Tag: Ohio and school choice

Push for universal vouchers continues in Ohio Senate

Editor’s note: This article appeared Sunday on thecentersquare.com. An Ohio policy group continues to push the Senate to adopt universal school choice, testifying a plan passed by the House would leave “many working-class families” out of the option. Greg Lawson, research fellow at The Buckeye Institute, told the Senate Education[Read More…]

Critics are wrong: Ohio parents, students deserve freedom that comes with school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Sandra O’Brien, a Republican member of the Ohio Senate, appeared Monday on Ohio’s dispatch.com. The Parent Educational Freedom Act, Senate Bill 11, offers the best educational opportunity for students of both public and private schools. As a former public school educator, I know each child is[Read More…]

Support for education savings accounts high in Buckeye State

A new poll of Ohio voters sponsored by education choice advocacy group Yes. Every Kid. shows support for education savings accounts by a nearly five-to-one margin. Close to two-thirds of respondents – 64% – support implementing the government-authorized savings account that would help families pay for education expenses from kindergarten[Read More…]

Every Ohio K-12 student would get school voucher under GOP proposal

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday on Ohio’s fox8.com. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide cash to all families with school-aged children in the state to choose their public school district or a private school. Under the Parent Educational Freedom Act, or Senate Bill 368, every K-12 student in[Read More…]

Buckeye Institute points to Florida families’ long-term satisfaction with education savings accounts in new report

A new policy report from an Ohio-based independent research and educational institute offers commonsense solutions for improving K-12 academic outcomes in the state, all of which center on the availability of additional education choice options. The Buckeye Institute posits in #StudentsFirst: Empowering Parents to Help Students Regain Lost Learning that[Read More…]

Ohio anti-voucher lawsuit misses the mark in its constitutional arguments

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared Tuesday on the Fordham Institute’s website. If you’re at all involved in Ohio education policy, you’ve heard about the anti-voucher lawsuit that was recently filed by the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding. The coalition, which is made up of dozens of[Read More…]

Districts don’t want to segregate but don’t have enough money for cab fare

District boundaries are not racially neutral, nor are the decisions made by districts on whether to participate in open enrollment. American housing patterns are quite segregated by income and race, so ZIP code assignment to schools will naturally reflect those patterns. An important way to improve education outcomes and potentially[Read More…]

Ohio lawmakers propose school choice for all students

An Ohio legislator, concerned that the state’s current voucher program isn’t sufficient to address the needs of all Ohio families, is proposing a new bill that would allow universal vouchers for all students, regardless of family income. The legislation, known as the “backpack bill,” would allow much greater access than[Read More…]