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Proposal to Place School Funding on Fall Ballot

A proposed ballot issue to fix Ohio's system for paying for schools is sketchy on details, and backers say that's on purpose.

The constitutional amendment would pay for public education through a combination of state and local money, shifting much of the burden from property owners to the state. But a spokesman for education groups behind the plan says they wanted to leave the big questions to the Legislature.

An umbrella group calling itself Getting It Right for Ohio's Future plans to give the attorney general's office more than five times the number of required signatures to get the proposal on the November ballot.

Some lawmakers and big-city mayors have criticized the plan, saying it's unclear how the state would pay for it.