In December, the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education shared information about the expansion of the state’s EdChoice voucher program and hosted local discussion opportunities. Earlier this month, the board issued a call to action to advocate for public education in Wyoming and across the state. Thank you for your engagement in this discussion and your efforts to support public schools! Feedback from Columbus and the offices of our legislators is that Wyoming has been very vocal on this topic. (More information on EdChoice can be found here.)
On Friday, Jan. 31, the House and Senate voted to delay the EdChoice application window start date from February 1 to April 1. Specific changes to Ohio's EdChoice voucher program continue to be discussed but the specific legislative fixes that may be put into place remain unclear. We will continue to advocate for:
- Using the state report card overall building grade for EdChoice determination and keep buildings earning an A, B or C off the voucher list.
- Reversing HB166 budget language and require that EdChoice applicants attend a public school in the year prior to applying.
- Keeping voucher income eligibility at 200% of the federal poverty level.
We will share information on future developments. Thank you for standing up for public education in Ohio!