Representatives in the Ohio House voted 58-27 to approve an overhaul of the public school rating system. The bill next goes to the state senate, which is expected to act on the proposal before the current legislative session ends in December.
Fine. But a priority for next year should be devising a school funding formula which relies less on personal property taxes.
The proposed overhaul would change the rating scale to parallel the familiar A through F grading system. Big deal. Most Ohioans are smart enough to equate the current five-tier ratings - excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency - to letter grades.
The key, of course, is how those ratings are derived. It makes sense that lawmakers and taxpayers alike have a method to assess how well resources they allocate are being utilized. There is a certain logic to determining that system before revisiting school funding issues.
But 15 years have passed since the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state's method for funding public education was unconstitutional. In the meantime, actions by state legislators haven't even earned a rating as "continuous improvement."
That doesn't leave many letters to choose from in grading their performance.