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HB 136 could create a finacial crisis for Granville schools! September 29, 2011

Filed under: school — bestbookihavenotread @ 2:18 pm

HB 136 could create a financial crisis for Granville Schools; will you please help me tell our legislators?

Posted by Jeff Brown, Superintendent

September 26, 2011

 

Families and Friends of Granville schools, I want to draw your attention to some important pending legislation that could have a very negative impact on our school district!  House Bill 136 would require public schools to send your public tax dollars, along with those provided by the state, to private and parochial schools when students leave our schools.  This could result in a significant financial crisis for our school district.

 

Currently, the Granville Schools must pay $5,782 for each student who leaves our district on open enrollment, which includes other public schools, digital or online schools, and charter schools.  Of the $5,782 price tag, only $2,162 comes from the state of Ohio, and the balance comes from local tax revenue.  Yet, this legislation proposes expanding this voucher program to include all private and parochial schools.

 

I understand and support that choice is necessary for parents and students in areas that have consistently low performing schools.  I am opposed however, to giving tax dollars to private institutions that will financially penalize successful, high performing school districts such as Granville.

 

Here are some of the projected negative effects of this proposed legislation:

 

  • The private and parochial schools that would get money under the voucher program created in the bill do not have to comply with all the same regulations as traditional public school districts.
  • Private schools are not required to take all students, as traditional public schools do.  Therefore, high-performing voucher students from well-rated schools could end up crowding out students from lower-ranked schools.
  • There is little-to-no evidence that current voucher programs have increased academic achievement.
  • The bill could interfere with the connection between the viability of a community and the strength of its schools.

 

HB 136, sponsored by State Representative Matt Huffman (R), created the Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship (voucher) Program (PACT), a new statewide program allowing K-12 students to use a voucher to attend private schools.  Click here for a copy of the latest version of the bill.

 

The bill:

  • Expands vouchers to students in all school districts, regardless of the academic report card rating of the school building or school district.  The only qualifier for eligibility is household income.   Students whose family income is less than $95,000 would qualify.
  • Allows a phase-in period for students currently enrolled in private schools to be eligible for the voucher.
  • If the private school tuition is less than the voucher amount, it allows parents to bank the excess dollars for college tuition and textbooks at any private school or college in Ohio.
  • Deducts funding for the voucher from the resident school district’s funding.

 

During recent house testimony, Marc Schare, president of the Worthington Board of Education said funding the vouchers would upend the premised under which (local) residents approved the taxes, and he likened the program to taking local library levy money to buy residents gift certificates to Barnes & Noble.

 

I believe this is not a “choice” bill; it is an attack on public education.

 

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), the Ohio PTA, Ohio School Psychologists Association, and the Alliance for a High Quality Education are united in their opposition to this bill, stating…

 

“We are strongly opposed to this legislation and believe the voucher would be turning the state’s obligation to provide a thorough and efficient ‘system’ of public education into a private benefit, resulting in an unprecedented level of voucher expansion that could impact every school district in the state!”

 

I hope you will consider the effects of this proposed legislation on our schools and consider writing to our state lawmakers to express your concern regarding HB 136:

 

Representative Jay Hottinger

Phone: 614-466-1482

 

Senator Tim Schaffer

Phone: 614-466-5838

 

If you have questions regarding this legislation, please feel free to contact me via email or phone 740-587-8111.  I appreciate your consideration of this important issue.

 

 

Up in the middle of the night… September 27, 2011

Filed under: ALAN,bloggers,Calkins,meme,Mo Willems,NCTE,TCRWP,Teachers College — bestbookihavenotread @ 3:02 am

Not sleeping can have it’s advantages. After all, if I was sleeping, who knows when I would have had time to blog surf? Who know when I would have found A Year of Reading’s nice Versatile Blogger mention. Thank you Franki and Mary Lee. You’ve snapped me out of my writing funk.

 
Thank you to A Year of Reading for recognizing me!After accepting this honor there are some things the blogger is requested to do:
1. Thank the person (people) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
2. Share 7 things about you.
3. Pass this award along to 15 other blogs that you have discovered.
 
So, here are 7 things about me:
 
1. I sometimes can’t sleep so I try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I still haven’t figured it out.
2. It’s hard to believe that I have 570 posts. If I could just learn to not over-analyze my own writing, I’d have lots more than that.
3. I was contemplating how to sell my husband the great idea of a weekend road trip to NYC to Teachers College in October for their reunion so I could see Mo Willems AND Lucy Calkins all in one day. Hmmm….
 4. I have a new dog, bringing us to three. He’s a rescue collie from Tri-State Collie rescue. Anything I know about collies is due to the reading I did when I was little. He is the best dog.
 5. I am so excited to attend NCTE/ALAN this November! It’s been too long!
6. My youngest child is in the grade that I taught for fifteen years.
7. I’m still always looking for the next best book!
 
Here is the first of 15 bloggers that I’m recognizing as Versatile Bloggers:
 
Others will be forth coming. I think I might be able to sleep!
 

 
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