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Ohio House considers bill for students to use public school money on private schools

BY: - February 17, 2022

After what sponsors say was a year of work to “find the right approach,” a new version of a bill that would attach school funding to each student was introduced Tuesday in the Ohio House. The Ohio House Finance Committee heard about House Bill 290, which would create an “opt-in” approach to private school scholarship […]

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The charter school and voucher wars continue: A tale of two cities, or maybe three

BY: - January 21, 2022

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,” Charles Dickens famously wrote. But if a latter-day Dickens were writing today, the tale might be about foolishness and not wisdom in the misuse of public funds. And the setting would […]

School district coalition files lawsuit challenging Ohio’s private school voucher program

BY: - January 5, 2022

A group of school districts in Ohio are suing the state, saying the way in which private schools are funded is unequal and unconstitutional. The public education advocacy group Vouchers Hurt Ohio announced the lawsuit Tuesday morning in a press conference. The court challenge, filed the same day in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, specifically […]

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State report cards should be a wakeup call for Ohio’s charter, voucher hawks

BY: - November 3, 2021

I remember taking home my report cards when I was in school. I was a pretty good student; my grades always reflected my passion for subjects I loved, and more importantly, provided some real-time feedback on areas where improvement was needed — Time management, for example, was a skill I had to learn over time. […]

‘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 […]

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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. […]