Ohio levy backers ask governor for funding aid

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Residents who backed a contentious school levy in a Columbus suburb have asked a prominent neighbor to make changes in the way schools are funded in Ohio.

Supporters of the issue that passed by 585 votes in Westerville sent their request on Friday to Gov. John Kasich, a long-time resident of the suburb.

The levy's passage Tuesday saved sports, bands and programs for gifted students in the 15,000-student district.

The levy backers say the lack of a legislative fix to school funding is responsible for the divisive funding campaigns Westerville and other districts continue to experience.

Kasich has said the state has a long way to go to prepare the public for the change that's needed.

Courts first declared Ohio's funding system unconstitutional two decades ago.