It's up to the state

I wanted to comment on the issue of the Perkins tax levy that has been a hot topic on-line. Why is it that no one is
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I wanted to comment on the issue of the Perkins tax levy that has been a hot topic on-line.

Why is it that no one is questioning the state of Ohio and how they are funding their schools? Perkins is not the only school in the area in need of money; Sandusky and Margaretta both had levies on this ballot and Monroeville is looking at adding a levy to the ballot in November.

Looking at the big picture, Cleveland schools are in dire financial need, along with other schools across the state. Ohio is one of the only states that still fund its schools through tax levies. Thirty years ago, HB920 stated that the state funding formula would drain money away from school systems and require them to come back to the community to ask for money. Four times, the state legislature has been told that the way in which Ohio funds its schools is unconstitutional. Since then, nothing has been done and the schools in Ohio are getting farther into debt and causing communities to become divided the way Perkins Township has. What the state of Ohio is doing is not only financially unconstitutional, but it is costing the students of Perkins their education.

With the way times are economically in the Sandusky area, I would think talking to and demanding Ohio change its funding formula would be the best way to work on solving this financial problem. It is time that grudges were set aside for the benefit of tomorrow's leaders and their education.

Ryan Cassidy

Edison High graduate

Teacher in Indiana