We need all League members to contact members of the Oho senate to ask that they veto SB85. Use the information from the Education Committee report. The consensus was that vouchers are not an effective and efficient way to meet our Constitutional obligations for public education. Facts about performance and cost are found in the report. There is also a list of effects upon Ohio's public schools.
The immediate problem is to stop SB85 from passing that would open up all districts to massive use of vouchers through upping the eligibility for "opportunity scholarships" (vouchers). The bill, which has been passed out of committee, would create the Opportunity Scholarship Program and establish scholarships worth up to $5,000 for elementary and $7,500 for high school tuition. Families whose household income is at or below 400 percent of the poverty level would be eligible for the scholarships. A family of four with an annual income of $98,400 would qualify for the scholarship program, if the legislation is approved.
Please note that support for this bill has been well organized beginning as early as late May: the first item on a Google search is a call by parochial schools to have parents contact members of the senate committee to support the bill. We are late and I apologize but we need to act. This effects us all as a drain on all our schools operating funds.
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