“Let the privatization of Ohio’s education system resume!”

I fully expect House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton to sound the above call for his minions to continue their full-scale assault when they meet this week.

You didn’t really think Ohio’s Republican Party was done putting the screws to public education, did you?  At 5:00 pm on September 21, in Room 313 (not-so-subtle hint), the committee will be discussing House Bill 136 which will “replace the Educational Choice and the Cleveland scholarship programs with the Parental Choice and Taxpayer Savings Scholarship Program and to establish the Special Education Scholarship Program.

In other words: Cancel the existing school voucher program that is limited to children in Ohio’s lowest performing schools (and already increased through Kasich’s partisan budget) and replace it with a plan that will subsidize up to $5,782.90 of a student’s private school tuition and that is (theoretically) available to any Ohio child whose family has an adjusted gross income of $101,982 or less.

Ideologically, there are people who think this is just.  There isn’t much articulation of their rationale, mostly a claim of “fairness” that they can select where their child goes to school.  Their claim has nothing to do with the performance of their child’s school, since the existing EdChoice program addresses that concern, and Governor Kasich’s recent expansion of that program resulted in over 12,000 of the private school tuition vouchers left unused and unwanted.  For example, School Choice Ohio is one statewide “non-profit” organization that believes “that all parents should have the opportunity to choose which school is best for their children, regardless of their level of income.”  Unstated, but implied, in this statement is their belief that the state should pay for privatized education.

And School Choice Ohio does not try to hide the fact that privatization of education is what this really amounts to.  As they also point out on their site:

“Private schools are largely funded and operated independently of the state government. Private schools charge tuition and can set their own admissions criteria.  Private schools can be based on their own religious, philosophical, or educational beliefs.”

If it passes, HB136 vouchers would be available to any currently-enrolled public school student for next school year, but has a phase-in schedule for students who are currently in a private school.  Therefore, expect to see an increase in public school enrollment during the spring months as families “work the system” to obtain the financing.

They can call it a voucher all they want, but know that it is quite simply the shifting of public money in order to fund private enterprise.

For a moment, though, let’s assume that we cannot change their philosophical belief that this is an acceptable practice by the state, and that they intend to proceed with this change.  And let’s look at the financial picture to uncover the “fairness” of this legislation and the ways in which it would impact the finely-tuned school funding model Ohio has in place.  And by “finely-tuned” I mean completely jacked-up.

First, remember that school funding basically works like this*:

  1. Every student who lives in a district is assigned a dollar value based on a variety of metrics and the total dollar amount of all of those students is combined into one large pool
  2. Charter schools and voucher amounts are deducted at the full state-funding amount
  3. Whatever is left is the school district’s state funding amount

*additional, miscellaneous funds impact the overall totals

Here is how Columbus, the largest school district in the state, looks in this scenario using the latest ODE data (FY12)

  1. $230,799,844 (63,827 students, $3,616 per student)
  2. -$103,579,972 (15,378 students, $5,200 per voucher, $7,023 average charter)
  3. $126,661,852 (48,449 students, $2,614 per student)

As always, these numbers are available through the Ohio Department of Education.

As you can see, the current voucher system pays the private school twice the amount of money per student than it does Columbus City where the student would ordinarily be enrolled.  But since Columbus has already been impacted by the current EdChoice model, we might not expect a significant change in the number of students requesting private school tuition.  Instead, let’s look at how HB136 would affect a district that has not been directly affected by the EdChoice program; let’s look at the Dublin City School district.

First, Dublin’s funding scenario:

  1. $13,535,621 (14,067 students, $962 per student)
  2. -$1,446,255 (157 students, $9,025 average charter)
  3. $12,089,366 (13,910 students, $869 per student)

Put aside the obvious inequity of district vs charter funding for now and refocus on the matter at hand, please.  As I briefly mention earlier, the amount of tuition subsidized by HB136 varies by income and is described in the LSC bill analysis:

To qualify for reduced-price lunch, a family of four must have an annual income less than or equal to $40,793.  As used in the chart below, that income standard for a reduced-price lunch shall be referred to as “the standard.”

