Vouchers pushed at state, federal levels but evidence shows they fail

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Ohio voucher expansion bill met with concern, Congress attempts to create federal vouchers

Last week's state Senate Education Committee hearing on Senate Bill 85 - to expand vouchers so more public dollars could be used to pay for private school tuition, mirroring the wrong-minded agenda of U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos - caused concern among sponsor Sen. Matt Huffman’s fellow Republicans.

OFT opposes this bill. Results show that vouchers fail to raise academic performance and it is not the state's responsibility to pay for a family's choice to send children to a school that charges tuition. We must fight back against these efforts by DeVos and Huffman to dismantle our public schools.

SB 85 would combine three existing state voucher programs: the Cleveland program, the statewide voucher program and the voucher expansion program (a voucher based on family income and not school performance). It would increase the number of vouchers available at the state's expense. It would also create a fund where parents could hold unused voucher dollars to pay for future education costs such as college.

It was clear during last week's hearing that this bill is going to move slowly; some Republicans on the education committee expressed concerns about the bill.

There is a new opportunity for you to follow proceedings of the Senate Education Committee. It will be televised on the Ohio Channel.

See more information about state voucher bills:

Hannah Report: Private, School Choice Groups Object to Budget Cap, Urge Scholarship Changes

ODE: School Choice By the Numbers

LSC Ohio Facts 2016: School Choice Program Spending Growth Slows in FY 2016

Hannah Report: Voucher Bill Creates 'State Preference for Private Schools,' Lehner Says

Congress moves to eliminate civil rights law, create vouchers

House Resolution 610 would levy two major blows to this nation's system of public schools. The legislation seeks to repeal one of this country's most significant civil rights moves, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. HR 610 would simultaneously create federal vouchers to use public dollars to pay tuition for some children to attend private school. OFT opposes this effort.

See more information about efforts to create federal vouchers:

Read the bill HR 610

Congressional Research Service policy analysis HR 610