Monday, March 30, 2009


Once again, Gov. Strickland's 'crouch under the desk and hope nothing bad happens' strategy is flying in his face.

It turns out his fellow Democrats have decided to pick up his fumble on education and do their best to get things moving again.
Many changes to Gov. Ted Strickland's school-funding plan are in the works. A revamped version probably will help many poor districts, while lessening the impact of a property tax change that otherwise would provide big benefits to high property-value districts such as Columbus.


Through weeks of examination, including more than 50 hours of House committee testimony from 320 witnesses, Strickland's "evidence-based" funding model has been taking on water through a number of holes.

"There are a lot of good things in it, and there are some things that we feel ought to be changed," said Matt Bunting, treasurer of Athens schools. His district would get almost no new money in the next two years under Strickland's plan, which phases in funding over eight years.

"We need to speed up the phase-ins that help some of the poorer districts and slow down the phase-in for some of the wealthier districts," Bunting said.
In 2006, Ted Strickland said if he didn't fix education, he would consider himself a failure as Governor.

Since the Democrats in the Statehouse now feel the need to take over his plan, perhaps we can make this call a little earlier than we anticipated.

Thanks for nothing, Guv.

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