…the base amount for the scholarship would be…$5,782.90

Students receive a percentage of the base amount, depending on the family’s federal adjusted gross income for the preceding tax year, as follows:

In Dublin, the median federal adjusted gross income was $51,079, giving us a convenient midpoint to calculate the income of the families in the school district.  Using the chart, a family with a median income of $51,079 would qualify for private tuition assistance of $4,626 per child, an amount equal to over FIVE TIMES the amount the Dublin City School district receives.  And while this fact alone makes me shake my head, wait until you see what happens as we continue to play out this scenario.

If a parent in Dublin finds a private school, enrolls their child, and receives the HB136 funding, the Dublin City School district suffers a net loss of $3,757.  Doesn’t sound too bad in isolation, does it? Well, keep going….

Assuming Dublin parents can find private schools to take their children, this could continue until every student has taken their private tuition money out of the Dublin pool and the entire district is privatized.  Except that would be impossible because the pool of money can’t sustain the model in the legislation.  Honestly, it’s just basic arithmetic at this point.

  • District funds remaining: $12,089,366
  • [Divided by] private tuition voucher: $4,626
  • [Equals] Number of vouchers available for funding: 2,613
  • Number of total students in Dublin City Schools: 13,910

So, after student number 2,613 has taken their tax money and run, I’m left with two questions for the “financial experts” down at the Statehouse:

  1. Who pays for number 2,614?
  2. Who funds the remaining 11,000+ students?

And did I mention that this very real scenario could occur in the Dublin City School district that has a rating of Excellent with Distinction (A+) by the Ohio Department of Education?  And because the subsidized tuition amount is always higher than a district’s actual per pupil funding, the model fails in every district in Ohio.  As in #EpicFail

Like much of what we have seen this year, this legislation is a work of pure genius.  And by genius, I mean the kind of small-minded idiocy found in the Ohio Republican Party in 2011.

And while it could be argued that SB5 hinges on ideological differences, HB136 is founded in numbers that simply do not add up.  Call and email your state representative today and, as you have been doing since February, educate them about the real-life facts, before they allow another uninformed bill to reach the Governor’s desk.

And please, while I know it will be tough, don’t call them a moron until AFTER you hang up.

Evangelize!
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  • Dariad

    Awfully similar to the Wisconsin bill that passed this spring. Sickens me.

  • Anonymous

    This is fuckin’ unbelievable!  What a bunch of morons those sponsors are!  I’m guessing they all did as well as little Johnnie Kasick in school (who hates teachers so much, except teacher’s aide Kelley Williams-Bolar).  Basic math seems to be beyond their comprehension. 

    I never thought I’d say this, but moving to another state seems more and more attractive for my golden years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    I do not want my taxes to pay for your child to go to a private school. This feels like taxtion without representation.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve long said that achilles heel of vouchers is that if they are implemented on more than a radically limited level, they are the most extravagantly expensive way to fund education and everyone’s taxes would have to double to pay for them. I think it’s unfair to ask this of taxpayers. While there is justification in asking those who (like me) don’t have children in school to pay for a public school system available to all kids, there is none in asking me to bear the freight of this — unless you give me a $5,000 refund each year on my taxes.

  • Anonymous

    What it really feels like is welfare checks for the wealthy to fund their extravagant “choices.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7MU6XCC3QXAPBJW4FFBE4NDRP4 James

    I smell another referendum if this legislation is passed.  If we win the fight over SB 5 Nov 8 that should send a loud message to these nuts that this idea would likely be shelved by the voters as well…bring it on…Jim, Columbus

