Governor Considers Adding to Education

Boosting Public Education in the Budget
Posted on 03/19/2019
Image of Gov. Mike DeWine(Rachel McCafferty for Crainscleveland.com)

Gov. Mike DeWine released his recommendations for the state's next budget on Friday, March 15. This is just the first step in the fiscal years 2020-21 budget process, as the budget now goes to the state legislature.

Jay Miller has an overview of the proposal, but here are some of the interesting education-related proposals.
  • DeWine wants to create an entity called the Ohio Books from Birth Foundation and invest $5 million in it. The foundation would provide children in Ohio with a book every month for the first five years of their lives.
  • Schools would receive more funding for student wellness ($550 million for supports like mental health counseling and mentoring) and for prevention education ($20 million, the majority of which would be granted in partnership with the state's Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health boards).
  • The state would fund "micro-degrees" for at least 10,000 Ohioans a year at a cost of $15 million each year. These micro-degrees are low-cost, industry credentials that typically take less than a year to finish.
  • Tuition guarantees would be a requirement for the state's public universities.
  • Funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant would be increased by $47 million over the biennium. The state would also expand funding for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship, the National Guard Scholarship and the War Orphans Scholarship programs.
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