(AP) Ohio's governor is taking his new school-funding plan on the road to continue pushing his plan to help poor students compete, encourage innovation and address the unconstitutional wealth inequities of the state's current funding formula.
Republican John Kasich takes the ``Achievement Everywhere'' plan to Cincinnati Friday.
The $15.1 billion, two-year plan boosts K-12 spending by $1.2 billion over the biennium, thanks to state revenue growth partly from expanded gambling. It also establishes a $300 million ``Straight A'' fund to pay for competitive innovation and efficiency grants.
Kasich unveiled the plan Thursday, saying it disregards politics. He said he hopes it will bring warring education factions together for the sake of schoolchildren.
Some Democrats and teacher unions complained they were excluded from the plan's development.
Some education leaders and other Ohioans say they are encouraged by what they're seeing so far in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sik's) school funding overhaul, while wanting to know more.
StudentsFirst Ohio, part of a national bipartisan organization seeking change in public education, says it looks like a step in right direction toward improving education opportunities for all children.
The group Ohio eSchool Families and Friends Coalition approves of Kasich's plan to expand school vouchers, and the support for charter schools including online schools.
One southwest Ohio resident says she also likes expansion of school choice, and believes more competition will make public schools better.
Some Democrats and teachers unions are criticizing the plan for lack of details and their lack of involvement in developing it.