  • Annekarina

    If tax money is going to pay for it, it is not “private” schools.  It is still under some sort of governmental control.  Do not let the wording fool ya.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    I don’t know but this does not sound like fair and equal education for all. If the public school districts do not receive the same funding from the state as private schools do. Also what about separation of church and state. It seams to me if the school district does not receive the max amount the state sends to a private school that a child will receive in that district it is not funding the public school child’s education equitably. It seems to me the state could possibly be sued in a class action law suit to gain equal funding for public students. Remember we are still not legally funded any how. Some one is going to have to attack this some time. If Kasich really wants to make a name for himself to fund public schools legally and appropriately would get him fame and the positive attention he craves. Not the notoriety he is getting now. Where are your brains oh little men and women of the political sector.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    Another thought on this. What do private schools do when a student proves not to make their grade in academics or behavior. They dump them. Then these students come back to public schools. However the private schools will do the same as the charter schools do. They will keep the student long enough to get and keep the funding . Then they will send them back to public schools for that school to support their educati0n with out funding. Thus again the public schools will become a dumping ground for those who have great difficulties but not the funds to work with them.Then the Rebubs can argue that the public schools are failures (only because we take all students regardless of their abilities)

     Once the students get to public schools then will the public school system have to provide tutors and special ed teachers to all of these schools?Will private schools even except all students with IEP’s?  Where will the funding f come  for that? Will private schools even want the students who are less capable. Like the students with IEPs How will this be equitable educati0n. And if they really are thinking of setting up schools for students with IEP’s as it sounds. IS this the less restrictive environment for  most of them. Or a place to dump them?

    This also seems to me that this is an attack on Obamma wanting to give schools more money federally to keep teachers employed, something the Rebubs are not in favor  of because it interferes with their privatization dreams.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    I have just shared my opinions of house bill 136 stating my concerns as I have shared here and quoted the Dublin scenario. to my Representative Bill Landis. Let’s see if he really reads it and correctly resp0nds or if I get another generic thank you but I am to busy letter.

  • Adrienne

    This is an excellent way to keep the electorate angry. More welfare for the rotten rich who already have it all. 

    Why do people vote for the rotten TGOPers again? They don’t work for people who make money working just people who collect dividend checks. 

    Evil in America = elected and wanna be elected TGOPers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    I am so tired of his destruction plot, the smoke screens, the lies, n the waste of money n time . We are just about to finish HB 194..in a few weeks..Im sick n tired of his hypocracy, lies, deceptions and the out right arrogance after misleading public, then right behind there backs, usally without any media coverage, gives almost a 40 percent raise to his crew? Enough…Ive had enough..Another plot to steal n layoff workers…take take take…from every tax paying Ohioan…They all need to be fired..being bought by the corporations…more jobs..will b lost..Id b interested in knowing how many of these private corps r from overseas n other contries? Any idea Greg? and greg…honestly..they know what they are doing n playn off the ignorance of the public..they r settn them up..n laffn all the way to the bank..Ya no Kasick just appointed some new people umm..i believe the 15th of sept? To oversee organized crime? Clearly..who’s the dang criminals? Or are they appointed to make sure he’s not busted..this is as organized as organized crime gets..Too coincidental..whatta crock..PARENTS r gonna be sucked in mislead, n at the monetary expense of Ohio, taxpayers..n there kids education n future..I cant get over the lack of integrity and morals..they r just scheming..organizing to steal and destroy everything Ohio stands for..How do we educate parents n the public before they realize exactly what he’s up too without regards to the damage he/s doing. Has he no conscious? Where’s Gordon Gee? Ohh forgot..he/s on Kasichs JOBSOHIO n paid kasich 40000 to speak 4 10 hours..n who hired  Mike, Kasichs roomate/buddy while serving as a senator in washington Mike resigns a couple days after Kasich assumes gov of Ohio..this is like an episode of the Sopranos..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    Well hes taking everything n ramming everything down everyones throat..without hearing/listeni
    ng to the majority of Ohio citizens..he has no conscience

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    look beyond that…rippoff..profit privatization..education..well..lack of..a scheme..really cuttn close to organized crime..laundering money..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    smoke screen alert..smoke screen alert…a scheme..stealn money, laundering..for poor services if any..states they r excluded from all entities of government…watch the money fly..400 million in tax breaks n bonuses to corps outta ohioans pockets n countn..sound about right greg? Start lookn at those numbers…I made the mistake of diggn n calculatn..oh..notive where the new appointed persons in charge of overseeing organized crime by kasick on @ sept 15th of this year? Athens and? Any bells going off? Wheres Sarah Palin when ya need her…take a peek Greg..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    u can run but u cant hide..their plot..will take over all of states if successful..n We need to 1st repeal issue 2..n fight this..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    Greg? Please..check it out..awfully coincidental..if it looks like a rat n smells like a rat….please keep an open mind n just look..check it out..thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    hmmm have u looked at Michigan, n Maine…and…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    my vote..generic

