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Gov. Kasich brings school funding discussion to Cincinnati

QUEENSGATE, OH (FOX19) -

After unveiling his new plan to reform and fund schools, Ohio Governor John Kasich took his proposal on the road to Cincinnati some 24 hours later.

The Governor touted his plan for superintendents at Taft Technical High School on Friday.

Kasich says the school-funding overhaul is focused on giving all students the resources to succeed. The plan is expected to include months of debate over Ohio's education direction.

The highlights of the plan include a boost to districts that are lagging in property values and household incomes and increasing tax supported school vouchers. In fact, overall funding would increase.

While the Governor's plan is earning high marks from area superintendents, not everyone was sold.

Kasich says the new funding plan is just a part of a series of reforms designed to improve education around the state, and one of the first things he asked for was that politics be kept out of the process.

"We're not interested in playing politics with resources that are designed to help kids learn and succeed," said Kasich.

The governor also revealed more resources for education are now available because the state has balanced its budget and growth in the labor market.

"When we have growing jobs inside of our state, it produces the revenue that we want to do the things that we really think are important and are priorities, and nothing is a higher priority than K-12 education."

Cincinnati school Superintendent, Mary Ronan, says she gives the plan high marks. "I do believe this will be wonderful for Cincinnati public schools, so thank you very much."

Loveland School Superintendent John Marshhausen said, "I'm really encouraged by the opportunities that we're going to have to innovate and try new things in an atmosphere, and it's not punitive."

Chris Burrows, Superintendent of Georgetown Schools, conveyed, "The thing that really excites me is we've shifted. They've shifted for us from a managerial role to leadership." 

However, not everyone was as positive about Gov. Kasich's school reform plan.

FOX19 spoke with Amelia High School teacher, Stacy Recker, who expressed it as disappointing.

"We have not seen the full plan yet, but until it restores the $1.1 billion in cuts, which was a historic cut to Ohio's schools that has harmed, irreparably harmed, Ohio students."

The Governor says so far, he's gotten positive feedback from lawmakers.

The legislature is expected to consider the matter in the coming months.  

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