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Minnesota Gov. Walz unveils education plan centered on pandemic and equity

Mohamed Ibrahim, AP News |

The plan, named the Due North Education Plan, attempts to address the pandemic’s toll on school systems statewide by expanding academic programs and mental health services starting in the summer of 2021 that will last throughout the following school year, and by providing a one-time investment to schools to prevent an impact due to enrollment loss during the pandemic.

Walz, a former public school teacher, said during a media briefing on Monday that the proposal aims to also reduce racial inequity in Minnesota schools. Those measures include the creation of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Center within the state education department, recruitment and retention of more diverse teachers, and anti-bias training for school staff.

DeWine Orders $390 Million Ohio Budget Cut, But Adds Money For Education

Jo Ingles, Statehouse News Bureau |

Gov. Mike DeWine said when he made three quarters of a billion dollars in cuts to Medicaid and education last year, he thought the budget would be worse off than it is now. Revenues have been coming in over estimates lately – in December, tax receipts were more than $64 million over estimates, but total tax receipts are down 10%.


With this Executive Order, DeWine is finalizing current year budget reductions of $390 million across all agencies. But he’s also putting an additional $160 million into K-12 education and $100 million into higher ed. 

Local School Districts Incur Costs From Pandemic, Face Uncertain Budgets

Cincinnati Edition, WVXU |

In December the Ohio Senate blocked passage of the Fair School Funding Plan. The legislation would have provided an additional $1.99 billion a year, about a 24% increase, to K-12 schools when fully implemented.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the budget outlook in 2021 are Cincinnati Public Schools Treasurer and CFO Jennifer Wagner; and Middletown City School District Superintendent Marlon Styles, Jr.

Cincinnati Edition, WVXU – January 19th, 2021

Prior to COVID-19, states cut $600B in ed funding since Great Recession

Roger Riddell, K-12 Dive |

A pair of reports released Thursday by the Education Law Center — “Making the Grade 2020” and “$600 Billion Lost: State Disinvestment in Education Following the Great Recession” — add deeper context to the financial turmoil facing the nation’s public schools and further highlight the adverse impact states’ education funding cuts were already having prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mariemont: 2020 Residential Tax Value Update – Tom Golinar

Residential property values in the Mariemont City School District increased by an average of 13 percent with this most recent update, and this was in line with the increase seen throughout all of Hamilton County… So why doesn’t the school district see a 13 percent increase in revenue?

By state law (House Bill 920 enacted in 1976), voted taxes cannot increase despite inflation, and House Bill 920 does this in two ways. First, House Bill 920 prohibits the school district (and the other entities receiving your property tax dollars) from collecting any more voted tax dollars than what has been approved by voters, even when property values increase, so voted millage is actually reduced to accomplish this.

Cincinnati church donates $150,000 to help 500 Princeton City Schools’ students receive electronics


The Vineyard Cincinnati Church donated $150,000 to the school district to be used for electronic devices, including Chromebooks and Wi-Fi access for students.

“The most powerful educational tool that we have is the internet,” said Tom Burton, Superintendent at Princeton City Schools. “You wouldn’t think about not giving each child a textbook for class. Yet when it comes to the most powerful educational tool we have, the internet (connectivity), it is not available for each student. This generous gift helps to close the digital divide and provide opportunities which previously did not exist for each student.”

Caught in a Financial ‘Triple Squeeze,’ Districts Could See Annual Costs of $2,500 Per Student to Address Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

Linda Jacobson, The 74 |

Conducted by Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit consulting firm that works with districts on financial issues, the projections account for the kind of “high-dosage” tutoring needed for students who have fallen the furthest behind and hiring more staff devoted to schoolwide social-emotional learning efforts.


More emergency funding headed to Ohio schools

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

More funding similar to CARES Act funding Ohio school districts received earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic is headed to the state.

The Ohio Department of Education said they expect to receive money from the Elementary and Seconday School Emergency Relief Fund II (ESSERII) “soon,” of which 90% of the funds will go to traditional schools districts and community schools.


School budgets have held up better than expected in some states, but looming cuts will hurt learning long after pandemic ends

Michael Addonizio, The Conversation |

The year 2020 may prove to be pivotal in the history of U.S. public education. Many children have gone missing from school completely since March, and millions more are struggling with wholly inadequate online learning experiences. Lower-income and minority children are particularly hard-hit.

The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated deep inequities across our public schools. Merely restoring school budgets to their prepandemic levels will not be enough to address them after this long period of limited learning.

So far, most states have avoided deep education budget cuts this school year. However, they project revenue shortfalls for the 2021-22 school year. Because education is labor-intensive, budget cuts would mean layoffs and pay freezes. This would harm in-class instruction and student progress and well-being at a time when it’s most needed.

As a former state education administrator and current university professor and researcher, I have seen how state investment in public schools can boost economies long-term and strengthen civic life.


After rebuke, South Carolina gov changes COVID money plan

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press |

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday how he will spend about $20 million of the $48 million set aside for him to spend at his own discretion. The governor has a May deadline to decide how to spend the remaining $28 million in grant money.


Middletown superintendent to Ohio legislators: Stop discriminating against students living in poverty

Keith BieryGolick, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Styles said he’s lost sleep worrying about students whose main goal this year has been survival, not online learning. Those are the realities that come in a district with a median household income under $40,000. Realities that come when almost all students receive free and reduced lunch rates. Realities that meant during the pandemic Styles’ staff delivered 40,000 meals a week – and sometimes laundered clothes for students. 

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