Dr. George Wood, an education policy expert serving as Superintendent of Federal Hocking Local School District, provides three easy budget fixes in this article for the Athens Messenger.

These “fixes” would provide some relief in the short term. In the long term, state officials must revisit the Ohio Supreme Court’s decisions in DeRolph and give the system a complete systematic overhaul as directed by the Court.

Here’s a quick summary of the highlights:

  • First, end the transfer of local tax dollars to electronic charter schools (e-schools).
  • Second, the legislature should act to reduce the number of tests Ohio school children take to the minimum required by federal legislation.
  • Third, the Resident Educator Program (RESA) begun in 2011 has yet to yield any positive results and should be terminated.


William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding