First, we want to thank everyone who works in and with our public schools for how they are responding to this unprecedented public health situation. Governor DeWine made a difficult decision that may end up saving lives across the state. Public school teachers, support professionals, superintendents, administrators, treasurers, and school board members are all committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and educational needs of our students throughout the duration of this closure.
While we know that most of your attention is likely focused on health, safety, and continuity of education, Ohio does still face a looming April 1st deadline. Without legislative action by April 1, Ohio will finalize the massive expansion to Ohio’s EdChoice performance vouchers that we have been mobilizing against for months. This expansion is exactly what the pro-privatization lobbyists at the statehouse have been fighting for, and it threatens to be a long-term destabilizing factor for public education funding in Ohio.
That is why we need you to take action today and tell your Ohio Senator to protect public education by supporting the House version of Senate Bill 89. This legislation has the support of the public education community and would move away from basing voucher eligibility on flawed report cards and toward funding vouchers directly by the state rather than by deducting funding from public schools.
We look forward to rescheduling the rally — either as an in-person rally or a virtual rally – when conditions allow. In the meantime, we will keep fighting for the public schools that Ohio students deserve and we’re proud to have you with us in this fight.