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Local optimism shared over new funding plan

Optimism seems to be a common theme among local educators in reaction to Gov. John Kasich’s $15.1 million two-year “education improvement plan” that revealed a proposed average 6 percent increase in state funding for 2014 and 3.2 percent for 2015.

Treasurers across the state also got a bit of relief in that under the plan no district will lose any money, the possibility of which had local administrators worried for their already strained budgets. Also, additional funds will be afforded schools with special needs, gifted or disadvantaged students.

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One of the most notable changes is the implementation of a new voucher program that will provide private-school tuition to kindergartners entering school in the fall from families making less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, according to reports.

Benjamin Logan Treasurer Robert Kuehnle said, “My biggest concern before the budget was presented was the personal tangible piece. The budget presented yesterday keeps those reimbursements constant.

“I appreciate that the governor has realized that schools like Benjamin Logan cannot sustain reductions in personal tangible reimbursements, yet I am fearful that during the budget process, legislators might attempt to reduce those reimbursements.”

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