Updated: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | Posted: 10:47 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011
By Laura A. Bischoff
Senate changes to Ohio budget bill
- Guarantee school districts will receive same state basic funding levels in the
next two years as they do currently; provide $17 per pupil for districts
that score excellent or excellent with distinction in the 2012-2013
- Remove teacher performance and incentive pay provisions.
- Remove provisions that would have allowed charter school operators to open
schools without sponsors; Cap the number of charter schools a sponsor
can have at 100.
- Mandate that school districts offer property not in use for two years or more
to be leased by charter schools at fair market value and to
top-performing charters for $1.
- Allow charter school sponsors to sponsor new schools as long as 80 percent of
their existing portfolio is performing better than the bottom 5 percent.
- Cap community college tuition increases at $200 rather than 3.5 percent.
- Add $100 million to the Local Government Fund and guarantee jurisdictions at
least $750,000 from the fund.
- Add $15 million to PASSPORT, which delivers in-home services to frail and
- Add $8 million for children’s hospitals.
- Partially restore funding for the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel; put OCC
contact information back on utility bills and require the counsel to
follow established state policy on natural gas markets.
- Require any sale, lease or privatization of the 241-mile Ohio Turnpike be
approved by the General Assembly.
- Require the Ohio Lottery Commission to contract with a private vendor
day-to-day management functions by June 1, 2012.
- Shield from public view individual customer usage records from municipally
owned or operated utilities but allow journalists to access the
Source: Ohio Senate Republican Caucus