Voters in the Columbus Schools location who had been hoping to see a ballot initiative in November will be disappointed. The Campaign for Ohios Future, a group produced up of 12 separate educational groups, basically ran out of time to collect all the signatures necessary to place their proposal on the 2007 November ballot. Supporters in the Columbus Schools had hoped that the proposal would shift economic obligations from the local community to the state, and boost the top quality of public education.
Over 400,000 signatures were necessary the group managed to collect 150,000 before deciding to put the plan on the back burner. They say they will try once more in 2008. But not everybody in Columbus Schools, or in Ohio, supports the proposal. 1 of the most notable opponents is Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. The Governor is in search of legislative strategies to repair the difficulties of Ohio and Columbus Schools. Nevertheless, the disappointment felt by a lot of in the Columbus Schools, and its surrounding communities, is apparent.
Bob Greenwood, superintendent of the East Guernsey district, about 80 miles east of Columbus Schools, has said, It is really disappointing. We just had $8 million of cuts to balance our budget and are to the point where we cant cut anymore. This is concerning as Ohio and Columbus Schools strive to meet national mandates and stretch state funds. Ohio is at present 9th in the nation for graduation rates, and 15th in terms of teacher spend. Columbus Schools benefit from the $8,963 per pupil expenditure that places the state 16th highest in student spending.
Educators in Columbus Schools realize that in terms of national standards they are at the much better finish of the continuum, in terms of accessible funds. But administrators in Columbus Schools are well aware that that doesnt mean the funds are adequate, or even that money alone can address all of the problems.
Governor Strickland, the Ohio Company Roundtable, and the Ohio Education Association are trying to develop diverse legislative initiatives to repair Ohio and Columbus Schools. Neighborhood districts like Columbus Schools are hopeful that their input will be sought before final choices are produced. The concern of transferring the main burden of funding from nearby taxpayers in Columbus Schools to the state has several ramifications. It pits Columbus Schools and other Ohio districts against every single in competition for the funds. But this is not unusual in the planet of public education funding.
One particular of the most significant trends nationally is for big corporations to fund public school systems. So its not surprising that portion of the Governors team consists of an Ohio business organization. Columbus Schools and the other districts in Ohio will wait for each the Governors proposal, and to see if the Campaign for Ohios Future will present their proposal in 2008.