Judge awards $42 million to three school districts shorted in state funding

Catherine Candisky
 |  ccandisky@dispatch.com

A Franklin County judge has awarded more than $42 million to three Ohio school districts after ruling they had been short-changed in state education funding.

Common Pleas Judge Gina R. Russo found the Ohio Department of Education failed to follow state law for calculating aid and instead used its own formula, resulting in reductions in funding to the Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo school districts from 2005 through 2007.

“The General Assembly decided the proper way to calculate formula ADM (average daily membership) and pay for add-in students” in state law…

”While ODE (Ohio Department of Education) may believe substitutions of CSADM (community school average daily membership) results in better, more accurate numbers, the fact remains, pursuant to (state law), formula ADM is not to be recalculated or reduced using data provided by community schools,” Russo wrote in her Sept. 10 decision.

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