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April 2019

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Dear Twinsburg Schools’ Family:
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Twinsburg City School District Treasurer Marty Aho, Business Manager Chad Welker, and I attended a regional meeting about the proposed Cupp-Patterson Fair Funding Model.  Let me begin by stating that we sincerely appreciate the collaborative efforts facilitated by Representative Cupp and Representative Patterson.  Their bipartisan approach in addressing a long-standing problem with the manner in which education is funded in Ohio is refreshing.  Further, the fact that the proposal was developed by school administrators, in collaboration with Representatives Cupp and Patterson, is unique and valuable as school leaders know school funding the best.  With currently 82% of school districts such as the Twinsburg City School District, on either the cap or the guarantee, it is evident that the current funding formula, which was forged during the last recession, is seriously flawed.  The current funding formula is not tied to an objective analysis of what it takes to educate students so they are able to succeed in the 21st century.
The Cupp-Patterson Fair Funding Model is rational, understandable and transparent.  It would eliminate artificial caps and it would reduce the number of districts on guarantees.  Further, the proposed model respects local control as evidenced by the proposed Add-Ons for categorical aid.

The Fair Funding Model proposes to address three charge
  1. Base state school funding on what students actually need to succeed in a rapidly changing world;
  2. Assess every community’s capacity to pay its fair share in a transparent manner; and
  3. Treat all Ohio’s school districts and taxpayers as fairly as possible
And, the plan proposes the following critical values:
  1. Define what it costs to educate every child and to operate a District;
  2. Ensure all students can achieve their greatest potential, regardless of their economic circumstances or their school’s property wealth;
  3. Provide fair and stable funding formula that does not favor one District over another; and
  4. Fund dollars so they flow directly to where students are educated.

The simulations propose additional revenues for the Twinsburg City School District between FY 20 and FY21.  However, it is important to remember that this is a proposal and it has not been approved by legislators.  Also, recall that while the Board of Education and District administrators have been advocating to legislators for relief regarding the State’s elimination of the business tax once known as Tangible Personal Property Tax (TPP) and now known as the Commercial Activities' Tax (CAT), we have not been successful in reaching that goal.  Consequently, District revenues have been flat for ten years.  From 2007 to 2017 revenues increased by only $288,937.  The remaining TPP/CAT to be phased out is $2,481,566 as of 2018.  (TPP was originally $9.8 million in 2006.)  The cumulative, compounded loss of revenue to the Twinsburg City School District from FY18 to FY24 will equal $7,398,390. 

The Twinsburg City School District sincerely appreciates the efforts of our legislators and colleagues in the development of the proposed Fair Funding Plan as the model clearly demonstrates the inequities in funding between school districts with funding either capped or on the guarantee.  Clearly, the legislators have much to consider, including the fact that the state budget supports other areas including Medicaid, higher education, health and human services and infrastructure.  Regardless, we respectfully request that our legislators and all Ohioans consider the Fair Funding Plan in its entirety, as an essential roadmap to guide school funding decisions. Together, we can strive to ensure that Ohio’s children will have the quality educational opportunities; and together, we can adopt a comprehensive, fair school funding plan that meets the needs of Ohio’s children, future workforce and the economy.
Thanks for your continued support of our students and of our school community.
Yours in education,
Kathi Powers
Kathryn Powers
Administrative Assistant:
Marianne Franko
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