It looks like my focus for the next several months is going to be on education and school funding. Perhaps that's why the story "Money transfer to Lakota explored" caught my eye.
Anyone who has ever stepped inside one of Lakota's buildings knows they look more like a brand new junior college campus than a typical Cincinnati Public Schools high school. Yet even though Lakota has some of the best facilities imaginable, people like Republican Butler County Commissioner Mike Fox is looking for ways to pump even more money into the schools.
Here's what Fox is trying to do:
Butler County Commissioner Mike Fox will sit down with officials from Lakota schools today to discuss how a West Chester tax district could benefit the struggling school district.
The meeting follows a work session held by township trustees last week to discuss how to use millions of dollars generated by a tax increment financing district that surrounds Union Centre Boulevard.
One possibility: Use some of the money to pay $400,000 a year to the Lakota School District.
Fox says he has fought since February 2004 to convince school and township officials that money generated by tax increment financing could be used to help schools, possibly even fund buildings, but his ideas were ignored.
I'm certainly not mad at Fox for trying to get more money into the Lakota schools. In fact, I think more leaders need to come up with creative ways to fund schools in Cincinnati. If education is as important as we say it is, we ought to fund it in a better manner and let Cincinnati's children know that they are just as good as the children of West Chester, or anywhere for that matter.West Chester Twp. at epicenter of growth
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