BOSTON — Ohio Public Schools, which has the nation’s lowest-performing public schools, will announce Thursday that it will reduce spending by $3.6 billion this year in response to declining enrollment and falling state aid, officials said.
State officials said the reduction is part of a nationwide effort to boost students and teacher performance and improve teacher quality and graduation rates.
The state has spent $3,917,827 for its students, down from $3 million in 2013, the year after Gov.
John Kasich signed a law expanding school choice, Kasich said.
The state will cut about $3 on its general obligation bonds by the end of the school year.
The cuts come as the state has faced a national crisis in the number of students who are attending public schools.
The federal government is seeking to expand charter schools.
In a statement, Kasich’s office said that “Ohioans deserve the highest quality education and the best teacher.”
The state budget is part a $3-billion package of aid to the state schools that the governor signed into law in July.
Kasich said in his announcement that he would use that money to improve school choice and other initiatives.
Kasich said the state would reduce the number and type of charters, to make room for new charters and to make it easier for families to enroll their children in a new school.
Some schools in the state, like the Cleveland School District, have already announced that they will be closing.
State officials say that the state will spend $2.4 billion this school year to make up for the lost revenue.
Ohio is in the middle of a massive budget crisis as its schools have been in financial trouble for years, with the state facing a $14 billion budget deficit and a $1 billion budget shortfall.
The governor is seeking a $25 billion emergency aid package that would pay for more schools and pay for teachers.