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Funding, performance pay may be part of school plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor John Kasich will release much-awaited details of his school reform plan today.

He’s kept the plan under wraps but told “Newschannel 5″ in Cleveland that it will include a new public school funding proposal.

The Ohio Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled Ohio’s system of funding public schools violates the state’s constitution and numerous legislative and executive remedies have failed to solve the problem.

Now, it’s Kasich’s turn.

“Really tough nut to crack because, no matter what you do, no matter how much money you give, people are always going to say it’s not enough, you didn’t do the right thing. There’s a place where you just have to lead,” Kasich told the TV station.

Kasich is also expected to address performance-based pay for teachers and the future of charter schools.

Democratic state lawmakers say they’re wary the plan will further erode financial support for public education.

Kasich also says he’ll have to be more sensitive to all sides after the failed overhaul of collective bargaining last year.

Kasich got the legislative OK to take his State of the State address is on the road again.

State lawmakers yesterday approved the necessary joint resolution to allow him to deliver the address somewhere besides the Statehouse.

In his request to give the speech in Lima on Feb. 19th, Kasich cited Allen County’s economic improvement as a result of his policies.

The county’s unemployment rate has gone from 10.8 percent to 6.7, reflecting what Kasich’s office says is an “improved environment for job creation via low taxes, streamlined regulations and a structurally balanced budget.”

It’s the second year Kasich has moved the speech, after holding it in Steubenville last year.

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