The Ohio Department of Education is issuing fines over provisions in last year’s budget bill.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus City Schools says they may have trouble attracting students to school in the future because of a $ 11 million fine that the Ohio Department of Education is issuing to the county for transportation problems.

The department also fined Groveport Madison schools; The press service of the district did not want to give specifics, as they are awaiting trial.

Groveport and CCS are two of five states in the state that are asked to pay, according to a transportation expert, but said many across the state have been surveyed.

Doug Palmer, a senior transportation advisor to the Ohio School Board Association, said funding is allocated each month to school districts for transportation.

“Funding is based on the number of students or mileage, depending on what the county does, and then they start paying it every month,” Palmer said.

Palmer said the ODE is issuing fines over provisions in last year’s budget bill that put the agency in charge of overseeing when school buses keep coming to where they need to go – it began last September. Palmer said it’s called a “reverse.”

“The state is starting to take it back, and that’s why it’s called a refund, because some of that money has already been given to the district, and now they want it back,” Palmer said.

According to Palmer, ODE is monitoring school districts in ten-day increments. If schools do not provide proper transportation, the district is asked to return the money. CCS has been asked to return $ 11 million. The district’s lawsuit, which they filed in court, says ODE is asking for $ 7 million for the first semester and $ 4 million for the first months of the second semester.

In the complaint, the county also said the ODE had begun to “hold funding”.

The court has issued an interim injunction to the district, meaning ODE has no right to withhold funding until a court rules on $ 11 million.

10TV appealed to the district, and a spokesman said in a statement that the county has problems beyond its control that affect its ability to deliver students to school.

The county says ODE’s idea of ​​what is considered consistent transportation “is a deadly bell for school transportation, especially for such a large area as CCS, which directs more than 36,000 students every day.”

Exactly two weeks from now Columbus City schools will be part of the hearings on this.

10TV also contacted the Ohio Board of Education by phone and email and received no response.

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