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A Proposed Bill Would Allow All Ohio Kids To Attend Private Schools Using State Dollars

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 35,000 Ohio K-12 students currently receive state-funded vouchers to attend private schools under the EdChoice program. But there’s a new bill that would make it possible for all of the state’s students to get vouchers if they want them. Columbus resident Ben Douglass said his second-grade daughter was… Read More

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Finance Committee Chair: Ohio School Funding Overhaul Is Dead In Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A key Republican lawmaker says the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan that passed the House overwhelmingly is dead in the Senate. Senate Finance Committee chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said he applauds those from both parties who spent years on the Cupp-Patterson plan, which was discussed extensively before being formally introduced in… Read More

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School Funding Bill Sponsor Hopes To See It Passed Before He Leaves Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he’s hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month.  The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday. Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) got two-thirds of… Read More

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Top Lawmaker Suggests “Redistribution” of Wealth to Fund the State’s Schools

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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. And he throws out a suggestion that could involve what’s often been called a “Robin Hood” approach. Speaker Larry Householder says some wealthier school districts have high family incomes and business properties that contribute a lot… Read More

Man Who Sued State Over School Funding Optimistic About New Formula

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The man who filed the 1991 lawsuit that led to Ohio’s school funding system being ruled unconstitutional four times says a new funding formula from two state lawmakers is on the right track. But his optimism comes with a caveat. Bill Phillis said he thinks the formula from Reps. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson… Read More