ERIC Number: ED438604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Children First: A Discussion Paper on Public School Finance and Education Reform in Ohio. Building Community through Choice.
Buckeye Inst. for Public Policy Solutions, Dayton, OH.
This document outlines a framework for a child-centered education approach to meet the requirements of the school-funding reforms mandated by the Ohio Supreme Court. The restructuring, which tied funding to education opportunity, was in response to the court case, "DeRolph vs. State," which ended reliance on the local property tax as the primary funding source for public schools, gave the state the primary responsibility for funding education, improved funding for facilities, and linked the costs of a child's education to school funding. The paper details how Child-Centered Education uses market-oriented reforms to transform public education, institutionalize accountability, improve productivity, and meet the mandate of "DeRolph." The mechanism provides incentives for stakeholders within the system to reform their own schools through competition for students. The report outlines how child-centered education works, and details some of the parameters connected with parental and local control of education. It describes the various types of program funding, such as grants, education tax credits, earmarking, and local district supplemental funding. The report concludes that child-centered education uses statewide grants to improve public education by attracting students into schools; empowering parents, students, administrators, and teachers; reinforcing local control; by emphasizing the customer; and linking funding to opportunity. Four appendices outline proposals for transportation issues. The role of the Ohio Department of Education, collective bargaining reform, and a consolidation of state programs. (Contains 38 references and notes.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Finance Reform, School District Spending, Student Costs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Buckeye Inst. for Public Policy Solutions, Dayton, OH.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio