OFT President Cropper: Now is Not the Time to Divert Public Funds to Private Schools

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2020
Contact: Neil Bhaerman, Communications Director, Ohio Federation of Teachers
(412)266-4899; nbhaerman@oft-aft.org
 
OFT President Cropper: Now is Not the Time to Divert Public Funds to Private Schools
 
Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that he is signing an executive order freezing hiring immediately in state government, with an exception for those who are directly involved in fighting the coronavirus. He is also directing members of his cabinet to cut their budgets by up to 20 percent, pulling some spending requests, continuing a freeze on state travel, and instituting a freeze on new contract services.
 
OFT President Melissa Cropper released the following statement:
 
“It is imperative that Governor DeWine and the Legislature act now to prevent a massive expansion to Ohio’s EdChoice vouchers. 
 
With the Governor calling for a freeze on spending and asking state departments to cut their budgets up to 20 percent, and with the uncertain fate of school district emergency levies that were on the primary ballot, now is not the time to commit to sending more public funds to unaccountable private schools.”
 
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The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) is comprised of more than 50 local unions representing 20,000 members who are active and retired public school teachers, charter school teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, and public employees. OFT works to advance quality education and a voice in the workplace for Ohio’s education professionals. OFT is affiliated with the 1.7 member American Federation of Teachers.