Ohio’s current approach to school funding (K-12) has several strengths, including its ability to drive more state aid to disadvantaged districts and to add dollars for students with greater educational needs. But in a time when Ohio’s budget – like that of many other states – is stretched thin, policy makers need to ensure that every dollar is being well spent. As state lawmakers debate Ohio’s biennial budget, thoughtful analysis is more important than ever.

This event coincides with the release of Fordham’s latest research report, A Formula That Works. Conducted by national education policy experts at Bellwether Education Partners, this analysis is a deep dive into Ohio’s education funding policies and includes several recommendations for improvement. The study touches on questions such as: How well does Ohio’s funding system promote fairness and efficiency to all schools and districts? How can policy makers better ensure that all students have the resources needed to reach their goals? And what are the most critical policy issues that legislators should concentrate on as the budget debate proceeds this spring?


Jennifer O’Neal Schiess
Associate Partner and report co-author
Bellwether Education Partners



The Honorable Ryan Smith
Ohio House of Representatives
Chair, House Finance Committee
The Honorable Matt Huffman
Ohio Senate
Member, Senate Education Committee
Timothy Keen
Ohio Office of Budget and Management
Howard Fleeter
Howard Fleeter & Associates
Barbara Mattei-Smith
Director of Performance and Accountability
Cincinnati City Schools


Chad L. Aldis
Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy
Thomas B. Fordham Institute