AbstractsPolitical Science

Lost in Translation: Where Are the Planners? A Study of K-12 Public Schools in Hamilton County, Ohio

by David Austin Emery

Institution: University of Cincinnati
Department: Design, Architecture, Art and Planning : Community Planning
Degree: MCP
Year: 2009
Keywords: Education; Political Science; Public Administration; Secondary Education; Urban Planning; communicative action; communicative planning; consensus planning; information use in planning; Ohio public schools; school funding
Record ID: 1854452
Full text PDF: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1243367131


Ohio’s funding system for K-12 public education has been ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court four times within the last eleven years, yet state-level legislators have yet to make significant changes. Instead, the citizens of Ohio have been given a patchwork of solutions which, in an attempt to treat the source of the problem, have only treated the symptoms thereof. This has resulted in a confounding of the issues, a breakdown of communication between politician and constituent, and a still-broken funding system. Using Hamilton County’s public school districts as a microcosm of this situation, this paper will provide quantitative evidence to support the existence of real and perceived barriers to achieving consensus and constitutionality. Analyzing this evidence and using principles of communicative planning theory, it will explain why there is an informational disconnect between policy-makers and their respective constituents as well as how the planning community can constructively contribute.