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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Local School Districts Incur Costs From Pandemic, Face Uncertain Budgets

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In December the Ohio Senate blocked passage of the Fair School Funding Plan. The legislation would have provided an additional $1.99 billion a year, about a 24% increase, to K-12 schools when fully implemented.

Local school districts face an uncertain budget challenge in 2021. They have already incurred major costs from the pandemic. Under the crisis districts have spent significant funds on PPE, upgraded ventilation, school nurses, and technology for students. The impact of these additional costs could carry over into the next fiscal year.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the budget outlook in 2021 are Cincinnati Public Schools Treasurer and CFO Jennifer Wagner; and Middletown City School District Superintendent Marlon Styles, Jr.

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