The state of Ohio operates on a biennial budget, which means it normally runs on a two year cycle. The beginning of a new budget cycle typically begins on July 1st of odd-numbered years. The next budget cycle should be July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. Funding for education is part of this budget. The State is obligated by the Ohio Constitution to maintain a balanced budget. The Governor is required to present the executive budget to the General Assembly within four weeks after its organization early in January of every odd-numbered year. The new budget must be approved in order for the State to spend money past June 30, 2013.
In 1997, the Ohio Supreme Court deemed that the way Ohio funds schools as unconstitutional. That was the first of four rulings citing the unconstitutionality of the State funding system. Ohio’s public education system depends heavily on property taxes.
The Woodridge Local School District received $1,209,519 in unrestricted state aid in school year 2002-2003 and received $1,117,170 in unrestricted state aid in school year 2011-2012, a decrease of 7.64% over the last 10 years.
While unrestricted state aid has declined over the last ten years our enrollment has increased 15.5%, 270 students. For our district, unrestricted State Aid has dropped from $693.93 per student in the 2002-2003 school year to $554.98 per student in the 2011-2012 school year. We will continue to monitor the development of the State biennial budget as it impacts our district over the next six months.
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