Dovetailing with the data on total state revenue I reported yesterday, the first year of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's first budget (which cut state money for schools by $1.8 billion over its two-year cycle) represented a 3% reduction in state share for education revenue.
The year before Kasich took office was the first year on record that Ohio had provided 50% of the revenue for education, when looking at state and local money only.
Kasich's first year, thanks to his historic cuts in state support, dropped that level back to 47% -- a number that's likely to drop after the even deeper cuts contained in Kasich's second year of his budget are fully realized in FY13.
One other interesting note on the historic trend is to look at the first budget post-DeRolph. Once the Ohio Supreme Court dropped that infamous school funding case in 2002 (first post-DeRolph budget year was FY04), state support cratered back to largely where it was pre-DeRolph. The only uptick came between FY08-FY11 -- the four years of Gov. Ted Strickland's administration.
I have embedded the historical trendline below.