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    Sure they love our special ed kids..see double the bang..they keep them till the counts over..bam..expelled. If there r public schools open/available..they get..I think they lose the money..unless they changed that law..Free public appropriate education…A quick  double payment..until October count..then its..cya..they r private for profit schools…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    They r writing these bills and appears that they have no conscience..just ramming bills down peoples throats to take n take and take…More people r seeing what they r doing..Keep holdn them accountable…Shame on them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740014081 Paula Garfield

    I am sick of referendums, sick of our voices not being heard, they r not doing the job we hired/or the people who elected him in for..Clearly, they should all be fired…wheres the Feds? Why must we continue to referendum everything..cant understand y  the Feds cant charge them all w/treason n corruption, , etc..This is CRAZY..

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    These people plan to out source all of ohio.
    Every agency –every dept — evry present employee job.
    Wish we could outsource the governors job.
    I can not believe we are stuck here with these people for 3 yrs and 3 months more
    DEPRESSING

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CW2J65B3NDO5CJIMRP4FYJMPSU Adrienne

    Agreed, Foto. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7MU6XCC3QXAPBJW4FFBE4NDRP4 James

    It’s the ONLY recourse we have left.  And it’s works.  It stops these kinds of bills in their tracks and allows the people to send a clear message to the legislature and Gov.  God help us if we did not have this option…Think about it…SB 5 would be in effect NOW…Jim, Columbus 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    There is a specific date and if any student remains in a school that long that is the school that receives the funds if the student leaves for whatever reason the money still stays with that school it doesn’t leave as the student leaves.

  • Annekarina

    It is outsourced.  The child is from Pennsylvania.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    OK I just had a brain fart! get the teachers of Ohio together and we form our own school. A school owned and ran by teachers. Where the only people to profit from the tuition would be the teachers-and the students. Now how could we go about this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Price/1057304917 Dave Price

    The first part of Lib.eral stands for Liberty.  Unless there is more hidden in the bill, ( and heaven knows the gop always have a back door to thier sacred Corporations), but as i quickly read this? 

    A parent will have the freedom to choice a private or public school and the money set aside to educate this child will follow the student?

    If that is true, why are you whining about it?  um, i think i see why, private schools dont hire unions?  So the taxpayers should be forced to pick the school according to unions and not the child?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Price/1057304917 Dave Price

    The first part of Lib.eral stands for Liberty.  Unless there is more hidden in the bill, ( and heaven knows the gop always have a back door to thier sacred Corporations), but as i quickly read this? 

    A parent will have the freedom to choice a private or public school and the money set aside to educate this child will follow the student?

    If that is true, why are you whining about it?  um, i think i see why, private schools dont hire unions?  So the taxpayers should be forced to pick the school according to unions and not the child?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Price/1057304917 Dave Price

    standard of living in Canada has passed that of America.. and you can get your SS there also.. im thinking hard on going..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Price/1057304917 Dave Price

    standard of living in Canada has passed that of America.. and you can get your SS there also.. im thinking hard on going..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Price/1057304917 Dave Price

    standard of living in Canada has passed that of America.. and you can get your SS there also.. im thinking hard on going..

  • eraser1998

    I hate to say it, but if someone opens up a Madrassa and starts taking students with vouchers, I’d bet they shut down these voucher programs really fast…..

  • eraser1998

    Or, it could be:

    1)  The private schools are not being held accountable for results as are the public schools.

    2)  The private schools that have been receiving voucher money have generally been performing worse than the “failing” public schools the students had been attending, with very few exceptions.

    3) The state is pulling more money per student that gets a voucher than they were giving the district per student to begin with.

