When John Kasich came into office in 2011, he immediately scrapped Governor Strickland’s “evidence based” school funding plan. Kasich promised his own plan in a few months.
Two years later, Kasich finally revealed his plan to a room full of school superintendents, who were initially impressed. Kasich promised poor districts would be getting more money under his plan.
But just as we predicted, the whole thing was a lie. Per pupil funding dropped, the majority of poor districts saw no increases in state funding after seeing massive cuts in the last budget, and poorly performing charters got a bump in funding at the expense of public schools,
And Richard Ross, Kasich’s chief education advisor and co-architect of the plan, defended the new funding model by making jokes about teaching kids music using computers instead of hiring an expensive music teacher.
Kasich developed his plan in a vacuum with no input from key stakeholders. He even excluded legislators from his own party who would ultimately be responsible for passing the plan through the General Assembly.
So it should come as no surprise that Republicans in the legislature are now planning to completely scrap Kasich’s school funding plan and start from scratch.
And Mr. Ross?
He’s getting a promotion.
After spending $50K on headhunters to conduct a “thorough search” for a new Schools Superintendent, they ultimately decided to hire Kasich’s education czar and architect of the failed Kasich school funding plan.
Ross will be replacing Stan Heffner, the former superintendent who was forced to resign because of a scandal first brought to light here at Plunderbund.