Updated Fri, May 31, 2013 11:02 am
Majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate say their state budget education proposal spreads more money to more school districts.
Senate President Keith Faber says the plan increases state aid to schools in the two-year budget by more than $717 million compared to the current budget, which ends June 30.
Faber said Thursday the money stems from expected adjustments to state revenue and Medicaid caseload projections.
The GOP-controlled Senate's proposal spends almost $142 million more to fund schools compared to the House-passed version of the spending bill.
Senators also added $54 million to help schools meet a state mandate that students must know how to read before leaving third grade. Early childhood education would also see an additional $30 million over the budget period.