisis in state history.

The fund helps pay for homeless shelters, housing programs, housing projects and home repairs for seniors. The fund, generated from fees on the sale of houses, is expected to have about $35 million per year, which is already down from $53 million.

?This would be devastating,? said Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. ?It?s entirely outrageous that they would take money from the homeless.?

That means the House Trust Fund, under the GOP proposal would lose 90% of its funding from the last budget.? $5 million dollars for homeless shelters, housing repairs for seniors, and housing programs for low-income Ohioans.

Meanwhile, they’d give charter schools $70 million more than the current budget already gives them.

In completely unrelated news, “Weak Building a Drag on Economic Recovery.”?

But at least David Brennan of White Hat Management will have more taxpayer dollars in which he can turn into campaign donations for the GOP next year…

  • scottpullins

    The money would go to private schools, not to public charter schools and is used for such things as the following:

    Textbooks, Computer hardware & equipment, Nursing services, Psychological services, Social work services, Speech and hearing services, Guidance and counseling services, Remedial services and services for gifted
    pupils, Services for handicapped students, Standardized testing and scoring
    services, Computer software, prerecorded video laser discs, compact discs, instructional materials, and library materials.

    70% of these students attend Catholic schools. None of this money will go to White Hat operated schools.

  • LisaCD

    Why do Republicans hate homeless veterans?

    Our local VoA homeless shelter is full, and the weather is mild yet. The shelter is can't put down sleeping mats until the temp drops into the 30's.
    What happens when a child freezes to death in January?

    This is hitting really close to home today

  • Sorry, what? Did you say “private” schools? LOL. What did I miss?

  • scottpullins

    Modern's post stated that the money would go to charter schools and White Hat management. That's not true, it would go to private, mostly Catholic schools.

    We can have the debate whether giving this money to private schools or not is proper, but Dave Brennan has nothing to do with it. That's what I meant.

  • mvirenicus

    i attended twelve years of catholic schools and remember quite well the textbooks and overhead projectors marked with whatever house or senate bill provided funding for that item. i would imagine these days, with so few nuns and priests in the schools to provide instruction, that the cost of catholic education has grown exponentially. but the question that keeps coming to my mind is: why? why is the government providing funding to catholic schools? they are PRIVATE, right? religious to boot.

  • Thanks, Scott. I got ya. Appreciate the clarification and yes, we should have this debate! šŸ˜‰

  • scottpullins

    The State of Ohio requires certain standards of education, regardless of whether the student attends a brick and mortar public school, a public charter, home schooling, or private schools. The legislature decided some time ago that when it would issue educational mandates it would also provide some funding to these schools.

    The online schools typically provide textbooks, computers, and internet access to kids in their homes using taxpayer dollars etc. The money to the Catholic schools is in the same areas.

  • mvirenicus

    oic. well, i want to see PUBLIC schools be the focus of PUBLIC funding and mandates. i don't want to see my government supporting schools that have as their primary goal the lining of some capitalist's pockets or that teach children to have faith in some “parochial” imaginary being. gawd knows the public schools need all the funding and help they can get these days.

  • scottpullins

    According to my limited research, this aid has been provided for the past 25 years to private schools by both D's and R's. The increases in funding have tracked the increases in basic aid for public schools until the most recent budget which cut the private school funds by approximately 18%.

    The numbers I got from the Catholic Conference of Ohio shows that in a school of 350 students, the cut was about $43,000. That money certainly doesn't come close to covering all the costs. Tuition and other private support covers most of the freight.

  • mvirenicus

    maybe the cleveland catholic diocese could make their PRIVATE schools self-sufficient if they sell more of their churches. how about if the church sells the vatican and all the treasures contained therein? they could put the pope up in a nice condo. he can keep the dresses and fancy hats too.

  • I'd like to throw something witty and comical into this conversation (sorry I'm late by the way) but school funding in Ohio is, in fact, a complicated mess.

    I do imagine that we would never see this in the bill if the majority of the funding was going to go to religious private schools that aren't Catholic or even Christian, Islamic High Schools for example.

    It seems unlikely it will make it into the final budget bill. I'm sure its just there so they can take it out later during negotiations and say they compromised.

  • scottpullins

    Strangely, I agree with you. šŸ™‚

  • I'd like to throw something witty and comical into this conversation (sorry I'm late by the way) but school funding in Ohio is, in fact, a complicated mess.

    I do imagine that we would never see this in the bill if the majority of the funding was going to go to religious private schools that aren't Catholic or even Christian, Islamic High Schools for example.

    It seems unlikely it will make it into the final budget bill. I'm sure its just there so they can take it out later during negotiations and say they compromised.

  • scottpullins

    Strangely, I agree with you. šŸ™‚

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