Governor John Kasich is set to announce his school funding reform plan Thursday in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Details of the school funding reform plan set to be announced Thursday by Ohio Gov. John Kasich are among the administration's most closely guarded secrets.

Kasich will detail the plan first to a gathering of local school superintendents from across Ohio.

On his Facebook page Thursday, the governor posted a graphic reading "since 1999, local tax dollars spent per pupil in Ohio have increased more than 75 percent while student achievement has flatlined.

"Spending money without focusing on results has left Ohio with a broken system. We need to fix it," the quote under the Ohio's Education Future heading read.

Earlier this month the governor said following the signing of a bill that established an A-through-F grading system for schools that his proposal would contain "a host of heavy policy concepts including groundwork for future teacher bonus programs," said Kasich.

"I'm a big believer that you can pay people more who do excellent jobs," he said.

Teacher's unions have for the most part opposed performance based pay increases saying very often a student's ability to succeed in the classroom is tied to factors outside of the classroom.

Kasich has said there wouldn't be a set guideline, but rather language that would allow the individual districts to develop their own bonus programs.

"There will be things in that bill that I believe can empower local districts to make decisions like that," Kasich said.

As for dollars Kasich told NewsChannel5 this fall "we want to make sure we do a little bit better with K-12 education, we'd like to have more dollars into that." But he warned their wouldn't be much.

As to dealing with a school funding system that had found to be unconstitutional some 16 years ago for it's over reliance on property taxes Kasich said "when it comes to school finance it's a really tough nut to crack because no matter what you do, no matter how much money you give, people are always going to say it's not enough."

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