Ohio public school funding is the composite of state, national, and local laws that provide dollars for public education. About 13 billion dollars is currently spent each year to educate Ohio's children in grades K-12. There are roughly 1.8 million school-aged children in Ohio. Seventy-five percent of them go to public schools, 25 percent go to private, parochial, or home schools.
What is the Current Debate? The courts in Ohio are trying to seize the authority for school funding away from local communities and the Ohio legislature. The Supreme Court is trying to dictate funding policy based upon a lawsuit filed in 1991. If the Court succeeds, it will overturn 140 years of legal precedent. The court will also be dictating public policy and stripping legal authority from the Ohio Legislature.