As Ohio’s state government continues to focus on the health and safety of its citizens, it has recently released cuts to the biennial operating budget caused by the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including cuts to k-12 education.
The short term budget impact announced by Governor Mike DeWine on May 5 includes the following reductions to education funding to be implemented over the next two months:
- K12 Foundation Payment Reduction: $300 million
- Other Education Budget Line Items: $55 million
- Higher Education: $110 million
Note the following information specific to Career-Technical Education (CTE):
- The U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will provide school districts with supplemental funding to make up for a significant portion of losses described above. Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs) are ineligible for most of this Federal aid based on the distribution method required for under Federal law. (90% of CARES Act funding directed to k-12 schools must be distributed based on Federal Title I guidelines; JVSDs are ineligible for Title I assistance).
- A portion of overall funding for JVSDs already includes Federal dollars allocated through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act. Perkins V specifically instructs the State of Ohio to provide Maintenance of Effort (MOE) in order to receive Perkins funding. These MOE provisions prohibit the State from significantly reducing funding for CTE. Consequently, the immediate budget cuts do not currently include reductions to State foundational funds allocated to JVSDs for career-technical education.
- Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs) are receiving a 3.8% reduction in state funding (the same percentage all Higher Ed Institutions are receiving). However, OTCs and other colleges and universities are also receiving supplemental assistance from the CARES Act to partially offset these losses.
- Additional budget reductions for education are anticipated as Ohio’s economic recovery continues. These cuts could be made to funding dedicated to industry credentials, innovative workforce development and other programs.
Career-technical educators are committed to maintaining a focus on students—serving them as effectively as possible through remote means and developing plans for potential programming to assist graduating seniors with attaining their Industry Credential(s). The CTE Community continues to provide input to the DeWine Administration, Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the Ohio General Assembly on school reopening considerations. Updates will be shared as information becomes available.