What you need to know about Ohio Politics and Policy
Stephen Dyer · January 27, 2020
The above chart shows just how quickly and systemically the numbers of voucher eligible buildings have exploded in only two years.
For nearly all of the 20 plus years of the voucher program, approximately 200 or so buildings were eligible.
The number of eligible buildings has more than quintupled in just two years and lawmakers are now scrambling to address the voucher explosion.
One of the myths about vouchers is that it’s only an issue in major urban districts like Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
In reality, the largest percentage increase in voucher losses occurred in poor rural and suburban school districts. These skyrocketing totals have almost been exclusively driven by the increased losses to the EdChoice program — increases the legislature is trying to curb by Saturday.
The growth of Ohio’s school voucher program had been steadily rising, but now it’s growing exponentially, largely because of the explosion in the EdChoice vouchers. The slope of this trendline is frightening for many public school districts.
For years, our Education Policy Team has been ringing alarm bells about the compounding growth of private school vouchers, especially since 2010. Here is a report we wrote in 2017 where we raised concerns about the growth and efficacy of the voucher program.
We wrote another report this year where we warned that this last budget passed in 2019 would be eventually dubbed the “Voucher Budget.”
Innovation Ohio will continue monitoring the situation, which we hope will fix the short- and long-term issues with the voucher program.
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