    4) The private schools already receive many services from taxpayers (books, transportation, etc)

    5) The private schools often are parochial, and funding them can be viewed as state funding of religious education, which treads a VERY thin line on constitutionality

    6) The private schools accepting vouchers are not forced to take any student who applies – they can be self-selecting of their students, thus keeping the “good” private schools only for the privileged

    7) The good private schools are not expanding – so with the same number of open slots and increased demand from those who can now afford it, they simply jack up their price – by the exact same amount of the voucher.  It won’t hurt their enrollment… the same people will get in as before… they’ll just have more resources all at taxpayer expense.  The unfortunate ones who could have afforded tuition with the aid of a voucher at the old price will simply find themselves still priced out of the market.  It doesn’t help THEM any – it only helps those already in the private school system, effectively becoming a transfer of funds from the poor to the wealthy.

  • eraser1998

    Or, it could be:

    1)  The private schools are not being held accountable for results as are the public schools.

    2)  The private schools that have been receiving voucher money have generally been performing worse than the “failing” public schools the students had been attending, with very few exceptions.

    3) The state is pulling more money per student that gets a voucher than they were giving the district per student to begin with.

    4) The private schools already receive many services from taxpayers (books, transportation, etc)

    5) The private schools often are parochial, and funding them can be viewed as state funding of religious education, which treads a VERY thin line on constitutionality

    6) The private schools accepting vouchers are not forced to take any student who applies – they can be self-selecting of their students, thus keeping the “good” private schools only for the privileged

    7) The good private schools are not expanding – so with the same number of open slots and increased demand from those who can now afford it, they simply jack up their price – by the exact same amount of the voucher.  It won’t hurt their enrollment… the same people will get in as before… they’ll just have more resources all at taxpayer expense.  The unfortunate ones who could have afforded tuition with the aid of a voucher at the old price will simply find themselves still priced out of the market.  It doesn’t help THEM any – it only helps those already in the private school system, effectively becoming a transfer of funds from the poor to the wealthy.

  • Anonymous

    There are fundamentalist Christian madrasses  all over the state already, just not of the Muslim variety.  I believe King John sends his precious daughters to one. 

  • Anonymous

    There IS no money “set aide” for any particular child – none, nothing. That would amount to a very large welfare check, and that much welfare would bankrupt the state long before every child got their check, unless our taxes were doubled or tripled. Instead, we collect education money provided by taxpayer — MY money, not the private money belonging to a family or child — into one pool to create public school infrastructure available to all children. If their parents opt for something else, they are free to make that choice but they are not free to ask the rest of us to pay for it, anymore than they could ask us to pay for country club membership if they opt not to use public parks or to buy their books if they’d rather not use the library.  if you go that route, then you are setting up a situation where those without children have solid standing for their argument that they should not have to pay for education. And that would lead to a disaster where we not only couldn’t afford big checks to send Chauncey Alvin Caldecott IV to University School, but we couldn’t afford decent education for anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    Did you really read this? I DON”T THINK SO! If you did you would understand what we are talking about is funding not teachers and unions you a!@#$

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    Did you really read this? I DON”T THINK SO! If you did you would understand what we are talking about is funding not teachers and unions you a!@#$

  • Anonymous

    I am willing to bet a fair amount of money that the private schools that the children from “underperforming” schools go to are not held accountable and that there is no testing done to show whether or not they are any better than the “underperforming” schools.  I think that if you look closely, you will find DeVos fingerprints somewhere on this so that the ultrawealthy can have another way to feed at the public trough by setting up private schools.  Funny how the right wing is so bent out of shape by big government until it comes time for the tax payers’ money to flow into their own pockets.  Then big government is just fine.

    The DeVos have done quite well by the US government as her brother is Erick Prince, formerly of Blackwater.

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  • ohdave

    So, question. Could Dublin admit a student from Columbus and accept the $5,700 from the state? 

