Dr. Howard Fleeter Named 2019

Hicks Executive in Residence


Dr. Howard Fleeter has been named the 2019 Hicks Executive in Residence.  Dr. Fleeter will provide two presentations to the CORAS and Ohio University communities. On Tuesday, March 17,  Dr. Fleeter will presentSchool Funding and School Choice: How Best to Achieve Equity & Adequacy in Ohio K-12 Education?  This  presentation for university faculty, university students and community members will be held March 17th  from 12 to 2 PM in room 160 in Jefferson Hall on the Ohio University campus. A complimentary lunch will be served. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the ongoing changes is public school funding in Ohio.

The second presentation: The Future of School Funding in Ohio will be held at the March 18th  CORAS meeting at the Ohio University Inn for CORAS members and Patton College of Education Partners.

Dr.  Fleeter received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990.  He was a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University from 1989-1999, where he taught courses in Public Sector Economics, Public Finance, and State and Local Government Finance.  He was a four-time recipient of the School’s “Faculty of the Year” award for excellence in teaching.  Dr. Fleeter was also a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1999-2001, where he taught courses in the Economics of Education and School Finance.

Dr. Fleeter’s research has focused on issues of education finance, education policy, and state and local tax policy and he is the author of numerous policy studies and academic journal articles on these topics.  Since his 1992 report, “Equity, Adequacy and Reliability in Ohio Education Finance” for Governor Voinovich’s Education Management Council he has been one of the state’s leading experts on Education Finance.  He has worked extensively with Ohio education policy-makers to improve the state’s school funding system for more than 25 years.  He is currently the owner of the state and local government finance and tax policy consulting firm Howard Fleeter & Associates and serves as a research consultant on education finance and policy issues for the Ohio Education Policy Institute.

Ohio Superintendent Paolo DeMaria Helps to recognize 52 Support Staff  at the January CORAS meeting.

See page two for additional information and pictures.


Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools

An Advocate For Ohio’s Rural Appalachian School Children For Over Two Decades

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The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, in partnership with the Ohio University College of Education, is an organization composed of 136 school districts, institutions of higher learning and other educational agencies in the 35-county region of Ohio designated as Appalachia. School districts in neighboring counties, institutions of higher education and related organizations may become members of the Coalition. The Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is under the governance structure of a Regional Council of Governments and is funded through membership dues and support from the Ohio University College of Education.

The Coalition’s Mission and Goals


The mission of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools is to advocate for and support the public schools of Appalachia Ohio in the continuous improvement of educational opportunities available to all the region’s children. This statement of mission acknowledges that the region’s public schools are an integral part of the public education system for Ohio and that the Coalition may support and join with similar efforts throughout the State to improve the educational opportunities for all children.


1. To seek equity in Ohio’s system of school funding and adequacy of educational opportunity for all of Ohio’s children.

2. To support the continuous development of educational leadership throughout the region’s public school systems.

3. To identify and analyze policy issues that impact the effectiveness, strength, and character of the public school system and to formulate and communicate position statements in response to these issues.

4. To sponsor and promote the use of research and to share successful practices for improving educational opportunities for all children in the CORAS region.