Benton-Carroll-Salem urges passage of Fair School Funding state proposal

Dec 2, 2020 | Schools | 0 comments

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has announced it is joining hundreds of school districts statewide to support the Fair School Funding Plan, as introduced in the Ohio House as Sub. H.B. 305 and the Ohio Senate as S.B. 376. District officials are urging lawmakers to seize this moment to make history for Ohio’s K-12 public schools.

District Treasurer, Cajon Keeton, was one of eight treasurers across the state to work to develop the plan.

The plan is a comprehensive bipartisan remake of Ohio’s current, but frequently discredited, funding formula. It is also the product of 18 months of concentrated volunteer efforts by a group of active school superintendents and treasurers under the leadership of state representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson).

According to Keeton, the current funding system is flawed, and its provisions have no objectively determined relationship to cost or need and added the plan is fair for students and taxpayers, eliminates arbitrary caps on funding increases, reduces artificial guarantees and respects local control.

In addition to B-C-S and hundreds of other districts across Ohio, four of Ohio’s most influential and prestigious education organizations also declared their support for the Fair School Funding Plan: Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Federation of Teachers and Ohio Education Association.

For additional information, contact Cajon Keeton at ckeeton@bcssd.com.

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