Ohio Education Gadfly
Volume 3, Number 10
April 28, 2009
April 28, 2009
Today the Senate Education Committee heard testimony about school funding reform from Dr. Paul Hill, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and John and Marguerite Corbally professor at the University of Washington Bothell. Dr. Hill is one of the nation's leading school funding experts and was the lead author of Facing the Future: Financing Productive Schools, a five-year, $6 million, Gates-funded study of school finance systems (see here). Based on this national study, he authored an analysis of Governor Strickland's school funding plan, Ohio at the Crossroads: School funding-more of the same or changing the model? (see here). Earlier this month, Dr. Hill wrote an op-ed about the governor's funding plan that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch (see here). Dr. Hill's testimony challenges key pieces of Governor Strickland's Evidence-Based Model (see here) and is sure to trigger further debate about how best to improve the Buckeye State's school funding system. His testimony can also be found online here.
Dr. Paul Hill's April 28 invited testimony to the Ohio Senate Education Committee
Chairman Cates, Ranking Minority Member Sawyer, and Members of the Committee:
Thank you for inviting me to testify here today.
I come as a once and probably future Ohio voter, and as an Ohio State graduate.
The basis of my testimony is my Center's 5-year Gates-funded study of school finance, and its report, Facing the Future. Mr. Chairman, I have brought copies of the report for