OHIO EDUCATIONAL CENTERS Kasich Plan Could Cut Millions From Educational Centers
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 3, 2013 3:42 PM EST
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Dayton, Montgomery County
Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget could mean tens of millions of dollars in combined funding cuts for 55 centers that support school districts around the state
The Dayton Daily News reported that the potential funding cuts for Educational Service Centers, or ESCs, could total up to $91 million and lead to higher charges to districts. The ESCs provide districts with shared services such as speech and physical therapists, school nurses and curriculum and attendance supervisors.
A governor's official says the plan would cut state funding for each center by 22.5 percent in fiscal year 2014 and 27.2 percent the following year. Also, previously deducted funds sent to the ESCs to support mandated services would return to districts.
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