The Grinch stole the Fair School Funding Plan (HB305/SB376) from Ohio children, their families, and local property taxpayers. OHIO KIDS CAN’T WAIT any longer for Fair School Funding!
Sign the CHANGE petition asking that the current Fair School Funding Plan be reintroduced and passed in January 2021.
Watch on Facebook Live as Public Ed Advocates meet at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, 12/22/20, at 2pm to deliver bags of coal and legislative grade cards.
You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus. You’re as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch! You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders. You’ve got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch! I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!
Senator Matt Huffman, furthermore known as the Grinch, paid a visit to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to help Senator Matt Dolan steal the Fair School Funding Plan (HB305/SB376) from public school children, families, and local taxpayers.
The Grinch hated public education! In all the 4 seasons!
Now, please don’t ask why. But we know the reasons
“State Sen. Matt Huffman, who is slated to become Ohio’s next Senate President, said Ohio won’t pass school funding reform this month. Instead, he expects the next legislature to tackle the problem in its first six months. While specifics of his own funding proposal have yet to be released, a sticking point may be changes to the state’s educational choice programs. As a long-time advocate of EdChoice vouchers, Huffman supports state dollars being made available for private schools, which he argues can be operated more cheaply because they lack union restrictions and state mandates.” (Josh Ellerbrock, Lima News)
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right
“HB 305 is the result of years of work and negotiations in the public education community. Sen. Matt Dolan, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said the components of HB 305 need to be in the next state budget bill, which will be passed next year. ‘I remain hesitant to pass this,’ Dolan said. ‘There are still studies that need to be done.’ Sen. Dolan said that the years of work that people have devoted to improving upon the bill couldn’t be vetted by the Senate in a matter of weeks.” (Laura Hancock, Cleveland.com)
But we think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small
“The Ohio Senate is refusing even to consider a new school funding plan, developed over a period of several years to replace the old school funding system that has become progressively unworkable over the past decade. The Ohio House of Representatives passed the proposed new plan by a huge margin: 87-9. But the Ohio Senate Finance Committee has not even chosen to hold open hearings on its own companion bill, Senate Bill 376. The current biennial legislative session will end on December 31, and without consideration by the Ohio Senate and passage by that date, the Fair School Funding Plan will die.” (Jan Resseger, Education researcher/blogger)
The Grinch slid down the chimney, a rather tight pinch,
But if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch
All the kids’ stockings were hung in a row.
“These stockings,” he shouts, “are the next things to go!”
“Equity, Adequacy, and Residual Budgeting!
Formulas! Resources! ALL GONE!” he sings
“23 years ago the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the elementary and secondary schools of Ohio were neither thorough nor efficient and ordered a complete overhaul of the school funding system. Three years ago Representatives Cupp and Patterson, with the assistance of school superintendents, treasurers and other legislators, crafted a plan to actually respond to the March 24, 1997 court order. After extensive hearing, bill redrafting and more hearings, the Ohio House of Representatives passed the measure by an overwhelming majority. Now, a couple senators in key positions have a convenient response: ‘They are skeptical.’ This response is unconscionable.” (William L. Phillis, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding)
As the Grinch took away SB 376 and then started to leave,
He felt a small tug at the end of his sleeve.
The child stared at the Grinch saying, “Santy Claus, why,
Why steal the Fair School Funding Plan? Why?
“Why, my sweet little tot,” the fake Santa did chime,
“I’m doing this to give us more studies and more time.
Either you want us to get funding right or you don’t.
I can’t let you have it both ways. No, I won’t.
Denying the passage of Senate Bill 376 had nothing to do with giving the Senate “more time to study the Fair School Funding Plan.” That explanation was used to manipulate Ohioans into accepting this despicable action promoted by school privatization zealots.
You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You’re a nasty-wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks. Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch! The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote,
“Stink, stank, stunk!”
THANKS to Sen. Bob Cupp and Rep. John Patterson who convened local superintendents and treasurers to develop this fair school funding plan (HB305/SB376) from the ground up using feedback from other frontline educators!
Again, please sign the CHANGE petition asking that the current Fair School Funding Plan be reintroduced in January 2021.
Watch public education advocates on Facebook Live as they join together at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, 12/22/20, at 2pm to give the Grinches bags of coal and legislative grade cards.