Jan Resseger’s blog offers analysis of educational legislation and policy developments
(Plain Press, April 2019) For those interested in working on improving public education in Ohio, Jan Resseger’s blog at janresseger.wordpress.com is a valuable resource. Resseger is a retired staff member of the United Church of Christ where she once in charge of advocacy and programming in support of public education justice. She also served as chair of the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education.
In a March 26thposting on her blog, titled Long Awaited Bipartisan School Funding Plan Proposed for Ohio, Ressseger offers a preliminary review of the Fair School Funding Plan proposed for Ohio Schools by State Representatives Robert Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson). The plan’s authors hope their proposal will finally meet the demands of the Ohio Supreme Court in the DeRolph decision and make school funding constitutional in Ohio.
In her blog, Resseger quotes from Cupp and Patterson saying: “The new plan challenges the state to: ‘base state school funding on what students actually need to succeed in a rapidly changing world; access every community’s capacity to pay its fair share – transparently; and treat all Ohio’s school districts and taxpayers as fairly as possible.’”
Resseger goes further her preliminary review of the yet to be released plan saying “The new plan’s designers explain that the plan will combine state and local dollars according to a formula that will cover actual costs, provide freedom to districts to use state funds for local needs they determine, and ensure that every district has enough money for quality classroom instruction, co-curriculars, social-emotional needs, counselors, technology, safety, and professional development for teachers. The plan includes enriched pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds living in poverty, and it funds special education at 100 percent, instead of the current 90 percent level.”