An Ohio-based, free-market group questioned the benefit of increasing education spending in testimony before the Ohio Senate Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education.

“Children are an incomparable resource and we do owe them what they need to succeed,” Greg Lawson, a research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, said.

“We do not, however, owe the education bureaucracy a blank check to spend as they see fit even as our public schools perennially lag behind and enrollment declines,” Lawson said. “We should not expect less of our students, teachers, and administrators by watering down report cards, reducing accountability, and lowering graduation requirements. Ohio should not choose the path of low expectations.”

House Bill 166, the budget bill, would increase education funding $400 million in Fiscal Year

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