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School Vouchers In Ohio

Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio
Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.

The state legislature is racing against a Saturday deadline that would automatically – and massively – expand the number of public schools where students are eligible for private or religious school vouchers.

Left unchanged, the number of schools would balloon to 1,227, a 381% increase over a three-year period. That’s an expensive escalation. 

The Senate on Tuesday night passed a measure that would have reduced the number of eligible public schools and raised the income level for who can qualify. The House on Wednesday unanimously rejected it, promising “bold ideas.”

With the clock ticking, left hanging in the balance are students, schools and taxpayers.

Coming up on All Sides: the pros and cons of expanding the school voucher program.

Guests:

  • Karen Kasler, Bureau Chief, Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau
  • Aaron Churchill, Ohio research director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Scott DiMauro, president, Ohio Education Association

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