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Appalachia school chiefs want share of Ohio wealth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Superintendents from Appalachian Ohio say the governor's state budget doesn't share enough of Ohio's economic good fortune with their schools and children.

Members of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools told state lawmakers and reporters Tuesday they are disappointed that the administration's new school-funding formula leaves many of their districts worse off than before.

The superintendent of Federal Hocking schools in Athens County said it would be different if Ohio were "still headed down the road to economic ruin." But he said Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) budget shows growth in income tax, sales tax and Ohio Lottery revenue.

A superintendent for two districts in Washington County said Kasich's plan to use a drilling-tax increase for income-tax relief will take even more resources out of the struggling region.

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