Governor Kasich did a complete snow job on the Ohio media when it came to K-12 education funding.  For days, several media outlets reported that Kasich’s education cuts weren’t nearly as bad as feared in education.  The “fear” was the expectation of 15% to 20% cuts.

This morning, the Columbus Dispatch actually reported that education might see slight increases.  Kasich, during his press conference, actually claimed his budget “increases” funding for K-12 and college education.

Except Kasich’s own budget document proves him to be lying.  Here’s the pages from Kasich’s budget dealing with the Ohio Department of Education from Kasich’s submitted “Blue Book” (Executive State Budget):

Kasich Budget on Education

Yes, Kasich’s budget technically increases State’s share of funding for K-12 education from FY11, but that’s only because the State decreased its share because the federal stimulus allowed the State the flexibility to increase overall spending while allows the State to use its money elsewhere in a very challenging budget environment.

But Kasich’s budget doesn’t replace the stimulus money that isn’t in this budget.  That’s $875 million in funding that is gone and not replaced in Kasich’s budget.

Kasich’s own budget shows that the TOTAL funding for education in the State budget is therefore decreasing education funding 11.5% from FY2011, followed by another 4.9% decrease in FY 2013 from FY2012.  That’s over a 16% decrease in funding over two years.  That’s $1.28 BILLION in less funding for K-12 education.   

Kasich is increasing what is called foundational aid, but that increase is almost entirely taken up by… Kasich’s doubling of money for for-profit charter schools funding and vouchers.  Kasich said he was doubling the number of school vouchers.


Kasich’s own budget shows that total education funding will end in his biennium  budget below FY 2008 in actual dollars not just in inflation-adjusted real dollars.

Kasich’s budget zeros out funding for the line items of:

  • School Improvements Initiatives
  • STEM Initiatives
  • Violence Prevention and School Safety
  • Neglected and Delinquent Education
  • Drug-Free Schools
  • Gifted Education

Some of this is due to dismantling Strickland’s Evidence Based School Funding reforms… most of it is not, however.  Kasich’s budget has yet to answer the question of how the State will determine how to allocate its funding to the school districts once Strickland’s formula no longer exists, either.

This is your education budget.  As BudgetWatch as already noted, there are other cuts elsewhere in the budget in funding that school district receives.

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  • This makes me sick…

    Thanks for sharing this. It is good to have the facts that prove Kasich is lying.

  • guest

    You need to put up the picture with I lied under his ugly face. You will be using that a lot; I think. Of course he really doesn’t work for us, he works for rich people and corporations so of course we have to support them and their fat behinds. Do now want my taxes going to any private school especially some religious “academy”. Looks like I am going to have to go up on my BP medication.

  • WestParkGuy

    What about the Lottery Profit Education Line Item?

    In the budget it is calling for decreased revenue. Down 34 Mil this year, 30 Mil next, and a whopping 65 Mil in 2013

  • Anonymous

    I’m just guess that’s a privatization of the Lottery although it’s not actually called for in the budget.

  • Jason A Haas

    I also wondered about that. I’ve not heard sales are down, so either ME is right about privatizing or the % allocated to education is being reduced.

  • ka4

    So there will be NO funding for gifted education in the 2012-2013 budget?

  • I would like to add to that the fact that an overwhelming number of private schools for which the vouchers are valid are all religious schools. I checked here for Franklin County and I don’t recall a single eligible school that wasn’t religious. Why are tax dollars going to support religious schools? How is this even allowed?

  • Guess he is not to good at math maybe that is what happen when he worked on wall street for that company that loss all that money anyone remember.

  • Anonymous

    No dedicated funding, no. They explained at the town hall last night that schools will have to make those decisions. So if you live in a rich district and have lots of property-tax wealth and don’t depend on state funding, sure you can probably afford to choose to offer gifted programs. Not so much for poorer districts.

    They are pushing the hard choices to the local level so someone else can be the bad guy.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, really? The Lottery has been having record sales years. This makes no sense – we will look into it, but it could be that they’re preparing to sell it off and get a dedicated funding stream (at or below current levels) in exchange for a lump sum payment. The only way to sell it, by the way, would be to promise the private operator authority to introduce practically any new and more profitable types of games they like, pocketing any additional revenue that is created.

  • Anonymous

    It’s only fair to call him out when he (and the Dispatch) try to argue that schools aren’t getting their funding cut. Sure, the stimulus is gone and everyone saw that coming, but let’s be honest – that’s less money going to schools, pretty much the definition of a cut.

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