State Rep. Bill Batchelder from Medina County is leading a Republican effort to give more money to wealthy suburban school districts. OK, that's not what he comes out and says. He says instead that he wants to spend an extra $6 million sending money to schools earning an "A," or "Excellent" designation on the State Report Card. From the ABJ:
- Majority Republicans in the Ohio House want to give thousands of dollars more to school districts that earn an ``A'' on their report cards.
The proposal would cost the state about $6 million extra for schools, but it's important that the state set the precedent, said Rep. William Batchelder, R-Medina.
The extra funding averages $30,000 for each of the 192 districts rated as excellent by the Ohio Department of Education.
That's $10 extra per student.
``It just struck me that the way we were distributing funds made no recognition whatsoever of what teachers, administrators and students had accomplished,'' Batchelder said.
In other words, this is a proposal that will benefit wealthy, suburban school districts.
It's possible that Batchelder's love for the proposal has something to do with districts in Medina County like Buckeye, Cloverleaf and Highland which score "Excellent" on the report cards, but face greater cuts because the system is taking state money from them and they can't get levies passed.
It's conceivable this could be fixed somewhat. It could be means tested. Better, it could be based on building performance as opposed to district performance. Best, it could be tied to performance on a revamped grading system based on a "growth model." That is, if the grading system assessed performance based on how much students improve as opposed to where they are, an incentive system might actually make sense. Until then, it's cover for giving money to the districts that need it least.