EdChoice vouchers

The conference committee on House Bill (HB) 9 continued with hearings this past week. HB 9 includes the Senate’s plan to address the voucher issue. Members of the committee consist of Don Jones (R-Freeport), who serves as chairman, Reps. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Phillip M. Robinson Jr. (D-Solon) and Sens. Matt Huffman (R-Lima), Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). Sen. Kristina D. Roegner (R-Hudson) served as a…

EdChoice vouchers
The Senate rejected Senate Bill (SB) 89 by a vote of 24-7. The bill revises the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program, dissolves the three academic distress commissions and repeals the school district territory transfer law from the state budget bill.  Senate leaders expressed hesitancy to advance the House proposal, citing the lack of hearings and public input gathered on the…

House activity
The House passed Senate Bill (SB) 89 by a vote of 88-7. The bill revises the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, dissolves the three academic distress commissions and repeals the school district territory transfer law from the state budget bill. The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote, where the Senate is expected to refuse to concur with the…

Voucher update
The General Assembly passed Senate Bill (SB) 120, which pushes the application window back to April 1 for the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign the legislation into law tonight.

Senate activity
The Senate amended and passed…

Voucher update
One week remains for lawmakers to implement changes to Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) this week told reporters he is confident an agreement will be met ahead of the Feb. 1 deadline. He also stated the legislation will include an emergency clause, which would affect the 1,227 buildings on the 2020-21 school year eligibility list.

Legislators are considering a proposal by Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) that would temporarily remove buildings…

Voucher update
Lawmakers have yet to introduce a plan to revise changes to Ohio’s main voucher program, the Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program. Since September 2018, the number of voucher-eligible buildings has ballooned from 255 buildings to 1,227 buildings — a 381% increase. More than 70% of school districts now have a voucher-eligible building. Also, due to changes in the state budget bill, districts are losing millions of dollars due to voucher eligibility changes for private high school students.

With no immediate resolution in sight and a…

Voucher update
House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) this week told reporters that addressing EdChoice vouchers will be the chamber’s top priority when it returns in January. Any changes made by the legislature to address the exponential growth in eligible buildings must be effective prior to the Feb. 1 voucher application window.

General Assembly activity
The legislature last week sent…

Governor activity
Gov. Mike DeWine this week expressed his intent to continue the state’s $675 million investment in Student Wellness and Success Funds (SWSF). DeWine said his next executive budget proposal would appropriate the same amount of money or more in SWSF. “This will be a high priority when we get into the next budget,” DeWine told reporters. “So I think local schools are in a pretty good position to…

Report Card Study Committee
The committee last week met for the final time ahead of its Dec. 15 deadline to submit recommendations on revising the report card. During the hearing, the committee heard testimony from Ross May, chief information officer, Canton City and Chad Henderly, chief information and process officer, Toledo City. Click here to read their testimony.

Senate Education…

House activity
The House passed House Bill (HB) 17 by a vote of 90-0. The bill permits an enhanced homestead exemption of $50,000 for surviving spouses of public safety personnel killed in the line of duty.

Meanwhile, the House refused to concur in the Senate’s amendments to HB 2,…