School Voucher Options Considered

[LFC Comments: Many of the State of Ohio public schools are a flaming disaster. The leftist, communist inspired agenda has destroyed many public schools. Seventy percent of Cleveland public school graduates cannot read!! What if the public schools had to compete for the children?]


Ohio teacher group wants new voucher options vetoed despite growing public support for school choice options

Excerpts from the article:

(The Center Square) – As an expansion of Ohio’s school voucher program sits on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk, the state’s teachers’ union wants it vetoed.

Senate Bill 89 expands the number of students potentially eligible for the state’s EdChoice Program, which provides private-school vouchers for students. It’s been trumpeted as a victory for parents, but the Ohio Education Association called it damaging.

DeWine, at a news conference Monday to discuss the growing COVID-19 hospitalization numbers, said he was still studying the bill and did not commit to signing it into law or vetoing it.

Currently, the state’s EdChoice program gives students private-school vouchers if their local school fails any state report card measure.

The new plan changes eligibility for vouchers by offering them to students in schools ranked in the bottom 20% according to performance index rankings and to students in districts with 20% or more low-income students. It also increases the income-based voucher program for those at 200% of the poverty level to 250%.

“Senate Bill 89 reaffirms a parent’s right to choose the best educational environment for their children and provides relief to public schools that were unfairly being categorized as low performing,” state Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima said. “Earlier this year, we heard hours of testimony from families, teachers and school administrators. I greatly appreciate their input, as well as the work my colleagues in the legislature put into listening and creating a solution.”

Democrats disagreed, saying the bill does reflect the wants and needs of public schools.

A number of public opinion polls, however, show growing support for school choice programs, particularly among Black and Latino families.


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