Gambling away Ohio school funds

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COLUMBUS – An estimated $41 million that Ohio could earn through the recently approved multistate lottery won’t help Ohio schools, according to the Ohio School Boards Association.

The association’s Dec. 24 newsletter said although the money will be earmarked for education as required by the Ohio Constitution, a sentence in the state budget orders an equal amount removed from the schools’ existing allocations and placed in the state’s general fund.

The swap of state aid to schools with lottery profits isn’t new, the newsletter continues, but it’s the first time the switch has been written into the budget.

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