House Bill 110, the state budget bill, is now in a conference committee as legislators work out differences between the budget passed by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. A fundamental difference between the two plans is that the House passed the Fair School Funding Plan. OEA strongly supports this plan as it will fix Ohio’s broken school funding system. The Senate’s bill does not adequately address school funding and instead would greatly increase the availability of vouchers and charter schools.
OEA’s top priority is enacting the Fair School Funding plan as passed by the Ohio House. Now is the time for Ohio’s policymakers to enact the funding for schools that our students need and deserve. It is also important that the bill include language to end academic distress commissions in Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland. Additionally, we are calling for the elimination of the voucher and charter school expansion language in the Senate’s version of the budget.
Take action today by contacting your legislators and urge them to adopt a budget that prioritizes our students and schools. Adapt the sample letter provided to speak specifically about how these issues impact your students.
Subject: Your action needed to support the Fair School Funding Plan
I am urging you to support the Fair School Funding Plan as passed by the House in the final version of the state budget. Now is the time to commit to full and fair state funding so that all Ohio children can have the futures they deserve.
As an educator I know we could do so much more for our students if the state provided adequate, reliable funding to meet their needs. The Fair School Funding Plan is based on years of work and has bipartisan support. It will reduce the reliance on property taxes and avoid programming and staff cuts that hurt our students.
It is also important that HB 110 retain language passed by the Senate to provide a pathway out of state takeover and restore local control for the Youngstown, Lorain, and East Cleveland school districts. Additionally, I ask you to prioritize our local public schools and reject the voucher and charter school expansion language in the Senate’s budget bill.
Budgets are about priorities. As you consider HB 110, I ask that you place a high priority on supporting students and our public schools by enacting the Fair School Funding Plan, ending the state takeover of local school districts, and limiting the expansion of vouchers and charter schools.
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