Vol 63: Budget Recap, Family Care Conversation

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 110 the state’s two-year, $75 billion operating budget into law earlier this month. The budget includes billions in tax cuts, investment in broadband internet and a change in how the state funds public and private education.

Fair School Funding

The budget included the “Fair Funding School Plan” which changes how the money that the state provides districts for each student is calculated. The new system weighs a district’s expenses to come up with the base per-pupil funding amount.

Direct Funding for Vouchers and Charter schools

The budget increases the maximum amount for vouchers to attend private schools from $4,650 to $5,500 for children in grades K-8 and from $6,000 to $7,500 for high school students.


The budget includes an expansion of Ed Choice Scholarships to allow students to attend private school. The annual amounts will move to $5,500 per year for grades K-8 and $7,500 for high school students.

Broadband Expansion:

The budget includes $250 million for a broadband access grant program meant to boost connections to high-speed internet in underprivileged communities.

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Federal Legislative Update

Department of Education (ED) – The subcommittee bill provides a total of $102.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for ED, an increase of $29.3 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level and the same as the President’s budget request. Some things in the bill includes:

  • K-12 Education -The bill provides $65.6 billion, an increase of $25 billion over the fiscal year 2021 enacted level and the same as the President’s budget request.

  • $36 billion for Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, an increase of $19.5 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level.

  • $17.2 billion for Special Education, an increase of $3.1 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level and $7 million above the President’s budget request.

Continued support for a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides:

  • $112 million, an increase of $45 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs within the Education Innovation and Research program;

  • $90 million, an increase of $10 million over the FY21 enacted level, for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program with a priority for teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies;

  • $1 billion within School Safety National Activities for Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration Grants and School-Based Mental Health Services Grants to help LEAs directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools; and

  • $443 million, an increase of $413 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for Full-Service Community Schools to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities.

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