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“We do a lot of serving here every day in our community, but sometimes we need to go outside of our area or to another country,” Revay said. “The idea is to just keep that attitude of servant leadership and to keep building relationships in other places.”
Source: Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators
Advocacy Alert: Action Needed on EdChoice Vouchers!
Increases in EdChoice voucher deductions from school districts' payments, policy changes in the recent biennial budget bill (H.B. 166), along with other factors/policies implemented over the past decade, have come together to create a devastating result for public education. A steering committee made up of members of BASA, OASBO, and OSBA has met to come up with a short-term list that can be proposed for immediate action in the Ohio General Assembly.
Now is the time for advocacy to create a sense of urgency among lawmakers. Contact your legislators today and urge them to support these short-term legislative changes. Also, share with them how increases in the number of EdChoice vouchers are affecting your district. Your action is needed immediately because the legislature's time in session will be limited in the coming weeks. The steering committee is hopeful changes can provide relief for school districts yet this school year.
Need help finding contact information for your legislators? Click hereto use the Ohio General Assembly website.
OHIO PTA POSITION STATEMENT OPPOSING THE STATE OF OHIO EdCHOICE SCHOLARSHIP (VOUCHER) PROGRAM
Please share with Ohio elected officials, PTA units, councils, school boards, on social media, parents, guardians, and other stakeholders. Position Statement PDF
Many school districts in Ohio are facing a funding crisis due to unfunded private school voucher deductions. For those districts, this budget shortfall means larger classes, older textbooks and technology, and fewer school counselors and nurses. OFT now has a five point plan we are asking the legislature to adopt immediately to assist the school districts that have been most affected by these policies.
We are urging the legislature to take the following five steps:
Remove the budget language in HB 166 that expanded vouchers for more grades, and restore voucher language to pre-budget language.
Limit voucher eligibility to buildings that qualified based on report cards in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Stop the practice of looking back at older report cards for expanded eligibility.
Use the Expansion (income) vouchers as the funding default instead of the EdChoice voucher, to limit unfunded voucher deductions from district funds.
Restore funding for school districts that have lost funds to voucher students who were not part of their 2019 enrollment.
Cap the loss of funds for high poverty districts at 5% and other school districts at 10%.
These actions will not permanently fix the vouchers problem in Ohio, however they will provide immediate and significant assistance to the students, parents, and teachers in school districts that have been most impacted by the legislature's reckless voucher expansion.
While your school district or workplace may not be affected by this policy, we need you to add your voice in support of your union sisters and brothers, the students they educate, and the communities they serve.
Are you enthusiastic about PTA, committed to children, and looking for a new challenge? The Ohio PTA Nominating Committee is seeking highly qualified and motivated leaders to serve on the Ohio PTA Board of Directors for the 2019-2021 term. The following Board of Directors positions are open: • District 1 • District 3 • District 4 • District 6 • District 18 • District 19
Serving on the Ohio PTA Board of Directors requires a state-level commitment and vision and is a truly rewarding experience.
Persons who desire to be a powerful voice, a relevant resource, and a strong advocate for all Ohio children are encouraged to apply. All Ohio PTA Board members are unpaid volunteers.
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State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) announced that he will hold a public town hall meeting in Westlake on Thursday, January 9 to discuss House Bill 305, also known as the Cupp-Patterson Education Funding Bill.
Representative Greenspan will begin the town hall at 7:00 p.m. at Westlake Elementary School, located at 27555 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH 44145. All members of the community are invited to attend and discuss the Cupp-Patterson education funding proposal. Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson), the bill’s joint sponsor, is also scheduled to participate.
“I look forward to meeting with our school officials in the Greater Cleveland area,” said Rep. Patterson. “A school funding formula that is fair, transparent, and predictable is critically important to our students and our communities to face the challenges that lie ahead.”
House Bill 305 was introduced on June 26 by State Representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson and is currently undergoing hearings in the House Finance Committee.