While this evidence-based model for school funding will be implemented over the next 10 years it is clear that the investment in education will increase significantly in that time. This model implies that the amount of money that was invested in education was the problem, rather than how the money was distributed. I'm concerned whether the state can sustain this level of support in the years to come. As a parent and taxpayer reading through the plan, I'm not satisfied that it has been clearly explained how state funds were going to be distributed amongst Ohio's 612 school districts or how the price tag for a good education was determined.
I believe education reform is about making sure that every student has the same opportunities to a good education no matter where they live. Over the last 10 years, the state determined what our students need to learn to be successful and implemented policies to hold our schools accountable. The state also made sure that parents have alternatives when their children are in poorly performing schools. When it comes to the state-funded public education, I believe a focus on the return on investment is just as important as the amount invested.