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School funding at heart of Ohio legislative budget debate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The way Ohio pays for K-12 education now and in the future is at the heart of debate over the final version of the state's $75 billion two-year budget. The budget approved by the GOP-controlled House in April included elements of the bipartisan Fair School Funding Plan developed over more than three years. The goal of that plan was a sustainable funding process lasting several years. The GOP-majority Ohio Senate ditched that approach and introduced its own plan as part of the budget it's expected to approve Wednesday. House and Senate lawmakers must reconcile differences between the two versions by month's end.

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