education

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, […]

The benefits — and challenges — of changing Ohio schools’ start times 

BY: - February 19, 2020

There are consequences to being athletic in the largest school district in Ohio. The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, located in Southeast Ohio’s Monroe, Belmont and Noble counties, covers 546 square miles — almost half the size of Rhode Island.  On a Tuesday earlier this season, the Monroe Central High School Seminoles got out […]

Second conference committee to be formed on EdChoice issues

BY: - February 13, 2020

The Ohio Senate rejected a House overhaul of the state’s private school voucher program Wednesday, sending yet another bill related to EdChoice to a conference committee. Senate Bill 89 was up for consideration at the Senate’s session Wednesday night, but several senators spoke out against the amendments made, ultimately voting down the emergency clause of […]

Supporters: Student religious liberty bill protects all students

BY: - February 12, 2020

Supporters of a bill to further “clarify” students’ rights to exercise their faith said Tuesday that the bill is a protection for those of any faith or no faith at all. House Bill 164 has been under scrutiny since it was introduced, and the criticism by education officials and the ACLU continued after it was […]

Ohio House

Bills could be in jeopardy after EdChoice amendments added then stripped

BY: - February 5, 2020

The EdChoice voucher program is still being debated in the Ohio legislature, but the amendments created in an attempt to resolve the issue could bring collateral damage for the bills to which they were hurriedly attached. As both the House and Senate deliberated over the private school voucher program, the amendments the chambers proposed were […]

COMMENTARY

DeRolph case attorney: Stop killing public schools

BY: - February 5, 2020

Our forefathers had a couple of good ideas that have, sadly, fallen by the wayside lately. One of the most important of those was that church and state should be separated. It was so important that it was included in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many of our nation’s founders had come from countries where religious persecution […]

Senate begrudgingly agrees to House’s EdChoice delay

BY: - February 3, 2020

After nearly a full week of debate and back and forth, the Ohio Senate decided to agree to a 60-day delay for the private school voucher education program, with the hope of a better plan as a result. “I have to vote yes because I can not in clear conscience at midnight tonight… allow those […]

House pushes back EdChoice application date, sends amendment back to Senate

BY: - January 31, 2020

It was the Ohio House of Representatives’ turn to work late into the night on a proposal to rework the state’s private school voucher program Thursday. After a long day of debate, the House decided to opt for more time. State representatives convened at about 9 p.m. to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 120, […]

House disagrees on EdChoice amendments, bill heads to conference committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Update 1/29 9:10 p.m. — The conference committee discussing the private school voucher program EdChoice has left the statehouse for the evening. House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said in a statement Wednesday night that representatives have set forth a plan to replace EdChoice with an “entirely poverty-based” system. “It would allow schools — public and […]

Student religious liberties bill introduced in Ohio Senate committee

BY: - January 23, 2020

The sponsor of a bill he says is intended to make religious activities a regular part of schools, just as secular activities are, presented his measure to an Ohio Senate committee on Tuesday. State Rep. Timothy Ginter, R-Salem, introduced the bill in the Senate Education Committee, saying the proposal “is intended to protect the religious […]

Ohio timber sales net $1.5 million for school districts, local gov’ts

BY: - January 21, 2020

It’s a simple transaction: Ohio trees get cut down, the timber is sold and much of the proceeds benefit the local schools.  That is the purpose of Trees to Textbooks, a program in its 22nd year that has directed millions of dollars back to governments throughout Ohio. This year’s haul featured just over $1.5 million […]

Senate mulls legislation to shore up college transfer process

BY: - January 17, 2020

A state Senate committee is looking over a bill that would shore up the college transfer process for students weary of losing completed coursework along the way. The Senate Higher Education committee fielded testimony Thursday on House Bill 9, which supporters say will increase the rate of students who wind up earning degrees. The committee […]