To secure high quality educational opportunities for all Ohio school children without diminishing opportunities for students who reside in high capacity districts.
“The mission of the Coalition is to secure high quality educational opportunities for all Ohio school children without diminishing opportunities for students who reside in high capacity districts.”
The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding is organized as a council of governments pursuant to Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Coalition was organized in 1990 to challenge the constitutionality of the Ohio school funding system. The Coalition is governed by a Steering Committee of school district representatives. Steering Committee members serve without stipend or expense reimbursement from the Coalition.
William L. Phillis has served as executive director of the Coalition since 1992. View his bio here.
The Coalition filed the DeRolph case in December 1991. The Court ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs on March 24, 1997, May 11, 2000, September 6, 2001 and December 11, 2002. After the December 11, 2002 ruling, the Court no longer retained jurisdiction. The Coalition began to pursue school reform via initiative petition and subsequently, by way of a constitutional amendment. These two initiatives were dropped due to insufficient number of signatures.
The Coalition is currently engaged in litigation challenging the constitutionality of the EdChoice voucher program.
See the full membership of our Steering Committee here.