COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced a bill to ensure all money recovered from overpayments to charter and online schools would be returned to local school districts.
“Ohio schools are struggling to manage after several years of cuts to their funding. It’s only right that the state should return all money taken from these schools in error,” said Senator Schiavoni. “This bill is simple: it creates a uniform rule that all money overpaid to charter schools is sent back to the affected school districts.”
Under current law, recovered money is only returned to the school districts if it is the result of a Full Time Equivalency (FTE) review. However, there is nothing stipulating that schools get their money back if it is recovered after an audit by the Auditor of State. Senator Schiavoni’s bill would simplify Ohio code by establishing that all money recovered from overpayments to charter schools would be returned to the district from which it was deducted – regardless of the type of audit or review.
Senator Schiavoni’s bill will be introduced at nonvoting session this week. 

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