EdChoice

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 […]

Ohio’s K-12 public schools got cuts. Private, charter schools got cash.

BY: and - July 9, 2020

Ohio educators were at home celebrating “Teacher Appreciation Week” in May when they learned cuts would be made at every public school district in the state. These cuts came just as hundreds of private and charter schools in Ohio were approved to receive millions of dollars from the federal government to keep their workers on […]

Education bills seek to end EdChoice, academic distress commissions

BY: - May 13, 2020

A series of bills set to be considered by the Ohio House go after the EdChoice voucher program, look to end academic distress commissions, and enact language meant to hold community schools accountable. Among the bills referred to the House’s Primary and Secondary Education Committee, House Bill 587, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Robinson, D-Solon, […]

Legislators seek delay in school forecasts as cuts to education announced

BY: - May 6, 2020

House Democrats want to give school districts temporary relief from planning their economic future while the state plans multi-million-dollar cuts to education. In a new bill, introduced this week by state Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, and state Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, school districts would have a 30-day extension on submitting the required five-year economic projections.  […]

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Private school vouchers could still grow in Ohio, even with a freeze

BY: - March 30, 2020

Last week, Ohio’s legislature passed their COVID-19 emergency package. And while there were some much needed and positive things in it (no standardized tests this year, no report cards), the bill also settled the contentious debate over what to do with next year’s EdChoice performance-based voucher program. A bit of background: Next year, due to legislative changes, […]

EdChoice frozen in Ohio omnibus coronavirus bill

BY: - March 26, 2020

The fight over private school vouchers is yet again on hold, this time to clear the way for the state’s coronavirus response. As part of the omnibus bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday morning and the House that afternoon, the expansion of the EdChoice scholarship program will be frozen while the coronavirus causes the […]

EdChoice among legislation up in the air as Statehouse work paused

BY: - March 18, 2020

The April 1 deadline looms for the Ohio legislature to decide on a plan for the state’s private school voucher program. The telework policies and lack of personnel in the Statehouse may throw a wrench in that timeline. The EdChoice deadline was moved back once before so that lawmakers could debate the best plan of […]

State asks for Ohio Supreme Court dismissal in EdChoice lawsuit

BY: - March 5, 2020

The state of Ohio is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit demanding EdChoice vouchers be distributed as planned before the Ohio legislature moved the deadline. The Ohio Attorney General’s office filed the motion last week saying the school groups and individuals lack standing in their lawsuit. The attorneys for the state said […]

EdChoice stalls, decision due in less than a month

BY: - March 3, 2020

The EdChoice decision needed in less than a month seems to have stalled, and legislators are still not in agreement as to what the solution is. About a week ago, the conference committee deliberating on House Bill 9 adjourned to take time to “get their minds unwarped,” as committee chair state Rep. Don Jones, R-Freeport, […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio House plan a better option for the future of vouchers

BY: - March 3, 2020

Less than a month before deadline, Ohio’s school voucher stalemate seems to be ongoing, with no evidence that either side will budge. The legislature has until April 1 to agree on a plan for the private school voucher program, after it pushed back the EdChoice application deadline date from Feb. 1.  In our reporting today, Senate President […]

COMMENTARY

Are vouchers a constitutional entitlement?

BY: - February 28, 2020

During testimony before the Ohio General Assembly Conference Committee on SB 9 (the voucher deal) most of the pro-voucher witnesses claimed they, as taxpayers, are legally entitled to school vouchers. Their line of argument is that they are entitled to vouchers because some of their tax money is sent to the public common school system, […]

EdChoice debate: Opponents of district-funded vouchers say formula is the problem, not schools

BY: - February 26, 2020

An Ohio legislative committee adjourned without making a decision on changes to the state’s private school voucher program, but not before hearing about 50 hours of testimony over the course of a week. The testimony came from schools districts and students from all reaches of the state, and included pleas to keep the EdChoice program […]