2022-23 Budget Priorities


Early Childhood Education Access & Quality

  • Increase family initial income eligibility requirements from 130 percent to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level long-term. 
  • Maintain Ohio’s commitment to quality and supports set out in the state’s Step Up to Quality program to help early childhood providers deliver a quality learning experience for children and meet the 2025 quality deadline.

COVID-19 Learning Recovery

  • Require all school districts to develop learning recovery plans by April 1, 2021 to help students who have fallen behind because of the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Plans should include how school districts will assess learning loss, overcome barriers to meet individualized student needs, and publicly promote options for students to catch up
  • Develop the capacity of Ohio’s education system to identify which students, schools and districts experienced learning loss resulting from COVID-19 disruptions and tailor support to help students catch up.

K-12 Wraparound Services

  • Continue to provide supplemental funding to wraparound services outside of the K-12 school funding formula, prohibit supplanting of funds, and ensure a robust evaluation.
  • Identify, evaluate, and coordinate all state agencies’ current investments in funding and services for K-12 students, including Ohio’s school funding formula, wraparound services and other critical supports and ensure these investments will improve student outcomes.

Educator Investments

  • Support investments that attract highly-qualified teachers, including mid-career professionals, Teach for America and others, to serve in schools, especially low-performing and hard to staff schools.

Charter Schools

  • Expand high-performing charter school funding and move it into permanent law.

High School Graduation Readiness & Requirements

  • Make limited adjustments to the graduation requirements to account for the disruption caused by cancelled end-of-course assessments during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years as a result of COVID-19 closures.

Career Pathways & Work-Based Learning

  • Create and encourage opportunities for high school and postsecondary students to participate in remote internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships so they can continue their career-readiness education.
  • Support the investment of $41 million in the budget for incentives for schools to offer and help pay the cost of earning industry credentials in high school.

College Access & Affordability

  •  Increase the amount of funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) from current levels ($101.8 million) to pre-Great Recession levels ($225 million) and increase the per-student awards amounts.
  • Increase the state’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rate through multiple strategies, such as developing innovative ways the state can make the process easier for more students and families to access available aid.

Credentials & Attainment

  • Continue the TechCred program, which funds short-term, technology-focused credentials, and expand its funding if possible.

Local Partnerships

  • Provide state support for maintenance and creation of local and regional cradle to career partnerships, workforce collaboratives and industry sector partnerships and support the creation of such partnerships where they do not exist.

Broadband

  • Expand access to affordable broadband infrastructure and learning devices so high school and postsecondary students – especially our most disadvantaged students who might otherwise fall behind – can fully engage in online learning opportunities in case of school building and campus closures.

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