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$23M Settlement Awarded to Dayton Schools Over State Funding

A Franklin County Common Pleas judge has awarded Dayton Public Schools $23.67 million in its decade-long lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Education concerning state school funding from 2004-05 through 2006-07.

The judge’s ruling says in those years the state improperly calculated funding tied to charter school enrollment, as well as “add-in students” who enrolled in charter schools after the state’s annual October enrollment count. That resulted in the Dayton, Cleveland and Toledo school districts getting less funding than called for in the state formula.

“Our students who lost educational opportunities because of the Ohio Department of Education’s failure to follow the funding formula, are likely long gone from our district,” said DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. “But the funding that flows from the court’s decision will provide an opportunity for students filling their seats today.”

Read the source article at Dayton.com

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