HOWARD — State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl talked with the East Knox Board of Education on Wednesday night regarding changes the House has made to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget that could have an impact on schools if signed into law.
“We’ve made a lot of changes to it,” Ruhl said about Kasich’s budget. “One of the good things with our version is that no schools are getting a reduction. ... We are using the same numbers as 2009 with $5,732 provided per student. ... We believe we are providing more money for the poorer schools.”
One of the most important pieces of information Ruhl shared focused on state funding of education service centers. The House version restores cuts Kasich proposed to ESCs and also increases funding.
Ruhl also mentioned funding in the House version would include special education, disadvantaged aid, school transportation, implementation of a third grade reading guarantee and a new Straight A fund.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Ruhl said. “They will take amendments through Friday. We will discuss it on Tuesday and Wednesday and it will be on the House floor on Thursday. Then, it still has to go through the Senate.”
District treasurer Jessica Busenberg suggested the board delay any contract agreements with the Knox County Education Service Center to see where state funding falls so the district is not overcharged for needed services.
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