Our children are the workforce of tomorrow; therefore, the quality of their training is paramount to the economic vitality of our state. That’s why, under the leadership of Senate Republicans, Ohio has directed more state funding to K-12 education than at any time in our state’s history. Total state aid investments since 2013 have resulted in overall per pupil increases of 30.5%. The Senate’s proposed budget called for an additional $154 million in state foundation aid for K-12 education in FY18 and an additional $120 million in FY19. In addition, the continuation of “Guarantee Funds” ensures that no school district receives less in formula state aid than it did in the 2017 fiscal year, unless the district has lost more than five percent of its students over the past two years and would otherwise be funded for students that no longer exist.