State Representative Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) sent a letter to the Chairman of the Extended Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education Ron Amstutz last week requesting a field hearing be held in Cleveland. Currently the only field hearings scheduled are in Lebanon, Lima and Akron. A copy of Rep. Phillips letter can be seen below.
Dear Chairman Amstutz,
I am writing to offer a suggestion regarding the Extended Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education hearings. I think it might be a good idea for our committee to hold a hearing in the city of Cleveland.
Due to budget cuts to education, local communities are facing increased challenges in their efforts to properly fund schools. We recently learned that Cleveland has proposed a 15 mill levy to offset the costs of $59 million in state funding cuts and the costs associated with implementing the Cleveland Schools Plan. Given Governor Kasich’s strong support for the Cleveland Plan, and your sponsorship of the legislation, it seems like it would be helpful for our committee to have a chance to hear from Cleveland residents about funding for the plan.
Cuts to education disproportionately impact large city school districts like Cleveland. As we work to develop a fairer, constitutional school funding formula in Ohio, I think it would be important that you give the citizens of Cleveland the opportunity to be a part of these discussions.
I look forward to continuing to work together to do what is right for Ohio’s students, their families, and the future of our great state. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and as always, please let me know if I can be of assistance.