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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

State Budget Update

June 09, 2021 8:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

On June 8, 2021, the Ohio Senate Finance Committee approved the chamber’s substitute biennial operating budget bill (HB 110), complete with an omnibus package of final amendments.  The full Senate voted to pass Substitute HB 110 the following day (6/9). The budget now heads to Conference Committee, where leaders from the House, Senate, and the DeWine Administration must settle their differences and negotiate final provisions by the statutory June 30 deadline.

            Similar to the House version, the Senate’s budget proposal contains numerous beneficial streams of funding for career-technical education, as well as numerous policy changes Ohio ACTE and other education stakeholders have advocated over the last several months.  Click on these links for a brief summary of the Senate’s budget, as well as a comparison document of all changes made to date by both chambers.

CTE-related Senate budget provisions include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A k-12 school funding formula that deviates from the House-Passed Fair School Funding Plan, and includes a statewide base cost per pupil of appx. $6,100 (rather than a localized base cost ranging from $7,000-8,500 per pupil).
  • In addition to maintaining CTE weighted funding at current levels, the Senate included a “CTE Lab Supplement” which by FY 23, provides an additional $1,050 per career-tech student to be spent by schools in the same manner as CTE weighted funds.
  • Eliminates the cap for CTE
  • Maintains allocation of new “career exploration” dollars for k-12.
  • Expands eligibility for the Adult Diploma Program (minimum age 20 instead of 22)
  • Maintains funding for TechCred
  • Allows JVSDs, Comprehensives, and Compacts to apply for and receive a “STEM School Equivalent” or “STEM Program of Excellence” designation
  • Maintains funding increases for Ohio Technical Centers

            “We greatly appreciate members of both the Ohio House and Senate for their recognition of the importance of CTE to students and Ohio’s workforce.  As the legislature and Administration deliberate on the final version of the budget in the coming days, we stand ready to assist and serve as a resource” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.”

            Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate policies that advance CTE and will keep members apprised as the budget moves through the Conference Committee process. 

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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