During the last budget cycle, Ohio’s public schools were hurt by multimillion dollar budget cuts, including more than $4.3 million in cuts in House District 6. That has led to communities shifting the tax burden to middle and working class families through levies. Additionally, despite multiple Ohio Supreme Court rulings that Ohio’s school funding system is unconstitutional, the state legislature has still not solved the problem. Among other bad decisions from the current party in charge, this has all led Ohio to drop from 5th to 22nd nationwide in the last eight years on Education Week’s annual quality rankings. On top of everything, Ohio is ranked 45th in college affordability, another clear sign that higher education access is not important to the current Columbus insiders running the state.
Phil will bring to Columbus the same private sector experience that helped him transform City Year Cleveland into a sustainable and successful chapter that has increased graduation rates across Cuyahoga County. Under his leadership, City Year Cleveland doubled its revenue, eliminated its debt, grew its operations by 20%, and helped one school increase its graduation rate from 39% to 73% in five short years.
The key to creating tomorrow’s leaders, maintaining neighborhoods and attracting more people to our state is education. As the state representative for District 6, Phil will:
- Work to find common ground to fix the school funding model once and for all. We need to demand a commission to address the unconstitutional funding, with the emphasis of reform on property taxes while retaining local control of districts.
- Restore the $820 million in school funding that has been cut since the Great Recession, and end the unheard of $1 billion in tax payer dollars going to charter and private schools in Ohio.
- Create more regulation and oversight of charter and private schools receiving public funds, holding them to the same standards we expect of our public schools.
- Make college more affordable through increased funding for state universities and state tax credits for students from low and middle income families for expenses including tuition, fees, books, and room and board.