According to budget documents, basic aid for primary and secondary education would be cut 12.1 percent next year, and another 7.6 percent in 2013. The cuts largely stem from a loss of federal stimulus money, which accounted for $457 million this year, and another $736 million lost by the state accelerating the phase-out of reimbursements for the eliminated taxes on inventory, equipment and utilities. Columbus schools Superintendent Gene Harris said the district would lose $27.5 million in the governor’s budget, hurting the district’s ability to follow through on promises made during the last levy campaign. Kasich [also] proposes a major expansion of school choice: doubling the number of available EdChoice scholarships to 28,000 that allow more students in poor-performing districts to attend private schools. He also would lift the caps on the number of privately run, publicly funded charter schools. Primary funding for higher education would be cut 13.1 percent next year, followed by a small increase in 2013.
Budget pain spread around, and down | The Columbus Dispatch
Because the way to build a better state (and future) is to slash education funding.