Andrew Brenner, as you may recall in a social media message last year, dubbed public education as socialism and suggested the system be privatized. Below is a Legislative Service Commission description of his universal voucher bill – HB 102.
To replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.

The most insidious component of the bill is the creation of “a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice.” The adoption of this universal voucher system would be as rational as putting ISIS in charge of implementing democracy in the Middle East.

The House Education Committee should be devoting all of its time and energy to maintaining and improving the public common school. That is the state’s constitutional responsibility.
Hopefully the legislature puts this bill in the Statehouse dumpster.

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William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding

ohioeanda@sbcglobal.net

 
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