“. . . until a complete systematic overhaul of the system is accomplished, it will continue to be far from thorough and efficient and will continue to shortchange our students. The overreliance on local property taxes is the fatal flaw that until rectified will stand in the way of constitutional compliance.”
Based on this, I looked at the Senate plan to see whether it reduces or increases the reliance on property taxes to pay for schools, especially in areas that are least able to raise local revenue. Places like Bettsville Local in Seneca County, which raises barely $20,000 on a mill of property tax. Olentangy raises $3.2 million on a mill. This disparity is the heart of the current system's unconstitutionality.
One of the major problems with Gov. John Kasich's Achievement Everywhere plan was for every $1 in new money being sent to a property wealthy district, only $.25 in new money went to a property poor district.
Well, it looks like the plan the Ohio Senate unveiled yesterday is even worse. That's because for every new dollar spent in the state's property wealthiest districts, only 15 cents in new money is going to the districts least able to raise local revenue.
Source: Legislative Service Commission district-by-district simulations of Ohio Senate Education Plan released 5/30/2013, both FY14 and FY15 are included. Ohio Department of Education on capacity to raise local revenue. The dollar figures under each 1/3 is the average capacity in those categories
That means far more property tax relief is being sent to districts that need it the least. Meanwhile, far less is being sent to districts that need it the most.
This is the exact opposite outcome that the DeRolph case called for. At the unveiling yesterday, Senate President Keith Faber said this to the media:
“We are effectively trying to reduce the differentiation between school districts. Remember DeRolph didn’t say you can’t rely on property taxes. But what it says is you can’t have a system that disproportionately provides inadequate resources to poor districts…rich districts don’t seem to have that problem."Yet his plan did the exact opposite.
When will the rhetoric in Columbus meet the reality?
 DeRolph v. State, 97 Ohio St.3d 434, 2002-Ohio-6750.