EdChoice

‘Backpack Bill’ sponsors seek way forward under new funding formula

BY: - October 7, 2021

The sponsors of a bill that would promote the use of private school vouchers and “school choice” came together on Wednesday with a religious lobby group to bring the bill back up. House Bill 290 was originally introduced in May as a “legislative intent” bill aiming to allow students to have the funding they need […]

COMMENTARY

Public schools, vouchers, privatization, and educational choice: Be careful what you wish for

BY: - September 16, 2021

In the last few months, Americans have witnessed a series of assaults by the political right on key parts of the bedrock principles of democracy. Those attacks include new restrictions on voting rights in more than half of the states, the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by thousands of insurrectionists, and most […]

Public ed coalition plans lawsuit to try to kill EdChoice vouchers

BY: - August 3, 2021

The education coalition behind the case that successfully argued Ohio’s public school system was unconstitutional says they’ll head back to the courts to eliminate the EdChoice private school voucher system. Bill Phillis, executive director for the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, said the approval of the fair school funding plan, even […]

Education funding overhaul reappears in final budget draft

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Ohio House’s version of a public school funding overhaul won the day after negotiations ended for the new two-year state budget. The conference committee on the budget bill, comprised of members of both chambers of the Ohio legislature, returned to the so-called “Fair School Funding Plan” after the Senate tried to make its own […]

Educators favor House school funding overhaul over Senate rewrite

BY: - June 4, 2021

Officials representing Ohio’s teachers say the Senate’s new version of the public school funding overhaul leaves much to be desired, unlike the House version it would replace. “It is a matter of political will and it’s a matter of priorities, and prioritizing public education just doesn’t seem to be where the Senate is when you […]

Legislators confident in school funding overhaul staying in state budget

BY: - May 19, 2021

Two state legislators, including the chair of the Senate Primary & Secondary Education Committee, say a newly proposed funding formula is still alive in Ohio’s biennial budget. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, assured a recent Central Ohio virtual town hall including local educational representatives that despite the fact that the majority of the funding formula […]

Unions, DeRolph case group condemn ‘backpack’ school funding

BY: - May 7, 2021

Ohio’s teachers unions and the organization that started a decades-long fight to change public school funding in the state are calling a new attempt to expand private school vouchers a “direct assault on the Ohio Constitution.” The two-page bill which entered the Ohio House on Wednesday, says it is “the General Assembly’s intent” that the […]

Capital budget bill carries pieces of education overhaul

BY: - December 21, 2020

The capital bill agreed to in a joint conference committee of the Ohio General Assembly includes a small part of the education overhaul bill that seems to have faded away at the end of the lame duck. Senate Bill 310 provides federal COVID-19 funding, and also makes capital appropriations, some of those directed at education. […]

Teachers unions urge veto on school funding bill

BY: - November 25, 2020

Two of Ohio’s top teachers unions are asking the governor to veto a new education bill just passed by the legislature. The Ohio Senate and House passed Senate Bill 89 last week after it spent months in a conference committee being revised and developed into a bill that, among other things, focuses on the private […]

Ohio Senate Chambers

EdChoice reappears, expansion approved in the Ohio Senate

BY: - November 19, 2020

Update 11/20 – The Ohio House passed the conference report in their Thursday session with a vote of 51 to 36 vote along partisan lines, with 12 members not voting because of absence. State Rep. Don Jones presented the report in the House. He said the bill “pivots from solely using a flawed report card measuring […]

School funding bill to get new look under new speaker

BY: - August 20, 2020

A school funding bill originally sponsored by new Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp is getting a fresh look and hopefully time in front of legislative committees before year’s end, according the legislator now heading up the bill. The other original sponsor of the proposed legislation, state Rep. John Patterson, said a substitute bill is in […]

The Rev. William Barber to Ohio politicians: Refocus policy to address racism, poverty

BY: - August 10, 2020

A prominent civil rights leader and anti-poverty advocate said Friday Ohio legislators need to be focused on passing bills against racism, and refocusing their religious priorities. In a meeting with media from States Newsroom outlets across the country, the Rev. William Barber said the state and the country need to address “interlocking injustices” in order […]