IO Fellow: Public Schools in Ohio Get the Shaft When Pupils Leave District for Charters, Vouchers

IO Education Fellow Steve Dyer has been on the road participating in school funding forums. Today’s Vindicator has coverage of a forum in Austintown last night, “What Does School Choice Cost Community Taxpayers?”

From their story:

When a student leaves a public school district, “the amount transferred is almost always more than the state would have given to the district for that pupil,” said Steve Dyer, education policy fellow at Innovation Ohio.

Dyer said the state’s per-pupil contribution averages $7,004 for charter schools, $6,320 for online schools, $4,971 for vouchers and $3,033 for local school districts.

“This is a problem,” he said. “… And it’s up to grassroots activists to go down to Columbus and change the system.”