To: School board members, superintendents, treasurers and other school business officials
From: Barbara Shaner, OASBO — (614) 325-9562
Jennifer Hogue, OSBA — (614) 540-4000
Kevin Miller, BASA — (614) 846-4080
Date: Dec. 17, 2019
Re: Continued action needed on EdChoice vouchers!
The Ohio General Assembly recessed for its winter break last week. This does not mean that they have stopped working. Members of the House and Senate will continue to have discussions about EdChoice vouchers while negotiating potential changes. It is vitally important that your voice be heard during this time. We must continue to keep the pressure on as they work to craft the changes that will be made when the legislature returns next month.
We urge you to continue promoting the legislative changes shared previously. Click here to access those changes. In addition, we encourage you to engage in activities that other districts are employing with effectiveness. Please consider engaging in one or more of the following.
• Engage parents and community members in your districts by sharing the prepared talking points. Click here to access the talking points.
• Prepare a message to appear on the screen when people visit your district website. This is a great way to get information in front of your community about the impact vouchers will have on your district and the students you serve. Click here to see the message that appears on Fairfield City Schools’ website.
• Pass a resolution expressing your opposition to the vouchers. Click here for a sample resolution prepared by the Fairfield City Schools. Be to share it with your legislators and your local media.
• Hold a meeting with your elected state representatives, state senators and neighboring districts to explain the negative local impact of vouchers and how the proposed changes will lessen/eliminate the impact.
Thank you for your help on this important effort! Please contact us with questions.