OFT Update - Legislative issues 3.30.17

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Ohio voucher expansion bill met with concern

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

Summer meal programs could expand

To make summer meal programs more flexible, Congress is considering House Resolution 205 to allow meals to be provided via mobile sites and expand to seven days. OFT supports HR 205 because it would allow the program to reach more children, particularly in rural areas. Children are more prepared to learn when they are not dealing with issues such as hunger. See the Congressional Research Service policy analysis.