Ohio’s New 2 Year State Budget may change what’s available for kids, as Gov. Dewine Lieutenant Gov. Husted & Sen. Hottinger signed it July 1.
Only July 1st, 2021 the new 2-year Ohio State budget was signed in and streamed live for anyone with internet or television to view. Full budget press conference below.
Dewine explained that the new budget would invest in the people of Ohio, in particular, the children of Ohio in a bipartisan passing.
What the Family Needs to Know about Ohio’s New 2 Year State Budget
High school & College Level
- Invest $41 million so Ohio high school graduates enter the workforce job-ready. This program will allow over 70,000 students to receive credentials for in-demand jobs even before high school graduation and will assist our high schools with creating programs to offer these industry-recognized credentialing programs.
- Invest $7 million for students to obtain short-term certificates or industry-recognized credentials at a community college, technical college, or an Ohio Technical Center in an in-demand job.
- Raise the per-student Ohio College Opportunity Grant award by at least $500 to offer more need-based financial aid.
- Increase investment in the State Share of Instruction institutional for Colleges and Universities subsidy by 1.8%.
There are about 1.7 million school-aged children in the state of Ohio.
- Invest $1.7 billion (8.7%) more in state funding for K-12 schools.
- New school funding formula with increased support for schools and districts and provides more Ohio families access to educational choice options than ever before for:
- Social and emotional needs by including Student Wellness and Success inside of its base cost for all students.
- Student Wellness and Success:
- physical and mental health services
- after-school programming
- family supports
- Invest $50 million to assist schools in purchasing new school buses through the School Bus Purchase Program, which will allow districts to replace the oldest and
highest mileage buses in their fleet.
- Increased funding of $42 million per year will provide additional per-pupil funding to support brick and mortar community schools through the Community School Facilities Program.
- Increase the Quality Community School Support Fund to $54 million per year. To access these funds, charter schools must meet several academic, good-standing, and financial criteria set forth by the Department of Education.
- The Budget allocates $125 million in federal funds to establish Afterschool Child Enrichment Education Savings Accounts. This program will provide $500 to support afterschool and extended learning initiatives for up to 250,000 students whose family income is at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- $1.6 billion in federal funding will support child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch, National School Breakfast, and Child and Adult Food. These programs reimburse schools, childcare centers, after-school programs, and adult day centers for providing nutritious meals and snacks that contribute to the health and wellness of children, older adults, and chronically disabled persons.
0-3 Years old
- Raise family initial income eligibility requirements from 130% to 142% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and 150 percent FPL for special needs children, more children can get the care, supervision, and developmental opportunities.
- Increase funding with an additional $1.9 million for each Fiscal Year for Ohio Help Me Grow. Home visiting is proven to reduce infant mortality and promote child development and school readiness. They provided services for:
- for at-risk or developmentally delayed children
- expectant mothers
- families of young children at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level
- Invest $5.5 million to improve the health of infants and women. The Governor’s Children’s Initiative will support the programming of community and local faith-based service providers. The Departments of Health and Medicaid will develop a universal needs assessment to identify and provide needed health and wrap-around supports.
- Provide $2.25 million for housing for pregnant mothers. The Development of Development Agency, along with the Department of Health and the Governor’s
Children’s Initiative will support stable housing initiatives.
- $16 million to continue the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, providing Ohio children with a FREE monthly book 0-5. This program will help ensure that children receive help to spur their development and kindergarten readiness.
If your K-12 student is currently attending a public school ranked in the lowest 20% in the Performance Index Rankings, has an average Title 1 percentage 20% or above the past three school years, or if they’re operated by a school district that has an Academic Distress Commission in place, one is eligible to apply for EdChoice.
The following Stark County Schools are eligible to apply for Ohio’s EdChoice scholarship. (You would unenroll from the public school and choose a private or charter school that accepts EdChoice scholarship money and enroll with them).
There are no Ashland County schools eligible for EdChoice.
The following is the only Tuscarawas County school eligible for EdChoice: