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Laura Jones, who chairs the citizens committee that works to pass levies in the Hudson City Schools, hands a bagged lunch to Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport), who chairs the conference committee hearing the changes to EdChoice.

Public, Parochial Schools Sound Off at Holiday Hearing on EdChoice Vouchers

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Lawmakers and school leaders would normally have Presidents Day off, but instead they spent it at the Statehouse, as testimony on changes to the EdChoice private school voucher program went on. Most of the witnesses were firmly in one of two camps – public schools or parochial schools. The rare Presidents Day hearing was a… Read More

Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15 year old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.

Deal Could Take Many Schools Off Voucher List, as Group Threatens Lawsuit

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Lawmakers who’ve wanted to stop the impending explosion in the number of school buildings where students will be eligible for the state’s largest private school voucher program say there’s a deal in the works. But parents and students already in the EdChoice program want it to stay and expand. The deal would potentially change the number… Read More

Amy Obhof has been teaching social studies for 13 years. She enjoys mixing her love of art into her lessons.

Number of Schools in Ohio’s Biggest Voucher Program Soars Under New Rules

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Ohio’s public schools could lose millions of dollars to private schools through an expansion of the state’s biggest voucher program. New rules on criteria for the EdChoice program in the most recent budget have increased the number of school buildings considered “failing” by more than 400 percent. Last year, 238 buildings were considered failing. That will be… Read More