COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich's education team is setting out to defend a new school-funding formula that left many districts - including some of the state's poorest - surprised at the lack of added cash.
The head of the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education says he'll present figures Wednesday to an Ohio House budget-writing committee that prove the proposed equation delivers on the Republican governor's promise to help poor districts the most.
Kasich adviser Richard Ross said he will emphasize that the new formula funnels the largest amount of money - 27 percent of what Ohio spends - to the state's 14 large urban districts.
Superintendents were shocked and some were livid when district-by-district funding breakdowns were released recently. Sixty percent of districts' allotments turned out to be flat.
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