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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:11 PM

School vouchers are a mess in Ohio, talk about a money grab.

Two days before the deadline for a remedy, Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate canít agree on a solution for Ohioís school voucher program.

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200129/ohio-house-senate-members-divided-over-school-voucher-fix?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Columbus%20Dispatch%20todays-news%202020-01-30&utm_content=COLD_CD&utm_term=013020

What both chambers are trying to stop is a massive increase in the number of school buildings that would be eligible for vouchers. If lawmakers do nothing, the list of under-performing and failing schools would grow on Saturday from 517 to 1,227 for the 2020-2021 school year. Only 255 buildings were eligible for 2018-2019.

School districts say the number of children taking vouchers has skyrocketed along with the list, and that has required some districts to ask their communities for more money.

EdChoice requires public school districts to pay $4,650 toward a studentís private school tuition for grades K-8, and $6,000 for high school Ė regardless of what the state sends the district. The original thinking was that those dollars provided options for lower-income parents in failing school districts.

The problem, according to Householder and Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chargin Falls, is that the list of failing schools isnít accurate.

ďOur metric system is wrong, and itís artificially inflating those numbers,Ē Dolan said.

More at link above.

So, in essence, EdChoice has almost tripled the number of "underperforming" public schools in their estimation, in the span of one school year. However, many of these so-called "underperfoming" schools don't deserve to be labeled as such, because the criteria is extremely flawed. And so many parents are demanding voucher money that it's leaving many public school districts vastly underfunded. What a mess! Geez, Ohio, first the voting purge mess and now this! Get your act together, ya freakin' Rethugs down there in Columbus!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:15 PM

1. Did you hear the discussion this AM on WOSU?

It rebroadcasts later(after the hearings) or you can listen to it in a couple hours at @WOSUALLSides.

Worth the listen



Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) Tweeted:
Iím on @WOSUAllSides right now talking about EdChoice vouchers, but Iíll be back on the story in a bit. Change to the problem now will go through Sen. @matthuffman1ís SB 89, not HB 9, which is in conference committee. Cmte hearing SB 89 is in recess right now. House session 1pm.
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Kassler is a good reporter

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 12:31 PM

2. Thanks, iris.

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