For Immediate Release: June 24, 2013
Contact: Dale Butland, 614-783-5833
Columbus: Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, released a report today which concludes that all three Republican budget proposals for FY 2014-15 (which are awaiting reconciliation in a Senate/House Conference Committee) “continue the GOP’s relentless assault on traditional public schools while simultaneously advancing the interests of private schools and for-profit charter school operators, many of whom double as major Republican campaign donors.”
The IO report, entitled “Ohio School Choice: The Real Winners in HB 59,” focuses especially on the Senate-passed version of the budget since Senate President Keith Faber has repeatedly claimed that the Senate plan contains “historic” funding increases for traditional public schools.
According to the IO report:
Said IO President Janetta King:
“Since the day John Kasich took office, conservatives have waged war on public education. Their budgets underfund traditional schools, overfund charter schools, and shamelessly subsidize private schools with public money.
“And their hypocritical calls for ‘accountability’ start and stop at the doors of traditional public schools. For charters, standards often give way to exemptions —and big campaign donors know that their poorly performing schools won’t close as long as the money spigot stays open.
“Most disgraceful of all is how conservatives are subsidizing private schools, and too often, religious instruction, with taxpayer dollars. Vouchers are no longer narrowly designed to ‘help poor kids escape failing schools.’ Now they’re designed to help wealthy and upper middle class families pay tuition at the private schools their children already attend.
“What’s happening to traditional public schools in Ohio is short-sighted, offensive and wrong. Republicans are slowly but surely dismantling our system of public education, and they’re doing it solely for ideological and political reasons. This assault must stop before it’s too late.”
Download the report.