  • DEB

    If Dublin is an academic excellence with distinction, why would a parent dream of taking their child out.  This housbill is for people that live in a “continuous improvement (one step up from failure-) pay taxes in that district and are forced to send their child there due to residency or lack of being able to sell their home and getting dummied down studies.   Im glad this is happeneing. I pay high taxes where I live, cannot sell my home and would nt send my dog to the school system let alone my kids. I would be the first in line to take my money and enroll private.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    That’s the angle they’re trying to use to push this bill, but it’s actually just a way to push for school privatization, reduce the number of unionized teachers and use state funds to fund religious education.

    Really good private schools don’t have a huge vacancy problem. And they aren’t going to open up a bunch of new spots for your kid just because you have a voucher.

    More likely, you’re going to have the option to get your existing parochial school tuition paid for, or you’ll end up enrolling your child at a new “private” school run by the same companies that currently operate the failing charter schools.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    That’s the angle they’re trying to use to push this bill, but it’s actually just a way to push for school privatization, reduce the number of unionized teachers and use state funds to fund religious education.

    Really good private schools don’t have a huge vacancy problem. And they aren’t going to open up a bunch of new spots for your kid just because you have a voucher.

    More likely, you’re going to have the option to get your existing parochial school tuition paid for, or you’ll end up enrolling your child at a new “private” school run by the same companies that currently operate the failing charter schools.

  • Abc

    I am not a republican – but I fully support empowering parents to make a decision that most benefits their child’s education and the rest of their lives – and if that involves sending them to private school, as opposed to failing public schools, then by all means.

    It’s unfortunate that the people outraged by this concept care more about themselves and their tax dollars and politics than the lives of at-risk children.  

    This article does not to provide any sort of constructive critique because of its heavy bias and slandering language.  Really, all you are doing is playing to peoples’ emotions and lack of awareness for how serious the current problem is with our public schools and the fact that they are producing students who have given up on life and the opportunity to work hard to contribute to society.  They are producing children with no hope of doing anything because there is no hope of them going anywhere while in school.  These schools are drop out factories and that’s of no fault of the kids.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    Kasich already expanded vouchers to private schools for kids in poorly performing school districts. There are 30K vouchers available but only 15K have been used. There is not a shortage of vouchers for kids who attend bad schools.

    This isn’t for those kids.

    This bill is completely political.

    This bill will allow parents who already send their kids to private schools – parents who live in good school districts – to get state funds to pay for their kids’ private school. Funds that will be stolen from the local district.

    And there is no exception for religious schools – so the state will now be funding religious education in Ohio.

    The intention of this bill is NOT to help at-risk kids. Those kids already have twice as many vouchers available than they need. This bill’s goal is to privatize Ohio’s schools. Period. And the affects will be disastrous.

  • Deborah_dieringer

    You forgot to mention that if the cost of tuition is lower than the amount of the voucher…the student gets to set up a savings account for college tuition.

    What should be a tax surplus will go into students pockets!!!

    This is an outright attempt to run the public school systems dry.  Private schools will have the right to cherry pick their students, while the public schools will get the most difficult students to teach.  This is all a setup to create an illusion that public schools are underperforming – when in fact, they are not.

    Private schools are NOT private if the PUBLIC dollar is funding them.  At what point will the so-called “private school” have the unfunded mandates and performance accountability of their public school counterparts?

    Lastly…MANY public schools outperform private schools.  The Ohio Board of Regents conducts an annual study of the number of students who need remedial courses once they get to college…and then they compare school districts by county.  I am astounded that my of my local private school’s graduates, 58% needed remedial courses in college….while the local public school’s grads had 13% take remedial courses.  FIFTY-EIGHT PERCENT….on any grading scale I’ve ever seen – this would be considered failing.  Below is an interesting link to the study.

    http://regents.ohio.gov/perfrpt/hs_transitions/hs_trans_HS_rpt_AU08.pdf. I am ready to jump on any lawsuit – as a citizen that thinks this is unconstitutional.  I do not want to see my tax money go towards private education for students.  I’m NOT the anti-Christ….but I think if thats the choice families want to make, it needs to be a sacrifice on their part.  Dear Mr. Huffman….it’s called Separation of Church and State.There are countless excellent public schools that will suffer because of this.There are so many things wrong with this.  I can feel my blood pressure go up!!

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