The state budget has been approved and, while there is still work that needs to be done, there were some gains that were made that make the future look quite promising. One of the biggest wins is the Fair School Funding plan. We know that children represent our future, but for decades, Ohio’s budget has failed to invest in educating our kids.

However, this new plan changes everything. By fully funding public education, the Fair School Funding plan will increase opportunities and possibilities for students, no matter what their zip code is. It will help give students access to the resources and tools that they need to succeed and continue their education. 

Another huge win within the budget is the expanded healthcare for new mothers. Every new mother will receive a year of medicare, after giving birth. This type of win will save lives. With the budget investing in affordable childcare, supporting mental health and wellbeing, and expanding priority health programs, the future is looking bright. 

Nonetheless, we can’t give up yet. We must continue to fight together as students from all walks of life, so that we do not just earn some wins, but all of the wins we need to ensure an Ohio where everyone can thrive— no matter where we come from, what we look like, or how much money we have.