“Governor John Kasich was untruthful last week, and in doing so, finally clarified that kids in poor school districts don’t count.”
So starts a letter from Arnol Elam, Superintendent of Franklin City Schools, sent to the parents and teachers of his district this week. Elam was one of the many Ohio school superintendent who were invited to a town hall where Kasich announced his school funding plans. And like many other superintendents, Elam thinks Kasich lied to them.
The letter continues:
On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, the governor told Ohio’s school superintendents, “This is not hard to figure out: If you’re poor, you’re going to get more. If you are rich, you’re going to get less. If you have gifted students, you’re going to get more. If you have disabled students, you’re going to get more.” In his remarks, he promoted $1.2B in additional education funding.
The Kasich administration’s school funding proposal released this week outlines a distribution nearly opposite to what’s stated above, and actually includes only $564M in additional funding.
You can read the full version here.
Steve Dyer’s 10th Period blog calls the letter “Epic” and claims it “speaks volumes toward the betrayal poorer school districts felt after seeing district-by-district projections from Gov. John Kasich’s office.” We couldn’t agree more.
Elam is not the only school official to release a letter this week criticizing the Governor’s lies to ohio’s school superintendents at his school funding town hall.
Morgan Local School District Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe sent a letter to the Governor expressing her disappointment with his unfair school funding plan and disbelief that the governor would stand up in front of a room of school officials and lie directly to their faces.
“I was naive in my beliefs that all students could/would be able to experience fairness and equality in terms of educational opportunities”, writes Snyder-Lower.
Sadly, fairness and equality were never part of Kasich’s agenda for school funding or any other part of his budget.